Raleigh Train Themed Birthday Photography
We met bright and early one Saturday morning to celebrate this little one turning two. It was unsure when it was going to rain that day but thankfully the forecast ended up being later in the day and we were able to have a great morning at the park. (It even inspired me to take my little ones back a little later, before the rain) This little one was so giggly and adorable and had so much energy running here and there. (See behind the scenes here) Such a fun morning capturing some family portraits of these three!
Styled by Little Apple Styles
What kind of feel did you want for your session, and what made you choose that? The main thing I wanted to capture in this photo session is the fun-spirited and lively personality of our son, Jameson. He’s such a joy to be around – he makes everyone smile! I really think Becky did a great job of providing the perfect setting for him to have fun and be himself. He loves anything with wheels or wings right now, especially trains, so Pullen Park was exactly what I was picturing for his 2-year portraits.
Who are the members of your family and a quick fact about each one!
Jameson – A two-year old who loves planes, trains and automobiles! And shapes, and animals, and colors and Mickey Mouse… and the list goes on
Megan – A working mom of an energetic two-year old who loves animals, good food and spending time with her family.
Josh – A wonderful and hard-working husband who loves sports, hanging out with friends and family and bar-b-quing on the weekends.
What were your favorite parts of the session? My favorite part of the session was seeing all of my ideas come to fruition. I knew that I wanted some pictures of Jameson in his custom conductor hat and red suspenders, and the red caboose at the park was the absolute perfect back drop. Jameson loved being on the train, and seeing the trains drive by on the tracks! I also just loved having fun with my husband and son, running around the park and being silly!
What’s your favorite family activity? Going to the airport park with Jameson (he LOVES seeing the airplanes take off and land!), or just hanging out at the house and having impromptu Saturday morning dance parties!
What was the weather like the day of your session? I was worried that it was going to be really hot (it was in July!!), but it wasn’t too terribly hot yet at the time of the shoot. It was also not too sunny, so we had great lighting!
Tell me about the outfits you wore to the session – why you chose them, etc. I got Jameson’s custom conductor hat from Etsy for the train themed pictures, and the suspenders and red Converse sneakers on Amazon. The outfit was inspired by Ericka from Little Apple Styles, as she did something very similar for her son. It was so simple and adorable – exactly what I was looking for! Then I chose some corresponding outfits for Jameson, Josh and me for the non-themed pictures that had my favorite color (turquoise) and whites and blues, to capture a crisp and clean feeling. I think they worked really well together without looking too matchy.
What are some words of wisdom you have for other families preparing for a session? Try to have fun!!! It’s hard not to stress about the weather, outfit mishaps or anything else that might go wrong, but just try to relax and have a good time so that comes through in your photos.
As Seen in People Magazine + On The Bump | Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh, NC Newborn and Family Photographer