Capturing Intimate Moments: Personalized Engagement, Small Event, and Wedding Photography

Intimate moment of bride and groom sharing their first dance

Welcome to my corner of the photography world, where love, joy, and heartfelt connections come to life. I am thrilled to offer my photography services for your engagement, small event, and wedding coverage. Through my lens, I strive to create timeless memories by capturing intimate moments of you and your loved ones.

Unveiling the Intimate Moments of Small Events

Man on one knee proposing to woman during surprise engagement photography session

In a world filled with grandiose celebrations, there is something truly magical about intimate gatherings and small events. Whether it’s an intimate wedding, a cozy engagement, or a surprise celebration, these occasions hold a unique charm. I firmly believe that we should treasure these intimate moments just as much as we do their larger counterparts. That’s why I have chosen to specialize in capturing the beauty of these smaller-scale events.

A Personalized Approach to Photography

Bride smiling at groom during intimate small wedding photographed by Erika Rigger

My photography philosophy revolves around the idea of creating a personal and comfortable experience for every client. Moreover, I understand the weight of your special day and the value that lies in discovering a photographer whose style aligns with your unique vision. By integrating these key elements, my goal is to ensure a seamless and tailored journey, capturing unfiltered moments that resonate deeply with your heart and soul.

Couple on beach smiling during intimate engagement session

Just as I do in my family sessions, I encourage a relaxed atmosphere during engagements and small events. This allows you to be fully present in the joyous occasion. This approach enables me to capture genuine emotions, candid interactions, and the unscripted moments that make your event truly unique.

The Perks of Lifestyle Photography

Happy couple smiling during engagement photography session

Lifestyle photography is the heart and soul of my work. Instead of orchestrating stiff poses, I document the true essence of your event. By blending into the background, I become an observer, capturing the organic moments that unfold naturally. In essence, lifestyle photography encapsulates the spirit of your small event, forming a story that reflects the depth of your love, connection, and shared experiences. Consequently, these unfiltered images serve as an eternal keepsake, enabling you to joyfully relive and cherish those precious memories for years to come.

Celebrating Unfiltered Joy

Unfiltered picture of bride and groom laughing as he dips her

One of the greatest perks of engagement and small wedding photography is the ability to celebrate unfiltered joy. By focusing on the genuine emotions and candid interactions, I ensure that your photos represent your unique story.

A bride and groom during a small beach wedding ceremony

Every smile, tear, and laughter becomes a piece of art, filled with heartfelt sentiment. Through my lens, I aim to freeze the purest expressions of love, capturing intimate moments that make your event truly extraordinary.

Bride and bridesmaid during intimate small wedding

If you are seeking personalized photography for your engagement, small event, or wedding, I would be honored to be a part of your special day. Contact me and let’s embark on this journey together, where we create memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

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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, lover of backyard gardening, candles, chocolate and Amazon Prime.

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“Erika was great with our kids and overall it was a laidback experience. Although both the weather and our small kids were somewhat uncooperative, Erika took some beautiful pictures which made a great use of the beach landscape and light. Highly recommended.” - Emily R.⁠
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I’m blushing! It’s comments like this one that keep me going, and few things make me happier or motivate me more than happy clients. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t read them on my more challenging days. And, Emily, the feeling is mutual—you were a dream to work with!⁠
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Thinking about booking a family photography session? You can find out more on my website! All the info you need is in the link in bio!⁠
Oh, how I'd love to go back to those first weeks and months. I was ever-present, yet never really there at all.⁠
My head was elsewhere, caught up in all the shoulds, in the baby books, the apps, the impossible schedules; all the perceived perfections of motherhood that felt so at odds with what you were telling me you needed.⁠
I followed my heart every single time. But never with conviction. Always apologetically as though I were somehow giving in. Not doing it right.⁠
I fought it. Like a quiet war. It was exhausting.⁠
I'd love to go back and mother that version of you, but as this version of me; the mum I am today. ⁠
More relaxed, more rested, more sure, no longer seeking approval, embracing the fact that I will be happily rocking my boy to sleep until he doesn't need it anymore.⁠
It's not just our babies that grow.⁠
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Words by: Mother Truths ( @mymothertruths)
I'm enjoying getting personal with y'all. Hope you don't mind!⁠
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Five years ago, I would not be able to imagine that I would be living the life I am now. There have been twists and turns for sure, and some of the challenges have been grueling to say the least, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I'm talking illness, surgery, major lifestyle changes, major personal life changes. The kind of stuff that makes you look back and not even recognize who you were. ⁠
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I have come so far and now have the clarity of mind to see how everything that has happened in my life has made me the person I am today. And I truly love who I have become through it all. What’s something positive or seemingly negative that happened in your personal life in the past five years that you didn’t see coming and that has built you up to be the badass you are today?⁠
Whenever I’m feeling stuck, I write in a journal—just a stream of consciousness, whatever crosses my mind goes on the page. Almost every time, I notice the same pattern: fear of judgment. My inner critic is telling me that no one will like what I do.⁠
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When that happens, I try to remind myself to play my own greatest hits. I make a list of the times when I did work I was proud of, made a client happy, or got positive feedback—anything that contradicts the judgmental  voice in my head. It helps me to move forward without fear. We all have that voice in our heads. The trick is to recognize it, not believe it, and put that imposter syndrome back in its place.
I am so grateful that I can do what I love as my job. Thank you to all of my clients for the ongoing love and support. I am lucky to have each and every one of you! 🥰
Something I'm continuously working on both in my personal and professional life is this: It's easy to get wrapped up in the future or the past, but living in the moment is a key to happiness. And not just living through the moment, but appreciating it.⁠
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When you're appreciating the moment, you're fully engaged in what's happening around you, and you're not letting your thoughts about the past or future distract you from the present.⁠
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One of the reasons I absolutely LOVE my work is that when I'm focused on capturing THE MOMENT, I have no choice but to be observing it, appreciating it, and noticing all the details of it. It's meditative. ⁠
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On a daily basis, living in and appreciating the moment can be a difficult thing to do, but it's definitely worth it. There are a few things you can do to help you live in the moment.⁠
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One is to practice mindfulness. This means being aware of your thoughts and feelings and accepting them without judgment. When you're mindful, you're more likely to be in the present. You can also practice gratitude, which is being thankful for the things you have in the present moment. Like, everything can seem like it's working against you. But stop. Look around. What do you have right now that is working for you? It can be as simple as being grateful that you have two arms and two legs that allow you to get things done. Or that you have a delicious cup of coffee to sip on. Or that you can easily go outside and fill your lungs with air. ⁠
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When you focus on the good things in your life, you're less likely to worry about the future or dwell on the past. That's what I've been working on. How about you? How do you stay present?

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