Erika Rigger PhotographyExcellentErika Rigger Photography5.0 Based on 102 reviews fromSee all reviewsAshley RezkAshley Rezk ★★★★★ Erika was very helpful and I received the pictures in a timely manner. Outstanding work!!Ruth FinchRuth Finch ★★★★★ I just want to say what a wonderful job Erika did with my branding photography! Not only do I love my pictures, it was just a wonderful experience. She knew exactly what to do and how pleasant she was in asking me to do different poses. Thank you, Erika! I loved it and everything turned out perfect!Fatou FatouFatou Fatou ★★★★★ I did a mentoring session with Erika and it was very informative.
I highly recommend her for her professionalism and knowledge.
Jordan SmithJordan Smith ★★★★★ Erika did newborn photos for us and we could not be happier! She was so easy to communicate with before the session. Day of the shoot our baby was fussy and she was so patient with her and was not in a rush. She provided us with a huge album of beautiful photos we will cherish forever. You don't need to look any further for a photographer!Brittany LeeBrittany Lee ★★★★★ Erika did my maternity shoot on the beach and did an excellent job. She was great about working around schedules/locations, keeping us informed, and the photos came out beautifully. She knows how to work the camera angles to get the best photos in the sun, surf, etc. and recommends great ideas. I felt she was priced fairly and reasonably and is definitely recommended!Brittany MelsonBrittany Melson ★★★★★ Erika did my maternity shoot on the beach and did an excellent job. She was great about working around schedules/locations, keeping us informed, and the photos came out beautifully. She knows how to work the camera angles to get the best photos in the sun, surf, etc. and recommends great ideas. I felt she was priced fairly and reasonably and is definitely recommended!Brice AlexanderBrice Alexander ★★★★★ Received our pictures and to say we are obsessed is an understatement. Erika did a wonderful job. We will definitely be using her again, next time we are in Wilmington!Brittany Dickinson ChenBrittany Dickinson Chen ★★★★★ We recently used Erika for some family beach photos. She did an excellent job! She suggested a great location, did a wonderful job handling all our different family members (a toddler to great grandparents) and the photos turned out beautiful. Would definitely recommend her!B HarshB Harsh ★★★★★ We absolutely love the photos Erika took of our family while we were vacationing in Topsail! Despite a weather delay and a very windy day, Erika was able to capture our family perfectly and exceed our expectations. Highly recommend her to anyone looking for photos in the Topsail area!Bekka Painter HarshBekka Painter Harsh ★★★★★ We absolutely love the photos Erika took of our family while we were vacationing in Topsail! Despite a weather delay and a very windy day, Erika was able to capture our family perfectly and exceed our expectations. Highly recommend her to anyone looking for photos in the Topsail area!Amanda DillonAmanda Dillon ★★★★★ We aren’t from the area, and I had found Erika online to take some family beach photos on our vacation. She loves what she does, and you can tell by how gracefully she works. She was incredibly fun to work with, and her pictures are absolutely beautiful. And I appreciate her patience and flexibility around my fussy 3 year old! Thanks Erika! ☺️Drew HinesDrew Hines ★★★★★ We were very happy with our experience with Erika. She took her time with our family and made sure each shot was just right. It was a delightful experience and now we have pictures that will last a lifetime!Sarah RhoadsSarah Rhoads ★★★★★ Erika did a fantastic job of capturing our family. She was really good with our son and got him to cooperate and have fun at the same time. The pictures are everything we wanted and more! Highly recommend her and she will be our go to photographer from now on.D’yana PaciosD’yana Pacios ★★★★★ I found Erika to take photos for our beach trip since we would have both sets of grandparents together. She captured beautiful memories for us! She worked great with my two year old son and he is smiling in every picture. I highly recommend her! Thank you againKathleen CarsonKathleen Carson ★★★★★ Erika is an amazing photographer. . She was so professional and captured wonderful pictures of our family that we will cherish forever. We had 6 adults and 6 young children and she managed it all very well. We would definitely use her again. Thank you Erika!Ashley HansonAshley Hanson ★★★★★ Erika is a beautiful Soul! She was so nice and worked with my family to capture our last pregnancy. I could cry with how amazing the photos turned out. Seriously if you are local. Use her for your photos you WONT regret it!!R. Sharpe Social Studies EducationR. Sharpe Social Studies Education ★★★★★ Erika does fantastic work with the final album. We scheduled a