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Holly is an experienced portrait photographer specializing in on-location, natural light, newborn, baby, toddler, children, and family modern fine art photography. Combining a love for photography and children, Holly Marie Photography was created in 2006.
Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Carrboro, and Pittsboro, North Carolina

Currently booking sessions through the end of November.
    919-623-1484     Apex, NC    

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Holly is an experienced portrait photographer who has been specializing in modern fine art baby and child photography in the Raleigh-Durham area since 2006.  Her photography sessions take place on location – in her clients’ homes, local gardens, parks, and downtown areas.

Holly’s love for art and photography began at an early age.  As a child, she spent much time studying family photos and appreciating how they captured the way people and things had changed.  As a teenager, she received her first SLR film camera as a gift, beginning her journey in photography.

With almost 20 years experience working with children as a camp counselor and educator (BA & MA in education), and years of actively studying photography, Holly developed a style that captures a child’s innocence and sense of wonder.  Combining a love for photography and children, Holly Marie Photography was created in 2006.

Holly’s organic approach calls for the use of natural lighting and she looks for genuine expression.  Her candid photos show the many facets of a child’s personality and capture a moment in time that will be treasured.  Her simplistic instinctive style is easily recognizable.  She transforms plain everyday moments into works of art.

Holly's portfolio and client satisfaction are highly regarded.  When you book a session with Holly, you can be confident that the portraits you receive will be consistent with the images you see in her portfolio.  Satisfaction is guaranteed.

Mini sessions

Include one 20-minute outdoor portrait session with your immediate family, up to three groupings (siblings, family, parent/child, or individuals - each child counts as one), and 10-12 images shown in an online gallery. Appropriate for babies (sitting up unassisted or held by a parent), children, families, or senior portraits.

Individual Mini Session $50
A mini session booked individually at an outdoor location within 20 miles of Apex. A list of locations will be provided. Individually booked mini sessions at locations more than 20 miles from Apex (but no more than 30) can be booked with a deposit. Contact Holly for more information.

Private Mini Session Events
Private mini session events with your friends and/or family are also available upon request, with a minimum of three back to back scheduled sessions. The fee for each mini session is $50. Complimentary session fee for hostess/coordinator and a $25 referral print credit for each new client that books. Sessions can take place in your home or at an outdoor location within 30 miles of Apex (this includes Duke Gardens). A list of locations will be provided.

Signature Sessions

Include a 1-2 hour portrait session with your immediate family, unlimited groupings (individuals, siblings, family, and parent/child).  Appropriate for newborns, babies, children, families, or senior portraits.
She is a natural light photographer, so most of her sessions take place outdoors at local gardens, parks, downtown areas, or in her clients' backyards.  When booking a signature session with Holly, she will help you choose a location that will be the perfect backdrop for your family's images.

Signature Sessions can also take place in your home:  in a big comfy chair or just playing on the floor with the wall as a backdrop.  Indoor natural light sessions will need to take place near a window or doorway in a sun-lit room. Artificial light can be added to boost the natural light if needed on a cloudy day or in a dimly lit home.

These sessions are casual, relaxed, and not rushed (lasting up to two hours), so your children will have time to warm up to being photographed.  She is often found talking, singing, and playing with the children to create natural smiles and expressions.
Holly does not pose children or families, but rather places them in an appropriate place for the image she wants to create.  She then captures them naturally often letting them sit or stand as they are comfortable, yielding images that are a true representation of your child and his/her personality.

Newborn Signature Sessions 

Holly loves newborns!  Her newborn sessions take place in your home, where your new family is most comfortable.  Sessions with a sleeping baby are usually best if completed within the first 2 weeks, when babies are less alert and aware of their surroundings.
Please contact Holly during your pregnancy to reserve a possible time frame for your newborn session.  A session fee is needed to reserve a spot on Holly's calendar.  When your baby is born, the exact day and time will be scheduled.  You just never know when your baby will arrive!

Booking Information

Holly conducts outdoor sessions early in the morning (2 hours after sunrise) and later in the afternoon/early evening (3 hours before sunset).  There is more shade during those times since the sun is low in the sky and often behind buildings and trees.  This helps Holly avoid harsh shadows that can be created from direct sunlight on the face.   All the outdoor images you see in her portfolio were taken during those times.
If you want to schedule an indoor session at your home, the time is much more flexible and can be booked during the mid to late morning.  This often works best for young babies.

After your appointment is scheduled, you will receive a link to a client site.  It will contain session information, a price list, model release, and session agreement with the agreed upon pricing and expectations.  The session fee, agreement, and optional model release are due within 7 days to hold your spot.

The Baby Plan helps you celebrate and record the milestones of your baby’s first year.  Purchase two signature sessions within a year and receive a third complimentary signature session at no charge (session fee is waived).

Many of Holly’s clients choose to schedule the three sessions when their baby is a newborn, at 6-7 months (sitting), and at one year (standing/walking); however the baby plan can be started at any age.

Newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your home.  Sessions with a sleeping baby are usually best if completed within the first 2 weeks, while the baby is less alert and aware of their surroundings.  Please call during your pregnancy to reserve a possible time frame for your newborn session.

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