Summer Favorites!

Now that summer is a wrap, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of my favorites from my summer sessions this year. And when I say favorites, I mean these are the ones that make my heart sing and that I think most accurately reflect my style. These images are moments so short in time (most, literally hundreths of a second), yet so powerful and beautiful when frozen. They represent to me the importance of photography. As a mother, photography has been my only solace when facing the quantum speed at which my son grows and changes each day. It enables me to feel a slight sense of relief that even if the time with him as a little boy is fleeting, I will always have these moments captured to later enjoy. Because I understand this deep within my personal experience, I know that what I do is more than meaningful to my clients. It truly is my pleasure to capture these gorgeous moment for them.

Here are my summer favorites:

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

You can’t keep from smiling when you see this photo. The pure joy on a toddler’s face when his daddy throws him up in the air. The simple happiness of children is something to be admired. It’s all about taking in the moment and letting yourself really enjoy it.

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

I admit, I have to really be careful choosing black and white converted photos so as not convert too many. I just love black and white and what it does to a photo. It simply and artfully takes out everything not important without taking anything out at all. I love this photo because it was an outtake, because of the sun flare, and because of this quick curious connection with this little girl.

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

This little guy had 6 adults at his beck and call. What a wonderful family he was born into. The best thing was to observe how contagious his sweet smiles were.

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

I love this one for the sweet interaction between baby and his parents. These are the fleeting moments, the slices of heaven on earth, that all parents want to bottle up and keep forever.

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

I LOVE taking the close-up detail shots during my newborn sessions. Focusing on the tiny toes, tiny ears, tiny lips and fingertips. It’s enough to make you dizzy with amazement at the miracle of creation.

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

There are so many things I love about this photo. The contrast of the peeking sun against the dark greens of the woods. The framing of the trees around the family. The sweet moment of joy in this young family. The delightful expression on the baby’s face. Definitely a favorite!

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

I’m so in love with this image. To me it represents the calm before the storm, mother’s connection with her pregnant body, and the anticipation of the beauty to come. Pregnant with twins, she had twice as much to look forward to!

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

I mostly like my families to be so engaged with each other that they forget I’m there. When no one is looking at the camera is when the magic happens. Because those are real moments of families interacting. The glances they give each other speak volumes of their love. But when I capture a quick glance, like this one, then the audience gets a quick connection with the subject in the photo and that can be just as powerful.

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

This wide angle was perfect for showing the teeny tinyness of newborns in their new, very spacious world. And how cute are those tiny crossed legs?

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

I love the juxtaposition of dads strong arms against baby’s sweet fragile body. His colorful arm against baby’s pink, smooth skin. A sweet moment of nestling in daddy’s beard. So cute.

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

I love this for the negative space. In this photo, life is a beach and they are happily strolling along it.

Wilmington NC Family Photography Summer Favorites

This photo is a favorite because of the light. I love how the sun is directly behind him, making a halo of light around his head. Just a handsome young man, his mitt and his dreams.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my summer favorites! If you’d like me to capture some favorites for you, please contact me to schedule your custom photo session!

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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