In The Woods

Raleigh One Year Baby Portraits 

So one of my nervous habits at sessions it usually talking. Like I talk a lot. And I’m really not that much of an extrovert in real life. (because working isn’t real life? hahahahahaha) My favorite things to do are usually quiet ha. If someone invites me to do something at night, they pretty much have to drag me there. So, when I get nervous, I just talk and talk and talk. So when you plan a session with RKP, just plan for a lot of talking. hehe! I do make myself go to stuff and I have a blast. But for the most part, given the choice between pajamas and going somewhere, I will choose pajamas. I do work a lot, though, so pj time is few and far between (unless I’m editing) So I have a love hate relationship with editing. I get to sit and be quiet and watch netflix, but also, you know, it’s time consuming. When I first started my business, I had to spend a looooot more time on the computer than I do now because I was not only doing all the editing, etc, but also researching a lot of business info. But that quiet time made me happy and refreshed. A lot of times people ask me how do I read so many books. First of all, I read very fast, always have. That’s just me. And I’m type A so I like to get things done. If I am stressed, I read more. It’s the quiet calm time I need. Epsom baths + reading is just the best. (Dr Teal’s Lavender (is THE BEST)

I first met this little one at their maternity session, which we kept having bad weather and had to reschedule and then the day of their session, we barely squeezed it in before it started raining again. These three are just so sweet together. I love this location because it kind of looks like you are in the woods..and then there’s the pretty water.This location can be a little bit trickier to get to. I am the WORST at giving directions, I think. like seriously. I end up laughing half the time when I am directing during sessions because I give such bad directions.  Anyway, I feel like I need to put balloons out at this location like it’s somebody’s birthday so my clients can find it! ha! I cannot get over the cuteness of this little one and the fact that he’s already one! Happy, Happy Birthday, sweet little one!

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Going to Biltmore With Kids

Biltmore Kids Photography 

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This was a trip we took last fall for the boys’ fall break. It was the second time My mom and I took the boys to the mountains for fall break. (You can read more about our trip last year here) Owen also was in kindergarten last year so our first official fall break! His kindergarten trip we only went to Sky Top + The Grove Park Inn, but this year we decided to add in Biltmore + stay at Biltmore. This was a two day trip. Yep, two days. So we crammed a lot in! We started early in the morning and drove all the way to Sky Top and spent a few hours there. We grabbed some apples, rode the hay ride, went through the bamboo forest, fed the animals, and of course, ate doughnuts.

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If you ever stop here, that walkway is rotted through so stay far far away from it:)Ok, we were close, but just don’t walk on it.

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Then, we left Sky Top and headed to a 4PM Carriage ride at Biltmore. We checked in to The Inn at Biltmore, which was just awesome. So, the best part of staying at Biltmore was the shuttle buses. We took one to the carriage ride, which then took us to dinner after. Harrison loves looking at and talking about, “neigh neighs.” He still calls them this even though he knows they are horses. The boys looooooved the carriage ride, and oh my, My mom and I did, too. We learned so much more about Biltmore and it’s the only tour where you can see those views of the back of the house, so cool!

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I haven’t been to Biltmore in several years, and I didn’t even know about the dairy and all we learned about the forest and how it was planted. (Read more about the dairy here) So, of course, the boys had to have ice cream from the Creamery, inspired by the Biltmore Dairy, both days we were there. We also ate dinner at the Bistro which was super yummy.
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The boys did really well on the house tour. There is a tour for kids narrated by Cedric, The Biltmore dog but Owen got tired of it pretty quickly. He was fascinated with finding all the secret doors and secret passageways. Harrison just likes to follow his brother around and do whatever he does. We ate lunch at the Stable Cafe and then headed to Antler Hill Village to pet the barnyard animals. Biltmore Kids Photography _4036P I N this to pinterestBiltmore Kids Photography_4037P I N this to pinterestBiltmore Kids Photography_4038P I N this to pinterest….which afterwards we had one last ice cream + headed home. It was such a fun adventure, and it wasn’t too long for the kiddos to enjoy Biltmore! See more info for kids + families here. 
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Who Needs Sleep?

