Quick Lit February

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Quick Lit Post. The fall/winteris just so busy so I don’t get too much time to read. Here are a few I read lately and a quick blurb about each one.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
This was an honest memoir and an interesting story of the author’s life. His grandparents moved from Kentucky to Ohio, raised him and started a new life there. He eventually ends up graduating from Yale. I don’t want to spoil too much of the story, but I found it very honest and something different from what I usually read.

The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.

I read this one a while ago and I didn’t get to recommend it here yet. It is the first in a series of three books. I read this series in a weekend. A weekend? How?!? I know, it was crazy. That’s how fascinating it was to me. Historical fiction used to be hit or miss with me, and this series really got me into reading a lot more history. It is written from the view of Josephine, Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife and is very intriguing.


The Other Boleyn Girl

The whole Josephine series got me started on a historical fiction kick. This book was a little eye opening to all the things going on with England in the 16th century. After this book, I found a few websites listing historical fiction during this time period and what to read in what order. (So cool!) So I spent a lot of time reading about Tudor England which was just fascinating to me.

The Princess Diarist

I grew up watching Star Wars with my brother, so I will always be a Star Wars fan. My boys now have a Star Wars room that I am still working on. I was really interested to read the whole story about her and Harrison Ford. The book only gives you a glimpse of what happened and not really what I expected at all. Half of the book is from her journals/diary during that time.

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Linking up with Modern Ms. Darcy, one of my favorite book sites.Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn and Maternity Photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump and Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles.

Simple Morning 

Wake Forest North Carolina Newborn Photographer

This sweet little one’s big brother was just so adorable at their session. Don’t you just love the image of him mopping the floor? I love capturing siblings in their rooms or around the house during a newborn session.Two year olds add so much energy to a newborn session and we really just kind of let him run the show. They are such a sweet family, and this sweet baby girl’s nursery was just gorgeous. I also loved the sentimental items in their home and the gorgeous smocked dress. I loved this session so much!

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? I was anxious for Scarlett’s arrival, because all I wanted was for her to be healthy! When I first saw her for the first time I had a rush of relief that she was a healthy, beautiful baby girl. I told her we would be best friends!

What was your favorite part of our session together? My favorite part of the session was how calm and easy going Becky was with my 2 year old Cruse! I love having the newborn sessions at home because we move around at lot and it will always be a memory of what house we lived in.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? How did I prepare for the baby photo shoot, ha! I was so thankful for Becky’s stylist, she suggested on what we all should wear and I immediately ordered everything. Being a new mom of two getting us all dressed was a little stressful but we managed!

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you worried or nervous beforehand? I am pretty laid back so I was not nervous, and I already knew my 2 year would do that exact opposite of what we told him. However Becky was still able to capture beautiful pictures.

What would be your advice to someone else getting newborn photographs taken? To expect the unexpected, and everything will be ok!

Did you have a sentimental item at our shoot? If so, what was it and please share why it was such a special item for you.Scarlett wore one of my dresses that my mom smocked when I was a baby. Scarlett is the first granddaughter on both sides of our family, my mom as been waiting many years of a little girl for her to pass down all of my sister’s and I dresses. I will love these pictures forever for mainly this reason.

Was there a sentimental item in your nursery that we photographed? In Scarlett’s nursery there are two picture hanging on the wall that belonged to both of her great grandmothers.

Do you have any other children? How did they react to the baby? Yes Cruse is 2 and is enjoying giving his mommy and daddy a hard time about his arrival of his sister! My favorite picture is of Cruse with his hands over his eyes while Scarlett is just content of life!

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How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? My perfect Saturday would be to sleep past 7:00 am! Enjoy a nice breakfast and then be outside playing, bike riding etc. enjoy a nice afternoon nap. Then hang out on our patio while the kids play.

Any advice to other families picking out wardrobe or preparing for a session? To stay neutral and simple, whatever you feel comfortable in. I really enjoyed Ericka’s suggestions!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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As Seen in People Magazine + On The Bump | Wake Forest Raleigh Newborn + Maternity Photographer


Downtown Hillsborough Family Photography

I first met these two adorable boys at our 2015 Holiday Minis. When it was time for their family session, they were just so excited and brought their super fun dinosaurs. I absolutely loved the dinosaurs and we really were able to have so much fun with them. You may only see them in a few photos but they were right there with us the whole time. I had never been to downtown hillsborough and just loved it. By the time we were done, I barely missed the chocolate shop so I will have to go back! Loved photographing this sweet family and exploring downtown!

What kind of feel were you thinking for your session? Vintage, urban, modern? Why did you choose that? I guess we were going for a small town America feel.  We spend so much time in downtown Hillsborough and love our town – the Riverwalk, parks, restaurants, shops and constant family events…  Neither one of us is native to NC and odds are good that one day our boys will grow up and live somewhere else.  I thought it would be nice to capture us – where we are now, where we spend our time, what we do, how we look.

Bob – daddy – recipient of tackle hugs from our boys on a daily basis, works in finance in Morrisville, hobbies – swimming, exercise, reading, playing with the boys.Kerry – mommy – Director of HR for recruiting firm (part-time, out of the house), full-time mom, vegetarian.Teddy – turned 5 shortly after this shoot – loves learning about animals and especially a fan of dinosaurs and sea creatures James – 2.5 – loves his big brother, has one volume – LOUD

I loved that the boys were laughing and having fun.  The pictures are something I wanted, but it’s nice that it wasn’t a chore for them.  Teddy asked the next day when we could go “do pictures again?”

