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Officially A Big Brother

North Raleigh Newborn Photography

I really love sibling sessions, and I honestly do not get stressed. I’ve been around so many siblings through the years – siblings of all different ages and temperaments that sibling images do not stress me out. I guess, after doing this for so many years, I just know in my heart, that at some point, we will get the shot. I will exhaust all the tricks of the trade…at some point, we will find some common ground and the siblings will be in the same spot for a moment together having a sweet moment that they probably have easily when I’m not around. It is super exciting to have someone new in your home, especially when you have a new baby, and chances are, you aren’t going very many places so that makes it extra exciting when I show up. Some kids are super shy when I arrive and some are super excited. Sometimes there are lots of laughs and sometimes tears from crying so hard to try to get the sibling to show some interest in their newborn baby brother or sister. (which you know, as soon as I leave, they would ask to hold them, etc..it’s just more exciting when I’m there to show me how they can run around and throw things and giggle as long as it’s nowhere near the new baby) So I always feel bad because parents are usually stressed trying to get the two together and during the process, all the while the wheels are turning in my head as to what may work. In case anyone was wondering, the whole session revolves around the sibling… they are calling the shots, we just have to go along with it..and the newborn usually has a lot of say in what’s going on in the session, too. (If they need a snack break, if they are tired of their sibling breathing all over them and poking them, etc) All that to say is that sometimes images appear effortless when there was a lot of giggles and laughing and throwing all the stops to get two little ones in one spot. And usually when we get them together, they love looking at their baby and telling us all about them.

And this little one, amidst all his giggles, loooooves his baby sister. He was just so so sweet with her, and at one point, just laid his head right next to hear and laid down without anyone asking. He was just precious with her and it was so so sweet to capture. Hard to believe, we just took their family maternity portraits! (See that magical session here) Ok, enough of my rambling, on to the sweet photos of this big brother + his baby sister!

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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

Counting You Twice

Knightdale Wake Forest Raleigh Newborn Photographer

I first met these two at their maternity portraits, and they are just so much fun to be around. They definitely laugh and have so much fun together. And they’ve been through so much, waiting for this baby boy, and just have so much JOY. Their puppy is also so special to them, and I love that we were able to capture her in a few portraits, too! And, wow, their nursery was just amazingly beautiful, even a stunning shiplap wall! This was such a sweet morning photographing this family at home.

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? I cried and was so overjoyed! I was relieved he was here but also praying he was going to be ok as he was a whole month early. I was overjoyed because we waited 3 years for him and we prayed for him every day.

What was your favorite part of our session together? I loved being in the comfort of our own home. It made the session more relaxed but also captured our life in the house we have built together. I loved being able to capture the sweet details of Jack’s nursery as well. And we were also able to have photos with Sassy and capture all of us as a family. My favorite part was having my mom in town and being able to capture some photos of her, Jack and me. I also appreciate your outgoing personality and making us all feel comfortable for the session. AND being patient with us since Jack refused to go to sleep:)

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried beforehand? It was a great experience!! I wasn’t nervous at all and was excited for the session. I also loved chatting with Ericka on what outfits to wear and how we can best look in our photos. It was one less thing I had to worry about. I am absolutely in love with the photos and will cherish them forever!

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? I would say to have them done in your home where you feel comfortable and relaxed. It’s also helpful because if the baby needs to be changed or fed, it’s convenient and not stressful. Pick a photographer that you also feel comfortable with, is patient with babies/children and can help you with positioning and finding the best angles.

Did you have a sentimental item at our session? We used a rainbow blanket I had made for Jack in the session. We suffered 3 losses before having Jack and he is our miracle baby. He is definitely the sunshine and rainbow at the end of the long storm. He is everything to us.

Was there a sentimental item in your nursery that we photographed? I attended a class at AR Workshop in Raleigh and made the sign hanging over Jack’s crib. The sign read ‘When I count my blessings, I count you twice’. I love that you incorporated this sign in a lot of our photos. It is so special.

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? Well we haven’t really gone out yet as a family (lol) but I would say enjoying the fresh air, sitting in yard playing with Sassy, grilling out and just relaxing with some music.

Any advice to any other families picking out wardrobe or preparing for a session? I would definitely recommend working with a stylist like Ericka. I love that she was able to use pieces from our wardrobe, so we really didn’t need to spend extra money on clothes. It took the stress out of figuring it out myself and the photos ended up having the look and feel I envisioned.

Styled by Little Apple Styles 

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Worth the Wait 

Cary Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer 

In his nursery, a sign on the wall reads, “Some things are worth the wait.” How sweet that is, and I love that his Mama said she thought, “He is an amazing gift!” when she first saw him. Little ones truly are a gift, and I love photographing the first days at home with them which pass by so quickly and often in a blur. They also had a schnauzer who loved sunbathing, and I loved capturing that since I grew up with schnauzers, and they are so so sweet. Could this little one be any sweeter? So many sweet images of him snuggling with his Mommy + Daddy!

According to Mom…

What’s the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? He is such an amazing gift!

What was your favorite part of our session together + the best part of having a newborn session at home? I loved that you were so relaxed and patient with us getting organized and when John was fussy. It made me more relaxed about the session. I appreciated being at home since I was still recovering from the C Section and going out to a studio would have been impossible.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? I found some inspiration on Pinterest, and shopped for myself with the tips/ideas from Ericka. Other than that I just showered & did my hair & makeup before you got there!

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried beforehand? I was excited to capture the special time with our new family. It was an easy process – I wasn’t nervous or worried.

It turned out great – I was a little tired and ready to be done at the end, and I think John was too – but I was glad we got the shots that we did at the end, so it was worth it being a little longer.

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? Plan ahead for your outfits and plan on just going with the flow of the baby. Being at home made that really easy.

Did you have a sentimental item at our shoot? We have the afghan my aunt made for John. She makes one for all the new babies in our family so it was really special to get one for our little one.

How would your describe your perfect Saturday as a family? We haven’t gotten to do this yet – but I’d love to push the baby in a stroller at the park near our house and get brunch afterward (at home or La Farm!) Then enjoying some playtime with the baby and maybe a long nap when he naps!

Any advice to other families picking out wardrobe or preparing for family portraits? Get tips/shopping ideas from Ericka! She made it really easy for us – I shopped our closets first too!

Besides that, just give yourself plenty of time to get ready and know that you’re in good hands and the finished product will be well worth the effort. I am so happy to have these adorable shots of John as he’s already changed so much in just a few weeks!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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Joy

Cary Raleigh Newborn Photographer

I seriously love photographing the joy of siblings together. It is the sweetest thing when they are so excited about the new baby and want to show them to me and tell me all about them. (I’ll be honest, this does not happen every session:)This big brother was absolutely adorable with his baby brother, and overall just loved being with his Mommy + his Papa, too. I photographed his newborn portraits a few years ago, and was so happy when I heard from them again. (You can see their maternity portraits here)

I know most of the memories Owen will have of the first days of having a brother are from photographs and videos but he loves, loves, loves, watching the video of holding his brother for the first time. What a special day that was for him, and it is kind of amazing how he can remember some of the details from that day and from the first few weeks of having a brother. Siblings have a special bond, and I love photographing that in the early days of newborn sessions. It’s just so special.

Today is one of those rainy days..looks like tomorrow might be a little rainy, too! A few rainy day ideas if you just need to get out of the house…Go to the library! Looking around can occupy them forever + there’s also story time for the little ones. It is also the best day to take out playdoh.  Yes, it gets everywhere + is disastrous but it keeps them occupied for like ever. (and really more time than that) You could also make this Kid approved snack mix + pop in a movie. There is always jumping in the puddles – also super fun.This Firework Salt Painting also looks super cute with July 4th right around the corner. Enjoy the rain – I always love editing on rainy days or watching a movie sipping a yummy calming tea.

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Rebecca Keller is a Cary Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured on several blogs including  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