Where are you located?

I’m in Hampstead, but I serve all of the Wilmington area and will travel anywhere between Wilmington and Sneads Ferry for photo sessions. A travel fee may apply to locations outside of my travel area.

What exactly is lifestyle photography?

Lifestyle photography is a style of shooting that focuses on real life, true moments, and ultimately creates timeless art. Although I do minimal posing to get people into nice light and position, the magic happens when I say something like, “OK, now tickle each other!” With newborn lifestyle, I thrive on documenting the baby in their environment with parents and siblings. It is natural and sweet, without using a bunch of props or photoshop to achieve an unnatural looking photo. If my style is what you are looking for, read on!

When do newborn sessions take place?

My lifestyle newborn sessions usually take place when the baby is 1-4 weeks old. Because my lifestyle photography is more about documenting the real interactions between parent and baby, there is no strict timeframe for us to follow. If your baby has already passed the 4 week mark, don’t panic! My newborn sessions are applicable to babies up to 2 months old.

How do I schedule a newborn session?

I reserve your session on my calendar with your due date. I leave some space in my schedule to allow for early and late deliveries since it’s pretty unpredictable! Once the baby is born, shoot me an email and I will give you a few dates/times for you to choose from.

Where do newborn sessions take place?

The newborn session takes place in the comfort of your own home. Your house does not have to be perfect and spotless. I am a mom too–no judgements here! I can make any environment work as long as there is natural light.

What should I do to prepare for the session?

Turn up the heat! Having a warm shooting space makes it much more comfortable for baby when s/he’s undressed. Feedings and pacifiers are encouraged during the session to keep a happy baby and there is no strict time limit!

What should we wear?

It’s a personal choice! I like to suggest neutral colors, like navy, grey, cream, brown, plum, hunter, and black. Please avoid hot pink, bright orange, and any other neon colors– they reflect poorly onto skin tones! I think it looks best when adults wear solid colors so the focus is on the baby or kids. Try to avoid matching each other, instead try to compliment each other’s outfits. The most important thing is so feel comfortable and be yourselves!

Do I need any props for the session?

I prefer not to use any props because I want the focus to be on your sweet baby, not your sweet baby in a weird position in a basket. If you look at my galleries, you will see that my style is quite simple. I love using anything you have that is sentimental or meaningful to you, just make sure to let me know before we begin!

What happens if my baby is fussy the entire time?

Don’t worry!  I’m a mom myself, so I get it. Some babies are little angels and cooperate the entire session, while others might have an off day and need a little extra love. The end result is the same- beautiful pictures that document this special time in your life.

Where do family sessions take place?

Family sessions take place at a mutually agreed upon outdoor location or in the comfort of your own home. Some outdoor locations I recommend are the beaches along Topsail Island, Wrightsville Beach, Greenfield Park, Poplar Grove trails, and Wilmington Arboretum. I am always open to new locations and suggestions!

How long does a family session last?

The session usually lasts about 1 hour, depending on the mood of the kid(s).

We are awkward in photos. Can you help us?

Yes! I give a lot of direction during the photoshoot. I’ll tell you where to stand, where to look, and what to do. The more natural and relaxed you are, the better the photos will turn out.

How long after my session can I see my online gallery?

2 weeks after the session, I will email you the link to your online gallery where you can digitally download all your high resolution files. I also include a personalized app so you can show your photos off from your smartphone!

Are we able to print the digital files?

Yes! It is my job as the photographer to sort through your images and pick the best for my artisan edit. You will be able to digitally download those images in high resolution to share and print however you’d like.

Where do you recommend we get our photos printed?

I highly recommend using my professional printing lab. You can order prints, canvases, and albums and other custom-designed products directly through your gallery. They are gorgeous! Please (if you care about the quality and color of your photos) do not use the big box stores or drugstores for printing! They are cheap for a reason and the quality reflects that. If you would like to print on your own, I suggest you use Mpix.

This all sounds fantastic! How do we book a session?

I’m so excited to work with you! Please fill out the inquiry form on my contact page. Most sessions can be booked and confirmed over email. If would like to chat on the phone, please send an inquiry and we’ll set up a time to chat.

Lifestyle Family Newborn Maternity Photography

Serving Wilmington north carolina and surrounding areas

910.719.3633 hello@erikariggerphotography.com