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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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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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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 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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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

I am very excited about my new logo! Everyone thinks it is “SO ME” and I guess I can see how they would say that. It is never too early to book your summer photoshoot in Atlantic Beach, Pine Knolls Shores or Emerald Isle!

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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.

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Snow Photoshoot in Cary, NC

Snow photoshoot in Cary, NC

Snow photoshoot in Cary, NC

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.

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Photography by Stephanie Kay
American Tobacco Campus

This is my best friend and her family at the Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach, NC. The Pier is a popular spot for photos because it adds an architectural element and cool colors to contrast with the ocean. This was a windy day and the ocean was really kicking up. This made for a really great background.

I photograph in Atlantic Beach, Pine Knolls Shores and Emerald Isle on the beaches of the glorious Crystal Coast. I also photograph in Morehead City, Newport and Beaufort along the Intracoastal Waterway.

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I came across these two beautiful mermaids at A Place At The Beach. They were just relaxing and enjoying the view.

Shot at A Place At The Beach in Atlantic Beach, NC.

I photograph in Atlantic Beach, Pine Knolls Shores and Emerald Isle.

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