Friday Favorites

Raleigh Sunflowers Family Photography 

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If you follow me on facebook or instagram, then you probably already know that one of my favorites for this week is the SUNFLOWERS. Thank you City of Raleigh for planting them in a spot where we can all enjoy them this year! The first night of our Sunflower minis Ericka had to drag me out kicking and screaming, because I could have just stayed and photographed the sunflowers all night – ha! I may have been back a few more times, too. Ha! Our second round of sunflowers minis was also an amazing night. If you haven’t seen them yet, you better hurry! I’m not sure how much longer they will be pretty and blooming. I might try to go just one more time before they are gone…

The Apple Store’s free camps. Owen signed up for camp this week about making videos + has another one about robots coming up. He really loved it + learned so much. Another nice part of the camp was that they had a class for the parents at the same time during on one of the days. Owen has now made several videos + his enjoying his new hobby.

Laurelbox. I found this website when looking for something to send a friend going through a heartbreaking loss. I love all the thoughtful boxes that you can send + the encouraging verses and jewelry.

Bartaco. We just tried the restaurant recently. First of all, it’s beautiful – all the lights are in baskets, but the best part for me was the photography. There’s a lot of really great photos everywhere, but I was admiring how they had a huge image blown up that was obviously high high ISO with lots of grain, and it was just beautiful. I was just so happy to see that image and love inspiring art. Just a disclaimer that everything is small portions so it was a fun meal with friends where we continuously ordered, but we weren’t prepared for how small the portions were.

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We’ve been saving up to go on vacation, so I’ve found a lot of Dave Ramsey hashtags on instagram to be encouraging. Love scrolling through hashtags and reading encouraging stories.

So I found The Mysteries of Laura on Netflix. (Of course, Michael thinks its boring and terrible) It has the guy from Sweet Home Alabama in it and Debra Messing, and it keeps me entertained while editing. I’m always up to recommendations for things to watch while editing.

Not going to Build a Bear was definitely a favorite this week, ha! Not going to miss standing in a crazy line!! And we definitely do not need any more stuffed animals!

Girls Breakfast in Greensboro. Spending time with friends is such a struggle with the busyness of kids and life right? I was really thankful this week for a small amount of time with some of my best friends. We’ve been friends since we were fourteen…a long time. It is never easy to make the time, but it’s always so worth it. Like when I woke up to go, it was storming and I was like, nope. HA! (I hate storms. like with a passion. But, to be fair, I drove through some seriously intense terrifying storms in high school and after that, I just kind of hated them forever) That being said, there’s always obstacles to getting together with lifelong friends.Make it happen!

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in My Little Peanut, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs

 

Watermelon Minis

Raleigh Child Family Photography

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    Twice a year Ericka and I have a big planning meeting and go through all of the ideas we’ve collected, messaged, and chatted about over the past several months and sit down and plan our minis for the season.So far this year we’ve already had Family Minis, Valentine Minis, Coastal Minis, Watermelon Minis, and Sunflower Minis. (We are about to start booking fall minis NEXT WEEK and we are sooooo excited! So many fun new ideas for this year!) So when Ericka mentioned Watermelon Minis for the 4th of July, I was so excited. And they were just as adorable as they could be! The truck had some car trouble and we ended up moving our mini sessions last minute, but nothing could stop us from these adorable minis. That’s why it’s great that there’s two of us to problem solve and brainstorm. Ericka also helps with styling and outfit recommendations. And last minute questions, she’s your girl. The day of the session, it’s also great to be able to call or text Ericka when you arrive. It was a little bit harder to find us for the sunflower minis so it was definitely great that if you couldn’t find us, you could text Ericka. Overall, the minis are just fun..And Ericka and I have so much fun during the sessions which I think is such an important part.

Stay tuned for fall minis booking next week!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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The Raleigh Skyline

Downtown Raleigh Family Photography

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It just seems like things have been crazy busy lately, from a super busy spring with my dad’s surgery straight into summer. With having both kids at home, things are definitely a lot busier. And I love summer so much, so I love soaking up summer….one thing I am especially loving right now is the Sunflowers. Ericka had to drag me out on Sunday kicking and screaming because I would have stayed there all night – ha! They are just so beautiful and so fun to shoot in. (We have one more night of minis tonight!) I may or may not have gone back last night just for fun. I will be so so sad when they are gone! I’m just so glad that the City of Raleigh planted them somewhere else this year, and we can all enjoy them. So, back to the topic of being busy, ha! I try to keep editing + getting photos out to clients at the top of my priority list so sometimes blogging gets pushed back, and I loooove blogging my sessions. This evening really just turned out to be perfect. It was one of those great weather days in the middle of unbearable days. We really lucked out, and the kids were just so happy and relaxed. It was such a fun time downtown while this family said goodbye to Raleigh with one more photo session.

According to Mom..

What’s your favorite family activity? We have a weekly “movie night” with candy and popcorn. Everyone looks forward to it.

Who are the members of your family and a quick fact about each one!

