Fun with Papa and Baba | Grandparent photo session | Wilmington NC Photographer

What better time to schedule a family photo session than while the grandparents are in town?  I love, love, love capturing the incredible grandparent/grandchild bond, and this session was no different.

I especially loved the time we spent outside.  These kids are full of joy, life, and energy, so the trampoline was the perfect place to start.  Of course, big brother had to make sure the protective netting was zipped down for safety, but that was ok, because then I was forced a little farther away onto the deck, where I got some really awesome pictures of the family jumping together!


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I’m so blessed to be invited into family activities, to photograph the love and fun that families share.  And this family definitely is full of love.  The big smiles each child wears is proof enough, and I watch the joy with which these grandparents interact with their grandkids, and I think how blessed these kids are to have parents and grandparents who love them so.  And at the same time are not afraid to have some good, crazy fun!

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I think it’s awesome that even though Daddy is a Marine and is often away, only he knows how to tighten Ethan’s shoes just right.  I love these moments of dependence (even though, yes, it’s exhausting) because before you know it they are tying their own shoes and combing their own hair and *gasp!* driving their own cars.

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Wilmington NC photographer

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Next, we headed inside, where the light coming in the sliding glass door was just perfect to capture some pictures of sweet baby Ella nestled up to Baba’s chest, and (of course) flying airplane style with Papa!

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What wonderful memories will be preserved from this grandparent photo session in Wilmington, NC.  If you would like to schedule a family photography session next time your kids have their grandparents in town, be sure to contact me!

Nicole is a family lifestyle photographer in Wilmington, NC.

The Chryst Family | Wilmington NC Photographer

As a lifestyle photographer in Wilmington, NC, I capture relationships.  Mom and newborn baby. Husband and wife.  Brother and sister. Siblings, grandparents, cousins, pets…  My favorite shots in almost every photography session somehow capture the beauty of a relationship.

And I realize that life is pretty much all about relationships.  Family, friends, even the interactions we have with strangers as we go about our day – they all shape us into who we are.

And then you have those relationships that just completely change your life.  That’s what knowing Philip and DeAnne has done for me.

Philip is my pastor (http://anchorwilmington.org), and DeAnne has become my close friend and mentor.  Their four kids are friends and role models for mine.  The way Philip and DeAnne have invited us into their lives, breathed life into the dead and hurting parts of our souls, believed in us when no one else would… This has rocked my world.

The world needs more people who love radically, live intentionally, and share hope where hope has been lost. I’m thankful to be part of a community of people at the Anchor who are aiming to do just that by the power of Jesus Christ.

The theme Philip and DeAnne chose for this family photography session is “Repurposed” – They went shopping at thrift stores to find second-hand clothing (and the best part – each kid got to let their own personality shine in their choices!), used antique suitcases as props, and even found an old bridge to crash for this photography session.

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It was chilly and drizzling that day, but we didn’t let the weather stop us (this family is pretty much unstoppable anyway) – there were pictures to be taken and fun to be had.  And cars to be dodged between poses on this one-way bridge in downtown Wilmington, NC.  I always enjoy time spent with this family!

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Nicole is a custom family lifestyle photographer in Wilmington, NC.  She specializes in capturing those real, beautiful, unscripted moments.  If you are interested in a newborn or family photography session, please contact me today!

Rachel + Jack | Pet Photography Session | Wilmington, NC Photographer

I’m a photographer in Wilmington, NC… but it hasn’t always been that way.  I was, in fact, born in California.  I love me some Wilmington, but to be honest, I’ll always be a California girl.

Needless to say, it’s always cause for celebration when we are able to make the monumental effort to coordinate time off from 3 home businesses, gather up 2 children (+car seats + luggage + everything else), and head west to visit the family.  Once we’re there, I usually end up scrapping the “time off” part and shooting a few portrait sessions, but I love it that way.  California landscape is so completely different from what I’m used to in coastal North Carolina, and it gets my creative juices flowing.

