Worth the Wait 

Cary Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer 

In his nursery, a sign on the wall reads, “Some things are worth the wait.” How sweet that is, and I love that his Mama said she thought, “He is an amazing gift!” when she first saw him. Little ones truly are a gift, and I love photographing the first days at home with them which pass by so quickly and often in a blur. They also had a schnauzer who loved sunbathing, and I loved capturing that since I grew up with schnauzers, and they are so so sweet. Could this little one be any sweeter? So many sweet images of him snuggling with his Mommy + Daddy!

According to Mom…

What’s the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? He is such an amazing gift!

What was your favorite part of our session together + the best part of having a newborn session at home? I loved that you were so relaxed and patient with us getting organized and when John was fussy. It made me more relaxed about the session. I appreciated being at home since I was still recovering from the C Section and going out to a studio would have been impossible.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? I found some inspiration on Pinterest, and shopped for myself with the tips/ideas from Ericka. Other than that I just showered & did my hair & makeup before you got there!

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried beforehand? I was excited to capture the special time with our new family. It was an easy process – I wasn’t nervous or worried.

It turned out great – I was a little tired and ready to be done at the end, and I think John was too – but I was glad we got the shots that we did at the end, so it was worth it being a little longer.

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? Plan ahead for your outfits and plan on just going with the flow of the baby. Being at home made that really easy.

Did you have a sentimental item at our shoot? We have the afghan my aunt made for John. She makes one for all the new babies in our family so it was really special to get one for our little one.

How would your describe your perfect Saturday as a family? We haven’t gotten to do this yet – but I’d love to push the baby in a stroller at the park near our house and get brunch afterward (at home or La Farm!) Then enjoying some playtime with the baby and maybe a long nap when he naps!

Any advice to other families picking out wardrobe or preparing for family portraits? Get tips/shopping ideas from Ericka! She made it really easy for us – I shopped our closets first too!

Besides that, just give yourself plenty of time to get ready and know that you’re in good hands and the finished product will be well worth the effort. I am so happy to have these adorable shots of John as he’s already changed so much in just a few weeks!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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So Many Giggles

One Year Baby Photographer Raleigh 

I always feel like I blink after their newborn sessions when they turn one. It’s really, like how can this even be possible? And this little one, we were photographing him close to his bedtime so of course, this session was super quick. With everything going on, and how quick this session was, he still managed to give me so many smiles and giggles. So, so, so cute! What I love about sessions is that it is a time to play and make memories..to have fun together as a family and also capture that in the photos.

We went to see Captain Underpants with friends today, and well, it was everything you dreamed a boys movie could be. (Some theaters have discounts on Tuesdays, which is awesome)It was actually really funny, and I could see how Owen’s age would love it, but also a little much on the potty talk, of course. My girl ears were like ewwwww. Owen has been devouring the chapter books so, of course, I have put every single one on hold at the library in the hopes that one day he will be able to read more. (it is kind of amazing how many girl series books there are vs. boys. Just not that much great stuff. If you have any suggestions for other series, I would love to hear them) I grew up going to the movies a lot..I mean, my Mama loves movies. Since she loved them, of course, I was the kid who never wanted to watch tv or movies. I never watched Saved by the Bell and remember a little bit of Full House, but mostly I would rather be doing something else. Even in college, I never really wanted to sit around and watch movies. It still baffles Michael when something comes on tv, and he’s like remember this? Um no. I owned like 7 dvds in college/after college and I married a man who has oodles and oodles of them. My favorite movies growing up (I can remember all of them because there were so few) were Anne of Green Gables, Never Been Kissed, My Best Friend’s Wedding(i watched this so many times) 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Wedding Singer. There were more, I’m sure, but these are the ones I can remember. Who else has old chick flicks they remember + want to share? Now that I spent so much time sitting on the couch editing for my job, of course I am now watching netflix and movies. Too funny! Michael still can’t believe it some days. Ok, enough of my rambling about Captain Underpants + movies..on to the one year cuteness!

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Raleigh Baby One Year Portraits 

Rebecca Keller is a family photographer who spends her time reading, editing, and photographing super fun families. 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 baby photography in Raleigh, NC

Baby Brother Coming Soon

Maternity Mommy Me Photography Raleigh

Our 2017 Mommy and Me Minis was the first time Ericka and I met these two, and just how sweet are they together? Our Mommy and Me Minis are 15 minutes long and we try to have fun yet move everyone through quickly so we can get as many mini images as possible. These two just had so much fun together and you can just tell the special bond they have. I know they are so excited about a baby brother coming soon! You can see more from our styled Mommy and Me Minis with Little Apple Styles here. I have only gotten to share a few of them so far!

