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Who We Are

North Carolina's Portrait Studio

Kenny Barnes

Based in Wilmington, NC

Kenny and his wife, Elizabeth, combine the artistry of portraiture and paintings to create the Photographic Painting.  It has been our privilege for over 36 years to create art pieces that are displayed in private collections and businesses across the country. We strive for excellence in design and have built a reputation for the finest custom portraits of children, families, and brides. 


Our staff always strives to provide excellent customer service, and we guarantee you will be completely satisfied with our work. It is our desire to design a portrait or painting that you will treasure for generations to come.

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What People Are Saying


"Thank you to Kenny Barnes photography!  Love y'all!"

Paxton W.

"Truly amazing and beautiful work!"

Gerald S.

"Thank you Kenny and Elizabeth Barnes for everything you do for our community and beyond."

Kendall F.

"Thank you so much, Mr. Barnes.  You're the best!"

Erin E.

"Thank you so much!  This is one of my favorites.  It made me smile inside and out."

Cyndi M.

How It Works

Schedule your consultation.

A beautiful portrait is custom designed for you by scheduling a complimentary consultation appointment. During this time, you and Kenny will discuss the uniqueness of your art piece for your home. This includes knowing the style, subject and location in the home where your art piece will be displayed. 

Choose one or more locations.

Another decision that goes into the portrait design is the location. We have our private portrait studio and outdoor gardens, complete with a waterfall, creek and pond where beautiful images are created on-site.  Other locations to consider are your home, along the streets of historic downtown Wilmington or at the one of the local beaches or parks.

Enjoy your portrait session.

Now that you're prepared and details are decided, let's make some magic! Today is your day to relax and simply be you for a well-planned portrait session.  You will love having your portrait created by Kenny!

Your portrait presentation.

An appointment will be scheduled for your to preview your images projected on our studio screen.  Choose from a variety of sizes and in-house framing options.  You will be able to design the portrait or painting specifically as you desire.  We guarantee you will be completely satisfied!

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