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Raleigh Horse Farm Senior Portraits Photography 

Every once in a while I get time to squeeze in some Senior Portraits, and it’s always such a fun time celebrating the end of high school. The farm where her horse is boarded is just beautiful and so far off the beaten path, I definitely had to call for help. I drove down the gravel road a few times before I found them. We had beautiful light that evening, and I always love the challenge of finding just the right light spots for photos. (I am just a little picky about my light. I was looking at a mini session location last night and was just like nope, not going to work, because the light isn’t perfectly perfect) It’s my goal every single session to look at light + use it in the prettiest way possible. And if it ends ups being cloudy, woo hoo, we can shoot in so many more spots (as long as they are not too dark) Dark, dark cloudy days are not my favorite. It is kind of crazy how I am always at the mercy of the weather. It is always changing so much, too. Before I go to sleep the night before a session can be a completely different forecast then the day of. Another fun part of this session was adding in her soccer jersey, the barn, a chair that happened to be in the car, and an image that happened when a horse walked in front of her. It gave a pretty white light because it was just so fast. Working with horses is fun but you never know what’s going to happen during the session. They kind of run the show!

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

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Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farms Photos

November Goals 

1.Start at least one of the projects I keep putting off. At least start an outline for everything I want to do.Get some fresh air from editing. #busiestmonthoftheyear

2.Watch the Polar Express a few times so Harrison is super excited when we go to Spencer. We have been to Bryson City a few times, but this year I just didn’t want to go that far, so Spencer it is!

 

3.I want to participate in the December Daily so I need to get myself organized in November so I am ready!

4.Buy some boots. I must have decluttered most of my shoes. And my toes are cold so I bought some flats in Target but of course, they just make my feet hurt. I don’t have time to shop right now but I need to make it a priority to save myself from blisters and/or having to wear sandals in the freezing cold.farmer ganyard upchurch farms photo 34_5249P I N this to pinterest

 

5.Make pumpkin muffins + homemade chocolate chip cookies. Make biscuits for the boys to go with their daily pancakes once a week. (Ya’ll, I have been reading The Lifegiving Tableand it’s totally changed our meal time routine + I am now trying all kinds of new recipes and cooking so much more. I love, it though, and the boys do,too!) Send me your favorite recipes + cookbook recommendations! It is getting darker earlier, too, which means less time in the park + more time for cooking. The long evenings at the park are crock pot + instant pot days. Oh, and I want to cook pies this month. I can’t even eat this stuff! What’s gotten into me?

6.Finish clearing out the decluttering that has been happening in Owen’s old room. (His room before he decided to share a room with Harrison)

7.Edit, edit, and more editing. Stay on top of all the editing but also get some fresh air when I need it! #busiestmonthoftheyear

8.Help with Owen’s play practice at school.

9.Blog recent sessions. I have so many I need to get out here into the blog world! Hello fall!

10. Finalize a date to go to the Candle Tea in Old Salem in December.

See more pumpkin patch photos here | See more goals posts here | Not a sponsored post but I always share affiliate links from items I love. farmer ganyard upchurch farms photo 34_5248P I N this to pinterest

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

What I Learned in October

Newborn Photographer Raleigh

“It’s daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here.” 
― Luci Swindoll

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    So much has me thinking lately…One of my favorite things about October has been our annual fall break trip. And though we don’t go far, it reminded me this year of my favorite book when I was a teenager, and still a favorite, I Married Adventure. I could fill up this post with the entire book (so just read it!) but maybe I’ll only add a few quotes here and there. I love adventures with my kids, no matter how simple they may be. I think I’d rather go on 100 adventures than buy new clothes or shoes, or what not. The memories are precious to me. What I was reminded of in October was how much I love these adventures with them, how I also want to foster a love of adventure in them, too. (And fall is perfect for so many adventures – apple picking, pumpkin patch, the mountains, and many more!)

    Tin Roof Teas. Thanks to my friend Brooke who took me to a tea tasting, Harrison is now addicted to their organic vanilla honey (which he eats on his pancakesevery single morning) My children love to eat, and every night Harrison gets so excited to talk about pancakes in the morning. (P.S. pancakes take like one minute to cook – super easy! wooohoooo!) Tin roof teas also has an amazing tea selection – we went to a tea tasting which was super fun. Oh, and their honey is raw and unfiltered.

    The best time to go to Hill Ridge Farms is on a weekday during the fair week! The boys went down the big slide to their heart’s content. So much fun to do there without waiting in the long lines that can happen on the weekend.

    My favorite pumpkin patch hands down is Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farms. I absolutely love that my boys can pick a pumpkin right off the vine – what a great experience. I know it’s a lot of work for them to grow the pumpkins, and I’m really thankful such an awesome place is in the Raleigh area. They also have a super cool corn maze, which is not overwhelming so it’s manageable to find your way out. There’s also some fun things for the kids to play in, (you have to jump in corn at the pumpkin patch, right?) some bunnies, ponies, and goats, and several mazes for the little ones. It was truly an adventure hiking to the field to find our perfect pumpkins right off the vine.

