D Family Session | Wilmington Family Photographer

We really wanted to use these local trails as a background for our shoot but the weather being so warm kept all the mosquitos out so we had to reschedule. Finally,  it was cool enough to where they didn’t bother us. Thank goodnes! These sweet boys had a blast running around in the woods. We took a nice walk and ended up walking across a pretty bridge. The pond reflected all the fall colors and made the wait for this location all worthwhile.

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K Family Session | Wilmington Family Photographer

This family of 7 chose a secret location for their photo session. I had always wanted to shoot an ICW waterfront so this was a real treat for me! We rode over to the location in their golf cart!

Large families can be challenging, especially this one since the kids have a wide range of ages between them. It was a great learning experience for me but also they made it pretty easy! We all enjoyed the sunset there and even the more quiet kids warmed up to the camera pretty quickly.

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Hampstead NC Simple Newborn Photography | Baby L

This was a new experience for me. I had photographed newborns before, but this time I was trying a more natural and simple newborn photography style. No props, no hats or baskets or bright colored backgrounds. I wanted to really capture the purity of a newborn with a clean white background and some neutral colored wraps. In the beginning of the session baby L wasn’t in the mood to sleep so I took some of her bonding with mom and some closeups of her face, hands and tiny feet. Once she was asleep we got some sweet shots of her dreaming away.

Hampstead NC Simple Newborn Photography | Baby L

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Wilmington-newborn-family-photographer-20 Are you drawn to a more natural and simple style of newborn photography? Contact me and let’s chat about how I can document these special moments in your life!

Hampstead NC Backyard Family Photo Session | The B Family

After nearly 4 months of having arrived in North Carolina, we have finally settled into our new home here in Hampstead! It took me a bit to get back into my sessions, but now that I’m back it feels great! Lucky for me, I’ve been meeting lots of amazing moms that hang out at Hullabaloo. It feels great to have made a few friends already. I firmly believe us moms need a good support network of friends. They don’t say “It takes a village…” for nothing!

I met Angie at Hullabaloo and she and I both couldn’t wait for her backyard session. When I arrived I was even more excited to see they had a trampoline! These kids are so lucky! I would have died for one of these as a kid! Well, it was my lucky day because I got to take pictures of these cute kiddos jumping around the trampoline. Shooting as I bounce around and hope for the best was a first for me, but I got some good ones. Luckily, we also took some pictures on firm ground.

Take a look at this fun Hampstead backyard family photo 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, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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“Erika was great with our kids and overall it was a laidback experience. Although both the weather and our small kids were somewhat uncooperative, Erika took some beautiful pictures which made a great use of the beach landscape and light. Highly recommended.” - Emily R.⁠
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I’m blushing! It’s comments like this one that keep me going, and few things make me happier or motivate me more than happy clients. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t read them on my more challenging days. And, Emily, the feeling is mutual—you were a dream to work with!⁠
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Thinking about booking a family photography session? You can find out more on my website! All the info you need is in the link in bio!⁠
Oh, how I'd love to go back to those first weeks and months. I was ever-present, yet never really there at all.⁠
My head was elsewhere, caught up in all the shoulds, in the baby books, the apps, the impossible schedules; all the perceived perfections of motherhood that felt so at odds with what you were telling me you needed.⁠
I followed my heart every single time. But never with conviction. Always apologetically as though I were somehow giving in. Not doing it right.⁠
I fought it. Like a quiet war. It was exhausting.⁠
I'd love to go back and mother that version of you, but as this version of me; the mum I am today. ⁠
More relaxed, more rested, more sure, no longer seeking approval, embracing the fact that I will be happily rocking my boy to sleep until he doesn't need it anymore.⁠
It's not just our babies that grow.⁠
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Words by: Mother Truths ( @mymothertruths)
I'm enjoying getting personal with y'all. Hope you don't mind!⁠
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Five years ago, I would not be able to imagine that I would be living the life I am now. There have been twists and turns for sure, and some of the challenges have been grueling to say the least, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I'm talking illness, surgery, major lifestyle changes, major personal life changes. The kind of stuff that makes you look back and not even recognize who you were. ⁠
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I have come so far and now have the clarity of mind to see how everything that has happened in my life has made me the person I am today. And I truly love who I have become through it all. What’s something positive or seemingly negative that happened in your personal life in the past five years that you didn’t see coming and that has built you up to be the badass you are today?⁠
Whenever I’m feeling stuck, I write in a journal—just a stream of consciousness, whatever crosses my mind goes on the page. Almost every time, I notice the same pattern: fear of judgment. My inner critic is telling me that no one will like what I do.⁠
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When that happens, I try to remind myself to play my own greatest hits. I make a list of the times when I did work I was proud of, made a client happy, or got positive feedback—anything that contradicts the judgmental  voice in my head. It helps me to move forward without fear. We all have that voice in our heads. The trick is to recognize it, not believe it, and put that imposter syndrome back in its place.
I am so grateful that I can do what I love as my job. Thank you to all of my clients for the ongoing love and support. I am lucky to have each and every one of you! 🥰
Something I'm continuously working on both in my personal and professional life is this: It's easy to get wrapped up in the future or the past, but living in the moment is a key to happiness. And not just living through the moment, but appreciating it.⁠
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When you're appreciating the moment, you're fully engaged in what's happening around you, and you're not letting your thoughts about the past or future distract you from the present.⁠
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One of the reasons I absolutely LOVE my work is that when I'm focused on capturing THE MOMENT, I have no choice but to be observing it, appreciating it, and noticing all the details of it. It's meditative. ⁠
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On a daily basis, living in and appreciating the moment can be a difficult thing to do, but it's definitely worth it. There are a few things you can do to help you live in the moment.⁠
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One is to practice mindfulness. This means being aware of your thoughts and feelings and accepting them without judgment. When you're mindful, you're more likely to be in the present. You can also practice gratitude, which is being thankful for the things you have in the present moment. Like, everything can seem like it's working against you. But stop. Look around. What do you have right now that is working for you? It can be as simple as being grateful that you have two arms and two legs that allow you to get things done. Or that you have a delicious cup of coffee to sip on. Or that you can easily go outside and fill your lungs with air. ⁠
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When you focus on the good things in your life, you're less likely to worry about the future or dwell on the past. That's what I've been working on. How about you? How do you stay present?

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