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Our Trip to Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg Family Photos 

Every fall break since Owen started school, my mom and I have taken the boys on a little getaway. We’ve been going to the mountains, but this year we decided to go to Williamsburg and Jamestown. Owen absolutely loved it and did not want to leave. Harrison also had a great time because he usually goes along for the ride and is happy generally anywhere.

A few thoughts on Colonial Williamsburg…

1.I’d try to plan the trip around good weather. One of the fun parts of Williamsburg is that it is really like colonial life (which means no air conditioning) Squeezing a bunch of people in a bookbindery during the summer I imagine is super hot. We were super blessed with pretty cool misty rainy (but not pouring) weather, but a friend had been the weekend before and was miserable because of the heat.

2.Schedule any carriage rides before you come + look at their calendar of events online. Their website has a list of events everyday so you can see if there’s something you don’t want to miss. The carriage rides are just that – they aren’t tours or educational, just a fun ride around the city for the kiddos.

3.Everything is not open all the time so try to look up times for different things you may want to see. (Example – printing press was only open in the morning, Bindery was only open in the afternoon. Book binding was Owen’s favorite so this was important) The magazine also closed earlier so this was good to know, too.

4. Walk on the road instead of the sidewalks. We figured out on day two the brick sidewalks were hurting our feet so walk on the road as much as you can. (They are closed to cars during the day)

5.Wear tennis shoes. So much walking. Williamsburg does not look like a huge place, but I logged more steps than Disney.

6.Ride the bus to the Visitor’s Center and rent clothes or plan ahead. Dressing up was super fun for the boys. They have clothes for kids to rent at the Visitor’s center. You can ride the buses to the taverns, the outdoor market, Merchant’s square (so many friends recommended The Cheese Shop but it was too packed out when we went) the palace, and the visitor’s center. There might be more stops I couldn’t remember. We stayed at the Williamsburg Inn (loved the spiral staircase we walked down every time we left our room), so beautiful, but the Lodge is also right there super convenient within walking distance. (The Lodge also had an amazing buffet breakfast complete with gluten free pastries)  If you stayed somewhere else, I am thinking you could park at the visitor’s center and take the buses.

7. Make reservations for any dinners at Colonial Taverns. We ate at King’s Arm and Shields but Christiana Campbell’s tavern was our favorite. I think one authentic Colonial Williamsburg tavern eating experience by candlelight is really enough. (Food is also authentic but kids get a little leeway with chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese.) Christiana Campbell’s was George Washington’s favorite seafood restaurant so of course we had to go there. Owen is a huge George Washington fan.

8.There is someone in every building/house that explains their trade (silversmith) or history in the house (Wythe house)and Owen just loved all the learning and listening. He loved that the Wythe house had the actual banister Thomas Jefferson and George Washington probably touched, and he saw the room where Jefferson studied science with Wythe. It was really neat that most of the house was not a reproduction.

I could have spent a day or two more at Colonial Williamsburg. If you love history, it is so much fun, and my little Owen loves history so much so it was a treat.

*We also went to the Jamestown Settlement our third day. We were a little confused trying to figure out where to go because there’s two Jamestown areas and there’s a ferry. We knew we wanted to take the kids to the replica fort, ships, and Powhatan village, so we finally figured out to go to the Settlement. What an awesome place. They had talked a lot about Jamestown in first grade so Owen was really excited to see everything. The inside has some really cool artifacts + so much history, but the outside was definitely the kids favorite. There is a Powhatan village for the kids to explore, the James Fort, and then three ships just like what the English would have taken. I couldn’t even believe they traveled the ocean so far.

Overall, we had such a great time + loved seeing history come alive for the kids!

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

The Airstream

Raleigh Family Christmas Mini Session Photographer 

 

Oh, Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers…

It is always fun to dream up a creative family shoot for clients, and this one was just so much fun. I’m not a huge camping fan, so this was the best way to camp, ha! (not camp….) I did work at a wilderness camp in 2003 and spent my summer in the woods, even hiked the Appalachian Trail. It was a stretch for me, but I survived. We did a lot of camping with my church youth group growing up. One time, I was in a tent with a friend or two, and it started pouring so badly, there was water everywhere and the tent just slid down the hill into the lake (with us in it). On another camping trip, and a friend and I gave up and slept in my brother’s explorer? expedition?…it was big. The rain was just soaking through our tent like crazy and we were soaked. I have had terrible snake encounters outside – not bit, thank goodness, but I did step on one a few minutes into a hike. Another one surprised jumped out at me from a rock. (And completely weird that in all the tall grass, etc. that I’m in for sessions, I haven’t seen a snake during a photo session yet) I probably shouldn’t have said that because, you know, now I’m going to see one. Ok, so I feel like I had to tell you all of this to say, that the airstream is my kind of camping. It was beautiful and even had a shower – pretty cool.

