Swansboro NC newborn photography | Baby Fletcher

I really love newborn sessions! By providing in home newborn photography, I get the chance to glimpse at families unique lives. It truly is an honor. Each family has their own special story and telling it through photographs is my passion! In home newborn photography is more than just getting a picture of the new baby – but collecting details and memories that tell the story of this amazing time in your family’s life.

Swansboro NC newborn photography – Sweet Baby Fletcher

My husband was awesome to have shared my business card at his work because it brought me to this really sweet family. Baby Fletcher was awake and kicking about on the couch when I arrived. I quickly set up my posing pillow and backdrop in big sister Lila’s light-filled playroom. As I got started photographing her baby brother, she seemed very curious and watched from afar. I was able to get some sweet shots of baby Fletcher before he made it known it was time for a break. When babies get a little fussy, it’s usually because they are getting hungry or need to feel mom or dads touch. At that point I love to sit back, observe and photograph the natural interactions of the parents and babies. Those are the sweetest moments! Mom did a little feeding and then dad took over with a little burping. True teamwork! Watching both mom and dad tenderly hold baby while also taking care of big sister’s needs really pulls on my heart strings and reminds me just how much I love what I do. We finished the session with a few shots in the nursery room, with the family enjoying their newest addition.

Swansboro NC newborn photography

 

Decorating With Photographs Is Affordable And Personal

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I am convinced that there is nothing more beautiful or inspiring to hang on the wall of your home than a photo of someone you love. Decorating with photographs of your children sends them a message:

“I see you. I find beauty in your existence. I love the silly moments when you’re just having fun. I love the serious moments when you’re focused and determined. I am proud of who you are and want to share my pride with everyone who enters our home.”

However, decorating with photos is usually so expensive that you only want to invest the money in hanging up picture-perfect professional photographs.

Decorating With PhotographsDecorating With Photographs: A Personal Touch

I love the incredible canvas prints and beautifully mounted photos that are easily worth the investment for a lifetime of beauty preserved on display. However, I also love the idea of hanging up photos of your daily life, taken candidly as the mood strikes you. Proudly display your messy toddler in the high chair, the photos of a first lost tooth, and the time your kid cut their own hair. These photos don’t have to be painstakingly prepared to be displayed, and I recently learned of a fun, affordable way to print large paper posters of some of your favorite casual photos, perfect for hanging in a kids room.
This website offers 16×20 inch poster prints for just $3 and 18×24 inch poster prints for just $4. The shipping is a $10 flat rate, so the more photos you print the cheaper the shipping becomes per poster. The paper posters are matte only, not glossy, so these won’t be prints you want to spend money framing. They’re just fun, big posters you can hang up in your kids room and not worry if something happens to them, because they were an affordable design choice that let you share some of your favorite moments with the world, even if they aren’t technically perfect photographs.

Decorating With Photographs

I love sharing tips like this on my blog whenever I come across them, to help you celebrate your family in all its silly, messy, fun day-to-day glory. However, I also want to help you capture the professional family photos you will cherish for life. I think there’s room on your walls for both.

 

Hampstead NC Newborn Photography | Baby I

Newborn photo sessions are always so precious because I know how fleeting those first days are. One minute your baby is so new and tiny and the next they are exploring everything with a whirlwind of energy and noise. I feel so honored to get to witness a few of the early moments of these precious lives, and help their parents capture the memories before they quickly change. Take a look at this recent Hampstead NC newborn photography session with Baby I.

Baby I – Hampstead NC newborn photography

This sweet boy arrived 9 days prior to the shoot. He was awake and very aware, until I brought out my secret baby sleep machine – the space heater. He quickly got comfortable on my posing pillow with the warm air and white noise gently caressing him to sleep. This newborn session happened to be during the week, so only mom was home. Normally I like to get parents and any siblings involved in a few shots, but this boy was lucky to have mom all to himself.

