The New Baby

North Raleigh Newborn Photographer

It is summer, which means both of my boys are with me during the day, when I’m not working, and also we are spending a lot of time outside. If we aren’t outside or at the pool, chances are we are at the library. I lovvve summer reading and really just reading in general, and my boys definitely have a love of books. We are always scanning the bookshelves, looking up books online and reserving them, talking about books, and well, reading. (When I get a minute…) We drove to Greensboro for Father’s Day and so riding in the car is always an excuse to read, when I don’t have to be driving. (I just finished The Jane Austen Project, it was so so good, especially if you are a Jane Austen fan, kind of a historical fiction kind of book) All that being said, the boys and I are big bookworms..I was thinking about and laughing about the other day, what I wanted to be when I grew up. I have no clue why, but I always wanted to be a writer for the New York Times. My childhood was spent journaling and writing, so writing and being a reporter makes sense..but now I couldn’t even imagine it!  I did also take a lot of photos, and can still remember waiting for film to come back in the mail or an hour at the drug store! I’ll have to tell you all about my experiences in developing film another day..

This sweet summer baby boy was a treat to photograph with his older siblings. (How sweet that they were reading My New Baby and even read Happy Birthday to You!  to their baby brother!) I first met this family in the early days of my business and have been photographing them since their oldest was three months old! I’ll never forget that sweet session in their front yard. We’ve had several sessions over the years in their house just hanging out and playing with their toys which is so much fun! Their baby brother was just loved on so much the day of his portraits, and he even smiled about it a little! So fun when newborns smile!

According to Mom…

What was your favorite part of our session together? The best thing about having a session at home is that everyone is more relaxed and you get pictures that reflect your normal everyday lives. I love the pictures of the siblings in their rooms.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? The nice thing about having the session at home is that the baby was ready to go-nothing extra needed.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried beforehand? Our experience could not have gone better. Becky is amazing with the kids and is able to get them to relax so the pictures look so natural. This is my favorite part about sessions with Becky.

What would be your advice to someone else having their newborn photographs taken? Look through the blog to get ideas of what you do and do not want for your family pictures. Get your outfits ready before the baby arrives and let Ericka help.

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And A High Five at the End

Downtown Raleigh One Year Baby Photography 

This little one was full of so many smiles – he just started giggling as soon as he got out of the car at the park. Sometimes babies can be distracted when outside and just fascinated by all the noises and sounds, but not this little one. He was just so happy playing with his Mommy and Daddy at the park. What a cutie he is and so many memories made during his one year portraits. I love the variety we could get at this location and how adorable was he holding up his finger that he was one. We had ot keep an eye on the weather that day, and we were sure if it was going to pour during the session. It was a dark and cloudy evening, but thank goodness, the rain stayed away. For some reason, sometimes when I’m at the park, it’s like we are magnets for rain. This little one was just so adorable, such a fun session…and the high five at the end, sooo cute!

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Sunrise

NYC Central Park Family Photographer 

We went on an amazing crazy 1700 mile road trip for Spring Break this year (read all about it here) We crammed so much into a little bit of time..and we were supposed to be in NYC for two days, but it ended up being less than 24 hours because we had to rearrange our trip for a few things..All that being said, if I was going to take pictures in NYC, I’d definitely choose sunset, but, with being there with such little time, sunrise was our only option. And I mean, we had fifteen minutes maybe before it was too bright and covered in light. My husband loves me since he drove us the night before and slept five hours to get up at sunrise for this. He also helped me location scout something that showed the buildings but that would also work at sunrise. And lastly, of course, all his amazing sounds that make the boys crack up while I am trying to photograph them.*Husband of the year* We even picked our hotel to be close, and that worked out great. We did take a quick taxi drive there since it was a little dark, and we barely beat another photographer to the exact spot. Whhhhew. Central Park was hopping though…everyone in the city was up and working out. I really wanted an image with the skyline in the background and I love these so much of my little cuties. *Special thanks to Ericka for meeting me at Janie and Jack last minute to review wardrobe* Oh, and Harrison’s bowtie was the exact same print as Michael’s tie he wore on our wedding day, so it was must. Love it!

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Counting You Twice

Knightdale Wake Forest Raleigh Newborn Photographer

I first met these two at their maternity portraits, and they are just so much fun to be around. They definitely laugh and have so much fun together. And they’ve been through so much, waiting for this baby boy, and just have so much JOY. Their puppy is also so special to them, and I love that we were able to capture her in a few portraits, too! And, wow, their nursery was just amazingly beautiful, even a stunning shiplap wall! This was such a sweet morning photographing this family at home.

