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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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

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

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!

 

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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Wilmington NC photographer

Wilmington NC photographer

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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!

Pregnancy Announcement Video

Here’s how we announced our latest pregnancy – how fun!  We found out in December that we are indeed expecting a baby BROTHER, not a baby sister!  But Big Brother has adjusted to the idea of another boy quite nicely.

If you’re interested in a fun video announcement session, contact Colie Photos and we can make it happen!

 

North Topsail Beach Photographer | beach family portraits

One of the things I love most about being a photographer in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina is that North Topsail Beach is just 5 minutes from my house.  I can go running on the beach, spend an hour or a day there, or make a spur-of-the-moment sunset excursion on the beach.  It’s a great spot for family vacations, as well, and a perfect place for family pictures!

North Topsail Beach is where I met this sweet family for their photography session. What a blast we had!  I was SO impressed with these kids and how they waited patiently until all the posed pictures were finished and we could spend a little time just playing in the surf.  I love to include candid pictures in all my family photography sessions, and I always suggest some sort of fun activity so we can really see the personality of each individual in the family.  This family portrait session on North Topsail Beach was no different.  Playing in the surf brought out the best in the boys, but it also brought a few tears when the little girl’s dress got wet in the waves.  I see in these pictures the sweet innocence and magic of childhood as well as the love and security of family.  Beautiful memories!

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North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

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North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

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North Topsail Beach Photographer

North Topsail Beach Photographer

Nicole Fortney is a photographer serving Jacksonville NC to Wilmington NC and specializing in newborn and family photography

Jacksonville, NC Baby Photographer | Cake Smash | Sadie Jane

Sadie was one of the very first newborns I had the privilege of photographing.  You can see her newborn photography session from last year–she won everyone over with her mini mermaid costume!  Needless to say, I was SO excited when I found out she was coming back for her 1 year cake smash!  As expected, she was full of sweet smiles, and she DEMOLISHED that cake.  In fact, it was a wee bit hard to get it all off of her in the end, but oh, she did have a blast, and as you can see, we got some beautiful baby pictures I know her family will treasure forever!

Cake by AJ’s BabyCakes: Cupcakes and Sweets. Bow by Miss Itty Bitty’s Chic Bowtique.

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

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Jacksonville NC baby photographer

Jacksonville NC baby photographer

 

Nicole Fortney is a newborn and family photographer serving the Jacksonville and Wilmington areas of North Carolina.