In-Home Wrightsville Beach Candid Family Portraits | The P Family

I was lucky enough to be invited into this gorgeous Wrightsville Beach condo to photograph baby Michael in these in-home candid family portraits. Some of my favorite sessions involve families like this one. I get to help them hang onto the memories that they are creating already, every day. This setting was something spectacular – from the nursery backdrop to the Intracoastal waterway – but Michael was the star of the show. His long brown hair and big eyes are enough to steal anyone’s heart! These in-home Wrightsville Beach candid family portraits came out so beautifully and really did the job of capturing the moment. 

In-Home Candid Portraits

In-home family portrait shoots are truly something special. I get to capture the family as they are, in their space, where they are comfortable. It is easy to see by the smile on his mother’s face that Michael wasn’t phased at all by the camera. And why should he be, when he got to spend his day doing all of his favorite activities? There is nothing like kicking back to relax with your dad and your favorite book (while I snapped a few shots, of course). 

From In-Home to Outdoors

The Intracoastal waterway right outside gave a great change of scenery. The misty feel of the water gave Michael’s striped jumpsuit all the room it needed to shine. No need to travel far when the landscape is so scenic right out the back door. Plus, this gave Michael and his mom every excuse to enjoy some bare feet in the grass. Still, we focused on the moments that make in-home candid family portraits so special. It is a beautiful thing to be able to freeze these memories in time. These parents exude nothing but love for their son. It was quite simple to catch the honest moments that might have otherwise slipped by. 

Later, I attended Michael’s baptism brunch and was lucky enough to capture those memories as well. I cannot get enough of this spunky little guy. I was absolutely ecstatic to be able to shoot with this family again.

Loving in-home candid family portraits of parents and baby boy in Wrightsville Beach
Loving parents and son candid family photoshoot in Wrightsville Beach

Are you ready to enjoy your family in front of my camera and create lasting memories? Contact me for more info on my family sessions!

7 Reasons Why You Should Finally Print Those Photos

Raise your hand if you’ve got a digital pile of pictures that are collecting virtual dust. Sure, you might dig them out of your Dropbox account or iPhone photo roll every once in a while, but you paid for those pictures and chances are they’re not getting the visual justice they deserve. OK, I’m partly kidding, but it’s kind of true! Below I’ve laid out 7 different reasons why you should finally get to printing all those digitally imprisoned images. Maybe one or two of them will compel you into action so that you can enjoy those smiles on the reg.

Those first days deserved to be framed and remembered fondly!

They’d Look Really Great on the Fridge

Your fridge is prime real estate for some of your favorite portraits. Not only will you get to look at them multiple times a day, but so will friends and family when they come over for dinner. In fact, you can improve your family’s self-esteem by just putting pictures up of them where they can see them often.  Look at these great fridge frames from Mpix.com!

That Blank Wall Could Use a Nice Smile

You know that blank wall in your home? Maybe it’s above the living room couch, in the stairway, or in your front entry. A canvas print would tackle two birds: decor and finally getting those pics printed.

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Did you know putting family photos on your walls at home actually can improve your child’s self-esteem!

Your Kids Are Currently Frozen In Time

So many of us are guilty of printing our photos, feeling accomplished for doing so, and then waiting forever to print the most recent batch. It’s now been four years, and your kids have changed completely since. Update your existing, outdated portraits with pictures that are much more recent.

You’re Craving a Décor Makeover

If you’re bored with your current living room, bedroom, nursery, or even hallway, adding a few pictures throughout is a great way to inexpensively and very easily change things up. Grab some new throw pillows or a window dressing to match while you’re at it!

What a gorgeous moment! This deserves to be displayed because you know it’s going to bring a smile to anyone that sees it.

Every Office Needs Some Family Love

Whether you’ve got a home office in need of some TLC or a work desk at the office that needs to be infused with a bit more personality, a framed 5×7 or 4×6 print will always do the trick. If you’re feeling ambitious, opt for a collage or a canvas.

A Scrapbook Project Could Be Real Fun

Putting together a scrapbook for your partner or children isn’t only therapeutic for you, but it will be a treasured gift they’ll keep forever. You could even invite a loved one to help create the scrapbook with you. Maybe make some extra prints for your kids to make their own personal family collages.

They Make Amazing Gifts

Nobody is going to turn away a Starbucks gift card or a new gadget, but the gift of images takesthings to a whole new, personalized level. Whenever you’re in doubt, gift pictures. Canvases, framed 8x10s, flipbooks, and albums are a joy to give and receive!