So my sister recently got this amazing dog.  Like, they were pretty much meant for each other.  She is going through some dog training certifications, and he’s the perfect companion for her as she works through the training courses.  So, of course, I had to take some time to do a photography session with Rachel and Jack.


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Isn’t she gorgeous?  And Jack.  Just adorable.  And the sweetest, most polite dog you could ask for.  She’s really got his heart, and is doing a great job training him. (Now, if I could just do the same with my KIDS… Not really.  But kinda…)

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I sometimes have people ask if they can bring their pets to a family portrait session.  The answer is YES!  (as long as you can control them!) We’ll pick a pet-friendly portrait location and have fun!  I also make a point to include pets in all my in-home family lifestyle photography sessions in Wilmington, NC.  After all, they ARE part of the family!

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Nicole is a custom family lifestyle photographer in Wilmington, NC.  She specializes in capturing those real, beautiful, unscripted moments.  If you are interested in a newborn or family photography session, please contact me today!

Football Fun | Lifestyle Family Photographer | Wilmington, NC Photographer

Throw! Catch! Run! Tackle!  Nothing like Thanksgiving time to bring out the football in a family, right?

Well, I don’t think it takes Thanksgiving to bring out the football in THIS family!  These boys were ALL about football, and it was so much fun to photograph some beautiful family moments as they played football together in beautiful Wilmington, NC.

Mom is photographer, graphic designer and blogger over at CourtneyKirkland.com – follow the link to check out her page for more awesomeness!

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As a Wilmington, NC photographer, my goal is to capture the REAL joy, fun, and love a family shares.  We usually start with a few posed family pictures, but really, I think the most beautiful moments are those spontaneous interactions that happen as a family plays together.  This time, we chose football.  And there was no better choice for these two energetic boys!

The beautiful, golden evening light was perfectly on our side, as well, which only adds to the magic of these moments!  I so enjoyed my time with this family, especially since I have two boys of my own.  It was fun to see what my own family might look like a couple years down the road when Crosby is old enough to run and play!

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Wilmington, NC photographer

Nicole is a lifestyle family photographer in Wilmington, NC.  If you are interested in capturing some family memories of your own, please contact me to talk about your very own Family Adventure session!

 

Sunday Afternoon Adventure | Downtown Wilmington | Wilmington, NC photographer

It was a perfect Sunday evening.  Warm, but not too hot.  A slight breeze taking the edge off the humidity.  I hadn’t really spent a Sunday evening in downtown Wilmington before, much less as a photographer, but I was thrilled at the lazy, fun atmosphere I found.

At the heart of downtown Wilmington, there’s an ice cream shop.  The smell of freshly-made waffle cones wafts out the front door, and I stop to peer in the window and watch the waffles being cooked and formed into cones right inside the window.  It’s the perfect place for a Sunday afternoon stroll.

And here I am to capture it all.  The excited faces, the agonizing moments spent perusing the many, many flavor choices and narrowing it down to *just one* scoop, the drips and mess and stained lips, the mothering that saves the ice cream from sliding right off the cone into a melted mess on the ground.  All of it.

My goal as a lifestyle documentary photographer is to capture all of these memories, to tell the story of the day, so when you look at this series of images, it brings you back to that moment, the flavor of the ice cream, the feel of that warm hug, the joy of these precious fleeting days.  I’m convinced that when it’s all said and done, it’s the normal, mundane moments that really make the memories.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love hair fixed and faces clean and happy smiles just as much as you do.  But what I’m really looking for here are those little details that won’t be here years from now.  The curly wisp of hair that keeps falling into her eyes. The skinned knees and sunburnt faces.  The way baby girl holds tight to Daddy’s hand.  The stuff that pulls you right into that whirling vortex of memories.

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Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

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Wilmington NC photographer

Nicole is a custom family photographer in Wilmington, NC.