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.

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  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

 

 

 

This little dude was sleeping like a baby! This photo session took place in the client’s home. I used natural light coming in from a window that was camera left.

Photography by Stephanie Kay is a professional photographer who works with newborns, children, high school seniors and families. I work in Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, and Raleigh in the Triangle area and in Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Pine Knolls Shores, Morehead City and Newport on the Crystal Coast.

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Cary, NC Newborn Photography

Cary NC Newborn Photography

It was my absolute pleasure to photograph this awesome group of 5th grade girls in Park West Village in Morrisville this month. It was FUN. From the styling to the posing, these gorgeous girls brought their A-Game.

Photography by Stephanie Kay is a professional photographer serving Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs and Raleigh in the Triangle area and Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Pine Knolls Shores, Morehead City, Newport and Beaufort on the Crystal Coast.

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http://photographybystephaniekay.com

Park West Village BFF Photoshoot

Park West Village BFF Photoshoot

Park West Village, Morrisville NC Photoshoot

Park West Village BFF Photoshoot

Park West Village Photoshoot, Morrisville NC Photographer

 

 

Park West Village BFF Photoshoot

Park West Village BFF Photoshoot

Park West Village 5th Grade Photoshoot

Park West Village Tween Photoshoot

Park West Village Tween Photoshoot

Park West Village Tween Photoshoot

Park West Village, Morrisville NC

Park West Village Photoshoot

Park West Village Morrisville NC Photoshoot

We don’t get too much snow in this part of North Carolina, so when it does snow it is worth taking out the good camera.

I achieved this look by specific settings on my camera. I like how some of the flakes are in focus and some are part of the bokeh. These were shot in Cary, NC. In the Triangle area, I photograph in Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, Raleigh and Durham. I also photograph at the beach in Atlantic Beach, Pine Knolls Shores, and Emerald Isle on the Crystal Coast. I also photograph in Morehead City, Newport and Beaufort in Carteret County.

See more of my work here:

http://photographybystephaniekay.com

 

Snow Photoshoot in Cary, NC

Snow photoshoot in Cary, NC

Snow photoshoot in Cary, NC

The appearance of the lights in this photograph are the result of the way I positioned the subject and the settings on my camera.

I shot this high school senior in Durham, NC at American Tobacco Campus.

I photograph in Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Cary, Morrisville and Holly Springs in the Triangle area and in Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Pine Knolls Shores, Morehead City, Beaufort and Newport on the Crystal Coast/Carteret County.

Click the link below to see more of my work and learn more about Photography By Stephanie Kay

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Raleigh Durham High School Senior photography

I love photographing Tweens.

This photoshoot was at American Tobacco Campus in Durham. I love her style and the mint green tips of her hair.

Photography by Stephanie Kay is a natural-light photographer. I photograph on-location in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Morrisville and Holly Springs in the Triangle area and Atlantic Beach, Pine Knolls Shores, Emerald Isle, Morehead City,  Beaufort and Newport on the Crystal Coast/Carteret County.

See more of my work here:

http://photographybystephaniekay.com

 

 

Photography by Stephanie Kay
American Tobacco Campus

Her hair is to die for. But so his her face. I shot this by the pool in my subdivision in Cary, NC. The background was a nasty pond and overgrown woods, but the light here is perfect and I knew that with the right camera settings I could make the shot look magical.

I photograph in Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville and Raleigh in the Triangle area. I also photograph at the beach on the Crystal Coast/Carteret County.

Click this link to see more of my work and learn more about Photography by Stephanie Kay.

http://photographybystephaniekay.com

Cary, NC High School Senior Photo

I love lights in the background of my photos. And I love this high school senior’s highlights and the outfit she chose for her senior pictures.

I shot this in Lafayette Village in Raleigh, NC.

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.

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

http://photographybystephaniekay.com

 

Lafayette Village Photoshoot, High School Senior, Raleigh, NC

The young man pictured in these engagement photos is the son of my daughter’s second grade teacher. These two have been together since middle school! They separated (physically – not a break up) for a short period of time when they went to college, then he ended up transferring so he could be with her.

 

This photoshoot was in Raleigh at Historic Oak View Park. I photograph on-location in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Morrisville, Apex and Holly Springs in the Triangle area and Atlantic Beach, Pine Knolls Shores, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beaufort and Newport in the Crystal Coast/Carteret County.

Click here to see more of my work

http://photographybystephaniekay.com

Raleigh Engagement Photoshoot

Raleigh Engagement Photoshoot

Raleigh Engagement Photoshoot

Raleigh Engagement Photoshoot

Raleigh Engagement Photoshoot

I shot this in Oak View Park in Raleigh, NC. This was for a jewelry studio to showcase her handmade jewelry. The light in the background is called bokeh, and it is the result of light filtering through the trees and the way I set my camera and positioned the subject.

I love the feathers in her hair. That, and the turquoise jewelry add a lot of interest to this photo.

I photograph in Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Cary, Morrisville and Holly Springs in the Triangle area and Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Pine Knolls Shores, Morehead City, Beaufort and Newport on the Crystal Coast/Carteret County.

Click here to learn more about my company and to see more of my work:

http://photographybystephaniekay,.com

 

Oak View Park Photoshoot, Raleigh, NC