Raleigh Outdoor Maternity Portraits – We May Have Jumped Over a Creek

Something brought you to my mind today
I thought about the funny ways you make me laugh
And yet I feel like it’s okay to cry with you
Something about just being with you
When I leave I feel like I’ve been near God
And that’s the way it ought to be…

‘Cause you’ve been more than a friend to me
You fight off my enemies
‘Cause you’ve spoken the Truth over my life
And you’ll never know what it means to me
Just to know you’ve been on your knees for me
Oh, you have blessed my life
More than you’ll ever know,

You had faith, when I had none
You prayed God would bring me a brand new song
When I didn’t think I could find the strength to sing
And all the while I’m hoping that I’ll
Do the kind of praying for you that you’ve done for me
And that’s the way it ought to be…

You have carried me
You have taken upon a burden that wasn’t your own
And may the blessing return to you
A hundredfold


This radiant Mama has been a best friend of mine since we were fourteen. I met her and also this bff at the same time and we have been friends for years. It is always such a treat to spend time with both of them, and we got to hang out and celebrate this sweet mama at her shower in the morning before I took her portraits. They have both been such encouragers to me, and I’m so very thankful for the influence they’ve had in my life that has shaped me so much. They are truly gifts. (I might be crying a little bit as I type this post)  They stood by me when I married Michael and both made it to Raleigh for the birth of my first child. I love these two girls so much, and I’m so thankful for them. I was ecstatic when Brooke called to tell me she was pregnant, and loved photographing her maternity portraits.

Just to tell you a little bit about how this day went – we did have the shower early in the morning until about mid day. If you know anything about me, I do not like shooting in bad light. Mid day – like is never going to happen. We had to make it happen this day, and so, let me tell you, we did a lot of hiking until I found a spot I could be happy with. It was probably the least comfortable spot on the whole property, too, but Brooke managed to look radiant and happy. We were covered in all kinds of field debris, and I definitely did not wear hiking or jumping across creek shoes. (yes, we jumped across a creek. I was looking for snakes at all times.) That being said, we laughed a lot and definitely made a memory. And most of all, were able to capture the love these two have for each other and for their sweet baby on the way. (Soooo soon!!! I cannnnnot wait!!!!!!!) And if you know Brooke, she is full of so much joy, laughter + giggles, and I loved that this session captured that about her.

According to Brooke…

What was your favorite part of the session? My favorite part of the seasion was being in the wooded areas. I liked how the brush and trees photographed…the light was lovely!

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand? I was about 35 weeks pregnant and felt a tad chubby with my baby bump popping out so far! However, in the photos I felt Becky captured my best angles. (:

Do you have a theme for your nursery? Yes, our nursery has a bright and whimsical bird theme! 

How would your describe your perfect Saturday as a family? I love slow mornings where we make a big breakfast and go for a walk around the farm.

How did you meet and where was your first date? We met through a friend and we had a sushi date and afterward we went on a walk and played basketball as it began to snow.

What is your favorite TV Show you watch together? NC State sports

Raleigh Outdoor Maternity Portraits | Rebecca Keller Photography

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Rebecca Keller is a maternity and family photographer in Raleigh, North Carolina featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump and Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about travel sessions and newborn photography.

Brooke says:

Definitely felt tears streaming down my face reading this post! It has been such a gift to journey these seasons of life we have waited and prayed for…so thankful you girls have set an example of such graceful and authentic mothers to your boys. I know that I wouldn’t be the same woman without your support and influence. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Rebecca Erin!!!