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Downtown Raleigh Family Newborn Photography 

I first met big sister + her Mama at our Holiday Minis with Santa. I was so excited to find out that she was going to be a big sister! Oh, and her sister was just precious! Those cheeks, that little smile, LOVE! She was bright eyed and awake for the first part of our session and just so content for her sister to hold her. A fun thing about sessions at home – I was able to take some portraits of big sister in her room and in her playroom, so fun! This was such a sweet morning at home capturing these sweet sisters together.

According to Mom…

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time? She’s got so much hair! Then, how much she looked like her sister, Olivia!

What was your favorite part of our session together? Loved being in the comfort of our home and the pictures of us in our environment, particularly Olivia in her bedroom and in her playroom.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? Not much aside from outfit planning.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried before? How did it turn out? Was worried about baby and preschooler not cooperating but hey did great, and we got some great smiles. Would have liked to get some more shots with the hubby but we were limited with his time — maybe next time!!

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? Go with the flow

Did you have a sentimental item at our shoot? Not particularly sentimental, but we had that lamb that Olivia loved as a baby.

Do you have other children? How did they react to the baby? Olivia gushes over her sister and adores her. She is constantly asking to hold her or help change her diaper etc

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? Wake up late, brunch, play

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As Seen in People Magazine + The Bump | Rebecca Keller | Raleigh Newborn Photographer

Star of the Show

Cary Apex Newborn Family Portraits

It took an hour but I made it to a newborn session I had this morning in the monsoon. Did anyone else use google maps? It was like, pretty much every road in Raleigh is closed or a nightmare, let’s go this way – way out of the way to your destination. I did see police officers out measuring water on the roads but only one wreck, thank goodness. Hoping that was the last of the rain and it is far gone from here!

This sweet family was a dream to photograph! These sweet girls were full of giggles + smiles and of course, lots of kisses for their new baby brother. And he was just as chill as can be and soaked in all the doting from his sisters. Ok, and now we have to talk about their puppy. We chatted about whether they wanted their puppy in the photos and it was kind of like, yeah that would be great, but if he doesn’t cooperate, that’s ok, which is mostly how it goes at newborn sessions, because a lot of times you’re just too tired to care about mostly everything. This puppy was chill like most of the family and rallied to be the star of the show. So many cute photos! I love when pets can be part of newborn sessions since they are part of the family, too!

And if you’re thinking about a newborn session for late summer/fall, we only have a few spots left! Looking forward to all the babies we get to meet soon!

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As Seen in People Magazine + The Bump | Raleigh Newborn and Maternity Photographer | Rebecca Keller

We had so much fun Saturday night at our first ever family mini sessions with Little Apple Styles. Our clients had fun, we had fun, so many giggles. It’s no secret, we love, love, love Boyce Farms. Their farm is the best spot to get your tree whether you get it from the field or buy one of their trees from the mountains. We also loved the lil photo bus + all of our wonderful props from Suzanna’s Antiques. On with the previews!

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Rebecca Keller Photography | As Seen in People Magazine + on The Bump

Raleigh Wake Forest NC Newborn Photographer

Relay

I was sooooo excited when this sweet Mama told me they were moving back to NC!!!!! (Our session last year when they were visiting) And then, soooo excited that they were having another baby and also a boy! What fun for the girls, and I know this little guy is so spoiled and loved. You could tell he was just as content as can be with all the love surrounding them. (And how did this little one grow so fast? And her newborn portraits here) And this was just so cute in their yard.This is the first of their sessions where Relay, their sweet puppy, was all about being involved. It seemed that everywhere I turned, he was right there, ready for another photo. With four little ones running around, the puppy can be less of a priority for photos, but this little guy made sure we knew he was ready for his photo. Such a sweetheart.Loved seeing them again!!! Can’t wait to see this baby boy grow!

According to Mom..

What was the first thing you thought when you saw your baby for the first time?Wow..you are huge! and how excited I was to meet my baby boy!

