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  • Raleigh Senior Portrait Photographer | Gaurav

    Dec 04 | Evan | No Comments |

    Gaurav is also another young adult I’ve come to know for a few years and also always very polite when I see him.  I was happy to be his senior portrait photographer!   Not only did we get some great senior portraits, but he also gave me fantasy football advice which I desperately needed!

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Raleigh Senior Portrait Photographer | Allison

    Dec 03 | Evan | No Comments |

    Okay, last high school senior portrait post for the day!  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Allison for a few years now and she is always very kind and respectful when I see her.  She is also an incredible athlete!  She did an amazing job during her senior portrait session.

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Senior Portrait Photographer | AJ

    Dec 03 | Evan | No Comments |

    As a fellow basketball player, it was easy for me to relate to AJ right away… also I could tell he was about as excited to get his senior portraits done as I was when I was a high school senior looking for a senior portrait photographer!  That being said, by the end of the senior portrat session, I’m pretty sure he enjoyed it!  Or in his words, “it wasn’t so bad” which I think is a win for most guys getting senior photos!

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Senior Portrat Photographer | Connor

    Dec 03 | Evan | No Comments |

    So yeah, I feel a little behind on my senior portrait photographer blog posts! Between starting up college and professional sports photography again, senior portraits, school photography and guiding photo tours of Japan, the blog got placed on the back burner for a bit! There are still quite a few senior portraits to be blogged… First up is Connor. A very sweet girl that was very confident in front of the camera and it showed on her great senior portraits!

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Raleigh Senior Portrait Photographer | Ben

    Sep 21 | Evan | No Comments |

    Ben opted for a senior portrait session part in studio and part on location, both of which turned out awesome. Once again, I was lucky to photograph a high school senior guy that is comfortable and confident infront of the camera. Great job Ben!

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Raleigh Senior Portrait Photographer | Garrett

    Sep 20 | Evan | No Comments |

    Garrett continued the streak of high school senior guys that do much better infront of the camera than I do. He is a very easy going, which made him look very natural in his senior portraits. Also, I got to learn a little more about one of the top places on my list I wanna go to, the Galapagos Islands where their family had the chance to visit this summer (yes, I’m super jealous)!

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Raleigh Senior Portrait Photographer | Averett

    Sep 19 | Evan | No Comments |

    Averett was another senior guy that seemed to be very comfortable infront of the camera. Just minutes into the session he was changing up smiles with serious with looking at me and looking away almost as if he could read my mind or just could anticipate what I wanted him to do during his senior portrait session.

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Raleigh Senior Portrait Photographer | Aaron

    Sep 18 | Evan | No Comments |

    Whenever I photograph guys for their senior portraits, I always worry that they will be like me infront of the camera and be awkward. Didn’t have to worry at all for Aaron! No matter what I asked of him during his senior portrait session, he stayed cool, calm and comfortable! Great job Aaron!

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Raleigh Senior Portrait | T-Bo

    Aug 26 | Evan | No Comments |

    T-Bo’s senior portrait session in Raleigh was awesome. After just a few minutes into the senior portrait session, he we was already comfortable and seemed to almost predict what I wanted him to do…. Which really helped to come away with great senior portraits! I always admire high school seniors that are very natural by themselves infront of the camera, because I know I sure wasn’t when I was a high school senior in Cary! Great job T-Bo!

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Raleigh Senior Portrait Photographer | Cat

    Aug 22 | Evan | No Comments |

    Two high school senior photo sessions going up today… Another hot and humid NC summer day, another high school senior that was fantastic! Not sure how anyone can look great on some of these days I have high school senior sessions, but Cat pulled it off with grace! I was melting from the heat at Duke Gardens for our senior photography session, but she was keeping cool and comfortable in front of the camera. Great job Cat!

    It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    Raleigh Senior Portrait Photographer | Keenan

    Aug 22 | Evan | No Comments |

    And just like that, high senior photography has taken over my life again!  I can’t believe it is already been a year since last high school senior season.  I’ve gotten a little behind on blog posts but more high school seniors will be coming very soon.  Keenan did a great job in the studio and I enjoyed getting to know him as something other than a great pitcher for the baseball team.  Thanks Keenan! It’s not too late to schedule your senior portrait session, contact me today to reserve your session before it is too late!

    2012 Seniors Using Social Media Get Free Photos!

    Jul 21 | Evan | No Comments |

    Congratulations to the rising high school senior class of 2012! To kick off the high school senior photography season, I am running a special to high school seniors in Raleigh, Cary, Apex or Triangle area that are already using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Here are the details:

    Must participate before August 1st! The following is in addition to what comes with your senior portrait session.

