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This year I realllllly wanted to take the boys to the mountains to pick some apples. They love picking strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and apples, and this year I so badly wanted to take the four hour trip. Planning this in October, my busiest month of the year was a little challenging. Plus, it decided to rain and rain and rain at the beginning of the month. I was beginning to wonder if it was going to happen, and I will admit, I was a little bit heartbroken. I kept watching their website, and they still had apple availability, so during Owen’s weekday fall break from school, we were able to make the quick trip.

I did some research, and there were sooo many great recommendations about SkyTop, (it also made USAToday’s 10 best Apple Orchards) so that’s where we decided to go. We met up with my mom in Greensboro and then drove three hours to the orchard. It took us down 85, and right past Gardner-Webb, where I went to college. (Go Runnin’ Bulldogs) We made it there around 2 in the afternoon I think and were able to get a parking place right in front which was great since we took a few trips to the car, (diaper change, dropped doughnuts off, etc) so that was perfect.

First, when you walk into their store, right at the top of the Mountain, the view is just so pretty. You look out and all you see is apple trees and mountains (love, love, love) They have sooo many different kinds of apples which you can buy in the store, or they are clearly marked on the map and in the orchard where to pick.

The boys took a tractor ride (Harrison was in love) and then they played on the playground for a little while, which was a big hit. After that, we had an apple cider slushie and apple cider doughnut snack. Oh my, those doughnuts were AMAZING. Of course, we bought a couple dozen to take home. Then, the boys fed the ducks, which Owen just thought was hysterical. One duck was running around outside, too, looking for kids to pick him up (and they did) We then tried out the bamboo forest which was really cool but just make sure your little ones don’t run in there, there’s a lot of stumps. We said hello to the goats + sheep, and then went to get our baskets for picking.

I’m not sure what the best advice would be for taking little ones out into the orchard. (It’s on a mountain so this is serious apple picking. We did a lot of climbing up and down hills) It was recommended that we pick pink lady apples since they had a lot of those, which they did, woo-hoo. Plus, Pink Lady is my favorite apple. We pushed Harrison in the stroller for a while and then we just had to leave the stroller, and he did pretty good staying with us the rest of the way. It was a pretty intense workout taking the stroller. I’m not sure if I would wear him in the Ergo or not since he’s such a big kid (probably still would have been just as much of a workout, but if you have little ones smaller than Harrison, I’d probably recommend baby wearing) Next year he’ll probably be better at walking and can handle the hike. You can also stay closer to the front, but we reallly wanted to go to the Pink Lady apples.

The apple trees were just beautiful and FULL of apples. Owen was just.so.happy. He just kept picking apples. They both enjoyed it just so much, and I’m thinking about how we are going to carry them back up the mountain! Ha! (Don’t pick toooo many!) It’s a beautiful orchard and wow, sooo many trees! When we were leaving, Owen said it was the best day ever. (Melt my mama heart) I definitely hope to come back next year – I loved this orchard so much, and the boys just had such a wonderful day.

There are a lot of recommendations on their website if you decide to plan a trip – bring cash, (they don’t take credit cards)  hand sanitizer, quarters to feed the ducks, and really, wear comfortable shoes. You don’t want to be miserable walking up and down the mountain in heels, etc. You can also look at their picking schedule to see what’s available.

We drove about an hour and stayed at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, which is something we’ve never done and were really so excited. It has such a breathtaking mountain view – I had no idea. We got there pretty close to sunset and walked out the back of the lobby to the terrace where all you could see was gorgeous mountains. We also woke up early and headed out for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway before heading home. It was a quick trip – two days + one night but what great memories made in such a short time.

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So excited to have a special guest at this year’s FREE Holiday Minis! Santa will be at the 11/21 and 12/2 Minis! You can have your child’s portrait with Santa and a few by themselves with the holiday backdrop. Photos will be edited and e-mailed within 4-5 days. And because they have already been opened up to 2015 Clients, there are only a limited amount of spots left. We will also be offering one day at the Christmas tree farm – 12/5. The Free Holiday Minis are just for the kids, free when booking a 2016 session, are 10 minutes, and include one free digital file per child. Little Apple Styles and I have spent so much time designing the set, and we are soooo excited about these. The little ones had a blast during our preview with Santa and loved eating the milk and cookies, too. Don’t wait to be part of the fun – contact me for more info before these are all booked up!

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Mini Sessions Photographer in Raleigh, NC featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including Let the Kids Dress Themselves and Lemonade and Lenses. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about mini sessions, travel sessions, and family photography.

It was a stormy morning the day of their newborn portraits. We were almost done when the storms rolled in, and boy, did it pour! I do love the light indoors on a cloudy day..we are definitely more limited on where we can photograph, but the light can be just stunning.We started with some portraits in big sister’s room while everyone was finishing getting ready – she sure does love her crocodile and jumping on the bed was fun, too. I have been photographing her since she was born, and those curls – just so cute. It had just been a few weeks since their family maternity photos, and this big sister was just so sweet with her baby brother. He was so content and sleepy, and the two of them together, just precious. Loved photographing this family of four and meeting their sweet baby boy.

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These three together was just so sweet….how precious is their little one?! His mama picked out some really pretty blues for them to wear, and planned and decorated such a cute nursery. She has their home decorated just so beautifully (and great light, too, yay!) so we took some portraits in several rooms in the house. Newborn sessions at home are just so great because there’s no rushing around to go somewhere, trying to pack up a million things for baby, and really the sessions are no rush either. It’s also so great to have portraits taken in your home and your nursery. I love, love, love, them! And just love the little close ups of this little one, too. And love his sweet little personality and smile!

According to Mom…

What was your favorite part of the session? The best part of having our newborn session at home was that we didn’t have to go anywhere!

How did you prepare baby for the session? We just tried to make sure the house was tidy, or at least the rooms we knew we wanted to use. We picked out outfits for everyone and laid out the special items we wanted to feature.

How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you worried nervous or worried before the session? The unpredictable nature of a newborn makes me nervous any time we have plans, but Becky was incredibly patient and understanding!

What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken? Hire Becky! She makes the process very easy. And she gave us a few tips to calm our little guy that we’re still using to this day!

Did you have a sentimental item at our session? We did! My Mom made Henry a quilt that we used in our shoot. There are also a few blankets we used that were either made by or give to us by family members.

Was there a sentimental item in your nursery or parts of your nursery that we photographed that are sentimental to you? The sock monkey on the dresser in the nursery was made by my Mom, before we knew if we were having a boy or a girl. She used it to announce that she was going to be a grandma. Once we found out we were expecting a boy, we ended up basing the color scheme for the nursery on the sock monkey.

Any advice to other families picking our wardrobe or preparing for family portraits? We had baby and Dad’s outfits picked out. And then I had a few choices that Becky helped me narrow down. It’s hard to know what’s going to fit or look good, but Becky was an impartial third party that gave me an honest, professional opinion. Also, wear your maternity pants; they’ll smooth everything.

How would you describe your perfect Saturday as a family? Henry would of course give us two long stretches of sleep overnight:)and then we’d just spend the day hanging out, taking a stroll through the neighborhood and enjoying our new family of three.

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Family and Newborn Photographer featured in People Magazine, Denim + Grace Magazine, and on several blogs including Let the Kids Dress Themselves and Lemonade and Lenses. Contact the studio for more information about Raleigh Newborn Baby Lifestyle Photography.