My Favorite 3 Things About In-Home Newborn Sessions

My 3 Favorite Things About In-Home Newborn SessionsThere’s no time more beautiful and exciting than bringing your newborn home for the first time! This can also be a very stressful time as well and in the midst of everything you need to do, many new moms struggle to find time to make it to and from a studio for a newborn session. But the good news is, studio options aren’t the only way to capture moments of your newborn. As a photographer, my favorite shoots are in-home newborn sessions! If it’s not something you’ve considered before, you’ll want to take a look at my favorite 3 things about in-home newborn sessions!

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Here are my favorite 3 things about in-home newborn sessions

I love how intimate the sessions are

Getting to know my clients is one of the best parts of my photo sessions! When they allow me into their home, I have pretty much a front-row seat to witnessing the precious moments with the newest member of their family.

By bringing the photo session to my clients in the comfort of their own home, I’m able to capture some of the most intimate and pure moments that would be near impossible to get in a studio. Think of the moments you spend simply holding your child or rocking them to sleep in the nursery you spent so much time decorating to the last detail. These aren’t things that can be replicated in a studio setting.

mom and dad enjoying their newborn baby

The setting

Photos are for tomorrow, not today. Welcoming a newborn home is one of the most precious moments in life and the setting is almost just as important as the people in the photos. In-home sessions allow me to capture the sweet bonding moments between you and your child. It’s much different from a studio session, and the result will bring you much more than an artful photograph of the first days with your sweet pea.

It’s hard to think about years down the road when you’re wrapped up in the now with your precious little one, but years later when you look at photos from your in-home newborn session, you’ll not only enjoy recalling just how your little one smelled, looked and sounded through the photos, but also how your home felt and what the nursery you spent so much time working on looked like. Items you used that are now heirlooms like the rocking chair, a knitted blanket made by grandma, the teddy bear that was once yours, all frozen in time. The whole experience will come flooding back as you flash back through the years.

mommy and daughter during the newborn photo session

The atmosphere is relaxing

Bringing your newborn home is one of the most beautiful and exciting things in life. But it can also be extremely exhausting. After all of the excitement of welcoming your baby to the world, the abundant postpartum hormones tend to make you extra emotional and maybe not feeling ready to go out anywhere. Your life has just been turned upside-down and perhaps you’re not really feeling like leaving your comfort zone. Don’t worry; I’ve been there too!

But through all of the stress that comes with motherhood, you still want to capture the moments with your newborn, as these are days that will fly by. The good news is, your newborn photo session doesn’t have to be stressful and you really don’t even have to leave your house! By bringing newborn sessions to your home, you can feel more at ease in the place you in your own space, dress comfortably and truly enjoy the new addition to your family. The atmosphere of an in-home session will allow you and your newborn to interact naturally with no added stress to you.

I see it as an honor to witness these sweet moments and I truly love every second of it! If you’re considering an in-home session for you and your newborn, contact me to set up a session.

Celebrating the Bump with Poplar Grove Rustic Maternity Photos

These Poplar Grove rustic maternity photos were super special! With the help of mom’s hubby, the shoot was a special surprise. While I generally communicate directly with the mom-to-be before the sessions, it was wonderful working with her husband, Wade on this gift for her! On top of all that goodness, he even booked my Bump-to-Baby package, which means that I will also have the opportunity to photograph their little sweat pea once she makes her arrival!

Not only was this session very special for our mom-to-be, but the location was a perfect match for this couple! This was my first time booking the entire grounds at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC. We had the entire place to ourselves during the evening hours. The location is a beautiful old plantation with horses, various barns, a gorgeous gazebo and gardens surrounding the house!

Celebrating the Bump with Poplar Grove Rustic Maternity Photos

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Poplar Grove Rustic Maternity PhotosPhoto sessions can be great gift ideas or a wonderful way to treat yourself! If you’re interested in booking a photo session, contact me today.

New Hanover Arboretum Whimsical Family Photos | The W Family

Grandma was coming to visit her grandkids TJ and Savanah and she wanted to get some great photos of her them while she was in town. She had a special garden setting in mind for this session, and so I recommended The New Hanover Arboretum. This lovely destination is a personal favorite and perfect for all kinds of sessions thanks to the variety of backgrounds. These New Hanover Arboretum to colorful flowers and trees that seem to bloom almost all year round! There is also a nice little pond with big koi and a precious little red bridge that goes over one end of the pond. Another favorite spot in the Arboretum is a small romantic garden temple, a Japanese Zen garden, a rose garden and a memorial garden, all of which give beautiful backgrounds for family photos.

