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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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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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A Little Bit Magical

Raleigh Dreamy Maternity Photos

This little spot was just perfect for the look we wanted for this session – dreamy + magical. This family is always so much fun to photograph. They come prepared, complete with Megan’s mom to help, which is always awesome. I really love family maternity sessions..it is so sweet to capture the special days waiting for your next baby. And they are having a girl, so fun! This little guy is going to be an awesome big brother, and I can’t wait to photograph him with his baby sister soon!

According to Mom..

What kind of feel were you thinking for your session? There were two ideas I had for this session – I wanted something dreamy and romantic for half of the photos, to capture the beauty and essence of carrying a little girl inside me who I am so excited to meet. The rose garden seemed like the perfect setting to match with the ethereal theme I had pictured in my mind, and with the flowy and elegant maternity dress that I ordered for the shoot. For the other half, I wanted to capture the fun-loving nature of my small-but-growing family. My husband and son are big goofballs and always smiling and laughing, which is what I love most about them. I wanted to capture the happiness that I feel when I’m with them, and I think Becky did just that!

Who are the members of your family and a quick fact about each one.

Josh – my partner in crime and best friend. He’s the most supportive husband and best dad – I’m seriously so lucky.
Jameson – our 2 and a half year old. The things he says make me laugh so hard that I cry – he’s got his dad’s sense of humor:)

What was the weather like the day of your session? We couldn’t have asked for better weather, especially at the end of February! It was 70 degrees and just the right amount of sun was peeking through the trees during the shoot. It was truly magical and exactly what I had pictured.

What was the best part of your session or why you enjoyed the session? The best part of any photography session is that you get to take some much-needed time out of your busy life to spend with your loved ones. And with Becky, she makes the sessions so fun and light that you feel comfortable just being yourself and having a good time. It’s also always fun to get dressed up, and to see your vision come to fruition when you get the photos back!

Tell me about the outfits you wore to the shoot. For the romantic side of the shoot, I decided to wear a long off-the-shoulder maternity dress and a flower headband. I wanted the feeling to be dreamy and ethereal, to capture how I feel about having a daughter. I also wore a long turquoise dress for my son’s maternity shoot, so I think the two dresses mirrored each other nicely. I got this dress on Etsy!

For the fun and energetic part of the shoot, I decided to keep things simple and light with a white long-sleeved lace shirt and dark jeans, and my husband and son wore complementary outfits that were springy and crisp. I think they all worked out well, and we didn’t have to buy anything new, which is always nice:)

What props did you bring to the session and why? I brought a pair of newborn pink sneakers that I bought for our daughter. When we did the maternity shoot for Jameson, we brought a little pair of his newborn shoes and took this great picture of my feet and Josh’s feet with Jameson’s shoes next to us. I love this picture and I wanted to recreate it for baby girl – so Josh, Jameson and I lined up next to the pink sneakers for a picture. It came out so cute – exactly what I had pictured! I love how closely it mirrors the pictures from Jameson’s maternity shoot, and shows how our family is growing and changing.

What are some words of wisdom you have for other families preparing for a session? Plan what you’re going to wear (clothes, shoes, hair/makeup) for the whole family well in advance! You don’t want to be scrambling a few days before the shoot and then end up not liking your outfit choices or the way you did your hair. Also bring extra clothes and shoes in case the ones you’re wearing get dirty (especially for the little ones, and especially if your shoot is outside!). And if you can, bring a helper with you. My mom has been with us to the last few shoots and having her there to help with changes, watching my son, etc. has been such a huge help!

What are your favorite family weekend activities? We love being outside, so anytime the weather is nice, we go to the playground or park, walk around Lake Lynn or just walk around our neighborhood or play in our backyard with our son and dog. That’s why spring and fall are my favorite seasons – we love being able to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible on the weekends.

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand? I always worry about the weather, since it’s the one thing I can’t control. I know how important lighting is to a successful photo shoot, and rain is never your friend when you’re outside, so I worry about everything going as planned and about Becky being able to make it work even if the weather isn’t perfect. We’ve been pretty lucky for all our shoots with Becky, though. Except Jameson’s two-year portraits in July were a little on the hot side:)

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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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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