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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.

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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Newborn and Maternity Photographer in Raleigh, NC

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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Raleigh Newborn and Maternity Photographer

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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

 

Circa34 Barn Mommy and Me Minis 

Mothers Day Photographer Raleigh NC

    Part of the fun of our styled mini sessions is that they are fast. We try to keep everyone moving and laughing and we move pretty quickly. It does work well to have both of us there working and Ericka not only styles the sessions but helps with making the little ones giggle and have fun. I first met this little one as a newborn and he just has the sweetest personality and is so laid back like his parents. He, of course, loved swinging with his Mommy and playing around the barn. And that hair, oh my goodness! I love, love, love the sweet hug with his Mama at the end, too. These only take a few minutes, but what sweet memories they create.

It’s hard to for to make the investment for one session to rent somewhere and all of the thought and prop designing time Ericka spends (and she really is a creative genius because sometimes I am just like, yeah, I would have never thought of that) But it works perfectly to spend all the time and effort on the minis. Ok, back to Ericka, I totally giggle thinking about all of the things she comes up with. And we work well together because we usually have different ideas and we have to bounce them off each other and figure out what is going to be our favorite. We had a lot of wind out first day of minis, and I was just like oh no, please don’t let these flowers fly off or a storm blow up. (And if you know me, I like hate, hate storms…especially storms with wind!) We spend a lot of time dreaming up and chatting about our minis and really enjoy them when they finalllly arrive. (I probably spent too much time swinging on that swing before we covered it in flowers. It is a great swing – ha!!!) Our next minis coming up are Coastal Sessions at Holden Beach, which are family minis. We have one spot left – contact us for more info. Ok I will stop rambling now so I can share all of the images of these two! Just love this sweet family!

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Raleigh Mommy and Me Photographer

Rebecca Keller Photography 

Circa34

Mommy and Me Raleigh Styled Mini Session Photography 

Spring can be a little tricky for our Mommy and Me sessions because sometimes in April it just rains and pours. We did have to reschedule our original date, but we ended up with two gorgeous evenings for our Mommy and Me minis. I can’t wait to share so much of the cuteness from these. This year we did invite Grandmas too, and it was so sweet to be able to photograph the three generations together. This sweet little one had lots of smiles for the swing and for her Mama and Grandma. (Of course, she loves the swings! See more here)

We offer styled mini sessions several times during the year and will be releasing our fall dates soon. If you want to sign up for our newsletter, click here. All of our styled mini sessions are styled by Ericka of Little Apple Styles and we work together to find unique locations and themes for our clients. This Mommy and Me was at Circa34 barn – such a beautiful spot!

Rebecca Keller Photography | Styled by Little Apple Styles

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Raleigh Newborn and Maternity Photographer