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

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