family session on the beach, and she did an amazing job getting our two-year old to focus. Though summer is a busy season for her business, she kept us updated on the status of our final edited album, and personalized our pictures. Highly recommended for those with young children and family photo sessions on the beach.Brittany RivenbarkBrittany Rivenbark ★★★★★ Erika shot a newborn session for us and we just did a six month session with her too. Both times she was extremely patient and accommodating. She’s also very easy to talk to and she makes the whole process fun. Her suggestions were great and she was able to get the shot every time. All of our pictures have turned out great. I could not recommend her more. We can’t wait for our one year session!Jennifer EllisonJennifer Ellison ★★★★★ It has been on my bucket list to have a family portrait at the beach so I started to look for options when we made our vacation reservations. I happened upon Erika’s website and what a blessing to have found her! She was a complete professional and I now have photos of my beloved family that I will forever cherish. I could not be more pleased with the work she did! Thank you Erika!Kristina LaVecchia SmithKristina LaVecchia Smith ★★★★★ Erika was wonderful to work with. She captured beautiful maternity pictures as well as when our little one arrived. She had great suggestions for location to give us the exact background we were looking for. Our newborn photos were done in home, so it was a laid back experience as new parents. She does her thing and finds the perfect lighting and poses for amazing pictures. Would definitely recommend having Erika capture the beauty of your family.Brandon DobsonBrandon Dobson ★★★★★ Angela BuchholzAngela Buchholz ★★★★★ Love love love Erika! She was so accommodating and patient with us. She was fun and out pictures turned out so well. I am telling everyone I know to call her. So happy with her work. ❤️Sarah RobinsonSarah Robinson ★★★★★ Erika photographed my large immediate family, including siblings and their families while we vacationed in Surf City. She is so talented! Our photos turned out even better than we imagined and it is clear she loves what she does. I am impressed by her efficiency in photographing all of us, as individual families, as couples, as a large group and then dozens of cousin groupings, all within the beautiful “golden hour”light. She commanded the attention of even the littlest children and the proof is in the gorgeous, laughing, smiling, perfectly candid photographs. She captured the love and life within our memories from our vacation and we are so grateful.Nicholas MazzoneNicholas Mazzone ★★★★★ An easy going experience. Erika is very enthusiastic and was amazing with our 3 year old. Pictures turned out amazing with high quality photo finishing. We plan on using her again next year!Kristie DandeneauKristie Dandeneau ★★★★★ Our pictures came out really nice despite the insane winds on the beach! Erika was quick to respond, friendly, fully present during our session and great with our kids.Meghan JohelMeghan Johel ★★★★★ Erika was amazing to work with! She met our family at a beach near Wilmington we were staying at. Beforehand, she fully prepared me for a photo shoot with 10 people and how to get everyone there on time and feeling their best! During the shoot, she was amazing! She was funny, nice, professional, and everything you would want in a photographer. She made it fun, got pictures of our extended family including 4 children (3 babies!) and captured life lasting pictures that we will cherish for years to come.Shauna DryeShauna Drye ★★★★★ Erika is wonderful, we had a large family ages 9 months to 69 years old. She was able to capture such beautiful shots. THANK YOU for making this happen for my mom, she has been wanting family pictures for forever.Erin StephanErin Stephan ★★★★★ White FamilyWhite Family ★★★★★ Our multi generational family of 15 had a fantastic experience with Erika. She came right to our beach house and took some truly fabulous photos. She was extremely friendly and worked great with the smaller children making it a fun experience for them.Tammy BrockmanTammy Brockman ★★★★★ We were vacationing from Ohio and wanted to have multigenerational family beach pics done while we were there. I honestly had NO idea where to start. I am beyond grateful to have found Erika! She was quick to respond to communications and provided a ton of information prior to the session that made preparation a breeze. She kept the shoot relaxed and the grandkids entertained, while making sure to capture just what I was looking for. Even my husband said it was actually fun! I just cannot say enough good things about our experience, it was wonderful from start to finish. Contact her - you will be so glad you did!K BicerliK Bicerli ★★★★★ Erika did an amazing job on your family photos. She was great to communicate with before our