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Results are in!

So this is a bit late, and apparently, I’m not that great at blogging. I love to entertain, but I very much so dislike flaunting my achievements. But, that is definitely part of business and letting you folks know what I’m up to these days!

Once a year, I enter a majour contest called “Shoot & Share”. Photographers world wide contribute their sessions from the past year and it is voted on (BLINDLY!) by awesome people like you. No one knows whose image is what, and it makes for less of a popularity contest than most contest I’ve ever entered. This is my second year entering, and I had quite a few surprises! I placed in the top 100 for a few of my images, and I am really excited to share them with you today.

So… where to begin? Um, well. I AM A FINALIST! I got a lovely pin that helps commemorate such a neat achievement. Overall, for my work, there were 2 top 100 placers, 2 top 10%, 2 top 20% and 1 top 30%. What a nerve wracking, fun and extremely rewarding adventure! Here’s the sweet little pin I got for being a finalist this year!

 

Thanks for sharing in my excitement on this crazy crazy ride. It was months ago that this all happened, but as we’ve already established, I’m not so great at blogging. I’m going to try to be better, getting at least 1-2 posts up a month if I can. I have a TON of amazing sessions to share from the past few months, let alone, the past ….. FOREVER! Here are screen grabs of the results (excuse the quality, the placing and where I landed overall. Thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait to show you more!

 

Also, if you haven’t already, please take a moment to visit me on Instagram. I am far more active there than anywhere else and I’d love to show you what is new! Thanks for being a part of my life, my travels and for helping me to make my dreams come true. Now, let me help you make YOUR dreams come true!

 

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Asteria

Once upon a time (like, 2014!), I worked with Lisette Fee of Eilisain Jewelry in Greenville, NC. We had fantastic locations to work with, and chose the Starlight Cafe. Our amazing model, Jena, was perfection to work with, as she always is. Jimmy Ingenito, the head mixologist of Starlight Cafe even made incredibly delicious custom concoctions to be featured alongside of the jewelry and model.

These pieces featured were from Lisette’s newest line inspired by the Greek Goddess, Asteria. The inspiration was based off of the Greek Titan goddess of falling stars and perhaps of nighttime divination such as oneiromancy (by dreams) and astrology (by stars). She was the mother of Hekate (Hecate), goddess of witchcraft, by the Titan Perses.

“Earthshaker Poseidon, enamoured did not affright me, as he did the chaste Asteria, whom he hunted to and fro in the sea, riding restless before the changing wind, until Apollon rooted her in the waves immovable.” Nonnus, Dionysiaca 

 

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Baby, it’s cold outside!

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Brr! The weather has FINALLY started to get chilly. You know what that means! Warm drinks (I love the cinnamon blend from B&N), warm snuggles, and my favourite: Scarves!

This is also the time we all dread (sort of)…. Shopping for holiday gifts. Personally, I make a lot of my gifts, and I give a lot of prints! Why not take a page from that book, and give your own prints this holiday.

During the winter season, I offer special boudoir sessions, and I even give an additional discount for those that want to be incredibly brave and play in the snow in their lingerie. What a beautiful thought…. Snow and lace!

I am happy to announce the special for this winter: 2 prints that you can give of your two favourite images from your set PLUS  a 25% discount on anything from the boutique that you’d like–including canvas and wall prints or books. This even applies to the high-end Luxe albums!

If you’d like to make a day of it, bring a few girl friends and lets turn it in to a boudie party. Every lady there will receive extra goodies, and you’ll receive an additional credit! Make sure to book your session ASAP, as this package is only available to 10 clients! Book and complete your session by December 10th for a Christmas delivery!

I can’t wait to meet you and to show you how beautiful you are!

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Your FAQ Answers!

Hey there everyone!

I have been getting lots of inquiries, but with inquiries come great questions! I’ll be using this blog to answer some of the most frequently asked questions and to help clear up any fears you may have about a session!

Today I’ll be covering a question that is near and dear to my heart — one that I have helped fight for, and that I believe in completely…. This is a very controversial question, and may make people decide that ultimately I am not the photographer for them because of my beliefs.

Client Question: Do you shoot same sex couples boudoir? Do you do same sex engagements and weddings? Basically, are you gay friendly?

Answer: A RESOUNDING…….YES!

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DeKay Photo(Note: These ladies are models, and are not actually a same-sex couple. This is an editorial representation of  a same-sex boudoir session.)

North Carolina: Love is EQUAL!

If you are LGBT, you are welcome here. I do not discriminate. I personally love the LGBT community and have fought for equality. I am a firm believer in Love. I’m a Pisces, an old soul and a person that believes love can conquer all! I believe in passion and the pursuit of love and happiness, so why should you NOT have some gorgeous engagement and wedding photos? Why should you NOT have some steamy boudoir photos as a gift for that loved one?

I say shenanigans! There is no reason why you should not have those things. So here at DeKay Photography, I welcome you completely-for any and all sessions that I offer. Don’t be nervous. We are all the same inside-BEAUTIFUL! There are no boundaries to love, so there are no boundaries here!

So take this time to think about what kind of session you want. Do you love your partner like crazy? Want to surprise them and have your engagement session documented? Why not have a steamy boudoir session-especially if one (0r both) of you are military and are getting ready to deploy! Or… Has that special day finally come for you (CONGRATS… In so many ways!) and you’re ready to find a photographer for ALL your needs: boudoir, engagement and wedding…. Lets do this!

 

I can’t wait to meet you! Contact me today to book!

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Mrs. Mystery: Boudoir for a newlywed!

2014-10-14_0002 So this lady is hot. No, I mean smokin’ hot. She’s spent months in the gym preparing herself for what she really wanted to see, and boy oh boy did she get there. Her wedding was just recently, and a photographer that I am acquainted with had the pleasure of shooting her wedding…..I was completely envious! She was so stunning in her dress, the photos were totally mind blowing.

We had a few consultations after she had originally gone with another photographer for her boudie sesh, and had a kind of rough experience. Time to make it right! She’s such a beauty, inside and out. It was a pleasure getting to spend time with her, and when we got to the day of her session…. it was so much fun, we completely lost track of time! This is the kind of lady that is so pretty that I could just keep shooting all day. During the session, we laughed, we joked and as to be expected-she just completely rocked this! The hair. Her makeup (which she did herself!), the cute lingerie she picked (and will be modeling for her new hubby) and oh yeah…. THAT RING! Dear Mr. Mystery, you picked a winner–both in a wife and in the gorgeous rock you gave her!

Unfortunately, I can’t share a lot of the images from her session, since her job is a rather public one. So these little gems are a few to show you how stunning and fun a session can be!

 

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So after she realized that the original photographer she was going to book with just wasn’t for her, she decided to make a change. We spent weeks designing a custom, couture session that would highlight her most favourite attributes, spark a new passion in her brand-spankin’ new hubby, and most of all? To inspire her self confidence. Why not take her lead and contact me today to learn how we can incorporate your lifestyle into your session!

From now until Oct 31, 2014, if you book your session or sign up for the newsletter you will receive a $50 discount for your session!

Can’t wait to meet you!

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