Pretty In Pink

Downtown Raleigh Family Newborn Photography 

I first met big sister + her Mama at our Holiday Minis with Santa. I was so excited to find out that she was going to be a big sister! Oh, and her sister was just precious! Those cheeks, that little smile, LOVE! She was bright eyed and awake for the first part of our session and just so content for her sister to hold her. A fun thing about sessions at home – I was able to take some portraits of big sister in her room and in her playroom, so fun! This was such a sweet morning at home capturing these sweet sisters together.

According to Mom…

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? She’s got so much hair! Then, how much she looked like her sister, Olivia!

What was your favorite part of our session together? Loved being in the comfort of our home and the pictures of us in our environment, particularly Olivia in her bedroom and in her playroom.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? Not much aside from outfit planning.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried before? How did it turn out? Was worried about baby and preschooler not cooperating but hey did great, and we got some great smiles. Would have liked to get some more shots with the hubby but we were limited with his time — maybe next time!!

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? Go with the flow

Did you have a sentimental item at our shoot? Not particularly sentimental, but we had that lamb that Olivia loved as a baby.

Do you have other children? How did they react to the baby? Olivia gushes over her sister and adores her. She is constantly asking to hold her or help change her diaper etc

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? Wake up late, brunch, play

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Star of the Show

Cary Apex Newborn Family Portraits

It took an hour but I made it to a newborn session I had this morning in the monsoon. Did anyone else use google maps? It was like, pretty much every road in Raleigh is closed or a nightmare, let’s go this way – way out of the way to your destination. I did see police officers out measuring water on the roads but only one wreck, thank goodness. Hoping that was the last of the rain and it is far gone from here!

This sweet family was a dream to photograph! These sweet girls were full of giggles + smiles and of course, lots of kisses for their new baby brother. And he was just as chill as can be and soaked in all the doting from his sisters. Ok, and now we have to talk about their puppy. We chatted about whether they wanted their puppy in the photos and it was kind of like, yeah that would be great, but if he doesn’t cooperate, that’s ok, which is mostly how it goes at newborn sessions, because a lot of times you’re just too tired to care about mostly everything. This puppy was chill like most of the family and rallied to be the star of the show. So many cute photos! I love when pets can be part of newborn sessions since they are part of the family, too!

And if you’re thinking about a newborn session for late summer/fall, we only have a few spots left! Looking forward to all the babies we get to meet soon!

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Another Session With Luna

Baby Portraits Raleigh, NC

As a new driver..I must have been sixteen or seventeen, I got in my car after school one day to drive like three miles down the street. As soon as I got on the road, the skies opened up and the craziest storm came through. It was just horrible. I felt almost like I was in the wizard of Oz and farm animals were going to start flying by soon. It was just that bad. I finally made it safely to my Dad’s store but the main road I had to cross in all of that mess was just scary because I couldn’t see a thing. Ok, so after that whole traumatic day, wind + storms has not been my BFF. Like, I cannot stand the wind storms. And we really barely get anything bad here. (I could not live anywhere with tornado sirens.) So of course, the news has me stressing today + trying not to watch the weather. The wind already has the creepy howl. ugh. Hoping we do not have to huddle in the bathroom tonight + these scary storms stay away. (If it is storming, you will always find me hiding in the bathroom)

So I have to tell you, this family has the sweetest puppy named Luna. She will just steal your heart. I know Garrett is going to love growing up with her + having their own “Henry and Mudge”adventures. (My boys lovvve reading Henry and Mudge, especially Harrison, who has started asking for his own big dog.) This Mama is so creative + crafty and their house is just decorated so amazing! Such a sweet family – loved photographing this sweet baby boy – cannot even believe he is one. I got such a kick out of his sweet little personality!

According to Mom…

What kind of feel were you thinking for your session? real, everyday, silly and fun!

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

Luna- our English Lab, she’s 10 years old and the most laid back doggy there is, she’s always been an old soul.
Luke– Dada, Computer geek and outdoor enthusiast…a real Mr. fix-it both technologically and home improvement…ha ha ha!
Patti- Mommy, former elementary educator and antique enthusiast…LOVES a good DIY project!!!!\
Garrett– aka “G” for short, one year old, loves to tell stories with his hands (in baby talk) ha ha ha, also an outdoor enthusiast, and feels that sleep is overrated! ha!

What was the weather like the day of your session? March is always a gamble…ha ha ha… the week before our session we had snow…and our day was luckily 55 and sunny!!!! Thank GOODNESS!

What was the best part of your session? Trying to get Garrett‘s attention was REALLY hard…and trying to get him to smile while looking in the direction of the camera was EVEN harder, so Luke was throwing a soccer ball up and down over Beck’s head…which worked so well, that during our family shots we all had genuine smiles watching Becky trying not to knock herself on the head while throwing the ball up and down, and taking our photos!!!! Too funny!

Tell me about the outfits you wore to the shoot. Garrett wore a teal oxford from Carters that made his strawberry hair color and his blue eyes pop. His jeans wear Cat and Jack from Target. They are great for crawling active little ones. Garrett doesn’t walk by himself yet, but he was wearing baby Tom’s shoes, that are perfect for practicing!
Luke is a t- shirt and jeans kind of guy, so he wore a pail yellow and grey patterned banana republic polo shirt with jeans.
Patti wore a lace top from Anthropology, her favorite worn out jean jacket that she got from her bff years ago, and black jeans.
We wanted to keep our clothing real, casual, and easy, with a hint of Springtime.

What props did you bring and why? we brought a cream blanket for a family “pile on” shot
A crate- for Garrett to sit on or stand up with
A baby photo from our newborn session with Becky, to compare how much he’s grown (we’d like to do this every year!)
A few toys to try to get Garrett‘s attention.

What words of wisdom do you have for other families preparing for a session? Just roll with it…if you are having fun, and being yourself it will show through in the pictures…if you are stressed or trying to get your little one to do/be anyone other than who they are…the pictures won’t be as good. Just laugh and enjoy! They may not smile in every photo, but that’s ok!

What’s your favorite family weekend activities? Taking a walk with the family, letting Garrett show off new skills in his playroom, enjoying the outdoors (weather permitting) Garrett loves to swing!

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand? Only about the temp being too cold…we didn’t want to wear big coats or hats for our pictures:)

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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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