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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Another satisfied client has given yet another perfect rating. With a total of 114 five-star reviews (Google and Facebook combined) and nearly a decade of experience capturing joyful moments for families, I have transformed into a skilled and self-assured photographer. 😃⁠
"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.⁠
As we continue our existence on this planet, I firmly believe that our passions and sense of purpose become increasingly distinct. While some individuals discover it early on, for most of us, it is a convoluted path with clarity only arriving after various twists and turns in our journey. Now, at the youthful age of 46, I have finally glimpsed what truly brings me satisfaction and delight - supporting women.⁠
To me, supporting women entails presenting mothers with the photographs I capture of them alongside their families, instantly reminding them of their beauty as nurturing figures and their astonishing presence as the centerpiece of their families.⁠
It also involves empowering women to shed all self-doubt and embody the strong yet tender qualities they bring to the world through their professional endeavors. It has become evident to me that by showcasing women in my portraits as their authentic, stunning selves, they possess the ability to conquer any obstacle. Women are creators - we possess the ability to evoke beauty simply through the touch of our loving awareness. ⁠
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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.⁠
I have discovered a clear passion within me not only for crafting genuine portraits that capture the true essence of the subject in the present moment, but also for using this skill to uplift women. My focus is specifically on the fearless women who are embarking on their own entrepreneurial journeys.⁠
In light of this, I am pleased to announce the addition of new services to my professional photography portfolio! One of these offerings is personalized branding photography catered to women-owned small businesses.⁠
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I firmly believe that by supporting and empowering women, we actively contribute to the healing, growth, and evolution of our world.⁠

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