Boyce Farms has been a favorite for so many years, and the owners are just the best. We love, love, love this farm + loved being able to have the minis there again this year. It is the best farm, and the only place to get your Christmas tree!

Ericka and I spent a lot of time discussing + dreaming up this mini, and I cannot wait to show you all of the images. Previews are hard because I don’t want to give the whole thing away so clients are super excited when they see their gallery. Every single session went so well, Ericka tolerated my Christmas music, we sang the Trolls soundtrack, paddington made an appearance + some clients even got to witness Ericka’s amazing dance moves!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much to everyone who came! It was truly an adventure + so much fun.

Styled by Little Apple Styles

Special Thanks to Boyce Farms and Sweetheart Treats

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Raleigh Maternity + Newborn Photographer

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

Little Blue Truck

Raleigh Fall Mini Sessions Photography

 

“Horn went ‘Beep!’

Engine purred.

Friendliest sounds

You ever heard.”

-from Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

    It’s no secret Ericka and I love planning and creating styled minis for our clients. And I love the simplicity Ericka designed with the apple baskets and flowers. This one was just. so. PRETTY. We were so happy to have beautiful weather both days (yay for no rain!) These just went so smoothly, I think all the little ones just thought the truck was so much fun. The hilarious part was the apples….everyone wanted a snack during the session – ha! And those images are adorable, too! These minis take a lot of work – location scouting, finding private property, getting permission, finding the truck, prop shopping, and in the end, it’s so so worth it! These came together beautifully, and I love the color palette Ericka chose for the flowers. Everything was perfect. So many more to share soon, but super excited to post a preview. For more information on other fall minis – send me an e-mail (becky@rebeccakellerphotography.com) Thanks to everyone who came + made this such a fun weekend!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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Raleigh Maternity + Newborn Photographer

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

 

Weekday Morning Sweetness 

Raleigh Family Lifestyle Photos 

This was the second time I’ve photographed this sweet family in their home. Sessions at home are great because you can take your time getting ready, there’s no rushing out the door to get to a location, and you have everything you need at home. You’re not going to forget anything! It was such a sweet morning at home, and so fun to photograph both of their babies!

According to Mom..

What kind of feel did you want for your session? I just wanted a fun, loving session at our home of our new life as a family of 4.

Who are the members of your family and a quick fact about each one. Jonathan is a fabulous daddy. He loves snuggles with his kids. Lillian (2) loves dressing up as a princess. Jack (6m) loves his big sister.

What was the weather like the day of the session? The morning started off cloudy but got sunny as the day went on.

What was the best part of your session? I loved just being together. Our lives are so crazy with travel, work, preschool and naps schedules. It was great just taking the time and making each other laugh and smile.

Tell me about the outfits you wore at the session. Jack decided he didn’t like his first outfit. Before we even took our first photo Jack threw up all over it. He changed immediately into outfit number 2.

What props did you bring and why? No props….just Becky and Jack’s monkey to entertain Lillian and make her laugh.

What’s your favorite family weekend activities? Saturday mornings are for long walks. We walk to get bagels and donuts! Then head out for a day of soccer practice and games.

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Raleigh Maternity + Newborn Photographer

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

Celebrating Eden

Duke Gardens Family Photographer 

So let me tell you – the day of their session, it was HOT. I mean, we were all sweating like crazy, but it didn’t bother this little one at all. She was just so happy and was chatting away the entire time. Her personality was adorable, and it was great to also have her Grandma there to help with the session. We had such a fun time at Duke Gardens, and it was a joy to photograph these two together. A little known fact about RKP is that I volunteer as much as I can (I can only take one session a month) with Red Thread Sessions. (If you know someone who is adopting, have them contact me!)

According to Mom..

What kind of feel were you thinking for your session? Vintage and dreamy. I’m happy we had the photos taken at Duke Gardens as I love the flowers and greenery and think they were the perfect back drop to the photos.

Who are the members of your family and a quick fact about each one? Mom – Theresa has wanted to adopt since she was in school. It took 4 years for her to complete her adoption of Eden.

Eden – Joyful, gregarious daughter whom I adopted from India in Feb 2017. Eden loves Minnie Mouse!

What was the weather like the day of your session? Sunny and hot!

What was the best part of your session or why you enjoyed the session? Becky did a great job helping Eden stay engaged and focused. And I loved the direction she gave. It was also helped further the bonding before me and Eden.

Tell me about the outfits you wore to the session – where you bought them + why you chose them. Theresa’s dress was purchased from a store called Nero’s in Hyderbad, India. I wore it to pay homage to my daughter’s birth country. Unfortunately, the Indian outfit I bought for Eden was too big. However, I bought her a frilly, red dress with bows. Just like Minnie Mouse!

What’s your favorite family weekend activities? We enjoy hanging out at Durham Museum of Life and Science.

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