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Jenny & Andrew Cafe Luna Wedding | Raleigh Photography

One of the things I love about shooting weddings is learning what makes each couple so special.  Everyone has their story and each is unique and beautiful.  For me it was the maid of honor and best man’s toast that brought me to near tears.  What they said was beautiful and funny no doubt but it was really the look in the groom’s eyes as he stared at his new bride that totally GOT ME.  I am putting this one shot first and the rest will be the sneak peek for Jenny and Andrew. But I love this shot.  You can visible see how helplessly in love he is with this beautiful girl.  It was an amazing day and Jenny and Andrew didn’t let a little rain get in their way of having the best time. 

Thank you for choosing me for such a special day!  Loved every minute! 

Diane

P.S. LOVE THE SHOES!

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Love the look he’s giving her…

 

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Graduation NC State Nikki & Friends | Raleigh Photography

I can’t believe it has already been 4 years since we did her high school gradation photos.  My how time flies. But this beautiful girl is now graduating college and will be off in the real world.  Grab it with both hands Nikki! You’re going to be amazing! 

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Baby O is here! | Raleigh Newborn Photography

Here’s Mom’s sneak peek!

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Looking for Their Forever Home

Just a touch over a year ago I saw a video on Facebook that really moved me.  It was about kids aging out of the foster care system and never finding their forever home.  Can you imagine never having a house to go home to for Christmas or Thanksgiving?  Well some kids never do until they make families of their own. At the time I saw this video we were in the process of moving, I was changing a lot of aspects of the business so life was crazy, but I didn’t forget so finally after a year of changes we’ve settled down and I finally contacted Forever Family and 7 Homes.  Today I met the most amazing kids. We were doing a spot light on each kid so that future parents can meet these amazing kids and see more than just the front page of their profile (history).   And a special THANKS to Triangle Rock Climbing in Morrisville and Rise Biscuits and Donuts at Southpoint who took time out of their schedules and in the middle of their business day to spend time with these great kids and let us film and shoot. 

So meet Hayden!

Hayden was an absolute cutie!  With an easy with a smile, into video games, and very proud of his very cool black and red sneakers captured my heart.  He wasn’t so sure about rock climbing at first but by the end he had scaled the tallest wall!  So here’s Hayden!

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raleigh commercial photographersMeet Anghel!

Anghel is SUCH A charmer!  All smiles and laughs and what the dresser!  He came for his photo shoot in what most adults would struggle to pull off.  This kid has style!  This kid has a lot to offer. He’s an awesome kid.

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Meet Alivia!

What a sweet girl!  With those beautiful blue eyes, amazing smile and a warm hug she charmed everyone in Rise Biscuits and Donuts.  She was such an attentive learner as Brian the owner and partner told her everything about this amazing business and Terry taught her how to make some super delicious donuts.  And thanks to Brian for feeding this whole crew too!  DELICIOUS! I mean this is the real deal chicken. So meet Alivia!

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Awarded One of the Best Family Photographers in Raleigh

I am always surprised when I get one of these awards out of the blue.  But it is truly an honor to be recognized.  I absolutely love my clients and am glad that my love translates to my work. 

Thanks to all my amazing families that made this possible!

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My Funny Valentine | Baby Valentine Photography

How would you love having this little cutie for your Valentine?!  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  #BabyValentinePhotography #RaleighBabyPhotographers #RaleighPhotographers #DianeMcKinneyPhotography

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Alexa & Zach’s Engagement Session in Charleston

Well what a fun trip!  Gorgeous bride to be, handsome groom to be and a killer location for an engagement session with a wedding to follow in October!  Ok so it’s late and I want to get this sneak peek up for them so I will write more later.  You guys look adorable!!!  Can’t wait for the wedding.

Enjoy your sneak peek! 🙂  

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How to Retouch Baby Drool

Ok so probably not the most exciting subject but I do have a lot of amateur and professional photographers alike that follow my blog. So as I was retouching a client tonight with a typical problem that pops up especially around 3 months when they are teething, I thought it might be nice just to screen record the retouch so you can see how it is done.  Now with that said it is ALWAYS best to just get the burp cloth and try to get it or you will spend HOURS and HOURS if you give quite a few pictures or your client ends up with less pictures because it is to labor intensive to do them all so as always try to do it right in camera first. But with that said, there could be that 2 or 3 awesome shots you can’t live without, but don’t throw them out. Just try this little trick.  Good luck! 

 

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The Photography Studio gets a Refresher

We did a little painting update as with white floors it can be a challenge to keep clean even with mopping! Also if you hadn’t seen it before we’ve added a couch to make family portraits in the studio a little more fun with the high key window in the back ground. We are loving entertaining our clients here and can you say LOVE NATURAL LIGHT!!!!  Oh and shockingly pets are welcome! 🙂

So whether we are shooting newborns, babies, children, families, head shots or meeting with brides about their weddings we love being in this space. Some come see us!

*by appt. only   (LOL-had to throw that in there)

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Sitting area for new mommies, meeting with brides and family portraits.

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Desk where we get to business

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Shoot space

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View from the door into the shooting area and prop space

Sitting area for new mommies, meeting with brides and family portraits.

Sitting area for new mommies, meeting with brides and family portraits.

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H is Horse Crazy | Child Photographer Raleigh NC

Well, for those who know me know my girls ride so photographing other people enjoying the equestrian sport is a pure joy.  And boy can these girls ride!  We were going to do a portrait shoot as well as part of their lesson but Mr. Sun wouldn’t cooperate so look forward to another post in the future of these girls dressed up with their horses.  

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