Tender In-Home Newborn Photography in Wilmington, NC

Boy, was this session pretty! We celebrated the beautiful formation of a growing family. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph this family. I was so inspired by them! This session was held at the family’s home. The family’s warm color scheme of dusty blues and purples, combined with the rust hue of the quilt on their bed is everything! I love their decor. It added so much to this in-home newborn session.

This sweet in-home newborn session, in Wilmington, North Carolina, was a gift from the mother’s friend, who lives out of state. Her friend contacted me a few months before; she expressed interest in purchasing a gift certificate she could give to her mom-to-be friend at her baby shower. Photography sessions are such a lovely, unique gift for families documenting periods of change and growth. Not to mention, I happen to think the gift of photography is one of the nicest anyone can give or receive.

I’m excited to share this in-home newborn session. This session was so much fun, and I could tell that mom and dad are truly in love. Aren’t they the most adorable family? I love photographing new parents and watching them experience the deepest love they’ve ever felt – a new love for their baby, and a new meaning to their lives. Not to mention, a deeper love than the parents have ever felt for each other as they embark on a new chapter together. Their love for each other emanates from all their images from this session!

The whole newborn session was incredible, from the beautiful family to the warm hues. It was one of those sessions where everything came together so beautifully, and I was happy to be the photographer capturing and creating it.

in-home newborn details with flokati and oatmeal colored swaddle
sleeping newborn lying on white flokati with navy colored muslin swaddle with white dots; new mom wearing dusty purple blouse with yellow chevron curtains in background
new baby with rolls sleeping on mom's shoulder; black and white image of newborn baby asleep on mother's shoulder
new mom and dad kissing with their newborn in between them; new parents looking lovingly at their baby who is cradled between them; newborn looking at camera lying on elephant crib sheet
peeking into a newborn's nursery with an arrow chalkboard sign reading Olivia's Room; through the crib slats view of a new baby girl; yawning baby girl on an elephant crib sheet
new mom looking down at her baby girl lying on a rust colored quilt with fall colored accent pillow; new dad looking down at his baby girl as she looks up at him on an orange quilt
newborn baby girl smiling at the camera lying on an orange quilt and wrapped in a dusty blue muslin swaddle with white polka dots; new parents looking down at their newborn baby girl; in-home newborn

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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“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.” - Emily R.⁠
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I’m blushing! It’s comments like this one that keep me going, and few things make me happier or motivate me more than happy clients. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t read them on my more challenging days. And, Emily, the feeling is mutual—you were a dream to work with!⁠
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Thinking about booking a family photography session? You can find out more on my website! All the info you need is in the link in bio!⁠
Oh, how I'd love to go back to those first weeks and months. I was ever-present, yet never really there at all.⁠
My head was elsewhere, caught up in all the shoulds, in the baby books, the apps, the impossible schedules; all the perceived perfections of motherhood that felt so at odds with what you were telling me you needed.⁠
I followed my heart every single time. But never with conviction. Always apologetically as though I were somehow giving in. Not doing it right.⁠
I fought it. Like a quiet war. It was exhausting.⁠
I'd love to go back and mother that version of you, but as this version of me; the mum I am today. ⁠
More relaxed, more rested, more sure, no longer seeking approval, embracing the fact that I will be happily rocking my boy to sleep until he doesn't need it anymore.⁠
It's not just our babies that grow.⁠
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Words by: Mother Truths ( @mymothertruths)
I'm enjoying getting personal with y'all. Hope you don't mind!⁠
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Five years ago, I would not be able to imagine that I would be living the life I am now. There have been twists and turns for sure, and some of the challenges have been grueling to say the least, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I'm talking illness, surgery, major lifestyle changes, major personal life changes. The kind of stuff that makes you look back and not even recognize who you were. ⁠
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I have come so far and now have the clarity of mind to see how everything that has happened in my life has made me the person I am today. And I truly love who I have become through it all. What’s something positive or seemingly negative that happened in your personal life in the past five years that you didn’t see coming and that has built you up to be the badass you are today?⁠
Whenever I’m feeling stuck, I write in a journal—just a stream of consciousness, whatever crosses my mind goes on the page. Almost every time, I notice the same pattern: fear of judgment. My inner critic is telling me that no one will like what I do.⁠
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When that happens, I try to remind myself to play my own greatest hits. I make a list of the times when I did work I was proud of, made a client happy, or got positive feedback—anything that contradicts the judgmental  voice in my head. It helps me to move forward without fear. We all have that voice in our heads. The trick is to recognize it, not believe it, and put that imposter syndrome back in its place.
I am so grateful that I can do what I love as my job. Thank you to all of my clients for the ongoing love and support. I am lucky to have each and every one of you! 🥰
Something I'm continuously working on both in my personal and professional life is this: It's easy to get wrapped up in the future or the past, but living in the moment is a key to happiness. And not just living through the moment, but appreciating it.⁠
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When you're appreciating the moment, you're fully engaged in what's happening around you, and you're not letting your thoughts about the past or future distract you from the present.⁠
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One of the reasons I absolutely LOVE my work is that when I'm focused on capturing THE MOMENT, I have no choice but to be observing it, appreciating it, and noticing all the details of it. It's meditative. ⁠
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On a daily basis, living in and appreciating the moment can be a difficult thing to do, but it's definitely worth it. There are a few things you can do to help you live in the moment.⁠
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One is to practice mindfulness. This means being aware of your thoughts and feelings and accepting them without judgment. When you're mindful, you're more likely to be in the present. You can also practice gratitude, which is being thankful for the things you have in the present moment. Like, everything can seem like it's working against you. But stop. Look around. What do you have right now that is working for you? It can be as simple as being grateful that you have two arms and two legs that allow you to get things done. Or that you have a delicious cup of coffee to sip on. Or that you can easily go outside and fill your lungs with air. ⁠
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When you focus on the good things in your life, you're less likely to worry about the future or dwell on the past. That's what I've been working on. How about you? How do you stay present?

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