What was your favorite part of our session together? My favorite part was watching the girls interact with their baby brother and feeling comfortable in our home without stressing about getting to a location. I always enjoy working with Becky because it is so easy and effortless.

How did you prepare the baby for our photoshoot? We just washed his hair and made sure he was clean. We decided not to dress him in clothes because he hates putting on and taking off clothes! I was happy with that decision.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you worried or nervous before? The experience was so easy because Becky makes it so fun and enjoyable. She really knows how to work with the kids and put everyone at ease. She will wait for the baby to be ready if she needs to!

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? My advice would be to prepare in advance. I waited too long to pick out everyone’s clothes. I chose some and then had to figure out the rest at the last minute. We were scrambling to finish everything after baby boy was born. We also ended up getting the girls’ haircuts the day before the photo shoot which is not something I would advise! Luckily, it all turned out well. I would have been so relaxed about it if I had been a little more prepared.

Did you have a sentimental item at our session? We had baby boy’s quilt. It was special to us because we spent a lot of time figuring out how to blend a more traditional theme (which ended up patriotic) with the girls’ wish for Mickey Mouse to be involved. The nursery is still a work in progress!

Do you have any other children? How did they react to the baby? I have three girls. They are 9,7, and 4. They love their baby brother so much. Carly sings to him, and Lila thinks he is the cutest baby in the world. Sylvie enjoys holding him and loves her big sister status. The girls like to play doll house, talent show, and various other games together. Lila and Sylvie especially like to dance.

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? Our perfect Saturday would be spending time with any of our friends. We really missed everyone so much during our time away, and we enjoy catching up. We also love having family time since Dan travels a lot during the week.

Any advice to other families picking out wardrobe or planning their session? I would say to pick everything out in advance to minimize stress, and use the stylist if you can! There is no need to stress out about anything. Becky is so good at getting all of the shots you want while keeping in mind time limitations of the kids and their attention spans! She is great with kids of all ages and makes them laugh while also getting them to cooperate. It is just such an easy process because she makes it so comfortable and straightforward. She is willing to wait for feedings or work through fussiness to get the best pictures. She is even great with pets if you want to include them!

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh newborn and family photographer featured in People Magazine and on The Bump. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about travel photography and newborn sessions.

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Creatives for a Cause

Article by Ericka of Little Apple Styles

    About a month ago, Becky and I attended Creatives for a Cause, Raleigh.  This event is organized by Molly Dansby from Ply Fine Paper.  The event not only promised a braid bar, a chalk lettering workshop, a flower crown workshop and an original pastel artwork – but also sweets and drinks were included.  EEEEK!!  One hundred percent of the ticket cost was going to the N.C. Children’s Hospital – so I was immediately sold!

I do not go out much, by choice, so I may have over thought the outfit I was going to wear a little too much.  I kind of knew many creatives in the industry will be present – so I needed to play the part. Ha!  After changing many times, I ended up wearing my first and most comfortable set.  Which I am glad I did, because I needed the room in my pants after eating the delicious sweets from Sugar Euphoria.

The braid workshop was so much fun!  While I already knew how to braid, I really never thought much of it until Cara demonstrated her techniques, and shared her secrets.  I even got a braid that lasted several days. My poor Eva has been my guinea pig since then, and I can proudly say I have finally mastered the crown braid!  #momgoals

My new passion?  Chalk Lettering!  Maghon from All She Wrote Notes is not only super talented but so fun.  After her workshop I felt I could conquer the world one chalk at a time…haha.  Now imagine how I would have felt if I had taken a whole class!  When I got home, I was surprised by how supportive Mr. Little Apple is with my new found interest.  He later confessed he was just excited for once I stopped talking about chickens.

Making a flower crown was also super fun and so many pretty flowers from Flour & Flower. We took selfies with our flower crowns and also spent some time learning oil pastels from Lisa Gaither art. (you do not want to see Becky’s…it did not look like a poppy like it was supposed to)

This event was so much fun – and inspiring.  Becky and I got a much needed girly time and brain stormed new ideas for upcoming sessions and blog posts!  A win-win for sure:)