Do you need ideas, help or just motivation to print you photos? Reach out! I’m here to help.

Lovely In-Home Newborn Photography in Wilmington, NC

Every once in awhile I work with a new client who I just adore! And this is one of those clients, whose newborn session we captured at home. This couple booked my Once Around the Sun Package which includes Newborn, 6 Month and One Year sessions, plus a linen-covered album with photos from all three sessions at the end of the year. It’s stupendous. It’s a simple and beautiful way to artfully capture your baby’s first year.

I also love when these packages get booked by Wilmington locals because I get to enjoy watching the baby grow throughout the year, and become friends with the family! This is their first baby so of course they were smitten and – add in proud grandma there – the session was super sweet. It was a perfect way to capture the beginning of his life. I am sharing a bit of it in the form of a blog post today! View some of the images below.

At Home Newborn Shoot

On this perfect morning, it appeared as though Love itself was present inside this family’s home. And so, we celebrated a birth! The session concepts were without frills, and minimal, for this cozy in-home newborn session that truly filled me with warmth.

Muted tones inside the home and nursery are accented by sweet fabric patterns. Pops of whimsical wall art and amazing window light added contrast. Warm textiles were a must-have, of course, and baby was perfectly cozy for those sweet detail shots.

It’s a session fit for a prince! Not only were his parents enamored, but his grandmother was there to enjoy his first days of life, as well. I think she’s simply amazing!

I loved the nursery setup. How adorable is it? From the elephants blowing bubbles to the beautiful crib, it was perfection.

There’s no doubt in my mind that this little love will have a delightful childhood.

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Tender In-Home Newborn Photography in Wilmington, NC

Boy, was this session pretty! We celebrated the beautiful formation of a growing family. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph this family. I was so inspired by them! This session was held at the family’s home. The family’s warm color scheme of dusty blues and purples, combined with the rust hue of the quilt on their bed is everything! I love their decor. It added so much to this in-home newborn session.

This sweet in-home newborn session, in Wilmington, North Carolina, was a gift from the mother’s friend, who lives out of state. Her friend contacted me a few months before; she expressed interest in purchasing a gift certificate she could give to her mom-to-be friend at her baby shower. Photography sessions are such a lovely, unique gift for families documenting periods of change and growth. Not to mention, I happen to think the gift of photography is one of the nicest anyone can give or receive.

I’m excited to share this in-home newborn session. This session was so much fun, and I could tell that mom and dad are truly in love. Aren’t they the most adorable family? I love photographing new parents and watching them experience the deepest love they’ve ever felt – a new love for their baby, and a new meaning to their lives. Not to mention, a deeper love than the parents have ever felt for each other as they embark on a new chapter together. Their love for each other emanates from all their images from this session!

The whole newborn session was incredible, from the beautiful family to the warm hues. It was one of those sessions where everything came together so beautifully, and I was happy to be the photographer capturing and creating it.

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Fall Family Photography at Abbey Nature Preserve

I’ll start with the details, like the awesome location for this session. The Abbey Nature Preserve is located right next to Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC. It’s a great location for a rich, woodsy background. It allows lots of room to roam for a family session, too. It’s also a popular location for walking on the many winding trails. The trails end at a cute pond which reflects all the pretty fall colors of the surrounding trees.

Some clients are a bit disappointed when the skies are a little overcast for our time together. I’m so glad these clients trust me as the professional. The cloudy weather brought a certain glow to these images. I love how clouds allow the viewer to see all the pretty and unique natural elements of the setting, in detail. It really gives these images that “wow” factor!

Today I’m sharing a session with clients I am simply enamored with. How cute are their little girls? I swear, this family is blessed with the amount of affection they clearly have for each other! I hope to photograph them again in the future.

For a color scheme, my advice for this particular family session was to go with traditional neutrals, but with differing textures. The classic wardrobe shades really complemented the moody sky and natural setting, working so well together.

Pre-Deployment Family Photos at Abbey Nature Preserve

This family was super sweet, and the amount of love between them was palpable. Dad was getting ready to deploy, so they wanted to remember this time together as a family, especially as dad was deployed over the holidays. The girls adore their dad, and mom and dad were super affectionate and happy throughout the session. These trail sessions are wonderful for capturing sweet hand-holding shots and action shots of kids running down the trails.

I always have fun “chasing” my client families around on the trails at Abbey Nature Preserve. If this is your element, too, book with me today!

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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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