As I’ve met other business owners in the area, I’ve had several requests for headshots. While this is not my typical style of session, I’m usually game to put on a different hat every now and then! (Especially when it comes to someone who shares my name – Nicole!)
I think my greatest honor as a Wilmington, NC photographer, is to be invited into my clients’ homes. To be trusted in that sacred space to create memories for them to treasure for the rest of their lives. To document, in pictures, life as it is today.
This beautiful family invited me into their home to do just that. Their family currently includes two foster children. (Out of respect for their privacy, their faces will not appear online, but the family received an ample supply of pictures of these littles in their online gallery!) Knowing how quickly life can change is all the more reason to remember and treasure these moments!
I had SO much fun hanging out with these kids (and their parents, too)! As their momma often says, FULL hands FULL heart perfectly describes her life caring for and loving all these beautiful children!
I came to their house in Wilmington, NC on a warm, spring Sunday afternoon. I was just in time to catch all the family fun that happens after nap time. From game time to playing outside to baking cookies and jumping on beds, we didn’t miss a moment’s fun! And what a special treat to have Lily show off her newly-acquired skill of reading!
Before each in-home family lifestyle photography session, I sit down with my clients (usually over the phone). I ask them to think about specific milestones each child has recently achieved. We do our best to find a way to document those during our family lifestyle photography sessions, as well as any and all other things going on during that time! It’s important to me to capture the meaningful events that define this time period in my clients’ lives, and talking beforehand about the different things each child is interested in or working on really helps me understand how to approach the session.
Nicole is a Wilmington, NC photographer specializing in capturing those real, unscripted moments. If you are interested in documenting some family memories of your own, please contact me to talk about your very own Family Adventure 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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…)
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!
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!