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!

Hampstead NC Intimate Newborn Portraits | Baby Tyler

These Hampstead NC intimate newborn portraits were extra special. It always warms my heart when a family asks me to photograph not only their newborn, but also their very first child. This is such a pivotal time in a couple’s life as they’re welcoming a new life into the world. For these couples, it’s the beginning of them being a real family. It was amazing to see how much love these two people have for their new bundle of joy. So much is about to change for this couple and I can’t wait to watch them grow together!

Baby Tyler was a doll and slept most of the session, only waking to feed. This family was such a delight to photograph. From their warm personalities to their excitement for baby Tyler, it’s definitely one to remember! Their love and excitement really came through in their photos. Being at their home for nearly two hours, I don’t think there was a single moment they weren’t laughing and smiling.

Take a look at these Hampstead NC intimate newborn portraits!

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Newborn photo sessions are a great way to welcome the newest addition to the family. Contact me today to set up a session!

Ocean Isle NC Family Photos | The T Family

These Ocean Isle NC family photos were especially fun! A commercial photographer from the west coast came all the way to our beautiful state for a big family gathering. Both his and his wife’s parents, siblings and their kids joined in the vacation. This gave us a grand total of 22 people, my largest family session to date!

Fortunately for us, the weather was beautiful, sunny and not too windy! The Carolina sunset was as beautiful as ever although I had to work quickly to get all of the family photos in before the sun went down. We got plenty photos of each individual family and of course a big group shot with everyone in it! Next, it was time to let everyone cut loose and have some fun. This is the best part of the sessions as everyone is encouraged to relax as I capture playful and more candid photos of the family. We wrapped up this fun shoot with all of the cousins racing along the water and then jumping in!

Check out these Ocean Isle NC family photos!

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Family gatherings at the beach are not only a great way to get everyone together, but also a great time to get beautiful family photos! If you’re interested in booking a family session contact me today to reserve a date!

5 Ways to Style Your Fall Family Photo Session

Fall family photo at New Hanover Arboretum in Wilmington NC

So you’ve successfully booked your session, but now you’re faced with the challenge of coordinating everyone’s wardrobe. But I’ve got some good news! It’s easy to style your fall family photo session! Despite popular belief, planning for your session doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some tips for you and your family.

Check out these 5 ways to style your fall family photo session!

Chose two main colors to plan your color scheme around

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Image by Carolyn Ann Ryan Photography

The best fall family sessions come with a well-coordinated color scheme! But it’s not as hard as it seems. You don’t have to be a stylist to get your family looking good for photos. Simply choose two colors or hues that you love and plan your outfits around them. Some popular fall color choices are reds and oranges, Tan and Ivory, or even navy and yellow! Feel free to get creative and make the most of your fall family session.

Layer it up!

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Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Cold weather means you get to bundle up and layers are the perfect way to stay warm and add some flair to your photo session! Don’t stop at a simple cardigan to keep you warm, add a stylish scarf to add some fun to your outfit. Guys can also add a nice sweater or jacket to their look for a cozy feel.

Don’t forget to accessorize!

Fall family photos at Abbey Nature Trails in Wilmington NC

Spice up your fall family session with accessories for the entire family! You can add special touches like burlap suspenders or a flowery headband for the kids. Add a lovely necklace for mom and a nice tie for dad to help add a pop of color to your photos. The possibilities are endless and the more creative you get, the more unique your family photos will be. Choose accessories that highlight your family’s personality!

Choose outfits that you are comfortable in

One of the most important things for any session is your family’s comfort. If you or your family is uncomfortable in the outfits they’re in, you can almost always tell in the photos. For this reason, I usually recommend using outfits you’ve worn before!

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Image by Hope + Salt Photography

Fall photos are a great way to bring the family together and celebrate the season while updating your family photos for holiday cards and gifts! Contact me today to schedule your next family photography session.

Sandy Surf City NC Family Photos | The L Family

A friend of mine recommended my services to this lovely little family of four! After deciding to move away from their home in NC, they asked me to capture some last minute memories before they left. The goal was to commemorate her family’s time in North Carolina with these Surf City NC family photos. Sometimes this location offers a bit of a challenge, as it’s generally a crowded destination. Although there were some people in the area, we made it work. I was able to make it look like they had the whole beach to themselves. To make the session even better, the weather was great! We had a beautiful afternoon to make this session perfect for a fun family session.

These Surf City NC family photos were a blast and the family was so much fun to work with! Despite the little ones initial shyness, we all enjoyed the session. The girls had a blast running, jumping and splashing in the water! They got super sandy and enjoyed some sweet family time before their move. With a playful vibe throughout the session, I was able to capture beautiful candid moments that really brought out the best of the family. although we let the little ones play along the beach (and get soaked and sandy), we still managed to snag some nice family shots as well! Thanks to a fun and memorable photo session, this family will have beautiful and genuine family memories to look back on in the future and as the girls continue to grow!

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Do you have a special place that’s close to your heart? Family photo sessions are a great way to capture those special memories and places that you can look back on in the years to come. Contact me today to set up your next family photo session!


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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