Wrightsville Beach Twins Family Photos | The R Family

There’s nothing quite as awesome as the bond between siblings, especially when the siblings happen to be twins! This brother and sister duo was just seven years old and a blast to work with. They were so adorable and had no problem showing some brother/sister love during these Wrightsville Beach twins family photos! Typically, siblings at this age can be really silly about hugging or holding hands for photos. Not these two! The grandparents also joined in the fun for a couple photos as well for some fun family photos.

This family session was my first try at shooting near the south end of Wrightsville beach, but I couldn’t resist the magical setting. This awesome spot provides a unique experience with water surrounding the beach on almost all sides. This makes for stunning sunset sessions with pretty pink and orange hues in the sky. Taking advantage of this, we ended the shoot with a family stroll along the shore with a stunning sunset in the background!

Check out these stunning Wrightsville Beach twins family photos!

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Whether it’s for the kids or the whole family, it’s never a bad time to take advantage of the beautiful beaches of North Carolina. If you’re interested in setting up your next photo session, contact me today!

3 Things to do With Your Kids Before School Starts

August is finally here, and with it comes the back-to-school woes for the kids! But with still a few weeks left of summer break, it’s not too late for some last-minute summer fun. With plenty of things to do with your kids before school starts, here are a few of my musts!

Check out these 3 things to do with your kids before school starts!

1. Check out Bump & Beyond for cute and functional back-to-school supplies.

Get your kids lunch boxes, drinkware and backpacks for back to school at the Bump & Beyond in Wilmington NC

It’s time for back to school and you know what that means! Yes, time to gather school supplies. The Bump & Beyond is one of my favorite local shops and mom-community where I can purchase fun and functional gear for my little one. You name it and they have it! Visit The Bump & Beyond for cute backpacks, lunch boxes and more!

2. Visit the Raleigh-Durham Life & Science Museum!

One of the best things to do with your kids before school starts is take a mini vacation to the Life and Science Museum

If you’re looking for a quick getaway or a mini-vacation before school starts, the Raleigh-Durham Life & Science Museum is the place for you! With over 84-acres of fun things to discover, a two-story interactive science center, over 60 species of live animals and more makes this one of the best spots for family fun! Check out some of the feature exhibits like the magic wings butterfly house where the kids can walk with hundreds of tropical butterflies. If that’s not your cup of tea, check out the dinosaur trail exhibit where the whole family can discover life during the age of the dinosaurs! It’s a little over two hours from Wilmington, so I like to stay the night in Raleigh to get the most out of the visit.

3. Stop by Manta’s Cuts to clean up that summer shag.

Best back to school haircuts for kids are at Manta's Cuts Kids Salon in Wilmington NC

With school just around the corner and fall picture day top of mind, it’s the perfect time to get that summer shag cleaned up. Stop by Wilmington’s top kids salon, Manta’s Cuts for a fun and memorable experience for the kids! Manta’s Cuts was created by a local mother with two young boys who spent a ton of time researching and creating a unique children’s salon. Oh, and here’s a bonus: you can also get a cut and style while your kid plays on the indoor shipwreck!

Bonus–this one is just for you! Treat yourself to a massage or treatment at Ki Spa & Salon before the school year starts.

Leave the kids at home for this one–enjoy a massage at Ki in Wilmington NC to relax before the school season begins

Ok moms, before all of the back-to-school hustle and bustle starts, let’s not forget about you! Treat yourself to a massage or other spa treat at Wilmington’s Ki Spa and Salon! Trust me, you wont regret taking advantage of some sweet time to yourself before the school year fills up with parent nights, school plays, little league sports and more! You can even check out the Spa Promotions for a special discount on your visit!

Of course, with the fall season fast approaching, make sure you don’t forget about those cherished fall family photos for your holiday cards! If you’re interested in booking a fall family session, contact me to make it happen!