Chapel Hill Raleigh Newborn Photographer

So I have to tell you something really funny about me – I am the most awkward hugger. like seriously ever. As I’m writing this, I can only see my husband cracking up as he as witnessed me trying to hug someone many times. So anyways, if you need a good laugh, try to hug me next time you see me. Or save me the embarrassment and run the other direction hahahahaha. I have no idea where this comes from and I apologize if I have ever hugged you awkwardly. It’s not you, it’s me. My closest friends make fun of me and hugging, and I totally own it. I just had to share this fact about me because it makes me laugh! Ok, on to the most precious newborn session!

You can’t tell by the images, but this little one was determined to stay awake her entire session. With a lot of soothing, we managed to get her to sleep, but she did not want to miss a thing. She also loved her Grandma holding her hand, which was just so sweet. Her puppies were also hilarious, one letting me know she was boss as soon as I got there, and the other one hovering everywhere we went and wanting to be photographed. What a sweet day photographing this sweet family of three.

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So let me tell you about ordering bananas on Amazon Prime Now. If I order bananas online, it’s usually been through the Harris Teeter online shopping I think, where you add each banana individually. Somewhere in my life I have ordered bananas individually online – ha, I just know it!  I was kind of in a hurry the other day (I order all my Mac Passports usually from prime now. When I’m working and I run out of hard drive space, I need one ASAP) so I’m sure I was like what else do I need, oh a bunch of bananas so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or something like that, and BOOM! 6 or 7 bunches of bananas appeared at my door a few hours later. Now a friend of mine had this happen a long time ago and I remember her telling me about all of the banana bread she was going to make, so it looks like I’m going to be doing a lot of baking in the next few days! Banana muffins + banana bread for everyone! (And thank you Jen for bringing over that awesome gluten free sugar free banana muffin the other day, I think I’m going to need the recipe!) I’m 0-2 this week if you read about my fight with coconut oil here.

So back to the topic of this sweet newborn session. I first met this sweet family at their newborn portraits for their first baby girl. We’ve had so many mini sessions together, and so it was so awesome to see the two sisters together. She was just ecstatic to kiss her baby sister – it was adorable! All the smiles you see are right after a big kissing sound! Their parents are just so laid back and go with the flow, and that makes for such a great session. Big sister ate a lot of raisins, her daddy read a lot of Goodnight Moon, and we all laughed a lot! Super fun to photograph these four and was thrilled to capture their newborn portraits.

According to Mom…

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? Relief that she was okay and joy that my labor was over. And all that hair!

What was your favorite part of our session together? Her big sister had a lot of fun and enjoyed taking pictures with her new sister. The raisins helped.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? Mani/pedi, blowout, glam squad – the usual.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried beforehand? I trust Becky to get good shots no matter what happens in real life, so I wasn’t that nervous. It turned out great!

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? Relax.

Do you have other chilren? How did they react to the baby? Normally Giuliana is overly affectionate to the point of injury with her sister, but she did a great job at the photo shoot!

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? No one is sick, we eat pancakes and play outside.

Any advice to other families picking out wardrobe or preparing for a session? Ask Little Apple Styles and invest in a good pair of maternity jeans.

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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One Month To Go

Raleigh Wildflowers Maternity Family Photographer

So one of my friends was chatting about coconut oil and how great it is for your hair. So I tried it a few days ago. I was thinking, oh this is going to help my hair so much. I was actually cooking with coconut oil when the great idea to slather it all over my hair popped into my brain. If you google it, of course, everyone will tell you how wonderful coconut oil is for your hair. So I was like oh, this is great. I’ll do a face mask and then coconut oil in my hair and that’s a super pampering evening. My hair looked like a sopping mess of oil for like ever. I am not even kidding. No one on the wonderful coconut oil is so good for you blogs explained that you might have oily nasty hair for forever. I tried every “remedy’ out there which includes a gallon of dry shampoo, castille soap, and I was about to put eggs in my hair. I was a bit skeptical on that one, but after round six of castille soap, and dry shampoo, there was hope. All this being said, I am not in the coconut oil for your hair bandwagon. So if you were thinking about it, make sure you block out a week of washing your hair and not seeing anyone and probably adding everything back in with all the shampoo and soap to get the oil out. All of this to save everyone else out there from coconut oil drama.And if I photographed your family with oily hair this week, I apologize. At least the oil smells good!

All of that being said, I got to photograph this sweet family a couple of weeks ago. I first met them when they were expecting their first little boy, and was so excited to see them again! We had a gorgeous afternoon, gorgeous light + some beautiful blooms! This little one kept us on our toes and was full of smiles for his family portraits. They only have one month to go until their sweet little one is born! So exciting!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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