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  • Why, hey there!

    Thanks for taking the time to check out the life and times of this one woman shop! With a big heart, especially for the military, I love to get to know each and every one of my clients. This best helps me to serve you and to design a session that will be a fun and interesting experience. Whether you are looking for a commercial job or a personal portrait, I am happy to create for you. I am a lover of all things vintage, fashion and photo journalism, and my style blends all of those to bring your session to life.

    My husband and I spend time absorbed in history and all things arts & crafts, exploring our new surroundings in North Carolina and of course playing with our little fur babies!

    I am a big 'ol history nerd and I fancy music, video games, critters and of course art! If you want to know more, head on over to the 'about me' section. Please feel free to share, pin, comment and be as active as possible here! I look forward to working with you soon!

Time to Show! Exhibition in Greenville, NC

Hey there!

It’s been quite some time since my last exhibit, way too long, actually! I recently had the pleasure of working with what has become one of my favourite jewelry designers, Lisette Fee of Eilisain Jewelry. Seriously. You have to stop what you’re doing, and click right here (eilisainjewelry.com) and look at the amazing works of art she’s producing. Hailing from the small city (cough…town) of Greenville, NC, she is taking the jewelry world by storm. I happened to meet her accidentally at a fashion show last year while I was visiting prior to my move here. I fell in love with the designs! This collection is very special to her, as it is to me. This specific collection is called Asteria, being inspired by the Greek Goddess of the night sky. We spoke a lot about the cosmos, stars, the galaxy… ahh, all things I adore!

So won’t you come out and meet me, browse some of our work and maybe even book a shoot for yourself? I will have information for fashion portraits and boudoir sessions available! Information on the gallery is below.

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Starlight Cafe will be hosting the opening reception, Friday September 5th from 6-9 pm. Our closing reception will be Friday, October 3 from 6-9 pm at Art Avenue. Come and join us for photos, jewelry, laughter and fun-with two specialty cocktail drinks inspired by Asteria available!

Personally, I will have prints of the editorial spreads available, as well as prints from my other collections; such as: The Evil Queen, as well as other favourites! Selections will be available in 5×7′s and 8×10′s, with special orders of 11×14 and larger available. See something you like on the main website? Let me know and I can have your print available for you at the exhibit!

We worked together with a great creative team showcasing some of the best of Uptown Greenville, so I want to send thanks to each of you:

Of course thank you to Lisette Fee of Eilisain Jewelry for selecting me for the F/W (Fall/Winter) version of her look book

My amazing model, Jena Perez (click here for her info)

My incredible assistant, model and great supporter, Noel Lowery (she’s also been a frequent model of mine! Click here for her info)

Gorgeous, flawless makeup by Leticia Huether of HueLaLa Esthetics

Perfect, Greek inspired hair by Candace of Schroko’s Hair Studio

A beautiful selection of clothing and shoes provided by Paula at The Closet Consignment Boutique

Ridiculously beautiful, tasty drinks provided by Jimmy, head mixologist at our location….

which brings me to an incredibly enormous thank you to Kelly and everyone at Starlight Cafe. The location is stunning, and they are also hosting the opening reception for the gallery!

I can’t wait to see you all! Come out and support local art and local businesses… Enjoy your First Friday ArtWalk in Greenville!

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Happy Independence Day, America!

Hi everyone! I know that us folks here in NC are getting ready to batten down the hatches for this hurricane coming in, and most of us won’t get a chance to enjoy some fireworks–So enjoy them for us! One of these days I’ll get to do fireworks photos… one of these days…. Anywho! I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of my amazing clients, my wonderful models — and most certainly my fantastic husband for all the love and support so far this year! Thank you to all of my fellow military families that serve and support, and to all of the incredible veterans that served to protect this great nation. You all make me proud to be an American!

Love you all! Be safe, and have a happy Independence day!

(PS: If you are a service member or immediate family member, or a Veteran–contact me by Monday 7 July 2014 to book a session and receive a special discount as a thank you!)

4TH-OF-JULY

Today I bid Adieu to OpLove

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For over three years I have had the pleasure of being a part of a wonderful program called Operation: Love Reunited. I have had the pleasure to shoot over 50 homecomings and deployments as a gift to our military service members and their family in both Florida and North Carolina. It has been an amazing point in my life where I am blessed to see people at their happiest moment: the moment their eyes meet with their hero for the first time in months. I have also been blessed to be trusted with the emotional heartbreak that is a deployment. To be there with someone that you’ve only just met and document their loved one going off for months, it is a very powerful thing.

