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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.

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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.

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

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

  1. Start with hydrated skin. Use a non-greasy lightweight moisturizer. Don’t use a moisturizer with SPF, SPF sits on the skin surface and can cause an unwanted shine. Your makeup will go on better if your skin is well moisturized. Use your favorite moisturizer without SPF that works for your skin type.
  2. Make sure your skin is matte. What this means is you don’t want your skin to look reflective or shiny. Shiny skin is not desirable in photography. It can make you look like you have oily skin, and it can reflect light creating hot spots on the face, which is very distracting. If you have oily skin you can use mattifiers or primers to absorb oil and prevent shine. Benefit’s Porefessional is a great product to try.
  3. No shimmer, glitter or shiny makeup products. Again, we do not want shine.
  4. Give yourself flawless skin. Use a fuller coverage foundation, with concealer and powder. You want to try and cover any redness or discoloration on the skin. Conceal dark circles if you have them, and apply concealer around your nose and on your laugh lines. Use a minimal amount of concealer and blend well. Of course, go for a matte finish. If you have great, even skin you can use a lighter product like Make Up For Ever’s Water Blend Face and Body Foundation. It evens out the skin and looks and feels natural. If you need more coverage, try Make Up Forever’s Ultra HD Foundation. Use powder on your forehead, nose and chin.
  5. You’re going to need more color in your face than you think. You don’t want to look washed out. Apply more blush and mascara than usual. Enhance your brows. Eyebrows add structure to the eye. A fuller brow makes your face look younger and fresher, but don’t overdo it. Take a selfie so you can check your makeup before the shoot to make sure your features stand out.
  6. Define your eyes. You will be connecting with my lens and your eyes will be the main focus of your photos. Use eyeliner on your top and bottom lash line. Use 3 eyeshadow colors. Use a neutral shadow over the lid, a darker shadow in the crease and a highlighter at the inner corner and on the brow bone.
  7. Sweep bronzer over the jawline, temples, sides of the nose and just under the cheekbones. Use a natural looking blush to add tone and dimension to the face. Blend blend blend.
  8. It is important to have a lip that is balanced, saturated and symmetrical.

Here are some links to my favorite makeup products for photoshoots.

Benefit Porefessional

Makeup Forever Water Blend Face and Body Foundation

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation

Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

Mac Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Compact

Mac Select Cover-Up

Mac Blot Powder

Benefit ka-Brow Eyebrow Cream Gel

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer

Mac Powder Blush

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick


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Photography by Stephanie Kay



I am a professional photographer who photographs in the Triangle area and the Crystal Coast. I photograph in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, and Holly Springs in the Triangle area. On the Crystal Coast, I photograph in Atlantic Beach, Pine Knolls Shores, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beaufort and Newport.

I photograph children, families, and high school seniors.

Photography by Stephanie Kay is a licensed and professional photography business and provides digital images as well as print packages to her customers.

Cary NC High School Senior Photographer,