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So Much Love

Raleigh Newborn Photographer

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This session at home was just perfect..So much love surrounding this sweet baby boy! (See their maternity portraits here) You just never know what will happen with babies, but this little one, he just slept and slept and slept. He kept dreaming throughout most of the session. The colors that they picked out for their session were just so beautiful together. I love this session so much in color and in black and white. Neutrals and simplicity can also just look stunning in black and white. Another thing I loved about this session is that her Mama was able to be there and be in a few photos. Grandparents can be such a big help at newborn sessions.

We just got back from a short trip to New York City this weekend (So much to share about this trip!) I am really missing all of the amazing food in NYC (ha!) I was a little worried that there might be a lot of bad weather and snow, but we just missed it, thank goodness, and then got home a few hours before it started snowing here. While being gone, we booked a lot of newborns (I love newborns so much!) so if you want to get on the calendar for summer/fall, shoot me an email quick! So excited about all of the babies coming up.

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in the Bump, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

Joy

Raleigh Newborn Photography

A little glimpse into the sweetness of this newborn session this week. I absolutely love all of the joy that surrounds a new baby. Sometimes grandparents are also at the session which just adds to the joy. (And how wonderful to have the help when you have a new baby!) And this little one, he slept through most of the session, just so content to be snuggled by his Mommy and Daddy. (And his grandma got in on the snuggles, too!) Grandparents are always included in the newborn session. And it is so, so nice, to have your newborn session at home. We don’t usually use a lot of the room so how decorated your house is doesn’t matter. The focus is on you and the love for your new baby, all without having to leave the comfort of your own home. When it’s time to feed your baby, it’s just nice to have all of your stuff and your comfortable spot. And all your blankets and diaper changing supplies, everything is right there. Ericka also helps with picking out wardrobe, and I can help with last minute wardrobe decisions when I arrive. This was one of those sessions that was just so calm and sweet, and a joy to photograph in their home. Our spring is booking up with newborns – contact us soon if you want to get on the calendar!

Styled by Little Apple Styles

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured in My Little Peanut, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.

All The Waves in the Sea

Durham Newborn Photographer

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These two have such a beautiful home, such a sweet spot to bring home their baby and make memories as a family of three. Such a snuggly morning with their sweet baby boy! And of course, we had to capture some with their fur baby and the Christmas tree. I love December newborn sessions, and this was one of those sessions that I just adored in color and black and white. What a laid back morning at home and so great to meet this sweet family!

I love the quote in their nursery, “If you want to know how much we love you, count all the waves in the sea.”

According to Mom..

1.What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? I remember thinking he was just perfect. Those first few moments after delivery pass by so fast but there is just something so incredible about holding your sweet baby in your arms after 9 months of waiting. I felt so much contentment and joy just holding him against my chest after he was born. In the hours to follow, I became smitten by two things- 1: how much he looked like my husband, 2: his precious lips. his smiles, pouts and expressions just melted my heart because of those adorable lips

2.What was the best part of our session together? The best part of the session was just how easy it was. Hayden was only 8 days old at the time and David and I were still feeling a little bit like sleep deprived zombies. I had no idea how the session was going to flow and worried about Hayden fussing or wanting to nurse during the session but Becky made it so easy. She went with the flow and let us go at our own pace. When Hayden needed a diaper change or simply wanted to nurse, Becky was perfectly fine with us taking a pause and doing our own thing. Her flexibility made it an enjoyable experience.

3.How did you prepare for our photoshoot? Prior to the shoot, I had made arrangements with Patricia, from Perfection by Patricia, to have my hair and makeup done. She came to our house and brought all her supplies on site. It was so nice having the opportunity to get glammed up after a week of bumming it. Plus being able to sit in my pjs the comfort of my home and drink coffee while she did her thing made the experience even better.

4.How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you worried or nervous beforehand? I was definitely nervous beforehand. One of the first things we learned as parents was we were no longer on our own schedule, we were on Hayden’s instead. Hayden ran the show during the early days and when he cried or rooted, we responded. I worried that it might be challenging to meet his needs during the middle of a photoshoot but it was actually not bad at all. Becky allowed us to take breaks as needed and this took the stress away. 

Another aspect of the shoot that I had initially worried about was our dog. We really wanted to get some pictures of Hayden with our dog Olsen but Olsen is not always the most friendly dog to strangers. Therefore, we didn’t know how he would respond to Becky and her camera. Those worries were quickly put to rest when David and I came down from changing clothes and found Olsen snuggled up with Becky on our couch. It literally took 5 minutes for them to become best friends and that was a huge relief! We were so pleased with the photos and attribute that to Becky’s skill and patience during the shoot!