So I had a session recently where we were discussing problems with glasses. My prescription hasn’t changed in three years, and I am not the easiest on my glasses. So, I have a few different pairs, and a pair of prescription sunglasses + then contacts. If I’m at a session, I’m usually wearing contacts because it’s just easier and they won’t fall off my face. I have a super old pair of glasses that is missing one side that goes over your ear and then I have a newish pair that are a little bit more decent for going out so I don’t usually wear these as much at home. (I am always losing my glasses in the house. I take them off to do something and then have no clue where they ended up or if someone walked off with them) So, I came up with a solution for my oldest pair that’s missing a side…a pencil. Yes – my pencil glasses. They are amazing. You just tape a pencil to the side and voila. I think I showed up at Ericka’s house once for a meeting and she was like what in the world crying. Michael still laughs at me all the time – I’m like geez, I’ve been wearing these forever…how is it still funny? Ok, so in case anyone else is in need of extra glasses laying around, the pencil, try it. I may be brave enough one day to post a picture of me in my pencil glasses. Oh, and P.S. it’s even better if your hair is up – to stick the pencil in your hair. Just sayin’.

Oh, and I’m totally that person wearing their prescription sunglasses in the store without realizing it, because, you know, I can still see! Ok, enough with the glasses talk and more of the adorableness of these two!

Styled by Little Apple Styles | Sessions at Circa34 Barn

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Raleigh Newborn and Maternity Photographer

 

Joy

Cary Raleigh Newborn Photographer

I seriously love photographing the joy of siblings together. It is the sweetest thing when they are so excited about the new baby and want to show them to me and tell me all about them. (I’ll be honest, this does not happen every session:)This big brother was absolutely adorable with his baby brother, and overall just loved being with his Mommy + his Papa, too. I photographed his newborn portraits a few years ago, and was so happy when I heard from them again. (You can see their maternity portraits here)

I know most of the memories Owen will have of the first days of having a brother are from photographs and videos but he loves, loves, loves, watching the video of holding his brother for the first time. What a special day that was for him, and it is kind of amazing how he can remember some of the details from that day and from the first few weeks of having a brother. Siblings have a special bond, and I love photographing that in the early days of newborn sessions. It’s just so special.

Today is one of those rainy days..looks like tomorrow might be a little rainy, too! A few rainy day ideas if you just need to get out of the house…Go to the library! Looking around can occupy them forever + there’s also story time for the little ones. It is also the best day to take out playdoh.  Yes, it gets everywhere + is disastrous but it keeps them occupied for like ever. (and really more time than that) You could also make this Kid approved snack mix + pop in a movie. There is always jumping in the puddles – also super fun.This Firework Salt Painting also looks super cute with July 4th right around the corner. Enjoy the rain – I always love editing on rainy days or watching a movie sipping a yummy calming tea.

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Rebecca Keller is a Cary Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured on several blogs including  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

 

 

 

A Few Favorites from May

Baby Photographer Raleigh

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Harrison’s first swim – throwback to 2014. He is absolutely thrilled.

So excited that it is now summer! Having both of my boys around makes me so so happy. And they are happy and content to entertain each other and play together which is an added bonus. Harrison is still not a big fan of water. At the beach Memorial Day weekend, he thought it was hilarious if me + him ran to the water, put our toes in, and nothing else. Anything more than that we would reach panic level. The first step of the pool with his puddle jumper + his boat is his happy place. I was totally this kid (can fear of water be genetic?) so I can relate to his feelings when it comes to water. My earliest memories of the beach jumping in the waves with my Grandma Dot (yes, her name was Dorothy, nickname Dot. love her name) and my great aunt Peggy, I was just terrified but I managed to do it. I remember both of them wearing t shirts so I could wipe the salt water out of my eyes when the waves hit me. I’m sure my mom can verify that I spent a lot of my younger years screaming when it came to water. (We flew to Florida one year and I screamed when the plane went over water. My mom said I also went into full panic screaming on It’s a Small World) Most kids probably have memories of swim lessons right. I have so many memories of swim lessons because I probably had them every year until I was 12 or 13. Ok, maybe not that old, but it took me a long time to swim..and I grew up with a pool in the backyard. All this to say, I can relate to little H man and his fear of the water, and I know one day eventually he will learn to swim. I have thought about trying this place for him, because wow, their facebook feed is just amazing of all these little ones swimming but we would have to get him in the water first!