session and she was very professional during our beach photos. She made all of us feel at ease and she was absolutely wonderful with our kids. I would definitely work with her again if we vacation in the area again! I recommend her to anyone!Mandy Mike HealeyMandy Mike Healey ★★★★★ Erika captured beautiful images of our family- even with a difficult 20 month old running wild on the beach! She was calm, professional and fun to work with. We will cherish these photos for years to come.Tiffany HarrimanTiffany Harriman ★★★★★ Update: We have now had Erika photograph our family four times and she does not disappoint! She perfectly captures our family with beautiful photos. Her photos are timeless. I highly recommend Erika!!!Erika has now taken our maternity photos, newborn photos, and one year photos for our family and has done an AMAZING job each time! She is so easy to work with, quick to respond, and so personable. I highly recommend Erika!! You will not be disappointed!!Kelly Southerland KelleyKelly Southerland Kelley ★★★★★ My husband and I recently had our maternity pictures with Erika and needless to say she did an amazing job!! We are so pleased! We are so ready to meet our little one and have her take his newborn pictures as well!Allison BarleyAllison Barley ★★★★★ Erika is amazing! We have now used her a few times for our family photos and special family moments! She is so easy to communicate with, is very professional but personable, as a photographer should be!She captures our family perfectly every time. She is able to make everyone comfortable and make our kids personalities shine! Erika gets beautiful family portraits and candid shots, which are my favorite! She has a great eye and our photos are always beautiful even in the midst of the chaos of wrangling children! We will definitely continue using her for all our family photos, she is the best and I can't recommend her enough!Tashreeqa McEwanTashreeqa McEwan ★★★★★ Once again, an amazing experience all round! About a year ago, Erika captured my son's preschool photos. We loved them so much, we knew we had to have her do our family portraits. The whole session, from start to finish was so much fun and we all felt so comfortable throughout. Needless to say, the portraits came out beautifully!Jessica HJessica H ★★★★★ We couldn't be happier with how our maternity and newborn photos turned out! Erika is an amazing photographer. She is professional, gives you great information before your shoot about what to expect, what to wear, etc., and she has beautiful visions for photos. We will definitely be using her again in the future!Audrey AtkinsonAudrey Atkinson ★★★★★ Courtney Faber & Winston WestCourtney Faber & Winston West ★★★★★ I am so happy our research led us to Erika for our maternity photos. She was absolutely wonderful to work with. She made us feel at ease when both my wife and I are slightly awkward picture takers, and because of this our photos turned out beautiful. Erika is definitely a pro at finding the best scenery and lighting shots and we can’t even narrow down our favorites! We are looking forward to having her capture our newborn photos once baby arrives!!Whitney SmithWhitney Smith ★★★★★ I do not even know where to begin with how grateful I was to be referred to Erika for newborn pictures! Her upbeat attitude, friendly personality, and professionalism made it feel so natural. I was having issues finding someone with the right style and capturing the simplicity of our family in a photo. When I saw my friends maternity photos I knew immediately I wanted her to do my newborns! We hesitated for a moment to do in home -with me being a nurse, Covid, and having a premie baby but Erika wore a mask the entire time and I felt at ease with her in our home. I received our pictures today within the 2 week time frame as promised and they are flawless. I highly recommend her!!Whitney SmithWhitney Smith ★★★★★ I do not even know where to begin with how grateful I was to be referred to Erika for newborn pictures! Her upbeat attitude, friendly personality, and professionalism made it feel so natural. I was having issues finding someone with the right style and capturing the simplicity of our family in a photo. When I saw my friends maternity photos I knew immediately I wanted her to do my newborns! We hesitated for a moment to do in home -with me being a nurse, Covid, and having a premie baby but Erika wore a mask the entire time and I felt at ease with her in our home. I received our pictures today within the 2 week time frame as promised and they are flawless. I highly recommend her!!Kelly FelkerKelly Felker ★★★★★ Erika was professional, organized and provided a lot of information prior to the photo session to make it successful. She was on-time and worked well with our family. I would highly recommend Erika Rigger for your beach photos!Nanette LaveryNanette Lavery ★★★★★ Erika did an amazing job of