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2017 Christmas Mini Sessions

2017 Christmas Mini Sessions

Christmas Mini Sessions

Christmas Mini Session Product Mock UpIt’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!   On November 26th, kick off your holiday season with a Christmas Mini Session by Katie Smith Photography.  This one-of-a-kind set designed by High Cotton Acres has a vintage elegance perfect for fancy dresses and comfortable sweaters alike.  Your short and sweet portrait session will feature a perfectly posed family portrait on the vintage red chaise.  For candid photographs, your children will love playing on the rocking horse and listening to you tell your favorite Christmas story.

We know how busy the Christmas season is.   Our customized ordering sessions are quick and easy.  In less than an hour, you can view your images, order beautiful wall art and gifts, and then be on your way to making more fun memories with your family.

This year’s Christmas Mini product line features our favorite products at special prices.   Along with our beautiful framed prints and canvases, you’ll be able to order great gifts for your loved ones such as necklaces, money clips, coffee mugs, and more.

Need to order Christmas cards?  As the most popular item for Christmas session, we offer two Christmas card types with five designs per type.  A standard photo card is a one sided economical option on photo paper.  To impress your family and friends, upgrade to the foil pressed cards with coordinating foil lined envelopes.

There are only twelve sessions available for this one day only, limited edition mini session.  Book your session now.

food bank donations

complimentary christmas ornament with donationFEATURED CHARITY PARTNER

S.A.F.E. empowers and strengthens families in our community by providing food assistance and more.  As a thank you for your generous donation, you’ll receive a beautiful metal ornament for your Christmas tree.  See their Current Needs page for donation ideas.



Sunday, November 26, 2017
Morning and evening sessions available


High Cotton Acres, Burlington NC


Your $50 session fee includes a twenty minute Christmas mini session and image reveal/ordering session.  You’ll also receive a custom Facebook cover photo perfect for the holiday season.

Prints, gifts, and digital files sold separately.  Products begin at $50.  Collections begin at $250.


Get a $25 print credit when you refer a friend.


With only 12 sessions available, call now to book your session.  336-675-5252

Mermaid Creative Session

Mermaid Creative Session

When my sister asked if I could take mermaid photos of her at the beach, I knew it was going to be amazing.  We’re both talented creatives but our creativity shines in different ways.  When we were young, she could draw and I could write.  Now she creates art with mixed mediums and designs these costumes out of repurposed items while I create my art with my camera and Photoshop.


She worked tirelessly to create this costume and perfect her makeup in the weeks before our family reunion at beautiful Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.  I love the eclectic-ness of her jewelry and top.  The uniqueness of it reminds me all the treasure a mermaid would find in the bottom of the sea.

While we did get plenty of curious looks from beachcombers, I’m so glad both of us were willing to have fun with this photo session.


Cosplay Photography

While April’s mermaid session may not be considered cosplay, it does remind me of the amazing world of cosplay (costume play).  There’s a special place in my heart for people that dress as their fictional heroes (or villains).  I love how they unapologetic they are about their fandom.   I think it requires bravery and I’d love to work with cosplay participants to create amazing photo sessions.

Do you cosplay?   Do you live for Halloween and the amazing costumes?  Or do you just want to step outside of reality for a photo session?  Call or email me to set up your consultation and we’ll create a session full of imagination and awesomeness.

Katie Smith is a photographer located in Mebane, North Carolina.
She loves working with creative people with an adventurous spirit.
Besides mermaids, she’s also photographed zombies, a colorful tea party, and pirates.
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Pittsboro Children Photographer

Pittsboro Children Photographer

Pittsboro Children Photographer

Katie Smith Photography

One of my goals for 2017 was to get the kids in nature more often.  Since the boys received their own video game consoles, I feel like I barely see them anymore.  Gone are the days when “Mom play with me” meant playing hide and seek.  Now they want me to be their second player so I can revive them or do the grunt work of laying foundation for their new Minecraft fortress. With the last day of school behind us, we kicked off summer by heading to the river.  To the rest of the family, we were going fishing.  I, however, was going location scouting.

A great location requires more than just a pretty background.  Walking along the river bank with my seven year old, I explained how great lighting is just as important, if not more important, than a pretty background.  I took the top right photo to illustrate my point; the lighting falling across his face and reflects in his eyes for those pretty catchlights that make his eyes sparkle.

Leading lines and natural framing are two must-haves for a great location.  The leading line helps draw the eye into the frame.   My favorite locations usually include leading lines like a path, a bridge, or even a creek.    Natural framing can be the way a tree curves around the model or a variation in the way the light filters through the trees behind them.  For example, the black and white photo at the bottom of this post has my son framed by the trees and shrubbery.

As long as the light is good, a photographer can make most locations look good.  I do avoid areas that are too visually cluttered such as backgrounds with trashcans, signs, or other people.  Every detail in a portrait needs to be a part of the story and those little distractions in the background take away from the subject.  Removing those distractions, preferably by changing your angle or posing rather than editing them out in Photoshop, can take your snapshot to a beautiful portrait.

This little access area off the Haw River fit all the parameters for a great location.  I’m thrilled to have found such a great location, located close to Pittsboro.  It’ll make a great area for portraits.

Pittsboro Children Photographer captures the imaginationa and discovery of playing in natureChildren playing in Pittsboro NC

Katie Smith is a Pittsboro Children Photographer.
Located in Mebane, Katie Smith enjoys finding North Carolina’s beauty in local parks and wildlife areas.
When not behind the camera, she enjoys fishing, hiking, and catching crawfish.

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