Portraits Tips, Tricks, Hints

Casey and Lace

A good portrait doesn’t always have to be straight forward. Sometimes by integrating an unexpected design element or perspective the results can be quite stunning. I find this image from a recent studio session quite appealing. You can see just enough of Casey to recognize that she’s a lovely young lady. Yet enough is obscured to create a sense of mystery to pique one’s curiosity. I hope you enjoy this tight crop portrait as much as I do.

In this version the crop is less radical but the lace continues to add a hint of mystery.

A less radical crop of Casey behind lace taken at my Newport, NC photography studio.


Meet Lefty… There Really is a Santa!

Lefty spent a little time in the studio this evening. With his natural white beard and jovial mannerism one can’t help but find themself believing in Santa.

Lefty, a retired Marine, is perfect in the role of Santa Claus.

Portraits Special Offers

Looking For Senior Representatives

Searching for Senior representatives from West Carteret, Croatan, East Carteret and Havelock High Schools. Want some Senior photos that are something a little different… kind of special… a bit “out of the box?” Here’s your chance chance to not only get some images that really express you individuality, but to get them at no cost! It’s time to start thinking about senior photos for the class of 2010. I’m looking for two Senior representatives each from; West Carteret High School, East Carteret High School, Croatan High School and Havelock High School. In exchange for helping me find classmates for clients each Senior Rep will receive:

• One free in-studio portrait session.
• One free on-location portrait session.
• One 8×10 print of their choice.
• Two 5×7 prints of their choice.
• Three e-files suitable for sharing via Facebook, Myspace and various electronic devices.
• A 5×5 “Memory Book” with images from their sessions.
• 20% off print orders from their senior portrait sessions.
• Fifty Photo referral cards to share with their friends and help them earn reprint credit.

In addition to the above the Senior Reps will receive a $20 credit towards print purchases for every classmate that they refer that books a Senior Portrait session with me. The classmates they refer will also receive a discount on their sessions. This program provides a wonderful oppotunity to area High School Seniors to earn photography credits and special discounts.

There are a few simple terms and conditions. The Senior Representative’s photo sessions must be completed at least 8 weeks prior to the end of their Junior year. A model release must be signed by at least one of the Senior Representative’s parents or guardians. To receive credit referred classmate must present the Senior Reprentative’s referral card. Credits are only issued upon completion of the referred senior’s session.

How ’bout it Class of 2010! Any takers?

Business Portraits

New Site: Photos At The Beach!

I still have a photo gallery to build but my new site, www.; is live!. I chose to go with a blogsite rather than a traditional website for this project. The site is targeted at beach and location portraits. Areas I service for this kind of portrait session include Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Salter Path and Emerald Isle. I also service waterfront communities such as Beaufort, Morehead City, Harkers Island, Swansboro and Jacksonville. I’d love to hear what you think so feel free to comment away on the new blogsite.


Senior Girl, Dani

A high school senior, Dani will graduate this spring. I’ve had the pleasure of making her portraits on a couple of occassions in the past but this is the first time taking her photo in the studio.

Dani and a white-hot background. I offer sessions in New Bern, Jacksonville and Havelock North Carolina.

Dani, class of 2009.  Senior portraits sessions can be scheduled in nearby Jacksonville, New Bern, Swansboro and Havelock as well as along the Crystal Coast.

A simple headshot in my Newport North Carolina Portrait studio. Bridal and Engagement portraits are also available.  I travel to most local communities such as Oriental, New Bern, Havelock, Jacksonville and Swansboro.

Carteret county high school senior portrait available for students from Croatan, West Carteret, East Carteret and Havelock High Schools.

Not quite graduation photo, portrait shoots are available on location as well as in my Newport, North Carolina photo studio.


A Portrait Session for Mark

Mark stopped by after the Newport Christmas Parade. Here’s a few of my quick picks.

Portrait session after the Newport Christmas Parade.  I offer location portrait sessions in Historic Down Town New Bern, at Union Point Park and other Craven county locations.

Portrait session after the Newport Christmas Parade.  Jacksonville, North Carolina also provides many possibilities for location portrait sessions.

Portrait session after the Newport Christmas Parade.  Portrait sessions can be scheduled in Oriental, at Minnesot Beach, near Arapahoe and at other Pamilico county locations.

Portrait session after the Newport Christmas Parade.  In addition to portraits, R. D. Decker Photography offers wedding photography in New Bern, Jacksonville, Swansboro, James City and other eastern Carolina communities.


CJ & Cassey

Some more family portrait fun from my Newport, North Carolina photo studio!

Black & White Portrait, 226 Chatham Street, Newport, NC

CJ & Cassey: A couple's portrait in color.

Family portrait in black & white by R. D. Decker Photography, serving the NC coast.


Mo & Nick

From a casual portrait session, Mo & Nick. You can just feel the love in these.

I'll Tell You a Secret - R. D. Decker Photography studio, 226 Chatham St., Newport, NC

Look Me in the Eyes - RDD Photos, Newport, NC - by appointment only


Meet EJ: Child Portraiture!

A quick little session with EJ… isn’t he cute?

Shot in the Newport, NC studio

EJ at 226 Chatham Street, Newport, North Carolina

Child Portrait at R. D. Decker Photography Studio

Kid Photos, Children's Portraits

Eastern North Carolina Portrait Photography

Family Portraits, Headshots, Kids, Children

Bridal Portraits

Fort Macon State Park Bridal Session

I had a chance to do a bridal portrait session with Terri last Wednesday afternoon. Overcast skies made made for dramatic backdrops on the beach and made light control especially easy. Such a pretty girl I’m looking forward to her wedding next month! Here’s a few of my favorites:

Eastern NC Bridal Session

Photography at Fort Macon State Park

Inside Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach North Carolina

Window to the courtyard

Bride on the Rock Jetty

A View of Beaufort Inlet

Wedding Dress in the Fort, Atlantic Beach, NC

Bridal Portrait at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina