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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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!

Wrightsville Beach Lifestyle Family Photos | The G Family

What better way to capture memories than to have a beach photoshoot with family? That’s what Patty and Mike did to celebrate their son Matt, daughter Marissa, son-in-law Ben, and grandkids Hudson and Parker during their North Carolina visit! To make the memories extra special, we set up on the south end of stunning Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

The two grandkids, Parker and especially 3-year-old Hudson were a blast to keep up with! Hudson was especially playful which was a great addition to this session. He even jumped in the water, clothes and all! Parker, the little one, on the other hand was only 9 months and couldn’t join in on the water fun but was all smiles during the session!

Wrightsville Beach is a stunning destination and made for the perfect spot for family photos! The beach is surrounded by water, abundant with flowing beach grass and best of all, the sunsets over the blue waters go unmatched! We stayed out late enough to capture one of these sunsets, and it didn’t disappoint. Thanks to a fun family and a beautiful destination, I was able to capture memories for the family that will last for generations.

Check out these Beautiful Wrightsville Beach Lifestyle Family Photos

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What are some of your favorite family memories? My passion as a photographer is capturing moments like these that will last a lifetime! Contact me today to set up your next family photo session!

Celebrating an Anniversary with Greenfield Lake Family Portraits | The E Family

I was blessed to have had the opportunity to spend the evening with this lovely couple and their family at Greenfield Lake in NC. Walter and Katherine’s son, Bryan and his Michelle and kids came all the way from Chapel Hill, NC to celebrate their anniversary. And of course, I was there to capture it all!

We spent a beautiful evening at Greenfield Lake Park and had some magical lighting from the setting sun, an enchanting lake and Spanish Moss hanging from the trees. Although, most of my clients are families with young children and running around tickling each other wasn’t the best option, we still had a blast! We all took a nice stroll through the park and stopped at some of the many photo-worthy spots along the way. The result? Some awesome candid shots of the whole family and some lovely keepsake photos for Walter and Katherine!

Take a look at these beautiful Greenfield Lake family portraits!

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Do you have a special family occasion you’d like to have professionally and artfully captured? Contact me today and let’s make it happen!


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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