New Hanover Arboretum Whimsical Family Photos | The W Family

Grandma was coming to visit her grandkids TJ and Savanah and she wanted to get some great photos of her them while she was in town. She had a special garden setting in mind for this session, and so I recommended The New Hanover Arboretum. This lovely destination is a personal favorite and perfect for all kinds of sessions thanks to the variety of backgrounds. These New Hanover Arboretum to colorful flowers and trees that seem to bloom almost all year round! There is also a nice little pond with big koi and a precious little red bridge that goes over one end of the pond. Another favorite spot in the Arboretum is a small romantic garden temple, a Japanese Zen garden, a rose garden and a memorial garden, all of which give beautiful backgrounds for family photos.

During the session and after getting the posed shots out of the way, I gave the kids each a bottle of bubbles to play with. They were thrilled with the new entertainment and chased each other around while blowing bubbles. This gave me a great opportunity to capture them in action. Their dad even snuck into some of the photos! It was so sweet seeing TJ play with his little sister. He would hold her hand and show lots of love, just like a big brother should! I’m so happy to have been able to capture these moments not only for TJ and Savanah’s grandmother, but also for them when they are older. I know they will want to look back on these moments later in life.

Take a look at these New Hanover Arboretum whimsical family photos!

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New Hanover Arboretum Whimsical Family PhotosFamily at New Hanover ArboretumFamily sessions are by far a favorite of mine! As a photographer, I love being able to capture moments and memories that you can look back on in the years to come. If you’re looking for a family photographer to capture your family memories, contact me.

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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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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This family is just too sweet! You know what they say: three is a party, and these three kiddos definitely made this session feel like one. 
I love the energy that sibling dynamics bring to a session. They are the best kind of ornery, and it makes for some adorable shots and even better smiles.

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