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   “A life of adventure is ours for the taking, whether we’re seven or seventy. Life for the most part is what me make it. We have been given a responsibility to live it fully, joyfully, completely, and richly, in whatever span of time God grants us on this earth.” 
 -Luci Swindoll

    I have been reading and loving The Lifegiving Tableso much. (Anyone else reading it with me?) I think my boys have definitely loved all the new recipes I’ve been trying, and I’ve been so encouraged about teaching so many discussion and listening skills during meals. I have also loved The Lifegiving Homeso so much, so I knew I’d love this one, too. (The workbooks that go with both are so worth it, too!) It just changes your perspective so much from worrying about being a Pinterest mom, but encouraging in how you can make a difference in your children’s lives. There’s balance,too, like who doesn’t love the Life Giving Table’s chapter on snack meals. Yesssssssss.

   This will be part of my November goals but there are so many projects that have been on my heart lately. (One for a full year. I just need to do it) so this has got to be the month that I start some of them.

This has got to be my favorite time of year..so much to celebrate + I love celebrating,

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

    

Our Trip to Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg Family Photos 

Every fall break since Owen started school, my mom and I have taken the boys on a little getaway. We’ve been going to the mountains, but this year we decided to go to Williamsburg and Jamestown. Owen absolutely loved it and did not want to leave. Harrison also had a great time because he usually goes along for the ride and is happy generally anywhere.

A few thoughts on Colonial Williamsburg…

1.I’d try to plan the trip around good weather. One of the fun parts of Williamsburg is that it is really like colonial life (which means no air conditioning) Squeezing a bunch of people in a bookbindery during the summer I imagine is super hot. We were super blessed with pretty cool misty rainy (but not pouring) weather, but a friend had been the weekend before and was miserable because of the heat.

2.Schedule any carriage rides before you come + look at their calendar of events online. Their website has a list of events everyday so you can see if there’s something you don’t want to miss. The carriage rides are just that – they aren’t tours or educational, just a fun ride around the city for the kiddos.

3.Everything is not open all the time so try to look up times for different things you may want to see. (Example – printing press was only open in the morning, Bindery was only open in the afternoon. Book binding was Owen’s favorite so this was important) The magazine also closed earlier so this was good to know, too.

4. Walk on the road instead of the sidewalks. We figured out on day two the brick sidewalks were hurting our feet so walk on the road as much as you can. (They are closed to cars during the day)

5.Wear tennis shoes. So much walking. Williamsburg does not look like a huge place, but I logged more steps than Disney.

6.Ride the bus to the Visitor’s Center and rent clothes or plan ahead. Dressing up was super fun for the boys. They have clothes for kids to rent at the Visitor’s center. You can ride the buses to the taverns, the outdoor market, Merchant’s square (so many friends recommended The Cheese Shop but it was too packed out when we went) the palace, and the visitor’s center. There might be more stops I couldn’t remember. We stayed at the Williamsburg Inn (loved the spiral staircase we walked down every time we left our room), so beautiful, but the Lodge is also right there super convenient within walking distance. (The Lodge also had an amazing buffet breakfast complete with gluten free pastries)  If you stayed somewhere else, I am thinking you could park at the visitor’s center and take the buses.

7. Make reservations for any dinners at Colonial Taverns. We ate at King’s Arm and Shields but Christiana Campbell’s tavern was our favorite. I think one authentic Colonial Williamsburg tavern eating experience by candlelight is really enough. (Food is also authentic but kids get a little leeway with chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese.) Christiana Campbell’s was George Washington’s favorite seafood restaurant so of course we had to go there. Owen is a huge George Washington fan.

8.There is someone in every building/house that explains their trade (silversmith) or history in the house (Wythe house)and Owen just loved all the learning and listening. He loved that the Wythe house had the actual banister Thomas Jefferson and George Washington probably touched, and he saw the room where Jefferson studied science with Wythe. It was really neat that most of the house was not a reproduction.

I could have spent a day or two more at Colonial Williamsburg. If you love history, it is so much fun, and my little Owen loves history so much so it was a treat.

*We also went to the Jamestown Settlement our third day. We were a little confused trying to figure out where to go because there’s two Jamestown areas and there’s a ferry. We knew we wanted to take the kids to the replica fort, ships, and Powhatan village, so we finally figured out to go to the Settlement. What an awesome place. They had talked a lot about Jamestown in first grade so Owen was really excited to see everything. The inside has some really cool artifacts + so much history, but the outside was definitely the kids favorite. There is a Powhatan village for the kids to explore, the James Fort, and then three ships just like what the English would have taken. I couldn’t even believe they traveled the ocean so far.

Overall, we had such a great time + loved seeing history come alive for the kids!

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

Little Blue Truck Minis 

Raleigh Fall Minis Photographer

“Horn went ‘Beep!’

Engine purred.

Friendliest sounds

You ever heard.”

-from Little Blue Truck  by Alice Schertle

    The Little Blue Truck books have got to be some of our favorites. (There’s a Halloween one, too!) Our boys have loved each and every little blue truck book so much. So, it was really fun to bring that to life with Little Blue Truck Mini Sessions. We did not bring the whole farm, but kept it simple and sweet, which Ericka of Little Apple Styles is best at creating sets that aren’t too much. We want them to be styled but not over the top. The minis were on two different dates, and there was the option of booking a just the kids mini or a family mini. We only plan our mini sessions with the best light and spend a lot of time location scouting and looking at different locations during different times of day. This was a new location for us on private property, and the light was just stunning.

So while discussing minis, we finished two nights of airstream minis this week (see here). We are also offering one day of holiday themed blue truck minis + have one family spot + one just the kids spot left. We also have one spot left for our VWBus mini. (Contact us for more info!)  I truly love that we have so many minis in the fall + how much fun they are! Thanks so much to everyone who came out and made both evenings such a great time.

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.