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One Month To Go

Raleigh Wildflowers Maternity Family Photographer

So one of my friends was chatting about coconut oil and how great it is for your hair. So I tried it a few days ago. I was thinking, oh this is going to help my hair so much. I was actually cooking with coconut oil when the great idea to slather it all over my hair popped into my brain. If you google it, of course, everyone will tell you how wonderful coconut oil is for your hair. So I was like oh, this is great. I’ll do a face mask and then coconut oil in my hair and that’s a super pampering evening. My hair looked like a sopping mess of oil for like ever. I am not even kidding. No one on the wonderful coconut oil is so good for you blogs explained that you might have oily nasty hair for forever. I tried every “remedy’ out there which includes a gallon of dry shampoo, castille soap, and I was about to put eggs in my hair. I was a bit skeptical on that one, but after round six of castille soap, and dry shampoo, there was hope. All this being said, I am not in the coconut oil for your hair bandwagon. So if you were thinking about it, make sure you block out a week of washing your hair and not seeing anyone and probably adding everything back in with all the shampoo and soap to get the oil out. All of this to save everyone else out there from coconut oil drama.And if I photographed your family with oily hair this week, I apologize. At least the oil smells good!

All of that being said, I got to photograph this sweet family a couple of weeks ago. I first met them when they were expecting their first little boy, and was so excited to see them again! We had a gorgeous afternoon, gorgeous light + some beautiful blooms! This little one kept us on our toes and was full of smiles for his family portraits. They only have one month to go until their sweet little one is born! So exciting!

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As Seen in People Magazine + The Bump | Maternity and Newborn Photography in Raleigh, NC

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:)

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As Seen in People Magazine + The Bump. Maternity and Newborn Photographer in Raleigh, NC

If you haven’t heard the news yet…

sarah-web_3505We are offering a limited number of Christmas PJ Minis this year. It is super busy around here – we have our Santa Minis and Minis at Boyce Farms also coming up in a few weeks!  These are extra special because they are in your home with your tree. We are only offering a few days the first week of December. We have one day in North Raleigh/Wake Forest, one day in Morrisville/Cary, and one day in Durham. Contact us soon if you want one of the last available spots! (And you can start shopping for your Christmas jammies!)

 

Maternity Sunset Photography Raleigh

The Cattails

    This park is one of my favorites because oh my, the light can be so stunning. I had a lot of fun with this session – the light, the fence, and the cattails. I think that’s what the plant is called…..they are just so interesting and add so much texture. And it was so great to meet these two! This stunning Mama to be was just glowing – and loved the dress she chose. Gorgeous! It was such a beautiful evening – just perfect capturing the love they have for their sweet baby girl who will be born soon. I love Maternity minis because it gives us a chance to chat before the newborn session and couples can kind of see how I direct and work during a session. I usually recommend planning your session around 34-36 weeks but we can plan a maternity session whenever it works best for you and your family. Maternity Minis are just so much fun, and we definitely had such a great evening the night of their session. Can’t wait to photograph their baby girl soon!

According to Mom…

Why did you pick this location? What was your favorite part of the session? I picked this location because I thought it looked very peaceful and serene. I wanted to use soft colors and have a romantic vibe and this seemed like a good match. My favorite part of the session was the beautiful light that we had. The sun was just going down and it allowed us to capture some moments in a special way

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand? My only concern was that it would feel awkward to take these pictures that would be focused on my belly. Becky made us both feel so comfortable with her humor and laidback attitude. I think we both were pleasantly surprised at how easy and relaxed the whole process was.

Do you have a theme for your nursery? What has been the most fun part of shopping for your baby? We do not have a theme necessarily, but we are sticking with a particular color palette. I wanted to do something a little different, so we chose to use mint, peach, and navy. I had fun getting some custom made prints from Etsy to match the colors exactly. We chose to use elephants, giraffes, and birds for the prints. The walls are mint, we have a navy chest that we will use as a changing table and all of our bedding, decorative accents, etc. are mint, peach, and navy. We did put a sparkly crystal ceiling light in there for an extra feminine touch and to give our little girl some bling:)

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? It is rare that we have a Saturday where neither of us has anything going on, so when that happens we love to just spend our time together. We would probably sleep in, go out and get a nice big breakfast, and then spend the rest of the day hanging around the house and enjoying each other’s company. I like to cook so we would eat dinner at home and then find a good movie to watch. We’re pretty laid back!

What is your favorite tv show you watch together? Game of Thrones! We have both read the books (Jordan read them all twice!), so we are very much into seeing the story come to life on screen. It is difficult sometimes as they have now strayed pretty far from the plotline in the books, but we try to just take the tv show as a separate thing and not let it bother us. It is still such a great show!

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How to Send your Christmas Cards on Time…and Avoid the Naughty List

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The fact that I am writing this post makes me giggle.  If you know me in real life you know that I work best under pressure (the Oh No, this is due today kind of pressure).  Last year I had an epiphany.  How wonderful and refreshing it is to mail your Christmas Cards on time and at no extra cost. They are an investment after all!   I was so happy they finally would arrive BEFORE December 24th.  Unlike past years, I did not have to pay a rush fee to the card printing company or upgrade the shipping for them to arrive faster.

I am sharing with you some tips for you to become a Christmas-Card-Genius this year!

  1. It is never too early to start planning:  Clothing with holiday colors and fun accessories go on sale towards the end of the season.  For example I stocked up with Christmas pajamas in January.  I am so excited to use them for my Christmas Photo Session this year!
  1. Keep your address list updated: I keep my family & friends address list in an excel spreadsheet on my computer.  I update it as I receive information on them moving, getting married, having kids.  Since I have little ones – I also add/edit my list as I receive Birthday Cards and/or Classrooms Lists.  This way I know where to send my cards and I also have a good idea on how many cards I am going to need to order.
  1. Take your photos early (Please hear me out on this one!) Avoid scrambling around during photographer’s busiest season. Contact your photographer to make sure you are on the schedule.  Do not forget to double check their current turnaround time.  Starting in September, most photographers will also start communicating their holiday schedule and information for their mini-sessions!  They will fill up fast, so make sure you sign up as soon as you possibly can. I am so super excited to be styling Becky’s Holiday Minis – some dates are fully booked but there is still some availability. If you are interested in any of them contact us ASAP
  2. Order your Christmas Cards!  Off season prices are cheaper AND you will not have to upgrade shipping options if you have plenty of time.   Several companies, like Minted, also offer a free recipient address printing.  I used it last year and it was just the cherry on top.  It saved me time addressing them myself and they looked so much more presentable! You can click over to Minted to see their gorgeous Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards, too! (sooo pretty!)

  1. Order your Holiday-Themed stamps early: These stamps are normally available by the beginning of October.  They can be pre-ordered here. Last year I had my heart set on the ornament set stamps and it was sold out at my closest USPS offices.  I will be pre-ordering this year for sure!                       I personally think that having your cards addressed, sealed and stamped by November 30th is ideal. You can drop off them in the mail December 1st.  What a great way to start the month!  You can then sit back and wait on receiving your family and friends cards…and stress about parties and gifts…but that is a subject for a completely different post!

 

A few images from last year’s minis (and this year’s are going to be sooo cute, too!) and of course, my Christmas card!

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Ericka Jimmerson is a busy mom of two who runs Little Apple Styles, photography + event styling. Contact her at littleapplestyles@gmail.com if you need help making your event picture perfect!

Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn and Maternity Photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump and Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles.