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What I Learned in October

Newborn Photographer Raleigh

“It’s daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here.” 
― Luci Swindoll

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    So much has me thinking lately…One of my favorite things about October has been our annual fall break trip. And though we don’t go far, it reminded me this year of my favorite book when I was a teenager, and still a favorite, I Married Adventure. I could fill up this post with the entire book (so just read it!) but maybe I’ll only add a few quotes here and there. I love adventures with my kids, no matter how simple they may be. I think I’d rather go on 100 adventures than buy new clothes or shoes, or what not. The memories are precious to me. What I was reminded of in October was how much I love these adventures with them, how I also want to foster a love of adventure in them, too. (And fall is perfect for so many adventures – apple picking, pumpkin patch, the mountains, and many more!)

    Tin Roof Teas. Thanks to my friend Brooke who took me to a tea tasting, Harrison is now addicted to their organic vanilla honey (which he eats on his pancakesevery single morning) My children love to eat, and every night Harrison gets so excited to talk about pancakes in the morning. (P.S. pancakes take like one minute to cook – super easy! wooohoooo!) Tin roof teas also has an amazing tea selection – we went to a tea tasting which was super fun. Oh, and their honey is raw and unfiltered.

    The best time to go to Hill Ridge Farms is on a weekday during the fair week! The boys went down the big slide to their heart’s content. So much fun to do there without waiting in the long lines that can happen on the weekend.

    My favorite pumpkin patch hands down is Farmer Ganyard at Upchurch Farms. I absolutely love that my boys can pick a pumpkin right off the vine – what a great experience. I know it’s a lot of work for them to grow the pumpkins, and I’m really thankful such an awesome place is in the Raleigh area. They also have a super cool corn maze, which is not overwhelming so it’s manageable to find your way out. There’s also some fun things for the kids to play in, (you have to jump in corn at the pumpkin patch, right?) some bunnies, ponies, and goats, and several mazes for the little ones. It was truly an adventure hiking to the field to find our perfect pumpkins right off the vine.

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   “A life of adventure is ours for the taking, whether we’re seven or seventy. Life for the most part is what me make it. We have been given a responsibility to live it fully, joyfully, completely, and richly, in whatever span of time God grants us on this earth.” 
 -Luci Swindoll

    I have been reading and loving The Lifegiving Tableso much. (Anyone else reading it with me?) I think my boys have definitely loved all the new recipes I’ve been trying, and I’ve been so encouraged about teaching so many discussion and listening skills during meals. I have also loved The Lifegiving Homeso so much, so I knew I’d love this one, too. (The workbooks that go with both are so worth it, too!) It just changes your perspective so much from worrying about being a Pinterest mom, but encouraging in how you can make a difference in your children’s lives. There’s balance,too, like who doesn’t love the Life Giving Table’s chapter on snack meals. Yesssssssss.

   This will be part of my November goals but there are so many projects that have been on my heart lately. (One for a full year. I just need to do it) so this has got to be the month that I start some of them.

This has got to be my favorite time of year..so much to celebrate + I love celebrating,

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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.

    

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.

Raleigh Wake Forest Newborn Photography

At Home With Three

It would easy to get overwhelmed or stressed when you have three little ones three and under and you have newborn portraits scheduled. (Oh, and see their maternity portraits here)These two just know their boys and what entertains them so the session really flew by easily. These two were absolutely adorable with their baby brother, and oh my, I just love the photos of their brother by himself in the end – so simple and classic. I am sure there is never a dull moment at their home, and that this crew of five has so much fun together. I feel like I was just at their home for their second baby boy’s newborn portraits. (And see the biggest brother’s portraits here) What a fun morning this was, and I love photographing family newborn sessions at home.

According to Mom..

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? He’s tiny, is what I said when the Dr. got him out. He wasn’t really a small baby but my smallest and I knew that right away. After that when I looked at him I just thought how sweet he smelled and how glad I was that he was here!

What was your favorite part of our session together? I have 2 other small children and Becky is great about making it no big deal what they were doing. She was able to work with them and make them laugh and got some really good shots of all of us and of just my boys. I love being at home especially for my preschooler and toddler because they are in a comfortable environment and when we were doing pictures with my husband, me, and the baby the boys had plenty of other toys that occupied their attention. Plus I feel like being at home just captures us in our natural state.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? I made sure that he was fed and had a clean diaper.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you worried or nervous beforehand?Like I said this was my third baby and my third newborn session with Becky. I wasn’t really nervous or worried because I know Becky is so good at letting us have breaks when needed. So when we had to stop for me to feed baby I knew it was no big thing.

What would be your advice to someone having newborn photographs taken? Don’t stress! Babies are unpredictable and Becky is great about understanding that. But also be prepared…feed baby right before and give a clean diaper. It gives you the best chance at baby not being fussy the whole time. Have fun! My favorite pictures are the ones that show our family interacting together and my boys smiling and laughing.

Do you have any other children? How did they react to the baby? Yes! My boys are obsessed with their baby. They love to kiss him, hold him, and hug him. It’s so sweet to see the bond they are all building.

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? Perfect Saturday would be a relaxing pancake breakfast and then relaxing at home together.

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As Seen in People Magazine + The Bump

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 Gift

Cary Apex Newborn Photographer

 

I was able to go on a brief trip to NJ/NYC this summer and photographed this sweet family the day after I got back. So many giggles and smiles.(And you can see big sister’s newborn portraits here) Carter was just such a content baby and his sister with him was the sweetest thing ever. I am laughing that Mom’s favorite part of the session was me throwing things – anything to get the photos, right? What a little gift this one is to his family, and so thrilled to see them again!

According to Mom..

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? We were just so thankful he was here! We tried for a while to have a second baby and dealt with some real disappointment during that time, so to finally have him here was just an overwhelming joy!

What was your favorite part of our session together? My favorite part was definitely when you started throwing things around to get Remie’s attention.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you worried or nervous beforehand? I wasn’t worried or nervous at all because I knew from experience it would go perfectly! I was elated that you were able to fit us in on short notice and make me feel so much better about getting great newborn pictures.

Did you have a sentimental item at our shoot? Recreating some of the same images you did when you photographed Remie is really neat and special. Also, the pictures including the blanket my mother knitted for Carter are amazing.

Do you have any other children? How did they react to the baby? Remie LOVES her baby brother. She tells him countless times each day and he’s the first thing she looks for when she walks into the room. His little head is actually the first thing she’s ever truly kissed with her lips. She’ll do the motions and act like she’s giving a kiss, but she’s actually kissed this sweet baby’s little head and it’s the sweetest thing.

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? We like to exercise together in the mornings. In the summer, pool time with a picnic lunch is so much fun. And in the fall, going to a pumpkin patch or a hay ride is the best! BBQ for dinner followed up by going out for ice cream… sounds like our perfect Saturday!

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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.

Dimples

Raleigh Newborn Photographer

This was one of those easygoing mornings at home. One thing I love about newborn sessions is not rushing them. Sometimes with siblings we are a little bit rushed on the photos with them (because they are only excited about pictures for a little bit) but for the most part, I try not to rush sessions so that a) Mom + Dad aren’t as stressed and so baby doesn’t get stressed b) no one can take photos when a baby is hungry or mad, right, so we need time to soothe them and c) the first few weeks of a baby’s life is just so precious and to get the photos we want, we just really can’t rush it. Sometimes I’m asked about newborn mini sessions, and it’s just not something that I can do. We really just have to go with the baby + what kind of day they are having. Sometimes they have growth spurts, etc, and everyday is different. I loved meeting this sweet couple when they announced their pregnancy, and it was so great to see them again after their sweet baby girl was born. And she was just so precious and content to be snuggled. Her puppies were also just adorable with her, and don’t miss her dimples! So stinking cute, and so glad we were able to capture a photo with them. I seriously tried not to share every single photo from this session (but I wanted to!)

According to Mom..

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? Dimples!! She’s so sweet and alert!! She arrived with a smile on her face (highlighting her dimples) and bright eyes!! Immediately felt blessed and thankful for our miracle.

What was the best part of having a session at home? No time limit…it was relaxed, not rushed and allowed us to be new parents:)Being at home provided intimate surroundings and peek into our sweet new world and new home with our new little one!

How did you prepare baby for our photoshoot? Mom and Dad styled by Little Apples…from there, I ordered a monogrammed pink swaddle for Frankie.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you worried or nervous beforehand? We all were very relaxed and excited even with 2 dogs! We were tired, of course, but Becky was patient, gentle and respectful. Our baby was tired too but since there wasn’t a time limit, it allowed all of us to work together to get the best shots

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? Spouses / significant others…give mommy an hour or 2 to get ready and pretty so she can be comfortable and confident especially since newborn shoots are only a week or 2 after delivery!

Was there a sentimental item in your nursery that we photographed? Lladro – gifted to Frankie and our 2 dogs interacting with Frankie (Heidi and Herbie)

How would your describe your perfect Saturday as a family? Sunny, summer day on our screened in porch and backyard with our baby (she loves being outside!) and our 2 dogs frolicking. We love having friends and family over to our home and sharing in those sunny summer days:)

Any other advice to families preparing for a session or picking out wardrobe? Make sure your clothes and environment are comfortable, coordinated and allows you to feel confident

Styled by Little Apple Styles | Rebecca Keller | Raleigh Newborn Photographer

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