Baby I - Hampstead NC newborn photography

3 Fun Spots for Toddlers Around Wilmington NC

Since moving to North Carolina last year, we’ve been hunting around for some fun spots to take our busy toddler to. Our house is baby-proofed, yet he still manages to get into things I don’t want him to so I like to take him out to local spots that are especially for kids like parks, play centers, and museums. Not only does he have a blast playing with all the fun toys and games he doesn’t have at home, but he also gets to socialize with other little people around his age and I get to meet other parents. It’s a win-win! Now that we are more settled in, I thought I’d share our favorite 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NC.

In no particular order, here are 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NC.

Fun Spot #1 – Hullabaloo – Hampstead, NC

Hullabaloo 1 of 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NCWe are here a lot! What is there NOT to do at Hullabaloo? There are play kitchens stocked with toy food and dishes for those little ones who are learning to cook, a grocery store complete with a cash register, conveyor belt and shopping carts, a large play pen for babies learning to walk, two train set tables, a car wash, garage workshop, play nursery, doctor’s office, gas station, plenty of room for the kiddos to run free and so much more! Plus, they offer Spanish lessons, a Pre-School program, Drop-In Childcare, Yoga for Adults and many other events and activities for families to enjoy. The special thing about this place is it’s like walking into Cheers, where everybody knows your name and your kids name. It’s made up of regulars who go to simply hang out and socialize – adults and kids, alike. It’s more than just a kid play center. It’s the local hangout! Check them out online at www.hullabalooplay.com

 

Fun Spot #2 – Port City Gymnastics – Wilmington, NC

Port City Gymnastics 2 of 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NC

We recently found this fun spot, and so glad we did! I’ve taken my son to PCG only a handful of times and afterwards I always wonder why I don’t take him more often because he naps like a champ after every visit here! We’ve only been for the Preschool Open Gym: Tues, Wed & Thurs from 9:00am – 11:30am, but there are many other programs to explore. The place is a heaven for kids that can’t sit still! It’s basically a huge space full of gymnastics equipment like bars to hang from, balance beams, different shaped mats to roll down and jump off of, trampolines, nets to climb, a slide, hula-hoops and more! Seriously, do want your kid to burn off all their crazy energy? Take them here for the open gym. Plus, the huge trampoline is fun for adults big kids too. 🙂 Check them out online at www.portcitygymnastics.net

 

Fun spot #3 – Marbles Kids Museum – Raleigh, NC

Marbles Kids Museum 3 of 3 fun spots for toddlers around Wilmington NC

I titled this post “3 Fun Spots for Toddlers Around Wilmington NC” because of this place, which isn’t exactly local. It’s in Raleigh which is a couple of hours away from Wilmington. However, it’s a great place to take kids if you’re on a day or weekend trip to Raleigh. The name is a little misleading since it’s less like a traditional museum where you’re not allowed to touch anything, and more like a play center where you’re encouraged to play with everything! It’s a huge two-story building that is split up into exhibits based on different themes. The Around Town exhibit basically brings the world down to kid size with a little farm, grocery store, kitchen, hospital, ambulance, news helicopter, fire engine, vet hospital and more. Another fun exhibit is Splash, where kids can have hands-on play and experiments with water. They do provide plastic smock aprons to help keep the kids dry, but I suggest also bringing a change of clothes just in case (for sure!) they really go crazy with the splashing. Toddlers Hollow was a great one for us. It’s made especially for kids under 3 and provides a place where they can practice crawling, walking and balancing all in the setting of a woodland adventure. There is so much more to this place and most definitely one to check out if you’re in the mood for a trip to Raleigh. Check them out online at www.marbleskidsmuseum.org

The K Family | Wilmington NC Photographer

This family session was the second consecutive session I shot at Greenfield Park. A couple of weeks between the first and second session made a huge difference in the location’s appearance. I was thrilled to have a background that was just as beautiful as the first time around, only this time filled with spring flowers! The pink flowers lining the perimeter of the lake matched perfectly with little Miss M’s outfit and hair band. The four of us enjoyed a nice stroll around the lake as we stopped to take pictures along the way. Miss M had a lot to say at one point. I imagine it was something along the lines of “Wow, look at all the pretty colors! Mom and Dad love me so much! I love all this attention! Life is good.”

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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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