Raleigh Newborn Photography At Home | Party of Six
When you have four little ones, there’s a lot of activity going on during your family newborn portraits. But these three were just so sweet and so in love with their new baby sister. (See their hospital portraits here) So many sweet photos of their family – and we did have help this day. They are so blessed to have family that is so helpful with their kiddos, especially during the newborn days. One thing I loved about their home – there were photos everywhere. So much love everywhere in their home.
According to Mom..
What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? We did not know the gender so when I heard she was a girl, I was immediately overcome with tears of joy! It was definitely an “ugly cry”, but one that I will always remember. She was so beautiful and perfect and I was just so thankful God has blessed us with such an amazing gift.
What was your favorite part of our session together? My favorite part about the session was how natural it felt. Becky felt like another family member in the room, making over our baby, but also stepping back and sneakily catching our intimate family moments. When I saw the slideshow of pictures from the hospital, I was so overwhelmed with what she captured! It truly feels like a treasure that I will look back on often as we have planned this sweet baby to be our last one. I feel I will be able to relive those precious hospital moments and moments when she was in her first few weeks of life forever now.
How did you prepare your baby for our photo shoot? When planned it for the morning when we knew she was very calm/slept a lot. She is a very easy baby but typically kids seem to be at their best when they are fed and well rested so the morning time was the perfect time for us. I had layed out several items I wanted included in the shoot and bows and outfits. Everything was pretty much ready to go when Becky came.
How was your experience having your newborn photographed? I wasn’t too worried about her pictures! I was more concerned about how my 2, 4 and 6 year olds would do and if they would smile or scream. And I hoped they would behave, but lucky for me, Becky has two sweet kiddos around the same ages as ours so she was ridiculously patient and understanding as we got them all set to take pictures with their baby sister. I know the pictures I have seen turned out better than I could have imagined so I am thrilled for her patience and guidance for just the right shots/angles/family combinations.
What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? Take your time, enjoy loving on your sweet bundle and know you will have an invaluable result.
Did you have a sentimental item at our session? My husband is a worship pastor and very musical, so with every child we have taken a picture with a musical instrument. Guitar, piano, microphone and now with Sadie, inside a drum. He puts this pictures on canvases and hangs them in his office. We love playing to those interests.
Was there a sentimental item in your nursery or parts of your nursery that we photographed that was special to you? Her in the crib is special to me because each of my children have slept in that same crib.
Do you have any other children? How did they react to the baby? Do you have any cute stories about their relationship? We have three other children, Durham who is 6, Ezra who is 4 and Lily who is 2. The boys were taken by Sadie from the start and still can’t get enough of her as they try to find ways to help me. Durham will bring me anything I need. He also loves to hold her when given the opportunity and will just stare at her. Ezra loves to sing to her. I have already videoed him probably 10 times singing super sweet lullabies as he rubs her cheek. Lily was skeptical at first at the hospital as Sadie was taking over her spot as the baby. Since we’ve been home, she has loudly proclaimed to anyone who may hold her “Baby Sadie is MY sister! She goes to my mommy’s house!” and cries if she thinks someone else may be taking her. She is the first to jump and give her a paci if she is crying. My older three love doing anything in the outdoors, so I look forward to many bike rides, hikes, soccer games, and playing in the yard with all four of these sweeties.
Any advice to other families picking our wardrobe or preparing for a session? We tried to keep it pretty simple and do a lot of coordinating colors… like mostly whites since there is so much green outside and we have no white walls in our house. We also had on jeans/some type of denim to add another color. It’s probably best to plan a back up outfit for baby in case of accidents but also plan one for mom (had a feeding catastrophe and luckily had a cute shirt in my drawers that worked). My other piece of advice is to just relax and enjoy it, this is such a special time!
How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? On a perfect Saturday, we would all sleep in (yea right!) and then go to a couple soccer games. We would find some kind of outdoor activity to do. As of lately, we love going to Jubala and getting a coffee for mom and dad and letting the kids run around outside while we hold Sadie and chat with each other. We would come home and eat a nice dinner together and then take a walk on the trail or walk up to the ice cream shop and enjoys some cones. We love anything that we can do together and outside in such beautiful weather.
Rebecca Keller is a family and newborn photographer featured in People Magazine and on The Bump. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about maternity photos and travel sessions.