capturing special moments during our recent photo shoot. She made "herding" four children (5 and under), two sets of grandparents along with six sets of parents look like an easy task! Erika's ability to organize, all of us, along with taking pictures was nothing less than amazing. When we received our gallery, (which arrived days earlier than projected), tears were flowing at the moments she caught of the kids and adults. When it is time to schedule our next family beach photos, we will call Erika again!Carly CampbellCarly Campbell ★★★★★ Erika was great to work with! Our maternity and newborn pictures turned out AMAZING. We will use her for all future photography needs. Her prices are great and she is very talented at what she does!Annie SpinneweberAnnie Spinneweber ★★★★★ Erika is fantastic! She is creative, artistic, and was so patient with our little ones. We will treasure the photos that she took forever. Family photos are the absolute best use of money when you do them with Erika. We enjoyed the entire process and can’t wait to go back to Topsail Island next year and have Erika take annual family portraits!Emily RostlundEmily Rostlund ★★★★★ 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.Adrienne BarnhartAdrienne Barnhart ★★★★★ We had such an amazing time as a family capturing memories that we will have a life time. 3 generations just having fun and getting our pictures taken. COVID-19 may have changed our lives but we found away to capture this time together as a family. Thank you so much for our wonderful pictures! Totally recommend Erika if you are in the area.Samantha SolterSamantha Solter ★★★★★ Erika is so talented and such an angel. Our newborn session turned out even more beautiful than I imagined! What felt like a wild few hours with 2 kids under 2 came out looking flawless. I don’t know how she does it! Your photographer search ends here!Deanna JohnsonDeanna Johnson ★★★★★ Emily KatzmanEmily Katzman ★★★★★ Erika was so great to work with! Our family sometimes suffers from “awkward family photo” syndrome and Erika made us feel so at ease and natural. The photos felt like us. She captured our genuine emotion and the stage of life we are in with our boys. So happy with our experience and photos!Megan TresslerMegan Tressler ★★★★★ Best school pictures I’ve ever seen! She really captures my son’s personality just like she described. Definitely recommend!M ButtgereitM Buttgereit ★★★★★ Erika is amazing! She captures the true essence of a person including my mischievous little guy. You will not be disappointed! A+ in working with children...that can be a hard feat in photography!Shanna ToczekShanna Toczek ★★★★★ I am absolutely in love with my daughters school pictures. It is almost impossible to get my 2 year old to look and smile at the camera. She somehow did that plus capture her sweet personality. We will treasure these pictures.Megan MullinsMegan Mullins ★★★★★ Erika did an amazing job with the photos she took of my family and I’m thrilled with the results. We’ll definitely be working with her again in the future!C MorrisonC Morrison ★★★★★ We wanted pictures taken at the beach while we were in town for family vacation and found Erika through a google search. The reviews are spot on! She is extremely approachable, flexible and fun to work with. She was so patient with our stubborn 2 yr old and was able to capture some wonderful photos! We would definitely love to use her to capture more memories in the years to come.Chris RuppChris Rupp ★★★★★ Erika was absolutely amazing. I was somewhat hesitant for a professional newborn shoot but my wife talked me into it, and after she left I told her it was worth every dollar. She spent a ton of time with us, was super patient and so easy to work with for the entire time. Not to mention the actual photos came out awesome!! Highly recommend.Melissa McHughMelissa McHugh ★★★★★ She was fantastic to work with and the photos were just gorgeous!Maggie BlackhamMaggie Blackham ★★★★★ We loved Erika! She was professional and easy to talk to during our in Home Newborn Session. I am in LOVE with the pictures she captured. Very natural and a perfect way to look back on those first few days as a new little family. Would defiantly recommend 👏Lourdes BestLourdes Best ★★★★★ Erika is professional, creative and so fun. She has a way of bringing out your relaxed, natural self and then captures it with her photography. I love her focus on eyes and expression. I am very happy with my pictures. Thanks Erika!!Amanda KnauffAmanda Knauff ★★★★★ Erika made our family session very relaxing and natural! Love the mix of shots she got. She rocked it even at 8 months pregnant! Would definitely recommend her.Erin JacobsmaErin Jacobsma ★★★★★ Erika was fantastic and patient with our fussy little newborn! She was able to calm him down and created beautiful pictures of our new baby boy.Allison Mackintosh BarleyAllison Mackintosh Barley ★★★★★ Erika did an amazing job on our family photos! We wanted to document our daughter turning one and Erika went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied. She was very easy to communicate with and has a very organized business. She is very professional but at the same time very fun! She did a great job making us feel comfortable during our photo session shoot and we are beyond happy with the results! We will definitely be using Erika again! Thank you!!!Michelle GiampiccoloMichelle Giampiccolo ★★★★★ Erika is incredible! Our pictures are absolutely amazing. She captured our family so perfectly!!! Thank you so mich for capturing this moment in our lives so incredibly beautiful! Erika was so patient working with our 9 month old son close to bedtime. She took the time to get everything and more that we asked for. We booked the shoot with her for our family vacation week. Erika was quick to respond to messages. Was so accommodating to our limited schedule. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a family photographerJill SebastianJill Sebastian ★★★★★ Erika was wonderful to work with! She was so calm, patient, and easy going with my daughters. I teared up looking at the final images she sent. She captured memories to last a lifetime! I'm a photographer myself and always struggle to get pictures that I'm included in since I'm always behind the camera. I highly recommend Erika. She is phenomenal!Parker WilsonParker Wilson ★★★★★ Erika made us feel so comfortable during little one's photo shoot. She took time to know our family and capture an authentic perspective of our new life as parents. Her photos are breathtaking and we can't wait to work with her in a year!Libby Mundy ScottLibby Mundy Scott ★★★★★ My family and I had Erika take family photos of us while we were on vacation in Surf City, NC. Our experience taking the photos went great even with two babies under the age of 1. The pictures were amazing and everyone was very pleased with Erika and the overall experience! I would highly recommend.Marzana ZalikMarzana Zalik ★★★★★ Your children grow up so fast. Don't miss the opportunity to capture those memories with you in them.
Erica is a fabulous photographer with an amazing ability to capture the natural moments and smiles.
Ashleigh SzelesteyAshleigh Szelestey ★★★★★ Erika was amazing with our huge family with lots of children! She made the session fun and she captured the essence of our family beautifully!Jeremy CutlipJeremy Cutlip ★★★★★ Erika is a true professional you can't go wrong with your choice of it's her she is absolutely amazing at was she she does I recommend her 100%Sarah Davis RideoutSarah Davis Rideout ★★★★★ Erika did an amazing job photographing my 3 year old daughter. Anyone with a toddler knows how hard it is to get a perfect picture, Erika took a beautiful picture I'll cherish forever.Ruth Evette FinchRuth Evette Finch ★★★★★ Kati Enscore-BarkerKati Enscore-Barker ★★★★★ Erika did an awesome job with our newborn session. We felt comfortable and had fun during the session, and love the way the photos turned out. We're looking forward to our future sessions!Morgan Monday JonesMorgan Monday Jones ★★★★★ We wanted some family photos while we were at the beach over the summer and are so happy we found Erika. She was great working with our 6 month old and was able to get some really amazing shots. She made everyone feel very comfortable in front of the camera and was a real pro when it came to capturing the best light. The whole family loves our photos and will definitely consider using her again. I highly recommend Erika Rigger Photography.Stefanie PiersantiStefanie Piersanti ★★★★★ Erika was very helpful from the beginning and responded right away to any questions that I had! She did an amazing job making our family comfortable during our maternity shoot and was able to help us determine what we should wear. She had great ideas on how to pose us, but also was amazing at capturing pictures with us just being ourselves!! I highly recommend Erika Rigger Photography to anyone looking to feel absolutely beautiful in their maternity photos!!!!
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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.⁠
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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.⁠
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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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My passion lies in supporting women on their journey towards embracing this belief in themselves. 💖⁠
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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.⁠
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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.⁠
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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