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.

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Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

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

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

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Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

Wilmington, NC photographer

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!

 

Wilmington Lifestyle Photographer | Sweet Kassidy

I am falling in love with lifestyle documentary photography more and more every day.  I mean, all the fine art portraits, dressed up and posed, are cute and beautiful and an amazing art form.  But with lifestyle documentary photography, we get to create art with the real, raw, unaffected moments of life.  For me, these moments contain the most poignant memories, and I get such a thrill out of creating art from them.

I was thrilled for the opportunity to be invited into the home of this sweet family to document then-11-month-old baby Kassidy.  She was getting ready to turn 1, and they had just found out she was going to be a big sister!  I think that made this session just a bit more special, because if Kassidy’s mama is anything like me, she’s so excited to be welcoming a new baby into the family, but there’s this little part of us mamas that will just miss the one-on-one time we enjoyed with our first.  It’s a season of life to be enjoyed for a bit, and then traded for something equally amazing.

And so we caught so many special moments to be remembered forever.

I was sad that Daddy couldn’t be here for this session, but such is the nature of military life.  I’m so thankful for this beautiful family who is willing to sacrifice so much for the sake of our country.  Thank you just isn’t enough.

One of my favorite parts of these lifestyle documentary family photography sessions is putting together a video slideshow at the end.  It’s been fun to add a few video clips, as well, to capture the movement, fun, and personality just a little more accurately.  These video slideshows can be purchased as an add-on to your portrait package, and are such a wonderful way to enjoy the memories created together!

 

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

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Wilmington NC Lifestyle Photographer

If you’re looking for a lifestyle documentary photographer in Wilmington, NC, check out my Family Adventure Sessions!  I’d love to chat with you about the memories you are wanting to preserve for your own family!

 

Fall Family Portraits | Wilmington, NC Photographer

One of my favorite things about being a Wilmington, North Carolina photographer is the opportunity to get to know amazing families.  I’ve been photographing this family for the past two years, and what a joy it has been to get to know them!  I met little Maison when he was just a few days old.  What a fun adventure it has been to watch him grow!  It’s hard to believe he’s already two years old, talking in full sentences, and lighting up the room with his bright smile wherever he goes.  When I get these boys in front of my camera, I always leave smiling!

I’ve learned a lot from this momma, too.  She’s soooo amazing with her kids, and it’s been fun to talk to her about her two boys – mine will be almost 4 years apart, similar to hers.  It’s always encouraging to talk to other moms who have been where I’m headed, and her advice is always sweet, helpful and positive – the best combination!

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Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

Military life isn’t easy for any family.  But they all handle it with grace, and I am so thankful for them and others who willingly sacrifice so much for the good of our country.  I have such admiration for this family, who has stayed strong, together, and resilient through so many challenges.  What a joy it is to see them all together, smiling, and enjoying each other.  It’s such a great reminder for me to be thankful for all the little, imperfect moments I have with my family.

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For this family photography session, we ended up at Mike’s Farm, a popular destination for family portrait sessions.  It was a perfect fall day, and we enjoyed the beautiful evening light.

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Lifestyle photography inspiration

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If you ever need family photo session wardrobe inspiration, this momma has it.  Every time we do a session, I’m in love with the outfits she has chosen!  And she usually comes up with some fun little add-on, like the adorable knitted hats she brought for their Christmas pictures.  Love it!

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If you’re looking for a photographer in Wilmington, NC specializing in family lifestyle photography, let’s talk!  I’d love to hear your dreams for a perfect family photography session, and help you make those dreams a reality!

Wilmington, NC photographer | James, Audrey & Emma

You know those old college friends that you stay connected with (or reconnect with later), and find you’ve all moved on to the next phase of life, work, and family?  Well, it’s been that way for my family and James & Audrey.  What’s even better is that James is a professional web developer, and after realizing last year that my photography website sorely needed a revamp, I knew he was the perfect person for the job.  James & Audrey were in need of a family photographer since they were getting ready to welcome their sweet baby girl into the family, so it was the perfect mix of skills!

I’m LOVING my new website design (if you haven’t explored around here, please take a look and let me know what you think!), and it’s been fun to watch baby Emma grow as I capture milestone sessions throughout her first year!

We headed off to downtown Wilmington for this fine art portrait session.  Baby Emma was 6 months old, and I think 6 months is my very favorite baby stage to document!  I LOVE the rolls, easy grins, and curiosity of this stage.  And my favorite part of any baby milestone session is capturing the love shared between baby and the rest of her family!

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with Christmas on its way, we definitely wanted to get a few shots for family Christmas card pictures, as well as just some fun, beautiful family photography.

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If you’re looking for fun, creative family portrait photography in Wilmington, NC, let’s talk!

 

Wilmington NC Photographer | Military Family Pictures

I just love downtown Wilmington!  I feel like it’s a photographer’s dream-come-true.  So many historical buildings, beautiful architecture, the water, bridges, sunset over the North Carolina Battleship – it’s all just amazing.

We headed over to downtown Wilmington with this sweet military family to get some fine art pictures with Dad in his dress blues uniform before he officially left the Marine Corps.  It’s such a privilege to serve these military families who spend months on end living apart in order to serve and protect our country.

It’s the least I can do to help them capture the beauty and magic of the military lifestyle (and yes, being a former military wife I can attest that in the midst of the hardship of military life, there truly is magic and beauty to be found).

This was our goal as we approached this fine art family portrait session – to capture the grandeur and beauty of this Marine interacting with his little girls whom he loves so dearly.  And not to mention his gorgeous wife who has stood behind him through thick and thin!  The love they share is obvious in everything they do, and it was so much fun to spend some time in downtown Wilmington with this beautiful family!

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What is more precious than a sweet girl dancing with her Daddy?  Sometimes, being the photographer at these family portrait sessions, I just have to take a moment and breathe because the beauty of what is unfolding before my lens is so incredible. While we were at it, we had to get some whimsical shots of just little Lexi in her beautiful dress.  I love children’s photography because kids are so real and genuine and you can capture the most intense emotion on their little faces!

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And of course, to top it all off, we had to get some sunset pictures with the USS North Carolina Battleship off in the background.  Such beautiful love in such beautiful locations – you can’t beat it!

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If you are looking for a custom family photographer in Wilmington, NC please let me know!  I would love to create beautiful, timeless art for you, too!