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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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A Hint of Spring

Baby One Year Family Photography Raleigh NC 

It is freezing outside today. Like I just want to hide in five million blankets and never go outside. I grew up in North Carolina, and I will admit, I am a big, big wimp when it comes to cold weather. I’m kind of a wimp in super hot weather, too, though. So when it gets this cold, I kind of want to never go outside. When Harrison was born, it was 19 degrees a lot of days, and Owen just didn’t make it to preschool. I just couldn’t imagine loading and unloading them to take him in and out, (especially Harrison being so small) OH my goodness, THE CARSEATS. Getting them in and out in the cold. It’s just too much. Plus, it’s a battle right..when you have a newborn..to get out of your pajamas is an accomplishment. A shower is a miracle. So enough about all of that..today I actually went to several places. IN THE COLD. It was kind of amazing. (We went to Sprouts today. Oh my, it was everything amazing and more. It just needs a bigger parking lot to make all my dreams come true) And a friend had Harrison and I over for a nice lunch. so I just kept going and going in the cold. I feel like superwoman. And my husband grew up in Ohio, so if he is reading this, he will just roll his eyes at me, because 28 degrees is just not that bad, right! Ok enough about me rambling about the cold. I just feel like it was such a big deal today, I couldn’t not mention it.

I first met this sweet family at his big sister’s one year family session.  They are just so laidback and fun. It’s amazing with their two year old and one year just how much they don’t stress. And the two little ones can just tell – they have adopted the happy attitude of their parents and are just so much fun at photo sessions. They were also full of giggles at the Valentine Minis + our Spring Baby Lamb Minis. (yes! We have lots of fun minis – contact us for more info!)

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Baby Lamb Minis

Raleigh Spring Lamb Mini Sessions

    Day two and three of Baby Lamb Minis just went so well! We managed to squeeze everything in before the “snow storm” which ended up being a non event, right? So many sweet little ones came to cuddle and love on baby Benjamin the lamb. Ericka definitely got a workout these two days because Benjamin learned how to run. We were laughing so hard we were crying. It was kind of hysterical. Sometimes we have too much fun at the minis. So much laughter, so many giggles, and so many memories made this past weekend. A huge thank you to everyone who came!

We do have a few more minis coming up – contact us for more info. Our Mommy + Me Minis are sold out, but we having a waiting list in case we can open up more days. We have one spot left for our Coastal minis and two spots left for our family minis.

A huge thanks to Winterpast Farm and Suzanna’s Antiques

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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The Swings

Fall Raleigh Sunset Baby Photography

I really try to stay on top of blogging but when the fall gets busy and crazy, and we have minis galore (so many fun minis in the fall!) blogging kind of gets pushed to the back so that editing and orders can be done! I just had to share this session, though. I couldn’t wait any longer. The cuteness is overwhelming, and this little one just loovvvvved the swings. Oh my, I love it. And the light here, is just overwhelming. You know I am a sucker for good light. I will follow it anywhere. And sometimes people look at me (even Ericka, the RKP stylist who owns her own business, Little Apple Styles) and second guesses my location choices. Like, Becky, there is no way this is going to look good. And I have to promise her and show her back of camera sneeks, and now she has drank the good light kool-aid. It is all about the light..So when you want to book a session with me and you second guess my time choices, just know it is in your own best interest. I want you to have the dreamiest pictures possible, and I just love that light…BFF.  If I could have best friend necklaces with good light, I would. ha! And that doesn’t mean I’m sad on cloudy days. Cloudy just opens up so many more possibilities for me…spots that wouldn’t have existed on a sunny day. Ok, so now that you have read enough about my love affair with good light, on to the photos + the amazing light I speak of.

Oh, and one more thing, and I promise I’ll stop chatting…(what my boys would say here) This little one wasn’t feeling quite well our first try, so we ended up meeting again. So these were taken over two different days.

A few portraits from day one before she just wasn’t feeling well and we all decided to call it a day..

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And day two…

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