Category Archives: Goals

August was such a great month. We spent our last days at the beach, got ready for Kindergarten, and then took a trip to Washington, D.C. for a newborn session and got to spend a little bit of time with friends sightseeing.

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1.The kindergarten schedule has taken some getting used to. He gets out of school pretty early – I have to be in carpool at 1:40 and wait for him until 2 and sometimes don’t really get back home until 2:30 depending on how far back I was in the carpool line. Until this week, I was still trying to figure out the best way to organize a new working schedule and I think I’ve finally found it. (He is looooooving kindergarten which is so great and looks forward to every day)

2.Carpool is a great time for catching up on reading. I can’t read anything during morning carpool, but having to sit there in the afternoon for 20 minutes or more, I’ve already read one book, and I’m starting on another. If I didn’t have this time, I’d find it difficult to sit down and read during the day.

3.Along the lines of starting school this month, I have realllly enjoyed packing school lunches again. It’s been so much fun, and I’m not sure how long he’ll let me pack him batman sandwiches or lightsaber skewers, so I’m just going to make his lunchbox fun as long as possible.

4.If you go to the Air and Space Museum in DC, you get to go in a real spaceship. Owen was in love, and I’d have to say, it was pretty cool.

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This is the last quiet month before the busy fall. We’ve been working so hard on what we will offer around the holidays this year. (It’s going to be so super cute, and I’m so excited!)

Goals for August:

Shoot a preview of holiday minis

Send out information about our last client event – in October

Swim, and play at the beach one last time

Volunteer & help the kindergarten teachers at Owen’s school

Organize all information for 2016 sessions.

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Rebecca Keller is a family and newborn photographer in Raleigh, NC featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including Let the Kids Dress Themselves and Lemonade and Lenses. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about family photography and travel sessions.

May was a busy busy month. It’s summer! Looking forward to June and everything summer…watermelon, key lime pie, trips to the pool (once Owen’s collarbone is better)  more beach trips, collecting sea shells, ice cream, popsicles..(does most of this have to do with food?) We celebrate Owen and his cousin’s birthday every year at the beach Memorial Day weekend – these two just love decorating their cake!

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The critters went to Disney World 

Goals for June:

1. I want to attempt 20 Pure Barre classes in 30 days but we will just see how it goes. Sometimes I am just too sore to go back two days in a row. It’s a little bit more difficult to get there since there’s no childcare but I’d like to see how many classes I can get to this month. I can also try to squeeze in a 6 A.M. class before Michael goes to work.

2. Come up with super fun memorable summer ideas that Owen can do even with his hurt arm. We attempted a trip to the park last week and it was just too hard for him not to be able to climb and do all the things that he is used to doing.  Hopefully our check up on Friday will go well.

3. I have a few books to finish reading this month and will update you on what I thought at the end of June. I’ve been using the GoodReads app a lot and love seeing what my friends are reading and recommending.

4. Make an album of our Pinkle Toes family pictures. Can’t wait to blog all of them. I have a lot of blogging to catch up on this week so stay tuned for a lot of blog posts!

5. Shoot an example of what our Limited Edition Event with Little Apple Styles in August is going to be like. This one is going to be sooooo super cute and very unique! It’s definitely one you won’t want to miss.

6. Start booking fall sessions. I’ve had a lot of people contact me about fall dates so I will be opening them up soon. These go very quickly – especially weekend dates.

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Maternity Photographer featured in People Magazine, Denim + Grace Magazine and on several blogs including Lemonade and Lenses, On To Baby, and Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about travel sessions and Raleigh Newborn Family Child Photography.

May was a super busy month…I don’t think I realized how busy it was going to be, and all of a sudden it was here. Mother’s Day & my birthday were so super special – the boys went to Homewood and picked out a spring blooming tree for the yard. (not too big – we have a super small yard) Owen also picked out a cupcake at Whole Foods with a tree on it. #lovehim. Between Charleston – our family portraits & the Pinkle Toes Workshop Reunion, Mother’s Day, my birthday, a broken bone, Harrison in and out of the emergency room with 105 and 105 temps and two Coastal Sessions, it’s been a busy month!

What I learned in May….

1. How much effort goes into a family session. We had our family portraits planned for this month, and it was so great for me to remember what it’s like to be a client. So much thought goes into every session and all the little details.I have soooo much to say about the portraits (You can see them on Michele’s blog here and I’m also going to blog them soon) Love, love, love, love, love them! Big thanks to Little Apple Styles for help with picking out wardrobe for our session, and my friend Brooke for convincing me to buy a bright Blue and Coralish pink dress at the anthro birthday party. It’s a lot brighter than what I normally buy, and I love it! Ericka did such a great job coordinating THREE boys with pink!

Thank you Michele of Pinkle Toes Photography for this photo (and sooooo many more I love!) 

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2. How much I would love Pure Barre. So I’ve been doing workout videos at home for the past several months and have really loved them. During the Pinkle Toes Workshop Reunion in Charleston this month, Michele asked us if we wanted to try a barre class. I lovved it. I definitely couldn’t do all of it, and still can’t, but I really love going to the classes. I’m still sore pretty much every time I go, but it’s such a great workout.

3. How easy it is for a little one’s bone to break. So, we have our first broken bone, and I’m still kind of in shock about it. Kids jump off beds onto their heads, climb trees, jump over things, topple all over the place and do not break a bone. Owen was barely chasing his cousin around the kitchen and fell right on to his collarbone. (I also learned if you think you might have a broken bone – just go straight to the orthopedic urgent care. We went to the one on Durant.)

4. My little boy is growing up. Ok I’m not going to cry right now, but I did cry at his preschool graduation. He was “Most Enthusiastic Learner” and said he wanted to be a “Future Chef.” Poor thing had to wear his cap and gown with only one arm through because of his broken bone. Overall he has had the best atittude about everything, thank goodness.

I only had a few minutes after his graduation to snap a few pictures of him in his cap and gown.

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5. How much fun it is to get together with a small group of other photographers. The last reunion in NY was a lot of fun but definitely a bigger group. I didn’t know anyone at this Reunion, and it was so much fun to make new friends – we laughed so so much. And going anywhere with photographers is just tedious because we all stop everywhere to take a few photos (which can turn into 100) We did so many fun things in Charleston – ate AMAZING food, went on a food tour, saw where Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got married (Boone Hall Plantation, also where The Notebook was filmed) carriage tour, Rainbow Row, ate Belgian Gelato, photographed a maternity session on the beach, spent hours on the porch chatting, got up at sunrise to photograph the Folly Beach Lighthouse (only photographers get up this early) spent forever in a field of wildflowers at Boone Hall…. I’m sure I’m forgetting something but we squeezed a lot into a few days. Thankful for new friends and also getting to meet a lot of photographers not too far from me – Wilmington, Greensboro, Charlotte, and South Carolina.

6. How much I have loved this stroller for trips out shopping. Owen was playing with some of the toys they had out at this point, but usually he’s standing or sitting playing a game, and it has been my favorite stroller for going anywhere with the two of them. (Still love my double bob craigslist find for the outdoors)

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Maternity Baby Photographer featured in People Magazine, Denim + Grace Magazine and on several blogs including Lemonade and Lenses, On To Baby, and Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about travel sessions and Outdoor Downtown Raleigh Family Photography.

Um, how is it already May? I really can’t believe it. April just flew by, and the “April Showers bring May Flowers” saying was so true this month. (And it’s still pouring as I’m typing this.) I can’t believe all the rescheduling and moving around we’ve had to do with the rain. It even rained at the very end of our Limited Edition Client Event.  And if you missed this client event, we will be having another one soon! Make sure you’re on the e-mail list so you are up to date on all of the fun events coming soon!

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One of my goals for April included working in the garden. And this year, I’ve had such a big helper. He really wanted a watering can and had so much fun running back and forth to get water to help me while we planted. We have gotten a little bit done, but we still need to work on our pots. I planted these Iris bulbs several years ago when I wanted to have at least one thing blooming in our yard at all times. You can see the peonies right in front of my Irises will be blooming soon, and then it will be hydrangea season (yay! my favorite!) The purple Irises are called Queen Dorothy, and why I ordered them. My grandma Dorothy (this post is mostly about her) was a gardener and just loved plants. I loved that her sunroom was just full of plants at all times.

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I love gardening. If you have seen our yard, you know that it is super small so not a lot of room for flowers, but I manage to cram a few in. One year I managed to plant 200 tulip bulbs. I have no idea where I put all of them, but they were gorgeous in the spring. One year I was digging and a ton of baby snakes just ran out of one of the bushes (scary!) so now I am a little bit more terrified when I’m outside planting.

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This book has been by far one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given. When I was ten years old, my grandmother passed away on Christmas Day. (Harrison being born on this day is just so special to me.) Even though I was ten, I still have such dear memories with her. I know how deeply I was loved by her – so many memories of her taking us to feed the ducks, the Moravian love feast on Christmas Eve, Sunday lunches at her house, listening to her record player, all kinds of yummy Christmas food, her and Paw Paw singing hymns in the car…I was blessed that she lived only a few minutes away, and when she was sick, my dad took my brother and I to see her every morning before school. That year I was really into wearing hats to school. Not just any hats, like super fancy dress up hats that you would buy in the accessory section at Belks. My grandmother bought me a few that year, and I wore them every single day to school.

When I got married, I got this gift – something she had made for me when she was sick. A collection of all of her recipes, whether hand written or articles from newspapers. There was no google then, and she wanted to make sure I had all the information I needed to be able to cook..not just any recipes, but her recipes. (yes, I’m crying as I’m typing) Sine she wouldn’t be here to teach me, she knew I would have them.The love and thought that was put into this book is such a treasure. There are some funny newspaper articles, some recipes a friend had scribbled down at a party and given to her, and ones written in her own handwriting. I feel so blessed to have these and that she loved me enough to take the time to compile them.

Goals for May:

1. Bake three or more of Grandma’s recipes for my boys.

2. Plan and schedule more date nights. I loved that we got an evening out in April to go running, see a movie, and dinner.

3. Pick out which books I’m going to read this month. I’m still looking for a great fiction book. If anyone has any recommendations, let me know!

4. Finish article for the Vend Raleigh blog

5. Plant some pretty flowers in our pots in the garden with Owen.