    • If senior follows @evanpike on Twitter, you get, 3 free Facebook photos or 1 free 5×7.
    • If senior “likes” Evan Pike Photography on Facebook, you get, 3 free Facebook photos or 1 free 5×7.
    • If senior Follows and Likes, you get, 10 Free Facebook photos AND 1 free 5×7 or 8×10!

    Portraits of Shanda | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

    May 20 | Evan | No Comments |

    I was lucky enough to meet Shanda through Models for Charity, an awesome local organization here in Raleigh, NC  “of professional men and women in the Triangle who raise money for local charities through modeling.”  Back in April, I organized the First Friday Raffle and Auction for Japan, which would have been a failure without the help of so many, but I was especially lucky to have the support of Models for Charity.  One of the beautiful models MFC connected me with was Shanda.  She did an awesome job of helping and advising me on various things throughout the evening and kept me from going crazy.  I can’t thank both Models for Charity in Raleigh and Shanda enough for their help, support and guidance.

     

    Experience Japan, A Japan Photo Guide With Andre and Evelyn

    Jan 23 | Evan | No Comments |

    This post is a LONG time overdue! After returning from my latest trip to Japan, everything just steamrolled together and between work and moving into my new home/studio, everything got delayed. In any case, I’m about to launch my new Japan Photo Guide website and decided it was about time to getting this post up on my blog. So without further ado…

    Andre and Evelyn were the latest couple to hire me as their Japan Photo Guide. Andre had been to Japan before for business but hadn’t had much time to explore on his own and speaks very little Japanese. Andre is also quite the hobbyist photographer so it made a lot of sense to hire me rather than a traditional tour guide.

    I’ve met a lot of people during my travels around Japan and taking Andre and Evelyn around Tokyo, Kyoto and a few places in between, felt more like traveling with friends and family than a job. Whether it is before photo shoot or tour of Japan, I always get a little nervous before meeting my clients-after all I had only emailed with Andre before meeting him at Narita Tokyo International Airport-but soon after picking them up from the airport, I knew I had nothing to worry about. Meeting and working for such warm and wonderful people, makes my job the best in the world! Furthermore, between our mutual interest in photography and our sincere love for yakiniku (Japanese style Korean BBQ), I knew we would be great friends!

    We spent most of our time in Kyoto and Tokyo, but did make a few stops in between. This was one of my more memorable trips, highlighted by our dinner experience with a geiko and maiko (geiko is what the geisha in Kyoto are called and maiko is a geiko/geisha in training)! I was going to arrange for just the two of them to experience the traditional meal and company of the trained entertainers, but since the geiko and maiko didn’t speak English, I came along as the translator–poor me!  Seeing a geiko walking around Kyoto is a rare opportunity that most travelers don’t get to see, but actually having a chance to have dinner and drinks with one is even rare for Japanese. Part of this is the price tag that comes along with such a treat, which can easily run $2,000 USD for about 1.5 hours of company and dinner for 3 people.

    Before going, Andre and Evelyn wanted to get dressed in some tradtiional Japanese clothes, and after a quick phone call, I was able to reserve some kimonos that were appropiate to wear to our experience. We arrived at the traditional restaurant and were of course greeted as VIPs. In our private room, the first course of our kaiseki (traditional Japanese course meal) was waiting for us. I’ve often heard that traditional Japanese food is “eaten with your eyes,” because of how beautiful the preparation is. This meal was delicious as it was carefully prepared and presented!

    About 20 minutes into our meal, the geiko, maiko and a musician arrived. I’ll never forget the moment they walked in and all 3 of us were suddenly silent and struck with awe. After introductions, things loosened up quickly and I was translating a lot of questions from Andre and Evelyn but also they had a lot of questions for us, as foreigners traveling in Japan. After teaching high school for 3 years in Japan, I can honestly say that the young maiko, really didn’t act too different from some of my students. Especially after the maiko insisted on playing with my iPhone and Andre’s camera!

    It is easy to forget that under all the clothes, makeup and tradition, that they are just like you and me. After about an hour or so of chatting, eating and drinking with them, the geiko and maiko performed two beautiful traditional dances. I’ve experienced quite a lot in Japan, but this experience with the geiko and maiko was incredibly wonderful and surreal. Certainly a memory I will never forget, but more importantly, I made friends in Andre and Evelyn that I will also never forget.

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