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.

North Topsail Island Family Reunion Portraits | The W Family

These North Topsail Island family reunion portraits were so much fun. The family contacted me to capture memories of their summer family reunion. They were staying at a gorgeous beach house that had a landing in the sound off the ICW, so naturally, I just had to capture some shots of them on it! When working with my clients, I’m always looking around my shooting location for opportunities to add a fun variety to their galleries. We were able to take a break from the beach setting and even find some greenery.

The sun sets pretty late in the summer, but these little guys did wonderful despite it being past their bedtime. The kids played with their grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles and parents, which made for beautiful candid moments. We ended the session with a gorgeous sunset where the sky turned a lovely bright orange and pink! I loved working with this fun family and I believe this session turned into a memorable experience for everyone.

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Do you have a fun family event or vacation coming up? Hiring a professional photographer is a great way to truly capture these moments. Contact me today to set up your next family session!

3 Ways Family Portraits Help Boost Self-Esteem

family portrait at new hanover arboretum wilmington ncAs a photographer I have the privilege of working with wonderful families, most with young children. In my own personal experience and during my photo sessions, I witness the power of photography. Believe it or not, family portraits help boost self-esteem! I love seeing this in all of my clients! During a photo session it’s all about the family. They have my undivided attention and my priority is that they enjoy themselves. Once they begin to get comfortable, it’s so much fun seeing children, who are shy at first, turn into curious and playful little people. It’s also beautiful to witness a couple beam with pride over the family and life they are celebrating with a photo session. I see both the children and parents gain confidence throughout the session. The best part is, it’s only the beginning! I know once they get to see the art I’ve created, they will have a beautiful perspective of their family. This serves as an every day reminder just how wonderful they really are.

Check out these three ways that family portraits help boost your child’s self-esteem!

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Family photos help your child see themselves as a valued part of the family

By displaying family photos, children are given a sense of belonging. It’s important to show the family as a unit. It’s also helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. Displaying family portraits in the home gives children the opportunity to learn about who they are and where they fit in the big picture.

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Professional portraits help to encourage positive self-image for your child

While having family photos is a great way to help build your child’s self-esteem, don’t underestimate the power of individual portraits. While it’s important for children to see themselves in a happy moment and in a place where they belong, there’s more to it! It’s also important for them to see themselves in their own unique identity. Think about how excited your child will be. They’ll love it when they see their own portrait hanging on the wall!

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Printing family photos takes attention away from smartphones and digital spaces

There’s something special about having a tangible photo that you can touch or an album to flip though. In a world full of technology it’s easy for kids to get caught up in the digital world. It’s a nice break for our children to step away from the digital realm into a much more meaningful experience. Take away the iPads and devices and sit down with a photo album with the family!

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It’s never a bad time to start thinking about your next family photo session, especially with the holidays on the way! Plan ahead! Contact me today to reserve your spot!

Topsail Island Newborn Photography | Baby Raelyn

This sweet family invited me into their island home to capture some sweet moments with the newest addition to the family. Baby Raelyn was perfect for this Topsail Island newborn photography session. With two already very active boys, the family was blessed to be welcoming a sweet baby girl. Naturally, I was greeted with a ton of excitement from the boys as they showed off their toys and drawings. I knew this was the perfect opportunity to get some family shots while I still had their curiosity about my camera and me!

Baby Raelyn was a doll the entire time and had everyone wrapped around her finger! Everything went perfect and I was even able to grab some extra shots that the family requested. As we wrapped up the end of the session, the youngest boy wrote, “I love you” on a piece of paper and gave it to me. My heart melted with his little note and it reminded me of why I love my job!

Check out this Topsail Island newborn photography session!

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Newborn photos are the best way to capture those precious moments when you’re welcoming the newest member of the family. If you’re interested in setting up a session, contact me today!

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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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