A few of my favorites lately:

Scrub Daddy /Scrub Mommy. These were Shark Tank’s biggest success (see here) And man, I can see why because I loooooooovvveee these. You can even put them in the dishwasher – not even kidding.

Sassool I am their number one fan. I am sure when they see me, they are like again? I didn’t feel so bad after I read some yelp reviews that said they eat there every single day. ha! The best part is you can buy extra in plastic containers and eat the next day. I might do this. alot. My favorites right now are the roasted veggies, the mediterranean chicken salad (SO YUM) and the sweet potato salad. (I am not a raisin fan so I just move those to the side) The hummus is also so yum. You can also order using the EAT24 Yelp app to order ahead which I do a lot because if I’m going to be there right in the middle of lunch/dinner time, it’s better than waiting in line since all of Raleigh is also there.They also have a discount plan – with every 100.00 I think, you get 10.00 off. They also open at 10 AM, FYI. yes I HAVE BEEN THERE that early.hahahahahahahahahaha.

My other favorite meals lately.

  • City Barbeque. This place is awesome + so allergy friendly. It also helps that is is super close to our house. (In the Sprouts shopping center that does not have enough parking. Another place that even if you are eating in, just order on the app during busy time. You will get your food faster than waiting in line -ha!)
  • Smashburger. Have you tried the veggie frites? Seriously so yum. I like to get a lettuce wrapped burger with avocado + mustard.

Summer Rules. I found some fun summer rules + changed them a little bit, but Owen has actually loved them. (He finished school last week) A list of ideas of things for him to do before he can have any technology time. (Read a book to his brother, play make believe, thank Jesus for something) There are lots of fun lists on Pinterest.Which reminds me, we need to head to the library today (another fave) to stock up on books for him. With more free time, he is reading, reading, reading. His current faves are Magic Bone, Captain Underpants, (seeing the movie tomorrow- anyone seen it? What did you think) The Unofficial Minecrafters Academy Series , and he just read all of the Big Nate books  and loved those. I feel like finding books boys are interested in can be a little bit trickier…and of course they have to be about silly things like underpants – ha!

Sunscreen. Ok this is such a tricky one. With my boys’ eczema (Owen’s is worse than Harrison’s) sunscreen is the number one trigger for them so I am always a little apprehensive trying new sunscreen… this  worked awesome for them at the beach last week. If anyone else’s little ones has this problem with sunscreen and has tried anything else, please let me know. I also, love, love, love, this sunscreen stick– so much easier and quick for the face, especially with baseball season. (How have I missed these for so long!!)

I just finished reading A Long Way Home, and I sobbed so much. Loved this story + then I had to watch the movie (you can watch on Amazon Prime) afterwards. movie  is great, but the book added so much. Best part of the movie is seeing the mothers meet in the end. More tears and more tears.

Sally Clarkson podcast. I have a little speaker I carry around the house – ha, and turn on when I’m folding laundry or doing the dishes. I looooove listening to Sally Clarkson – so encouraging for Mamas  + her books are great, too.

Teach Me Store. They have so many fun educational summer activities for kids.

Still one of my absolute favorites is my Kindle . I thought it officially died on me the other day and I was so bummed. I love being able to download and read whatever whenever. I have the cheaper one “with offers” which basically means they put an ad on the home screen – doesn’t bother me at all.

Baseball. It has been baseball season around here, and we were lucky to find a league where the boys could play one right after the other. This was Harrison’s first sport, and he was the one that asked to play. Both of them really loved it, and they were the cutest little baseball players EVA. Sunset slush + 90 degrees every week! Having a chair like this onewas a must!

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Strawberry Margarita Nail Polish. I have been loving this color for weeks. I totally google nail trends when I’m picking out nail polish and I really couldn’t go with the pale colors.

Harrison’s favorites right now can pretty much be summed up by Lightning McQueen (he carries this duplo  version everywhere…I have to remember to have him leave it in the car when we go places so he doesn’t lose it.) and his first love of Thomas. His current favorite books are If You Give a Dog a Donut+ Goodnight Baseball. (both baseball books)

It’s a rainy day around here – time for some editing + getting work done! It’s about to get real busy around here with Owen’s birthday around the corner + this year we are celebrating Harrison’s 1/2 birthday. (finally a party for our Christmas birthday! And Cars3 movie for a win!)

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Just for fun..

A session around this time last year – Oh my, that dreamy nursery + her sweet puppies.

A session two years ago – the cuteness of these sweet sisters at the Rose Garden!

Photo below from our Mommy + Me Minis this month styled by Little Apple Styles. I have just started blogging them but you can see more here.

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured 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.