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.

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.

Check out these North Topsail Island family reunion portraits!

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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!

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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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