HOLIDAY IN-HOME CAROLINA BEACH NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY | BABY ELLERIE

Mom and dad with newborn baby girl and dog on couch

The holidays and the cold weather tend to bring a unique kind of warmth into the homes of families. And what better way to welcome in a new life than into the coziness of Christmas time? This special season holds a certain kind of magic, which is what I aimed to capture in this holiday in-home Carolina Beach newborn photography session.

Sweet Holiday In-Home Session

From the jump, I knew this shoot was going to be something spectacular. This couple welcomed me into their gorgeous Carolina Beach home to meet their adorable daughter Ellerie as well as their super sweet four legged friend. The colors in their home were bright and neutral. As a result, the natural light flowing in from the windows beamed on a beautiful cozy winter scene. 

The Christmas tree was a perfect accent to this in-home newborn session. Positioned right next to a big and bright window, it gave us a gorgeous little holiday scene to work with. The colors on the tree worked in harmony with this couples’ beautiful attire. The ornaments and twinkling lights provided just the right amount of sparkle. 

New mom and dad with newborn baby during in-home photography session
Dad holding his newborn and mom holding hew newborn in front of a Christmas tree
Newborn baby girl with Christmas tree during photography session in Carolina Beach

The Magic of In-Home Photography Sessions

In-home newborn photography sessions can be intimidating. I like to remind families that the idea is to capture the way things are, and the way the family behaves, as candidly as possible. I never expect a home to be “perfect” and actually prefer that they aren’t. This way, the photographs have a real sense of familiarity and realness to them. It is a huge perk of having an in-home session. I may open up some curtains or move some distracting things out of a backdrop, but I want to keep the home feeling like what it is – yours. 

Newborn baby girl with family and nose to nose with dad during photography session

We finished off this holiday in-home Carolina Beach newborn photography session with some darling shots of Ellerie and her parents (and dog, of course!) snuggled up enjoying the coziness. I adore the way these parents gushed over their new baby. This session had a real softness to it. From the Christmas-time themes, to the textures and colors of the cozy home, to the sweet and loving expressions on these parents’ faces, capturing baby Ellerie was an absolute joy.

Family cudding with newborn baby girl in bed and on the couch

Since this shoot, I have returned for a family photo session and another newborn session with this wonderful family. It has been an honor to watch them grow.

Are you expecting? Now is a great time to book your newborn session to be sure you’ll remember the blur! Contact me for details.

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 is friendly, professional, talented  and responsive.  My husband and I were very happy with the fantastic images she captured of our growing family, and especially appreciated her willingness to accommodate special requests even when they proved challenging with a newborn.  I highly recommend Erika and look forward to working with her again in the future." - Melissa F.⁠
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Look at this beautiful little lady! I have been photographing this little girl and her family for years and it's such an honor to get to capture families as they grow. From being invited into my clients' homes to capture their tender moments with their newborn babies or special holiday photos around their Christmas trees, it is never something I take lightly. I feel trusted, valued and I thank my lucky stars for this beautiful work that I do and the amazing clients I get to serve. ⁠
The birth of my brother's first child has prompted me to reminisce about the precious moments when my own children were newly born. Their delightful fragrance, petite and squishy features, and undeniable cuteness overwhelmed me. Despite my exhaustion and the countless tasks that demanded my attention, I found it impossible to sleep when they did. Instead, I would observe their every movement, cherishing each second of that extraordinary period. I made a conscious effort to etch every detail into my memory. And now, as I reflect upon those times, it feels as though they occurred just yesterday, despite my sons now being 5 and 9 years old. Having children truly transports one into a time-warp, with time appearing to both slow down and pass by in an instant, leaving you astonished by their rapid growth.⁠
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