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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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Pittsboro Photography : Athena turns 1

Pittsboro Photography : Athena turns 1

Pittsboro Photography by Katie Smith Photography

Oh, what fun!  Athena turns ONE!  So it was off to my photography studio near Pittsboro, North Carolina for her cake smash.  All decked out in her pink birthday party hat and pink tutu, Athena loved being the center of attention.  She was a little hesitant but ended up loving her little pink cake.  Amazingly, she didn’t make a huge mess.  She just daintily dipped her fingers in the frosting.

Her perfectly pink cake was made by Phoenix Bakery in Pittsboro, NC.  If you’re in the area, stop in and try their beer bread or doughnuts.  They are so delicious.

Love the cake collage below?  It’s made to be printed as a 16×20, perfect for displaying in her “big girl” room now that she’s not a baby.

Cake Smash Pittsboro Photography

Katie Smith is a photographer serving Pittsboro, Siler City, and Sanford, North Carolina.
She loves photographing families and couples with special focus on the relationships.
At her studio, she loves photographing cake smashes and short session perfect for toddler’s short attention spans.
To book your session, email katie@katiesmithphotography.com
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