A Tribute to Military Families

Veteran's Day Tribute to Military FamiliesToday being Veteran’s Day, I can’t help but to think about our military families and brave men and women in the Armed Forces. It’s thanks to them that we are able to freely go about our lives at home. It’s because of them that we are able to live without fear. So, here is a tribute to all of the military families out there from my family to yours.

A Tribute to Military Families

From the Bottom of my Heart, Thank You

It may not seem like much coming from your local photographer, but my husband is a Coast Guard veteran and our community is full of military families just like us so we know all too well the kind of sacrifice our military men and women give.

I want to say thank you from my family to yours. We know those who are deployed have family back at home that they want nothing more than to get back to. There are families who may never see their loved one again as they gave the ultimate sacrifice. We know that your family just like ours cherishes every moment you get to spend with your loved ones as you aren’t sure when they may get a new assignment. We understand first-hand what it means to drop everything and move to a new place because your spouse is assigned to a new area. So I want to thank you. I want to thank you all for taking those sacrifices upon yourselves for the greater good.

I know that we can’t go back and thank those who have passed, but I hope that at the very least, our current military men and women know just how much we support them.

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We Will Never Forget Your Sacrifice

Those who have been lost to war are not forgotten. The sacrifice that our current military men and women make every single day will never go unnoticed in my home. We designate one day a year to celebrate those who have served and passed but my family celebrates those lives every day. It’s because of our military that we are able to freely worship and so many other things that we all too often take for granted.

Why not think about a family session to celebrate your military spouse or loved one. Ask me about my military discount! If you’re interested, please contact me to set up your session.

The W Family | Topsail Beach Fun Family Vacation Photos

These Topsail Beach fun family vacation photos were a blast! The Wilson family traveled out to Topsail Island for their annual family vacation. I met this lovely family for the first time last year during their family photo session. At the time, Samantha was pregnant with baby Jackson! This year, it was wonderful to finally meet little Jackson. He was a bundle of joy throughout the entire session!

After finishing up with formal family photos, I let the four of them run around and have fun on the beach! Jackson was super cute and just an all around happy baby. His older sister Olivia was a little more active and had a blast running around on the beach. I had mom and dad throw little Jackson in the air and put Olivia on Dad’s shoulders. These are the things that they would have normally done to get the kids to laugh and it gave me the perfect opportunity to capture genuine moments. It was so wonderful to have this repeat client and I hope to do this again every year!

Check out these Topsail Beach fun family vacation photos!

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Family vacation photo sessions are a wonderful way to capture beautiful memories! Contact me today to set up your next session!

New Hanover Arboretum One Year Birthday Session

Little man James celebrated his first birthday with New Hanover Arboretum one year birthday session with this beautiful one year photo session. This session was super special as this was my first client to purchase my Once Around the Sun package which 3 milestone sessions in his first year. It’s been a pleasure to spend time with this family and to watch baby James grow throughout the year as I photographed his newborn session along with his 6 month and one year.

For this session, we decided to go to New Hanover Arboretum in Wilmington, NC. The location was beautiful and was full of beautiful flowers and gardens. After getting some formal family photos, I let the three of them relax and have fun together. Baby James was crawling around everywhere. He had a blast touching every flower he could reach and playing in the grass. He loves when his dad runs with him and bounces him around!

We ended the session with a super fun smash cake experience for baby James! He had so much fun digging in and making a mess out of his birthday cake. Now that this family’s Once Around the Sun package has wrapped up, I can’t wait to put together their keepsake album displaying highlights of James’ first year.

Check out this beautiful New Hanover Arboretum One Year Birthday Session!

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wilmington nc new hanover arboretum one year photosMilestone sessions throughout the first year are a great way to document all the growth and fun of that special time. Why not make it extra special with my Once Around the Sun package! Contact me today to schedule your baby’s session!

Beautiful Jacksonville NC In-Home Newborn Session | Baby Madison Rae

This beautiful Jacksonville NC in-home newborn session was extra special! I first met this lovely couple during their rustic Poplar Grove Maternity session in June. And when baby Madison Rae arrived, I was so excited to capture even more great memories as her parents bonded with her in their home.

In-home session newborn sessions are a personal favorite of mine. Having the session at home gives mom, dad and baby the chance to relax in their most comfortable environment. During the session, baby Madison got a little fussy. But, this is pretty normal for any newborn session. I always encourage mom and dad to relax and do what they need to do to soothe baby. Sometimes, the babies just want to be held and in that case we just continue the session with them in the parents’ arms. Newborn sessions don’t have to be posed. Sometimes the most authentic and gorgeous images of a newborn are in their loving parents arms.

Check out this beautiful Jacksonville NC in-home newborn session!

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Newborn photos are a great way to welcome the newest addition of your family! Contact me today to schedule your next photo session!

5 Halloween Survival Tips for Moms with Toddlers

Halloween survival tips with toddlersIt’s that time of year again and Halloween is right around the corner. It’s time to start planning out your family’s Halloween fun. While sometimes this can turn out to be stressful especially for those moms with toddlers, I’ve put together some halloween survival tips just for you!

Check out these 5 Halloween survival tips for moms with toddlers!

Have fun with your child’s costume without spending a fortune

When you’ve got little one’s, it’s easy to go all out on your child’s Halloween costume. But instead of spending a small fortune on an outfit they’ll only wear once, try some of these ideas! Children’s second-hand stores are great places to find gently used costumes at a great price. Many stores sell Halloween-themed pajamas that can double up as a great costume (see image above).You can also keep the costume simple by adding a fun accessory like ears or a tail and drawing on some whiskers.

Make Halloween a fun night for moms and dads too! Halloween doesn’t have to be just for the kids!

Get a group of parents together for pizza and drinks before going out for a night of fun. Everyone can trick-or-treat together and that way if one of the kids has a tantrum, the fun can keep going for the other little ones with the help of your friends. It takes a village, right?

If you’re worried about scare-factor, take the kids to kid-friendly trick or treat locations

While Halloween is a fun time for neighbors to compete on the spookiest house, this can be a scary thing for the little ones. What may seem silly to us can be very real to children. If your child is easily frightened, it might be a good idea to take the kids to a fun place to trick-or-treat like your local church, mall or even a local festival. This will minimize the scare factor for your child and make the whole experience more enjoyable.

Feed the kids a healthy meal before trick-or-treating

We all know, the second you get home from trick-or-treating; the kids are ready to dig into the candy. This can be unhealthy for the little ones, but I’ve got just the trick for you! Try feeding the kids a healthy meal before trick-or-treating. This will make sure the kids are full when it comes time to get into the candy, and they won’t be inclined to eat as many sweets.

Paint pumpkins instead of carving and avoid the mess!

Painting pumpkins is a fun and mess-free alternative to carving pumpkins. It also keeps the kids away from sharp tools used for carving. Bring out your child’s creativity by challenging them to a pumpkin-painting contest this Halloween!

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I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I use only available natural light to capture authentic and beautiful images that show the magic of childhood and the love between parents and children. Click on my photo to learn more about me or contact me, I'd love to get to know you!

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