Bryon (Husband and Dad): He likes brewing beer, is one of five boys, and enjoys international travel.
Leslie (Wife and Mom): She loves CrossFit, playing with her kids, and recently became a massage therapist.
Oliver (6 years old): He is a sweet boy that loves snuggles, pudding, and his little sister. 
Evelyn (4 and a half years old): She loves playing with Mom and Dad, watching “shows” on her iPad, and going to gymnastics. She wants to learn to ski, to ice skate, and to dance.

What was your favorite part of our session together? It was a beautiful day without a lot of humidity. Becky always makes the session so laid back. There is never any pressure to finish up the session quickly. My favorite part was seeing how much Evelyn loves her brother and how much of a ham she is for the camera.

Tell me about the outfits you wore to the session. Bryon’s clothes were in his wardrob already. I bought Oliver and Evelyn’s at Target. My clothes I bought at Kohl’s. I wanted everyone to be comfortable especially since the session was at a park. The kid’s clothing colors complimented each other, so Bryon and I tried to coordinate.

Did anything eventful happen during your session? Only that Evelyn LOVED being photographed.

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand? The only worry was whether or not it would be too hot during the session.

What are some words of wisdom you have for other families preparing for a session? Decide on your clothing well in advance. Also, reach out to Becky and her team if you have any questions about wardrobe or other things.

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First Birthday

Raleigh Family Mini Sessions Photographer

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We have had a lot of Spring + Summer minis this year (Sunflower minis are happening this week!) The images in this post were from our Family Minis at the Little Herb House. We loved this venue so much, and the kids did, too! There were chickens and cows and just all kinds of beautiful backgrounds everywhere around the grounds. It was a fun evening sweating in the heat for some beautiful images. This sweet family was celebrating their baby boy’s first birthday – the last time I photographed them, his Mama was about to have him any day. It was so sweet to see his curls and what a sweetheart he is. He was not interested in his cake at all, but we got some cute pictures of him with it.

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about when fall mini dates will be announced, and the answer is SOON. When sunflower minis are finished, Ericka and I will have a planning meeting and finalize all dates. We have a few on the calendar and some new super cute ideas for this year. (So so excited!) Some will have a holiday theme + some will be more neutral, but so much cuteness! We will also be doing a model call sometime this week for a preview of one of the sessions so keep your eyes glued to facebook and instagram. It’s going to be a super fun holiday season this year!

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Friday Faves

Holden Beach Family Photographer

A few favorites from this week…

If you have any early reader, I highly recommend the Usborne for Kids Very First Reading Box Set. I was gifted this by my sister-in-law, and Harrison has looooved reading these books. They are similar to the You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You books that I love so much. (There are a lot of those on amazon) The boys have also loved reading How to Babysit a Grandpa with my dad going through so much lately. They think this book is hilarious, and it’s a pretty cute book. (He is doing really great now. Wow, what a journey it has been the last few months!)

Target also has some great sight word puzzles in the one spot this week. One great thing about back to school coming up is all the neat educational stuff that will be out there.

I tried a few new spots at Holden Beach – the Ahora coffee cafe, super yum! Betty’s Waterfront restaurant reopened with new owners and it’s awesome. And…I tried the veggie taco (and I added shrimp) at The Cove. Super yummy. Another new fave is the Bagel Dock Cafe in Shallotte. After going to NYC so much the past few years, oh my, I am hooked on bagels, and these are delicious. My dad and I were laughing about how when we first started coming to Holden there was one restaurant. I just love Holden so much, and love that it really can’t get much bigger. Also, if you want your favorite ice cream at Beaches-n-Cream, you can order it a few days in advance. Awesooome.

So if I had to describe my personality, it would be that I am an over preparer. I think 5 1/2 years of teaching elementary school totally changed that about me. (Planning every minute of every day and even extra activities ha!) I know I stress Ericka out with how I want to over prepare for our mini sessions…So along those lines, I’m totally taking 300 bags to the beach, and you don’t even want to see how I pack for Disney, but I have been trying to to tone it down and become more minimalist. (which is really hard for me not to pack every sock I own when going on vacation) Good article here for those of you who also have this problem.

It’s summer, and we’ve already been to the beach, and you would think I have read all these amazing books, but I honestly have not liked anything on all these recommended summer reading lists. (Send good suggestions please!!) Most of the time, I just make myself keep reading and finish the book. Oh, but I did like the book Crazy Rich Asians which is coming out as a movie in August.

Seeing my boys just light up playing in the ocean. Harrison just loves the waves so much, and giggles and giggles. And I was thankful to squeeze in a few days with one of my BFFS. We have been friends since college, and it was so so great to see her. Friendship has always been important to me, and I’m so thankful when I get time with one of my buddies. It is one of those things that can be really hard to make time for, but I’m just so grateful when it happens.

I’ve been in more of a minimalist mindset, especially since Corinne helped me declutter stuff I didn’t even realize I needed to declutter last September. (PS she is amazing. Not only is she phenomenal at organizing, but at decorating, too. See her website here) We’ve also been focused more on challenges lately like the no spend month which can be tough but also fun. Type Dave Ramseyinto Pinterest and all kinds of amazingness pops up to read. With our Disney annual passes this year, I’m always looking for ways to save so that we can go back.

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