What would be your advice to someone having newborn photographs taken? Don’t stress. You will have to take breaks for diaper changes and feedings but Becky expects that. Your session time allows for that. Just enjoy the experience and take care of baby as you need to. A happy clean well-fed baby makes for better pictures. 

Do you have any other children? How did they react to the baby? Do you have any cute stories about their relationship? Our dog Olsen is practically our child. Olsen is 7 years old and I have had him since he was 4 weeks old. Olsen is a sweet dog but can sometimes be very territorial and aggressive if he doesn’t know you well. I was so worried about bringing Hayden home to meet Olsen. We even boarded Olsen for the first week just so we could adjust to having a baby without him around. Much to our surprise, Olsen took to Hayden almost immediately. When we introduced the two to one another, Olsen was so sweet. He jumped a few times but never barked or showed any aggression. His tail was wagging a million miles an hour as he licked Hayden’s feet and hands for the first time. It was so adorable seeing how gentle Olsen was. He clearly understood that Hayden was a baby and he needed to be careful around him.

Any advice to other families picking out wardrobe for portraits? Keep it simple. Prior to Becky’s arrival, I had picked out 10 outfits for Hayden for the shoot. He ended up wearing one of those outfits. It just wasn’t realistic to expect him to make a million outfit changes. A simple neutral outfit and white swaddle blanket are all you need.

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? My husband works most Saturday mornings. Therefore, it is not often that we get a lot of downtime together as a family on Saturdays but when it does happen, we take full advantage. 

Our perfect Saturday consists of a quiet morning together (clearly sleeping in has gone out the window) watching tv on the couch and enjoying a home cooked breakfast. We recently moved to a new neighborhood over the summer and love going for walks together as a family. I’m sure as Hayden gets older we will enjoy getting out and exploring Durham a little bit more but for now, the downtime and rest is nice.

Hair and Makeup by Perfection by Patricia

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Fierce

Raleigh Newborn Maternity Photographer

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I’ve always loved this Shakespeare quote, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” And this Mama and baby just went through so much at the end of pregnancy. It was so sweet when they were finally home to get to photograph this sweet family together. The best thing about lifestyle newborn sessions is just that – just being home and being together. All you have to do is wake up + try to get ready. (as much as possible with a newborn around, right!?) It’s so much easier than trying to pack a diaper bag and load up the car and figure out how to get somewhere on time. I really treasure the newborn photos I have of my family that are in our home, our space.

The boys were wondering when they woke up where the snow was but it’s finally starting to pour from the sky. And it’s sticking! All Harrison has been talking about is how he wants to make a snowball. And Owen is traipsing around the house with all his minecraft gear, trying to build forts and hideouts. (They got crazy forts  for Christmas so this is taking up a lot of their time! They are loving it!) These are the best parts of the snow days. I admit, I’m still not all the way unpacked from Disney, but I’d still like to take some time to make snowflake  cookies today in between editing. Or these look like snow! We will see if it happens! What are some special snow day recipes you are making today?

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O Christmas Tree

Chapel Hill Durham Newborn Photographer

From the moment I walked in, big brother and I were BFFS. We started the session by taking headshots (see here) It was such a sweet morning with this family, and big brother was just so thrilled with his baby brother. (who slept like a dream, which doesn’t always happen at newborn sessions) Most of you know, I love taking photos of the Christmas tree, and the ones of these two brothers together, love, love, love. It was so sweet to see big brother taking off baby brother’s hat and playing with his hair. And playing with his toes, too..soo cute! I am probably oversharing because I just want to post every single image from this session, but I didnt, but I wanted to! And, because it’s winter, had to add the snowflake at the end! (And it sure feels like winter this week! Waiting for it to start snowing any minute..)

And if you are thinking of booking a newborn session for 2018, check out my investment page. We have a special going on right now – Book a newborn session and get a free first year mini session in 2018. This offer ends January 8th, so send me an email as soon as possible if you’d like more information. (This session was also styled by Little Apple Styles, which is included with your newborn session. Ericka gives styling advice and helps work with your wardrobe to coordinate colors. Everything she picked out for this family was so beautiful! I especially love how perfect the blanket/hat combination was with what everyone was wearing.)

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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 My Little Peanut, Let The Kids Dress Themselves and several other blogs.