During the session and after getting the posed shots out of the way, I gave the kids each a bottle of bubbles to play with. They were thrilled with the new entertainment and chased each other around while blowing bubbles. This gave me a great opportunity to capture them in action. Their dad even snuck into some of the photos! It was so sweet seeing TJ play with his little sister. He would hold her hand and show lots of love, just like a big brother should! I’m so happy to have been able to capture these moments not only for TJ and Savanah’s grandmother, but also for them when they are older. I know they will want to look back on these moments later in life.

Take a look at these New Hanover Arboretum whimsical family photos!

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New Hanover Arboretum Whimsical Family PhotosFamily at New Hanover ArboretumFamily sessions are by far a favorite of mine! As a photographer, I love being able to capture moments and memories that you can look back on in the years to come. If you’re looking for a family photographer to capture your family memories, contact me.

North Topsail Family Vacation Photos | The S Family

The whole family of 13 gathered for these North Topsail family vacation photos and it was a blast! Grandma, Grandpa, their 4 sons and their families all came out for a gorgeous sunset beach session. One of the sons had four daughters and the other had one little boy. This lead to a ton of playfulness on the beach!

Knowing that I was going to be entertaining 5 little ones, we tried something a little different to keep them interested. I brought a bag full of balloons to entertain the kids. Before doing some posed family shots at the beginning, I told the kids that I had a treat for them. Good news, bribery totally works! When we were finished up with some awesome family shots, I gave them the balloons and they loved it! They took the balloons and had a blast playing with them in the tide pools which gave me the opportunity to capture some fun candid shots of everyone laughing and enjoying a gorgeous evening on the beach. These are memories that I know this family will enjoy forever and I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to capture that for them.

Check out these North Topsail family vacation photos!

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Familly at North Topsail beachmom dad and kids at north carolina beachfamily vacation photos at the beachHave you ever considered hiring a professional to capture your family vacation memories? Contact me to learn more or to set up a session!

5 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Wilmington NC this Summer

Summer is here and if you’re like me, I’m sure you’re looking to enjoy the kids and find fun things to do in and around Wilmington. Well the good news is, there are plenty of fun activities in the area to check out!

Here are 5 kid-friendly things to do in Wilmington NC this summer!

Defy Gravity for when it gets too hot out and kids have a lot of energy

Check out DefyGravity, a fun trampoline park in Wilmington! This fun park features a variety of trampoline activities for the little ones. They’ll have a blast with activities like the ultimate ninja course, trampoline dodge ball and much more!

Girl Jumping in Defy Gravity in Wilmington, NC

Enjoy nature and wildlife on a paddleboat on Greenfield Lake

With over 250 acres of stunning park area, Greenfield Park is one of the best spots for outdoor activities. Take the kids to Greenfield Lake on a paddleboat this summer and enjoy the beautiful waters that wind through the area! What better way to enjoy the kids than a fun adventure on the water? Paddle your way through the park area and enjoy spotting the abundant wildlife that frequents the area.

Cool off with a $1 movie

Take advantage of a $1 movie at Regal this summer! The Movie Express program at Regal Movie theaters runs for 9 weeks during the summer and offers just $1 for admission each Tuesday and Wednesday. To top it off, while you’re enjoying your $1 movie with the kids, you’ll be happy to know that a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute!

Splash Pad at Hugh MacRae Park

Treat the kids to the Hugh MacRae Park playground and Splash Pad! There’s no better way to cool off this summer than making a splash at this summer hotspot. The park features 2,700 square feet of fun water activities and a nearby playground with tons of fun activities for the kids including a zip slide, rock n raft, and merry go all!

Enjoy a walk/hike at Abbey Nature Preserve

Get the kids outside this summer to enjoy some fresh air and mother nature! Abbey Nature Preserve is a perfect place to take the kids for a walk or hike. The park features easy trails that lead around the park and to a small pond and finishes where you started for a complete loop. The park is filled with beautiful deciduous forestry with a large variety of plants and trees. You can even turn this adventure into a fun learning experience by having the kids point out the different types of plants and trees!  Pro tip: Be sure to bring some bug spray!

a hike in the Abbey Trails Nature Preserve in Wilmington, NC

Have you ever considered hiring a photographer to capture a fun day with you and the kids? Contact me if you’d like to chat about photo options this summer!


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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