How lucky am I to be able to spend my days helping welcome these new lives into the world? Meeting these babies and getting to experience the joys of new parenthood with the families I shoot truly never gets old. In this precious in-home Wilmington newborn photography session, I met Baby Parker.

This beautiful couple hired me for my Bump to Baby package. I first shot their maternity portraits on the beach in Surf City, N.C. After Parker’s arrival, I visited their Wilmington home for an in-home session.


Baby Parker was sleepy as ever, and as a result, napped through most of this session. If his parents were low on sleep, you’d never know it from the photos. They looked stunning, and were taking the blur of new parenthood in stride. Doing this shoot in-home meant that Parker could stay comfy and cozy throughout. There’s no doubt that being cuddled up in his mom and dad’s lap made for a nice nap. Nestled in his swaddle, it was time to get to work.

The home and Parker’s nursery were gorgeous, and made for a relaxing session. Their home was quite dark, designed perfectly for sleepy babies. Because of this, I opened up all the curtains in the house to provide as much natural light as possible. The result was the light pouring in from outside which gave this precious in-home newborn session the perfect sleepy mood.


These adoring parents had no problem conveying the unconditional love they have for their new baby. These days fly by in the blink of an eye. My goal for my newborn sessions is to capture the raw moments that new parents experience in the day-to-day. A touch of noses or a kiss on the forehead would normally be a moment that passes without a second thought, but these are the photos that bring out the sweetness of having a newborn. These photos will forever tell the story of the bond being built between parents and baby in their first few days as a family. 

Baby Parker will grow before his parents’ eyes. Before they know it, he will be a walking, talking ball of fire that will light up their life in all-new ways. My mission for this precious in-home Wilmington newborn photography session was to savor Parker at his tiniest. This way, above all, parents can look back on these photos to remember just how small and sweet their newest addition was in those first few days. One of the shots I love most from this session is Parker head-to-head with his dad. Fitting between his forehead and chest, it really encapsulates just how itty-bitty Parker is.

Newborn baby swaddled during photography session
Mom and Dad with newborn baby during photography session in Wilmington N.C.
Parents holding and kissing baby in nursery during in-home photography session
Baby with parents napping in the nursery
Loving parents with newborn baby boy in Wilmington home

Are you getting ready to welcome your newest addition? Now is a great time to book your newborn session, so you can always remember the blur of bringing home a new baby. 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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