Expecting a new baby is a beautiful time in every mother’s life. Even if the mom-to-be can’t feel the glow, it’s safe to say she looks the part. I was able to capture the excitement of this wonderful couples’ pregnancy in this natural Topsail Island maternity photography session.


These two lovely soon-to-be parents looked absolutely stunning for their evening-time maternity session, and the natural beachfront backdrop let their gorgeous attire shine. The sunset gave this natural maternity session a perfect feel. The whites and natural tones of the beach and of their home created a beautiful canvas for their wardrobe. And, obviously, for that wonderful baby bump! The smiles on their faces make it clear to anyone that they could not be more excited to meet their new baby. 

Topsail Island and the beach were a special and memorable place for this couple. With this maternity photography session, they wanted to make sure to remember this time in their lives. At the time of this shoot, they were gearing up to make a big move to Alaska, but wanted to treasure the days spent on the beach, as well as capturing this pregnancy. We were able to involve their four-legged friends for a nice walk on the beach. Clearly the dogs didn’t have any objections to this! Who wouldn’t want to take a nice stroll with their favorite humans on a gorgeous evening like this?

We ended this natural Topsail Island maternity photography session on the dock. This gave us a great view of the Intracoastal Waterway, and really added to the natural feel of this maternity shoot. I especially loved the way the cool tones of the water and the wooden pier complimented this mother-to-be’s dress. A maternity photography session wouldn’t be complete without a profile shot of that adorable baby bump. These parents adored each other, and they couldn’t be more ecstatic for their newest addition.


I was invited back to the beach a short time later to photograph this family in a newborn session. It was truly a pleasure to be able to capture their beautiful new baby in a place that was so near and dear to their hearts.

Maternity beach photography with expecting couple and two dogs
Maternity photography session with expecting mom and dad at Topsail Island
Maternity photography on the beach with parents and dogs at Topsail Island
Maternity session with mom and dad on dock at Topsail Island

Are you expecting? Now is a great time to book your maternity and newborn sessions to be sure you’ll remember the blur of new parenthood! 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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Benefits of tummy-time according to American Academy of Pediatrics as shared on⁠
-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
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.⁠
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!⁠
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.⁠
Words by: Mother Truths ( @mymothertruths)
I'm enjoying getting personal with y'all. Hope you don't mind!⁠
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. ⁠
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.⁠
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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