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!

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!

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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, wife to a handsome captain, lover of backyard gardening, wine and Amazon Prime.

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