What’s your favorite family activity?
Being outside together – running around, playing (burning off the boys seemingly boundless energy)
Eating – we’re a big fan of picnics when the weather cooperates
Being with friends
Going into downtown Hillsborough 
What was the weather like the day of your session?
We got lucky with the weather.  I was hoping it would be cool enough for jeans, but not so cold that we needed coats and we had exactly that. 
I wanted us in something casual that looked like what we would wear everyday.  It feels like we get pictures when we’re all dressed up for special occasions, I wanted to look and feel like us.  

Teddy has stunning blue eyes, so I figured that we’d put him in blue.  I have a blue vest that I live in, so that was an easy pick.  And then Ericka helped me come up with some ways to tie it all together.

Toy dinosaurs – because I had no choice.  The boys love the dinosaurs and they were a new gift from my best friend who surprised us with a visit from Pennsylvania the day before.Chocolate lollipops from Matthew’s Chocolates – everything from Matthews is amazing and having a treat at the end of the session seemed like good bribery… just in case.Little wooden kaleidoscopes for the boys – I saw them at a store and they looked like fun .Hats – Teddy loves to accessorize

 hink about what is important to you and what represents you and go from there.  The pictures will be beautiful no doubt, but the reason ours are special to me though are because they “feel” like us.

Just making it fun – and that ended up being a non-issue

 Styled by Little Apple Styles
As Seen in People Magazine + On The Bump. Raleigh Newborn + Child Photographer.

Save The Date

Raleigh Baby Valentine Minis

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So excited about our Valentine Minis coming up soon – 2.4.17. Ericka and I having been working hard planning  a super cute session + you can also order custom Valentines to go along with the theme. To make it even easier, you can add on “knick knacks’ put together by Ericka and your Valentines are complete, custom, super cute, and ready to go to school. The minis will be for all ages – babies and up! We will be sending out all the booking information for this year’s 2017 Valentine Minis tonight so if you aren’t on the email list or in our Clients only facebook group, contact us asap! Hope everyone is enjoying the snow – it’s back to sledding, hot chocolate mixed in with editing over here!

Hello, 2017!

Raleigh Newborn Maternity Photography

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Yay for 2017! We celebrated the New Year at home watching movies + eating yummy food. Ever since I was pregnant with Harrison, I have a hard time staying awake after 8 PM – ha! I managed to get pretty close to midnight but didn’t quite make it. There were lots of fireworks going on in our neighborhood so that woke me up around time to celebrate:)

So, one of my big goals for January, my BLOG! Every year I think, oh, this fall won’t be as busy. I won’t work as much and somehow it just gets sooo busy. In order to get clients images to them quickly, I just focus on mostly editing + shooting during the crazy fall. I reallly love blogging and sharing sessions so a huge goal of mine for this month is to get back to blogging and sharing sessions. And I have so many great books to share. I think I read an insane amount of books in August/September and then fall craziness set in so the number of books read went down to barely nothing! The holiday break has been nice and a chance to read a little bit. I did have three sessions after Christmas so not a crazy amount of time. Looking forward to getting back to blogging!

Goals for January

1.Catch up on my blog (See above!)

2.Read up on 100 Days of Real Foodfor some more recipe ideas. Also, you know how much I love my Instant Pot   (you can sometimes get one cheaper when they are Amazon’s deal of the day) & I’m super excited to check out this new book, Paleo Cooking With Your Instant Pot. It can be overwhelming sometimes how many cookbooks I want to read. If I only had the time!

3.Get back to my Mason Jar Salad Group. I missed out on a few weeks with being so busy with sessions at the end of December. I love, love, love having salads during the week. Start one with your neighbors (more here)

4.Finish working on my powersheets + goal planning for year long goals.

5.Speaking of year long goals, one thing I really want to work on this year is hospitality – being more hospitable. “The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” I love going out and seeing people – meeting friends for a meal, at the park, etc. However, usually I get home and look at everything I need to do. (There is always a huge list of things to do right. I don’t think it ever ends.) So I usually don’t feel like I have “done” enough on my to do list to invite someone over. I also am usually working at home or resting. I love being at home and being quiet – I love it! So, I’m not the best at inviting friends over and that’ s something I really want to work on in 2017. I’ve started trying more in December and we even invited some neighbors over for dinner tonight, and it was great.

6.Plan out our trips/adventures for this year.

7.Start Hamilton. I have this book on my dresser and I’m so excited to finally read it!

8.Working on planning and thinking about how we can give – what we can do this year. I have loved working with Heart’s Cry Children this fall and want to continue supporting their ministry and looking for other ways we can give also of our time this year.

9.One of my clients got me this frame and I loooooove it. I have an SD card with just Christmas photos in it right now and I want to switch it to a bunch of photos through the year.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted a paper planner again this year..I thought I could just get by with only online planning again, but I just couldn’t do it. I realized how much I loved writing in my planner and I’m excited to start using my new one!

What are your goals for 2017! Leave your link in the comments:)See more goals posts here.

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Rebecca Keller is a family photographer featured in People Magazine who spends her time sipping iced coffee, chasing after her two little ones, reading, running, and editing. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about maternity and newborn photography in Raleigh, North Carolina.