I have heard stories about how people met on deployment and fell madly in love. I have heard stories about how they rushed to put the house together, to repaint his man cave for him, or even to move back into town and prep the house all just moments before the arrival. I have a sailor propose to his girlfriend the moment he saw her through a crowd, and her elated yes still sticks with me today. Everyone’s stories are special to me, and I am so pleased that I was able to offer my services to them gratis through OpLove.

It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my hiatus from Operation: Love Reunited. Due to my new location and the distance it takes me to get to the bases, I unfortunately can no longer offer free sessions through OpLove. As of June 1, 2014, all OpLove session inquiries will be responded to with two options: I can forward your information to another OpLove photographer or we can discuss your homecoming session options with DeKay Photography!

Sessions for homecoming, deployment and “while you’re away” are still available through DeKay Photography, no matter what base you are located at, no matter what time of day or what time of year. There are no limits to the amount of sessions you can get, no limits to the amount of items you can purchase and there is definitely no rules on whether you or your service member get the photos!

Session fees are very affordable, and there is even a payment plan available! The best part? I can guarantee your session date with a paid session, where I could not with OpLove!

 

To all my OpLove families, I am so incredibly grateful that you selected me as your photographer and that you let me into your life, into your private moments and that you allowed me to document all of those moments! I look forward to many more life events with you all!

 

For a homecoming, deployment, while you’re away or boudoir session, please email me directly: Dekayphoto@gmail.com for more information and to schedule your date! Also, be sure to “like” us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with specials, casting calls and events!

 

xoxo,

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Miss S.: Brave outdoor boudoir sneak peek!

Why hey there!

So, Miss S. is a friend of mine that has been oh so scared to do her own boudoir session. Finally, one day she was driving along and said… You know what? I deserve it! She sent me a text right away, and we got to planning. Now this is a super secret squirrel kind of session, so even her sneak peek had to be Top Secret. Hell, I even debated on having a sneak peek! But, after processing these images…. I just can’t hold back! I found an image that focused on the flowers in front of her, and left her very sexy body out of focus a little. Perfect image for a secret sneak peek!

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Lets schedule your GORGEOUS boudoir session! Whether it’s outdoors, indoors, at a carnival or on a rooftop–we can make your session completely our own. Just email me today and we can make your dream become reality!

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Beauty products for your boudie sesh!

So I am part of this great social network called Influenster. The more you’re recognized by social media, the more interesting things you’re eligible for. Pretty cool right? Oh, and I’m not paid in any way shape or form by Influenster, Nivea or Kiss. I’m just a sucker for some freebies and love that they send me these goodies to test out!

What’s even more cool is that I just got my first “VoxBox” for Spring and it had some things in there that I wanted to share with you. I do love me some lotion, especially for boudoir sessions. It’s really important to be hydrated, but it’s also really important for you to lotion up. You want your skin to look dewy, fresh and young. Well, in this VoxBox, they included some of Nivea’s new Q10 skin firming hydration lotion. I was a bit reluctant to try it out because my skin is super sensitive to lotions. I mean, if I use the wrong lotion, my skin looks like the bubbly skin of a toad. Not sexy, right? This didn’t do it to me. It’s really smoothing, even on my hands that were completely alligator hide due to cooking most of my afternoon away. My hands are nice and smooth, but not greasy. It even made my super dry legs look like my skin is very hydrated… which.. uh.. It’s not. Coffee has been my friend today! So, throw a bottle of Nivea’s Q10 skin firming and hydrating lotion in your bag when you come visit me for your session. It’ll make a huge difference!

If you click the image to the left, you can purchase this awesome lotion for super cheap on Amazon!

 

 

Now the next product I wanted to tell you about is Kiss “Ever lasting French” nails. It’s a glue on nail with a chip resistant French finish. I haven’t tested these out yet, because… as I said above, I’ve been Suzy Homemaker today. BUT… I’m looking at these, and they are the perfect French tip. just enough pink to make your nails look healthy, coupled with a beautiful French white. If you aren’t a big manicure person, this might be a great answer to your needs! Or, if you don’t want him to notice that you’ve done something that strays really far from what you normally do…. Pop these on, then pop them off after your session! Hah. Sneaky sneaky!

 

I also got a full sized sample of Rimmel’s “Scandaleyes” mascara, but I have yet to test that baby out. It says that you’ll get full, 60′s style lashes…. but we shall see!

So what is your favourite product that you must have in your beauty regimen? What do you think is the one thing absolutely necessary for a boudoir session? Share your thoughts!

xoxo,

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