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!

Topsail Island NC Family Reunion Photos | The D Family

These Topsail Island NC family reunion photos were a ton of fun! The family rented out a big beach house for their annual family vacation. This made for a fantastic opportunity to get pictures of the whole family together! Everyone showed up very well dressed and ready to have some fun. We tackled the group family first thing which was a success! Although we had a big group, I was able to get a beautiful group family photo with everyone smiling and no blinking.

Once the group photo was out of the way, we let the kids explore the beach and have some fun. One little girl was a ballerina and danced on the beach as the other little ones were running around. We were blessed to have some beautiful weather to compliment a wonderful session. Once we finished up, several family members commented on how much fun they had! To top it off, I received a lovely review on my website from this family. They loved their photos and loved how I was able to beautifully capture their family time on the beach.

Check out these Topsail Island NC family reunion photos!

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Family vacations are a great opportunity to get great photos of the whole family! Contact me today to set up your next family session!

Wrightsville Beach NC Maternity Family Photos | The K Family

Melanie contacted me a couple weeks ago to document their beautiful family of three before becoming a family of four. These Wrightsville Beach NC maternity family photos were the perfect way to commemorate such a milestone in their lives. With a very active two year old and of course a proud mom and dad, the session was a ton of fun. The little boy was running around enjoying himself and exploring the beach the whole time. While he was very energetic, I was able to get his attention long enough to get some great portrait shots. Afterwards, dad had some fun throwing him up in the air! I loved being able to capture his little personality.

We were blessed to have a beautiful evening for this maternity family session. We ended the evening with a stunning sunset. The bright orange sky made for the perfect backdrop! Melanie was so sweet and also left a fantastic review on my website. Sessions like this are why I love being behind my camera! It’s such an honor to be able to provide each of these families with memories that they can cherish for a lifetime.

Check out these beautiful Wrightsville Beach NC maternity family photos!

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Bringing the family together for photos is a great way to capture important milestones! Contact me today to set up your next family session.

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I'm Erika and I am a maternity, newborn, and family photographer based near Wilmington, NC. I'm also a mom to two cutie boys, wife to a handsome captain, lover of backyard gardening, wine and Amazon Prime.

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