Wilmington, NC photographer | Maternity photography

I love, love, love it when clients come back for pictures, and I have the incredible privilege of watching their family grow.

This family holds a very special place in my heart, and I’ve done lots of photo sessions for them over the years.  In fact, their living room could totally be a gallery display for my business, not even kidding!!  So when I had the opportunity to document adding baby number 3 to their family (yes, another girl!), I was thrilled!

Wilmington, NC maternity photography

Wilmington, NC maternity photography

We couldn’t help having some fun here because, you know, 3rd child… things just get a little crazy from time to time!

Wilmington, NC maternity photography

Wilmington, NC maternity photography

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Nicole is a Wilmington, NC photographer specializing in capturing those real, unscripted moments.  Maternity photography is offered as an add-on to newborn photography sessions.  If you are interested in documenting some family memories of your own, please contact me to set up a consultation today!

Wilmington, NC Photographer | Maternity mini session

It’s amazing how many awesome friends I’ve made since becoming a photographer in Wilmington, NC.  I’ve met some pretty incredible people doing the work that I do, and it’s always such a privilege to be invited to share in a small part of their lives.

I’ve also met some pretty amazing photographers along the way!  One of these photographers is Jessica of Jessica McAndrews Photography, currently located in Stafford, VA.  But she was in the Wilmington area before she moved, and that’s when we first met.

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What’s even more fun is that we were having babies (her third, my second) due a month apart.  I was having a boy – she was waiting to find out the gender of her baby until birth – something I’m not brave or patient enough to do!

But since we are both newborn and family photographers in the Wilmington, NC area, we thought it would be fun to do each others’ maternity pictures!  We met one warm(ish) March afternoon for pictures at the beautiful Arboretum in Wilmington, NC.  She did such a great job with our pictures, and captured some really great moments.  I especially love the pictures she got of me with my firstborn – a special relationship that was about to change (for the better – but still – a dramatic change!) with the addition of baby #2.  I’m including my favorite here so you can see what I mean!  <3

Photo Credit: Jessica McAndrews Photography
Photo Credit: Jessica McAndrews Photography

Anyway, back to HER maternity pictures… she was a month ahead of me, but she still looked so adorable.  Honestly, there’s not much more beautiful to me than a woman literally giving away her body for the sake of growing another human being.  It’s not a fun process.  There’s all kids of pain and discomfort and puking and little feet pounding on organs and just about everything else uncomfortable.  But it’s priceless.

And we mommas do it willingly, excitedly, passionately looking forward to the birth of our sweet babies.  So yes, go hug your mom.

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Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Oh, and by the way… she had a boy!

Nicole is a family lifestyle photographer in Wilmington, NC.  Maternity photography is offered as and add-on to lifestyle newborn photography sessions.

Waiting for baby brother | Maternity | Wilmington NC Photographer

One of my most favorite, FAVORITE things about being a photographer is the opportunity to meet so many amazing people.  And then to watch their families grow.  I have had the incredible privilege of being invited into so many lives, and I’m so honored and so thankful for every beautiful moment I’ve been privileged to be a part of.

I first met this awesome family when I photographed their military homecoming.  There are not many more emotional moments I’ve experienced than a military homecoming, and this was no different.

But now, to get Courtney’s message saying they are expecting a baby boy, and would I take maternity pictures for them?  Yes! Of course!  I was so excited!

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As you can see, this baby is already so, SO loved.   If there’s one thing I could wish for all the babies in the world, it would be to grow up with so many loving people around them, and this baby definitely has that awesome privilege.  What a beautiful, fun, loving family to be born into!  I enjoyed every minute tramping around downtown Wilmington with them for their maternity photography session.

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Nicole is a custom lifestyle newborn and family photographer serving Wilmington, NC and surrounding areas.

Greenville, SC photographer | maternity photography | waiting for little sister

What fun it was to spend time chasing memories with this family!  Little Theo is SO adorable, and although he didn’t really nap that afternoon, he was busy as a bee and happy as a lark.  What fun we had taking some maternity pictures.  In just a few short weeks, they will welcome a precious little girl into their family.

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North Topsail Beach Photographer | Gray Maternity

The beach is such a wonderful place for family portraits.  I especially love doing maternity photography on the beach, and I’m not completely sure why, but I’d have to say the beach was the PERFECT place for this particular session because little Alyssa (soon-to-be-big-sister) was absolutely fearless when it came to water and waves!  I had so much fun watching her enjoy life with her parents that evening, and I know Alyssa will be sure to teach her baby sister all about the beach.  Can’t wait to meet this little one in just a few short weeks!

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North Topsail Beach Maternity Photography

North Topsail Beach Maternity Photography

North Topsail Beach Maternity Photography

North Topsail Beach Maternity Photography

North Topsail Beach Maternity Photography