Hampstead NC Photography

You wouldn’t know it if you were just passing through, but Hampstead is a hidden gem and one of my favorite places in North Carolina for family portraits! I’ve reached out to a handful of really awesome local businesses that have allowed me to shoot at their locations.  One of these lovely businesses is Ash’s Japanese Maple Nursery, which I love to offer around mid-fall when the Japanese Maple Trees turn a variety of gold, yellow, red and orange colors. This rare sight only happens for a couple weeks out of the year before they lose their leaves for the winter!

Along with Ash’s Japanese Maple Nursery, I love to photograph at Carol Sue Farms u-pick blueberry and strawberry farm where the kids can enjoy a fun activity and are able to pick their own blueberries and strawberries! This is a super fun experience for the whole family and is a great way to have a storytelling family photo session. Not to mention, you’ll go home with a bunch of berries to enjoy later! The berries may not last long, but with an artfully captured photo session, the memories will last a lifetime.

Last but certainly not least, Pender Pines is another location on my list for beautiful Hampstead NC photography. This little plant nursery is filled with gorgeous greenery and a fishpond where the little ones love feed the fish and turtles! Inside their large greenhouse, they have macaws and various other types of parakeets and small birds that make a lot of noise and are fun to chat with. And that’s not all! Out way in the back, there are goats, llamas, and emus! That’s right, they have emu’s! It’s basically a mini petting zoo for the kids and a wonderful location to get some portraits of the family among all of the flowers and animals.

Recent Hampstead NC Photo Sessions

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Benefits of tummy-time according to American Academy of Pediatrics as shared on theBump.com:⁠
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-Practice for milestones like rolling over, sitting upright and crawling⁠
-Strengthens gross motor skills⁠
-Engages lesser-used muscle groups⁠
-Prevents plagiocephaly (aka flat head syndrome)⁠
-Helps baby master head control⁠
-Alleviates gas pain⁠
-Exposes baby to a different environment⁠
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Some babies love it and others not so much. Either way, it's good for them! How's it going for your baby or how did your babes like it? ⁠
“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! 🥰

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