Wrightsville Beach Dreamy Family Photos | The F Family

This family lives just a couple hours away and booked me for these dreamy family photos at Wrightsville Beach. They brought along their two adorable girls, Eleanor and Aletta who loved the beach and were full of smiles during the entire session. Little Eleanor was turning three in just a few weeks, so mom brought a big balloon to add a special birthday theme to the session. This little addition was too cute and I loved the idea of celebrating little Eleanor! I enjoy when clients bring items or props that are important to them. It not only provides a fun spin on the photo session, but it also makes them extra special! Whether it’s a special family heirloom quilt to sit on, a bouquet of flowers for mom to hold or even a favorite stuffed animal, it can add a lot more meaning and personalization to the photos.

The weather was great and worked in our favor!  We were given a perfect evening for this shoot. We had just enough cloud coverage to diffuse the intense light from the setting sun. The soft light worked beautifully before we caught a stunning sunset in the background. The sky turned a beautiful orange and pink that looked lovely with the pinks and blues in their outfits and the light glistened beautifully on the water as the family skipped alongside the shoreline. So dreamy!

Take a look at these Wrightsville Beach dreamy family photos!

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Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a fun filled beachfront vacation, hiring a professional photographer to capture it all is a great way to share these moments! Be sure to Contact me today to set up your next family photo session.

Meet Ambar Gingerelli of Mama Bird Well Nest

Ambar and her family“Life can get crazy. Life as a mom can get crazier.” Ambar Gingerelli, creator of Mama Bird Well Nest said it best! As a mother myself, I can testify for the sometimes beautiful struggles that we have to go through raising our children. From the baby you once tenderly cradled, to the classic terrible twos and on to their toddler years, it’s hard to make time for yourself.

Meet Ambar Gingerelli of Mama Bird Well Nest!

mama bird well nest blog logoKnowing first hand the struggles that come with being a new mom, Ambar took to her blog to make sure other moms weren’t alone! Her passion lies in helping other moms find balance in their lives. She talks about all of the good, the bad and of course the ugly about motherhood. She also talks about how to manage it all while still caring for your little one AND yourself.

In her blog she covers topics from relationships and decluttering your home to stress management and morning routines. She infuses her advice with love and her priceless first-hand knowledge. When you check out her site, be sure to sign up for her email newsletter! Trust me, this is one you’ll look forward to reading every time! She’s so passionate about helping moms everywhere that she’s opened up a ton of different services to help moms all around the world.

Ambar of Mama Bird Well NestTo help new moms, Ambar offers private coaching and support for new moms. She also offers the new mama bird circle, a 6-week virtual experience for new moms! If you haven’t already, you should check out her Yoga for Mama Video series! This amazing yoga series offers 3 simple routines to keep you from feeling stressed and overwhelmed. With her help, you’ll learn how to feel calm and centered in less than 15 minutes a day! On top of that she knows a thing or two about essential oils and all the wonderful uses! Amber gives lots of great tips on her blog on how to best use essential oils. If you’re in the market, you can even purchase them directly through her.

If you haven’t already, take a look at her blog or visit her Facebook page to explore all of the different advice she has to offer to help moms find balance in their lives!

Sweet Newborn In-Home Photo Session | Baby Hatton

It was such a privilege to photograph little baby Hatton during this sweet newborn in-home photo session. All babies are beautiful miracles and this baby was a very special blessing to her family. The couple dreamed of having a little one. After going through a lot, they finally got their wish– little Hatton was a long time coming and her parents are beyond thrilled to finally have her in their arms!

Baby Hatton was very alert during most of the session and had the cutest little grumpy face when she wasn’t flashing me her elusive smile. Her nursery was decorated carefully with beautiful gifts from friends and family. This made for a very special and memorable in-home session. The home was beautiful, bright and airy making the perfect setting for an in-home newborn session. Dad was also a swaddle master! My heart melted watching him swaddle and calm little Hatton when she needed soothing. Congratulations to this beautiful family!

Take a look at this sweet newborn in-home photo session!

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sweet newborn in-home photo session in wilmington north carolinaIn-home newborn sessions can be a great way to tell the story of the beginning days of your new life as a family of three. Contact me today for more information or to book a session!


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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