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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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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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Lauren & Adam’s Wedding | Raleigh Wedding Photographers at Caffe Luna & Peace College

Wow!  There just aren’t words.  The wedding was so beautiful.  The bride’s dress was absolutely beautiful so combined with those gorgeous blue eyes she was a knock out!  And I LOVE her choice of dress.  My girls are a little obsessed with say “YES TO THE DRESS” so when I saw this dress and how absolutely perfect it fit her I just knew had she been on TV we would have all been yelling YES! 

 The wedding was at Peace College which really is a beautiful place to photograph. The chandeliers just make the ambiance of the ceremony and the window light is a photographer’s dream.  Adam was so funny too.  He had us all laughing then crying during the ceremony which of course in turn made Lauren laugh and cry.  

Then we were off for a little shooting downtown then to the reception at Caffe Luna, another of my favorites.  Not only is the food to die for but again the natural light is incredible. And I love the arches which truly do give it an old romantic feel to the whole place.  But other than the first dance which is alway my favorite at the reception the only thing that came a close second was Lauren dancing with her Grandfather.  So sweet.  Thank you so much for letting me be part of such a special day!  

And a big thanks to Plume Events for making all the little details come alive as well as the flowers!

Diane <3

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Baby G 3 Week Newborn Session | Photographers Raleigh NC

Oh what a little cutie Baby G was for his first photo shoot.  Sweet little boy and how adorable is he in that outfit and that bucket as well as pretty much EVERY shot.  Love my tiny baby days. <3 

Welcome to the world Baby G! 

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Baby M 6 Week Photos Sneak Peek | Newborn Photography

Ok so baby M isn’t quite a newborn anymore but she missed that firs 2-3 window but she did it like a champ at 6 weeks!!!  And isn’t she SO adorable?!!!  So if you think you missed that newborn photo window there is hope yet to get those cute naked sleepy baby pictures! 🙂  Thanks Mom and Dad for sharing her with me. She was a doll!

Diane

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2016 A Year in Review | Raleigh Photographers

Another great year!  I am so grateful for amazing clients, a wonderful family and a job I love.  Here are just some of the fabulous people I photographed this year.  Thanks to all everyone for making it such a wonderful year.  I am looking forward to 2017 and all the great changes and awesome new staff we have brought on to make Diane McKinney Photography even better! Besides our fabulous staff all weddings this year will be 100% through Diane McKinney Photography like years past vs. our partnership last year.  More later on new changes coming… I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday and a fabulous time ringing in the new year.  

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