I thought that moving to an entirely new city, state, zip code… 2,500 miles away from a lifetime, that my life would slow down a bit. I was greatly mistaken. Raleigh has been incredible to our family and in addition to giving us four seasons, a home with a yard and lots of friendly people, it’s give us tremendous professional opportunities. One of my many projects, in addition taking care of my beautiful girls, my wonderful husband and our obnoxious cats, is handling the photography, social media and [under construction] website for Midtown Grille in North Hills.
While I have quickly made new friends and already picked up business, in my new town, I’m wistful of the days that I had shoots scheduled weekly, if not daily. I really LOVE shooting and love getting to know new people; some of my closest friends, started out as clients! I am so lucky that my love of photography became my occupation, an occupation that afforded me the luxury and flexibility to be a stay at home mom and an occupation that connected me to the world around me. I spent so much time shooting in some of California’s most gorgeous places and while I miss the friends I made, the constant barrage of sun and the ocean air, I am giddy and anxious make new connections, here in Raleigh!
The most common question I get when families are preparing for a photo session is, “what should we wear?” I, personally, like when families wear complimentary clothes and colors but not necessarily match or wear identical outfits. The reason being, is that when you all wear the same thing, your individual personalities aren’t properly being portrayed, unless of course, this is something you do on a daily basis. I also tend to have a preference for solid colors and avoidance of busy patterns that can be distracting. Below are four examples of photo shoots I did with my family and how we coordinated our color schemes.
So, in summary, pick a base color or specific outfit and add to it according to colors that would compliment or showcase it. And choose clothes that are your style! If you don’t wear dresses, don’t choose the day of your photo session to try one out, you won’t feel like yourself and it’ll show.
When you are a mom and a photographer and in the midst of your very first snow storm, what else is there to do but get the camera out and traumatize your children… well, freeze them at the least! For Alexandra’s first birthday photo shoot, we took her down to sunny Toes Beach in Playa del Rey… Charlotte’s shoot was a bit colder!
I’m looking out my Raleigh office window and all I see is white. The snow is coming down, as hard as I’ve ever seen, and I feel totally elated to be enjoying my first snowy winter. It wasn’t two months ago that I was sporting flip flops and shorts and venturing out to the beach first thing in the morning to capture the Watson Family and tiny Roxy – so appropriately named for a cute little California girl! I must admit that I really, really miss L.A. and and have an entirely new appreciation for it BUT I am also really enjoying Raleigh and look forward to all of my photographic adventures to come – be it in flip flops or snow shoes.
The cool thing about moving to an entirely new place is that you can “reinvent” yourself or at least slip into a different and fresh routine and grow, in a new way. I spent the first several years of my career shooting hundreds and hundreds of weddings and then I started having children and ended up spending a majority of my time shooting pregnancies, newborns and growing families – all of which I loved tremendously! In between those shoots, I traveled and I explored and I photographed things that captured the times and places in my life that were about me, my experiences and my creative expression and weren’t about capturing other people’s emotions and life events. I peppered our walls with my favorites and kept a growing folder of favorites that I didn’t have wall space for. Here I am now, in Raleigh, in a new place, with a new routine and more wall space… not necessarily reinventing myself, but adding to my repertoire and revealing more about myself and my body of work. The platform that I have chosen, as an extension of my newly found wall space and for sharing my history is Etsy. I’m starting with a shop that sells photographic prints and Fine Art Gallery Wrap Canvases and who knows what will evolve from there. Below is a sampling of the work that I will be showcasing.
Felicia Perry Photography is offering Mini Photo Sessions in Raleigh for a limited time! Each session is $100 and includes a 45-minute session for up to five family members, five high-res digital files, the option to purchase prints at a discounted rate and/or all of the high-res files.
This offer is available for sessions scheduled within five miles of the 27612 zip code. It may not be combined with any other offers and is available for a limited time only. There is a fee of $25 for each additional person.