Winter Wrightsville Beach Family Photography

Hello, friends!

This Wrightsville Beach session was exactly what I needed. Let me tell you, I was only 8 or 9 weeks pregnant with my second child at the time, and my morning sickness was really kicking my butt. I felt so sick, couldn’t eat or drink, and was generally miserable! This session almost got cancelled. I really didn’t think I could get through it. My husband encouraged me and reminded me that some fresh beach air and change of scenery (I had been in the bathroom most of the day) would do me good. He was so right. My clients are always so amazing, too! Running around on the beach with them and putting my nausea on the back-burner really helped me forget I was so nauseous for an hour!

We met up at the south end of Wrightsville Beach. Mid-November is pretty chilly, but a little bit of sun is all we need. What a fun winter season it was! I’m going to have so much fun sharing all the seasonal goodness. This session, in particular, turned out so dang cute! Plus, you know it’s going to be a great session when a family’s toddler shows up dressed like a little model. I mean, come on.

Winter Beach Family Photos by Erika Rigger Photography

We kept this family session mostly with that iconic Wrightsville Beach sand and grasses as a subtle point of focus. Lots of pretty light, along with the cutest little boy, assisted me with this session! How perfect is that wintry beach scenery and how cute is this little guy?! Obsessed.

Lucky for us, Wrightsville Beach isn’t crowded during the winter months. We had lots of space to work with when deciding on the scene for this family session.

I love seeing layering from my families, and this color scheme was classic. The result was sweet, wintery family session perfection!

winter sky, dad tossing his smiling little boy into the air, green plaid shirt, fleece vest, khaki toddler boys pants
3 small horizontal winter family beach session images stacked next to a vertical photograph of a little boy wearing classic American style clothing with North Carolina beach grasses in the background
Ralph Lauren style portrait of a family of three, cheeky toddler boy with his tongue out and walking on Wrightsville Beach sand
classic family portrait style, blonde mother wearing a navy cableknit sweater and denim shirt, toddler boy wearing a green plaid shirt and tweed vest, father wearing a blackwatch plaid shirt, Wrightsville Beach grasses in the sunny background, black and white portrait of a family of 3 at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina, parents kneeling with their little boy in beach sand

Off-season beach photo sessions are a wonderful way to capture beautiful winter memories! Contact me today to set up your next session!

Colorful Autumn Family Photos in Hampstead

This session happened a couple of autumns ago (yes I am seriously behind in sharing my sessions) but I just have to share because it was fantastic! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I truly have the best clients ever! This family was no exception, either. Sarah and I met through a couple different avenues; I did the school photos at her youngest daughter’s school and we were both members of the same local women’s networking group. She told me she hadn’t had family photos done in a long time and was looking for a nice backdrop to have a Fall theme to her photos–I had just the place.

Take a look at these colorful autumn family photos!

sisters having fun at Ash's Japanese Maple Nursery in Hampstead North Carolina

We met at Ash’s Japanese Maple Nursery in Hampstead. I love shooting there because it’s simply gorgeous! Surrounded by woods and forest, the japanese maples turn all kinds of beautiful bright oranges, reds and yellows in the fall and make for the perfect spot for colorful autumn family photos.

The girls were being goofy for most of the shoot, but that didn’t bother me one bit. I aim to capture authenticity in the family interactions, so I was happy they felt comfortable enough to just be themselves. Most parents start to worry that I won’t get any good shots when their kids get wild and goofy. My response to that is “Relax, I’m getting lots of great shots!” I tell silly jokes, make funny faces and even strange sounds. I’ll do anything to keep the laughs coming!

It truly was an amazing photo shoot. And if any of you are considering a family session, here’s the review from my friend Sarah: 

“Erika did an amazing job photographing my family. Anyone with a young children knows how hard it is to get a perfect picture, Erika took beautiful photos I’ll cherish forever.,”

family photos in the forest in Hampstead NC
family of six having their photos taken in Hampstead NC

Are you interested in having your family moments artfully captured? Contact me for more details on booking your family session!

Fun Hugh MacRae Park Family Photos

Hi again, ladies and gents!

I have not been sharing all my amazing sessions with you. Things have been very busy but let me stop for a second to tell you that I am seriously the luckiest photographer in the world. My clients are always so wonderful to work with. That’s true of my fun Hugh MacRae Park family photos session with Allison, Brad and baby Rylee, too! Take a look at the proof of how fun it was!

baby holding parents hands at Hugh MacRae Park

We met up at Hugh MacRae Park a couple of hours before sunset and the weather was perfect for photo-taking. It was a nice coastal North Carolina autumn day which means it was cool but you still might get hot with a sweater on. While the weather was fine, it was the baby Rylee that made this shoot such a treat. I mean, isn’t she just the cutest little thing? She certainly enjoyed her time at the park, so the shoot was a breeze!

It was Rylee’s first birthday so we ended the session with a little cake and icing mess. Gotta do it!

As you can see from the photos above and below, this family is not only photogenic, but also a close-knit threesome (who will soon be a foursome!) who clearly love spending time together. Brad, Allison and Rylee are lucky to have each other, and I’m lucky to have them as friends!

Our fun Hugh MacRae Park family photos session highlights are below!

one year birthday milestone family photos in wilmington, north carolina
family enjoying baby daughter at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington

Are you interested in having your sweet family moments artfully captured? Contact me for more details on booking your family session!

Tender Newborn Baby Photography | Baby Colt

Welcome back, my oh-so-wonderful blog readers! Today I’d like you to meet some very special people: baby Colt and his older brother Sawyer! Our newborn baby photography shoot was triumphantly successful and I am incredibly pleased with the shots I was able to capture for this sweet family! 

family with new baby boy

Sawyer is so happy to have a younger brother, and he made that apparent at our shoot! Although Sawyer was full of energy like a typical toddler, with the help of his parents we were able to get him to settle down for a few shots.

All the changes and excitement that come with the arrival of a new little person in the family can bring about some wild attention-craving behavior. Parents often tell me they worry that their toddlers are too wild for an in-home newborn baby photography session. My answer is simple–I go with the flow. Having two little boys of my own, I have many tricks to get the shots I know parents will love. I sing songs they know, ask them to tell me about their favorite television shows, and play peek-a-boo. My camera is set to shoot at high speed so I am sure to get those fleeting moments in which a toddler flashes me his best smile.

Sawyer absolutely loved holding his new baby brother, and giving him kisses. One thing’s for certain – baby Colt will always have someone looking out for him!

As you can see from the pictures below, they already share such a connection. This is mostly due to his parents preparing him well before the arrival of his baby brother.  I can’t wait to see how they interact as they get older.

big brother with new little newborn brother

details of tiny baby hands details of infant facenew mother holding her infantnew mom adoring her baby boyproud new parents

Thanks for reading. Have a fabulous day!

Are you looking to have a natural style of newborn baby photography done in your home? Contact me to schedule your in-home newborn session.

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.


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.


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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