Family Fun Tips: Summer Photo Activity

Family Fun Tips Summer Photo Activity

Summer may be winding down, but it’s still very hot outside! For some, school may have already started and for others it may be starting within the next week or two. Regardless, the temperatures are still hitting the 90’s at least for the next few weeks, the pools are still open, and there is still time to catch the last bit of summer fun. To commemorate the end of summer with a fun and creative activity the kids will enjoy, here is a summer fun photo activity!

Summer Fun Photo Activity

Keeping your kids active and engaged in a creative activity doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Sometimes, all it takes is a creative twist on a routine activity–going to the beach or the pool may become routine to them after a long summer.  One great idea is to purchase disposable underwater cameras for your children and take them to the pool. You can find these cameras online for as cheap as $7. Here is the camera I used. You can have your children share one camera, each getting to take a certain number of fun underwater shots, or get them each one.

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Encourage your children to take creative photos and pose underwater for each other.  This is also a great activity to build confidence for swimmers who aren’t so sure about putting their head under the water. You’d be amazed how brave they can be when they’re trying to capture the perfect underwater photo.

Once you’ve used up all the exposures on your disposable underwater cameras, request a mailer at and send them in. They will develop your film and send you a link to a gallery where you can purchase prints. Have fun reviewing the photos with your kids and choosing which ones to print. Order your prints and have them fill up a small album to commemorate the summer. You can go wild and do some fun scrapbooking with them too!

Family Fun Tips Summer Photo ActivityFamily Fun Tips Summer Photo ActivityThe next time you want to capture your special moments as a family in professional photos that you will cherish for a lifetime, let me know!

Baby G | Hampstead NC Newborn Photographer

This newborn session was a bit more special for me than usual. CONFESSION ALERT: I have been dreaming about having another baby lately. So when Baby Gavin’s newborn session was scheduled on my birthday, it was like the Universe giving me a beautiful gift. I got to spend time with a precious newborn who was only a week old. I got to breathe in his sweet, new smell and enjoy his little sounds while watching him snuggle with mom and widen his eyes when his brothers came near. Teeny tiny toes, ears, nose, hands, fingertips, everything! It was truly a gift to have photographed this sweet little angel.

Hampstead NC Newborn Photographer

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Interested in having some newborn photos done for your sweet pea? Contact me to book your custom session!

Featured Family Fun Spot: Defy Gravity in Wilmington NC

Hello friends!

I’m on a mission–not just to capture beautiful family moments for my clients, but to also help facilitate more of those moments by making their lives a tiny bit easier. As you probably already know, I’m a mom too. I work on my photography business during nap times and bedtimes and at most all other hours of the day I’m guzzling down coffee while keeping my kiddo fed and engaged in an activity. Well, most activities involving toddlers at home can be messy. So I started looking around for places I could take him to that would be fun for both of us and add some variety to our days.  I’ve decided to dedicate 1-2 blog posts per month to featuring some of the best family-friendly businesses in and around Wilmington, NC. They will all be places I have visited myself and I’ll be giving you my two cents on why I think they’re awesome places to visit with your littles.

Without further ado, here is the first Featured Family Fun Spot!

Featured Family Fun Spot: Defy Gravity in Wilmington, NC

Featured Family Fun Spot: Defy Gravity in Wilmington NC

Paul McCallum, Operations Manager of Defy Gravity in Wilmington, NC

Ok, moms. Here is the break you’ve been looking for, especially if you are the mother of one or more children under the age of 5. Bring your kids to Defy Gravity in Wilmington NC on any weekday morning at 9am and let them jump their hearts out for an hour. If they don’t fall asleep in the car on the way back home, they will be ripe for their nap as soon as you walk in the door. Then get ready to party (quietly), because your kids are so exhausted from jumping around that they’ll sleep well and you’ll have a solid nap time to do whatevvvvver you want. You can thank Mr. Paul McCallum, Operations Manager at Defy Gravity in Wilmington NC, for your well-deserved break.

“The concept is get them out of the house, get them out from in front of the video games and TV. Mom and dad come in with them, jump around and have fun too. It’s a great family activity.” says Paul. And if all the fun wasn’t enough reason to get your kids bouncing, you can be happy knowing that not only are your kids burning off some energy, but they are also improving their coordination skills, upper body strength and balance. It’s a win-win for parents and kids in Wilmington!


A couple of programs at Defy Gravity that cater specifically to families with young children are Kid Jump and Family Night.

Kid Jump: Ages 6 and under for only $9/hour and 1 accompanying adult jumps for free! Monday – Friday 9–10am. Disney and Nickelodeon music plays for the little ones too!

Family Night: Every Monday night from 5pm–8pm. All your immediate family gets in for only $35/hour!

And for moms and dads who are looking to mix up their exercise routine, Gravity Fit is an intense trampoline workout like no other! Call or check website for class schedule.


With programs like Kid Jump, Family Night, Special Needs Night, Trampoline Dodgeball, Foam Pit and Ninja Course, there is no question why Defy Gravity is one of the best family-friendly businesses in Wilmington, NC.

Visit their website Defy Gravity – Wilmington for more info on their programs, hours, and offerings for parties and special events.

Defy Gravity is located at:
6431 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405

Phone: 910-444-1002

Connect with Defy Gravity:  Facebook | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram


The S Family | Wrightsville Beach NC Family Photographer

See this little cutie? His name is Teddy and he’s one of the cutest 6 month olds I’ver EVER seen. Those arms! He’s cute and he knows it. How could he not? He had 6 adults totally devoted to making him smile throughout the session. They didn’t have to work too hard at it, he was a total natural for the camera. I love being a Wrightsville Beach family photographer! Most children I photograph on the beach are so delighted with the wide-open space to run and the playful waves beckoning them to splash that it really is a breeze capturing those authentic gleeful moments on camera. And Teddy, even though he wasn’t walking yet, was no different. He was delighted with the feel of the sand on his toes and the ocean breeze on his skin. Not to mention all the love around him.

Wrightsville Beach NC Family Photographer

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Interested in a beach session! Be sure to contact me soon, as fall is just around the corner!

The R Family | Wrightsville Beach Family Photographer


Coastal North Carolina has some very beautiful beaches. The one on the south end tip of Wrightsville Beach is one of my favorite spots for photo sessions! With gorgeous views all around and beautiful dunes, it makes a great beach backdrop for outdoor sessions.

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On a visit from California, this gorgeous family wanted to end their vacation with some family photos. We were lucky to have the weather cooperate with us. It had been storming for a few days before this session and it continued to storm for a few days after as well! We found a sweet pocket of sunshine and took full advantage. Although it was a very windy afternoon, these sweet twin boys were ready to frolic in the sand and enjoy the ocean breezes.

My family sessions with toddlers are 90% me simply following the kiddies around as they explore. I constantly move around them and patiently wait until I see a sweet moment developing and then I shoot at high-speed right through it. Doing this allows me to capture some beautiful images that really show a toddler’s curiosity and lets their personality shine through. One of my favorites from this session is the one below of little Michael holding his mother’s hand as he feels the cool ocean water rush over his legs. It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes about childhood.

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
― Angela Schwindt

Wrightsville Beach Family Photographer

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Wrightsville Beach NC Family PhotographerAre you interested in a custom family photo session? Contact me to schedule yours today!


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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