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? I cried and was so overjoyed! I was relieved he was here but also praying he was going to be ok as he was a whole month early. I was overjoyed because we waited 3 years for him and we prayed for him every day.

What was your favorite part of our session together? I loved being in the comfort of our own home. It made the session more relaxed but also captured our life in the house we have built together. I loved being able to capture the sweet details of Jack’s nursery as well. And we were also able to have photos with Sassy and capture all of us as a family. My favorite part was having my mom in town and being able to capture some photos of her, Jack and me. I also appreciate your outgoing personality and making us all feel comfortable for the session. AND being patient with us since Jack refused to go to sleep:)

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried beforehand? It was a great experience!! I wasn’t nervous at all and was excited for the session. I also loved chatting with Ericka on what outfits to wear and how we can best look in our photos. It was one less thing I had to worry about. I am absolutely in love with the photos and will cherish them forever!

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? I would say to have them done in your home where you feel comfortable and relaxed. It’s also helpful because if the baby needs to be changed or fed, it’s convenient and not stressful. Pick a photographer that you also feel comfortable with, is patient with babies/children and can help you with positioning and finding the best angles.

Did you have a sentimental item at our session? We used a rainbow blanket I had made for Jack in the session. We suffered 3 losses before having Jack and he is our miracle baby. He is definitely the sunshine and rainbow at the end of the long storm. He is everything to us.

Was there a sentimental item in your nursery that we photographed? I attended a class at AR Workshop in Raleigh and made the sign hanging over Jack’s crib. The sign read ‘When I count my blessings, I count you twice’. I love that you incorporated this sign in a lot of our photos. It is so special.

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? Well we haven’t really gone out yet as a family (lol) but I would say enjoying the fresh air, sitting in yard playing with Sassy, grilling out and just relaxing with some music.

Any advice to any other families picking out wardrobe or preparing for a session? I would definitely recommend working with a stylist like Ericka. I love that she was able to use pieces from our wardrobe, so we really didn’t need to spend extra money on clothes. It took the stress out of figuring it out myself and the photos ended up having the look and feel I envisioned.

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Quick Lit June

Wake Forest Newborn Photographer

As soon as summer hit, so did my reservations at the library. I basically went through my list and put EVERYTHING on hold, because I mean, when you are 97 in line, it could take a while. I was surprised four books showed up right away, and of course there is the Lucky Day shelf, which is the best thing ever. (The shelf right when you walk in the library when has new bestsellers that can’t be reserved – they are only for people who walk in the library. It’s a treat. I love, love, the lucky day area) Owen has also reserved every copy of Captain Underpants  since they are always checked out and he is loving the reservation part of the library. He will have the series finished this week and I’m always looking for recommendations for great boy series/books, so send me what you have!

America’s First Daughter

So I love historical fiction, so of course, when I heard about this book, I had to get it. It’s such a great story written from the point of view of Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter Patsy. It is full of history and a lot of things I didn’t know about Thomas Jefferson’s life – great read.

The Woman on the Orient Express

I am not sure where I got the referral for this book, an I wasn’t even sure if I was going to like the story line. I get like that so much – where I read the info about the story and it’s like I don’t think I’ll like this. (AND I LOVE IT) This book was truly fascinating and loosely based on Agatha Christie’s life. It’s about three women who meet on a train traveling to the Middle East and all the problems they face – definitely enjoyed this book.

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage

I’m not usually a memoir reader and at first, I was a little skeptical since the way this book is written is a little different. It’s in short, separated little glimpses of time that kind of bounce back and forth. I love reading and learning about writers, so I ended up loving this book and what she shared about her life and marriage. It was super sweet – I got it from the library, but I almost want a copy for myself. It made me want to go back through my old journals and read them. I’ll definitely want to read some more Dani Shapiro books.

A Long Way Home
I love reading books that have movies to go along with them. First of all, the book is amazing and what an incredible, true story. This is a story about a boy in India who gets lost on a train and then everything he goes through and eventually ends up being adopted. He then grows up and tracks down the village he was born in using Google Earth. I don’t want to spoit it any more, but this story is amazing. I highly recommend reading the book because there is so much to his story in the book. Then, rent Lion  on Amazon Prime and watch it because at the end you get to meet him, and there’s so many tears, and I don’t want to spoil it, but just incredible. I loooooved this book!

What great books have you read lately? Let me know in the comments! Posting this Halloween image below, because, we are about to start booking Fall/Halloween/Holiday Minis in a few weeks! Contact us for more info and sign up for the newsletter here.

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Rebecca Keller is a Wake Forest newborn photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including the Bump. Because we do share a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions from affiliate programs. Contact us for more information about newborn photography in the Raleigh area.