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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! ūüôā  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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Baby Santa! | Raleigh baby photographers

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other holiday this little cutie will still steal your heart!  Happy Holidays! 

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Kate & Herbie Get Married | Outer Banks Wedding Photographer

This wedding was so bittersweet for me as I am sure it was for Mom and Dad.  I met this family in 2005 when I shot their first daughter, Ashley’s, bridal portrait with the wedding to follow at Duke Chapel. Gorgeous!  At the reception the Grandfather noticed my airline tags on my tripod bag indicating Hartford Airport.  I had just been there the week before shooting my cousins wedding.  As it turns out he knew my Grandmother from when she would volunteer in the local New Britain General Hospital. How small of a world is that?! The wedding was amazing and the bride beautiful and I absolutely fell in love with this family.  They are probably the nicest people you will ever meet.  Fast forward two years later to 2008 and Leslie their next daughter gets married.  I travel to Virginia for this one. And just like Ashley’s it was GORGEOUS again! But this time the theme of the reception was in an old theatre. Incredible. This family knows how to do weddings!  So it’s been 8 years since Leslie’s wedding and now it’s little Kate’s turn to get married.  And just like her sisters she’s absolutely beautiful inside and out and just like her sisters has married an amazing man.  I was so touched at this wedding at how close the family is now and back then. Despite distance both sets of in-laws from my previous weddings with the other two sisters were there to celebrate as well. Kate chose an amazing  wedding setting.  The weather was gorgeous and being in October was PERFECT since the beach was not crowded and no one was sweating to death.  The decor was INCREDIBLE. No detail left untouched. Kerri with The Proper Setting did an amazing job as did Mom and Kate giving her their vision!! From the floating candles and flowers in the pool to the beautiful beachy table settings everything was perfect. But of course the most perfect part was watching this  beautiful couple enjoy every minute of their day.  And they did! I’m a little sad this is the last one but after seeing all those beautiful children from Ashley and Leslie’s marriages and I’m sure Kate’s to come maybe I’ll be back when they are ready to  get married! In the meantime one of the reason’s I love Facebook is because at least I can still keep in touch.

This family has captured my heart as so many do. I am grateful for such an amazing job. Thank you for bringing me into your family. It has been an absolute joy to be part of so many wonderful  memories. I just wish we were closer! <3 you guys and CONGRATS Kate & Herbie!!!!

Diane

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Studio Family Portrait Sessions | Raleigh Family Photographer

So they leaves haven’t fallen off quite yet but within a week or so they will be all gone. ¬†We did these last year and it was so much less stressful. ¬†We didn’t have to worry as much about light or the weather and it was a good change of pace than the usual fall setting. ¬†So those of you looking for a little more flexibility with your time line for that last-minute Family picture for your holiday card this may just be the ticket for which you were looking. Feel free to contact us to set up a session! info@dianemckinney.com

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Tiffany & Niklaus Fall Engagement Photography | Raleigh Photographers

Tiffany and Niklaus drove all the way from Florida just to have a photo session with the fall leaves that are so prominent here in the Carolinas. ¬†While the leaves weren’t quite in full peak it didn’t make it any less beautiful a¬†session. ¬†Could these two be any more gorgeous?! I love their chemistry. ¬†Congrats on your engagement Tiffany and Niklaus!

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The W Family | Raleigh Family Photographer

Isn’t this family adorable. It seems like yesterday I was shooting big sister with her little sister at about 6 months old. They grow up so fast and what a good-looking family! ¬†I can’t decide which of these will be the perfect choice for their Christmas card but I must say I am loving Mom’s blanket!

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How to dress for a photoshoot | Avoiding Moiré Patterns

This was a great article that came out from one of my pro labs and I thought it would be helpful to those of you who are always wondering what you should wear to a photo shoot. ¬†The key is have fun with your outfit, use complimentary colors with your family or all wear the same color (in the same hue usually) but avoid the following prints and patterns below so you don’t ruin your pictures.

Avoiding Moiré Patterns
Have you ever seen a distracting pattern on a person’s shirt when watching television? This effect, known as a moir√© pattern, is caused by geometric elements of the shirt conflicting with the image sensor.¬† In dSLRs, moir√© patterns occur because the image sensors are arranged in a specific matrix pattern that can conflict with patterns on the subject. The patterns aren’t visible through the viewfinder, because you’re not looking at what the image sensor is picking up.

 

It’s generally best to advise your clients not to wear geometric patterns in clothing when being photographed.¬† However, if you do have a subject with a tight geometric pattern on an article of clothing, then you should shoot a test shot. When you download the test shot to a computer, make sure to view it at 100 percent and at the final size you’ll be using for the image because this is where a moir√© pattern is most likely to present itself – different magnifications of the digital image in image-editing software may represent it differently.

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