Photography by Stephanie Kay Blog

Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the web! Photography by Stephanie Kay specializes in child and family portraits, high school seniors, engagement and maternity portraits in Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knolls Shores and Emerald Isle, North Carolina. I shoot on location all over the Triangle and the Crystal Coast. I focus on natural outdoor photography sessions.

This photoshoot for this adorable Panther Creek High School Senior was shot late in the Fall season. This volleyball player loves the cooler weather… and even though the weather was cool, it was beautiful in the forest. We shot in 2 locations that were pretty close together but provided her with different backgrounds. The late-autumn light was magical. A great shoot!

Good Hope Farm

Senior pictures are made even more special when shot in a location that is new and different.

Cary Forest

Secret location that only I know about

Cary Forest

Pretty foliage was still clinging to the trees for this December photoshoot.

Cary Forest

Secret location where the trees just don’t give up their leaves… even for this December shoot.

Cary Forest

This Panther Creek High School Senior had a smile that lights up the room.

Cary Forest

A little photoshop magic and the sun is bursting through the forest.

Cary Forest

The architectural structure in the forest in Cary grounds the photograph and leads you eye into the portrait.

Cary Forest covered bridge

This photo really captures this High School Senior’s personality perfectly.

This beautiful couple are high school sweethearts and they are getting married in the Fall of 2018. They booked this engagement session with me after seeing a family portrait session that I did at this same location. It was a warm Fall afternoon and we got lots of beautiful shots. The stand-out one for me is where it says “HOME” above their heads. I did a little photoshop magic on that one, but it was mainly to remove the other words that appear on the vintage wall they were standing in front of.

Will | Class of 2017 | Apex High School

Will is a remarkable young man. He has overcome great adversity, the details of which are unimportant. He is a gifted musician and a brilliant person who is attending the University of North Carolina Honors Program in the Fall.

This shoot was so much fun! We picked spots all over Downtown Apex and even got lucky to catch the back of a freight train as a great background. We were standing in a parking lot. Never on the tracks.

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Downtown Apex, NC Senior Pictures

Senior Pictures Apex High School

Downtown Apex Senior Pictures

Salem Street Downtown Apex, NC Senior Pictures

Mural on Salem Street Apex, NC Senior Pictures

Downtown Apex, NC Senior Pictures

Senior Pictures Apex, NC

Senior pictures Downtown Apex, NC

Senior Pictures Apex High School

This client contacted me because her company asked her for a professional photograph for her bio on the company website. She said she wanted the photo to really express who she was – she didn’t want a traditional headshot and she didn’t want the photo to be taken indoors. So we went to Raleigh and found this beautiful field of wildflowers. She felt this photo expressed her laid back style and her affinity with nature.

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Creative Professional Images, Raleigh, NC

 

You’re going to get a chance at some point to make your life they way you want it to be. Every day, week and year  you make choices that continuously lead to the shaping of your life.

For me, the past 7 months have been life-forming. My dad was diagnosed with a horrible and deadly cancer on November 1st. My DAD. My dad was never sick, tough as they come. Unrelated to this, the days before his diagnosis were heart-wrenching due to a major fall-out with people who I thought were my friends. I spent the 3 days leading up to my dad’s diagnosis talking to him non-stop about how I had been done wrong by these women, and how they hurt my children (their hearts, not their bodies) and I lost sleep over it. I thought what these women did was the absolute worst thing. I was so wrong. The absolute worst thing was that my dad was diagnosed with a horrible and deadly cancer and my time with him was coming to an end.

I woke up early on November 2, after barely sleeping at all. It was pitch black. I went downstairs and watched the sun come up. The sun was bright that day, the sky was bluest blue. I noticed it because my dad was in the hospital getting treated for low hemoglobin due to internal bleeding from his esophageal tumor, and he would not feel the sun that day. I realized how important it was to be able to stand in the sun and appreciate the beauty of the day. Because that could get taken away at any time.
My dad and I talked so much during the last six months of his life. We talked a lot about his declining health and all of the complications he faced along the way. But he also gave me life lessons. He talked to me about things that were important to him. Things he wanted me to take with me through my life.

Now I am VERY IMPERFECT. Very. I have said and done things in my life that I am not proud of. But lucky for me, and for all of us, life is filled with second chances. And third chances. It is never to late to start making choices to start shaping your life the way you want it. My dad told me how to do it: value your heart and soul enough today to say this bold statement: I actually deserve to be happy and have a good life.

For once, I shut up and listened.

I want you to know, whoever you are, that your life is valuable. Your happiness is important and should be the biggest priority. Don’t waste your time, time is limited. Make the most of your life. It is something you will never regret. Buy the beach house. Spend time with your kids. Let go of people who do not fill your life with good. If someone doesn’t understand you, doesn’t “get” you, treats you badly, makes you feel “less”, then move on.

Be happy. You owe that to yourself.

Last weekend we went to the beach. We have a little condo in Atlantic Beach, NC. The weather was amazing. The sun was bright, the sky was the bluest blue. My husband was listening to Jack Johnson and watching the ocean. My son was skim boarding into the waves. My daughter was playing in the sand with her friend. I was with a true friend, talking about our kids and our schools and dinner and Disney. We were doing simple things and all of us were so happy. My dad would have been really proud. Because we are living the life he wants for us.

A life that’s good.

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I love photographing Tweens. This shoot took place in Downtown Apex, NC. It was an unexpectedly warm day. We had a lot of laughs and took a lot of pretty pictures.

Saint Michael the Archangel, Cary, NC

Admiring the Peonies, First Holy Communion Photoshoot, Cary, NC

First Holy Communion Photoshoot, Cary, NC

Dramatic Black & White Photo, Communion Veil, Cary, NC

St. Michael the Archangel Cary, NC First Communion Twirl

This lovely young lady had her First Holy Communion at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary, NC. Her awesome mom came along on the shoot and we really had a great time. Her dress was really special and we could not resist doing the twirl shot in front of the church.

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This little girl had lots of ideas for her photoshoot! She had so much input and was totally excited to be in front of the camera in her beautiful dress. She is wearing her mom’s veil from her wedding (so special) and had sentimental rosary beads as well. Great things to bring on your daughter’s First Holy Communion photoshoot!

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Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Cary, NC, First Holy Communion Photoshoot

Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church Cary, NC First Holy Communion Photoshoot

Saint Michael the Archangel First Holy Communion Photoshoot

Saint Michael the Archangel, Cary, NC First Holy Communion Photoshoot

This was my first (and definitely not my last) quinceanera photoshoot at Waverly Place in Cary, NC. This was also the first time I was photobombed (see below). This beautiful young lady’s mom was my daughter’s preschool teacher which made this shoot even more special.

Cary, NC Quinceanera Photoshoot

Quinceanera photoshoot in Cary, NC

Photobomb

Photoshoot in Cary, NC, quinceanera

Cary, NC Quinceanera Photoshoot

Quinceanera photoshoot, Cary, NC

Cary, NC quinceanera photoshoot

Quinceanera photoshoot, Cary, NC

Quinceanera Photoshoot, Cary, NC

Every year I take a day to photograph my best friend’s daughter and her friends. I have been photographing my friend’s daughter since she was in 4th grade and now she is a freshman in high school. Every year we change the style and the location to keep things interesting. This year we chose downtown Raleigh and the girls got dressed up.

We all had a lot of fun despite the chilly temperatures and high heels on city pavement. The photos speak for themselves. See you next year, girls!

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

 

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot

Downtown Raleigh Professional Photoshoot