Wilmington, NC photographer | Lifestyle photography | Fine Art Portraits

I spend a lot of time with little kids.  Well, like 24/7 with my own littles, to be honest.  But then I end up doing a lot of newborn photography, and lots of the families I photograph have young children, as well.

And I love it.

I can be totally myself with little kids, and they love me anyway.  I can be super goofy, make weird faces, whatever.  And they just smile.  And laugh.  (Maybe they are laughing AT me, but either way… they laugh!)

But every now and then, I get the opportunity to do family portraits for a family with older children.  And I really love that, too.  In fact, I’m always so surprised by how quickly we get through a bunch of poses, because when I do a fine art portrait session with little ones, it tends to take waaayyy longer to coax them into place, make them laugh AND look in the right direction… you get the feeling.

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So this family.  One of my favorites.  I met Peyton when her mom called me about getting her started in piano lessons (yes, I teach piano on the side, too!).  She has been one of my hardest-working students, and excels at everything she puts her hand to.  She has some amazing support from both her parents, and I was privileged to work with her for several years at the piano.  Alas, all good things come to an end, and I no longer have that privilege as they have moved onto their next phase of life in another state.

But before they moved, just a few weeks after I gave birth to my second little guy, we squeezed in a family portrait session.  It was hotter than hot that day, but these guys were totally troopers and didn’t complain a bit.  I, on the other hand, nearly dropped from heat exhaustion.  Not kidding.

But we got some amazing family pictures in beautiful Wilmington, NC, and it was great to send them off in this way!  Miss you, Peyton and family!

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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

Nicole is a family lifestyle photographer in Wilmington, NC.  She specializes in lifestyle newborn and family photography and has a flair for capturing those beautiful, REAL moments with children and their parents.

 

Wilmington, NC photographer | Lifestyle family session | Christmas at home

I offer several different options for family photography in Wilmington, NC but my favorite type of session is this – when I get the incredible privilege of being invited into a client’s home to document their time together as a family.  And what better time of year to do this than for Christmas family pictures!

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Christmas family picture ideas

Christmas Family picture ideas

This family invited me into their home to share some Christmas festivities like baking cookies, reading Christmas stories, and decorating the Christmas tree.   It was such fun to see the kids in their own environment, sharing pictures they had painted, favorite toys and stuffed animals, and favorite morning activities.  And it was even more special to me to know I was photographing all these things so that in years to come these special moments could be enjoyed again and again.

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As a mom, I know it’s easy to get so busy creating these beautiful holiday memories for your family to enjoy, but it’s also extremely important for your kids to be able to look back at those memories and see YOU enjoying those moments with them!  If that means a camera on a tripod, great!  If it means an iPhone timer, great!  (I use both these options all the time!) – but if it means hiring a Wilmington, NC photographer to capture some of these memories with you in the picture, I’d be honored to be considered for the job!

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Sometimes I think about why I love photography so much.  If you were to boil it down to just one word, that word would be JOY.  Family interactions and experiences bring great joy, and when those memories are documented in pictures, the joy can be relived again and again!

If Christmas is your favorite holiday (it’s my favorite, too!!) consider capturing some of these special family memories in photos.  It’ll be one Christmas you will never forget!

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Nicole is a custom family lifestyle photographer serving Wilmington, North Carolina and surrounding areas.

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

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!

Greenville, SC photographer | kids pictures at the park

Being a photographer relatively new to the Greenville, SC area, I’m really enjoying checking out all the beautiful parks!  My little almost-3-year-old son is enjoying visiting them with me, too.  We were at Butler Springs Park in Greenville, SC early one morning, and I couldn’t help but notice all the beautiful, soft morning light coming in through the gigantic trees.  The photographer in me immediately knew we had to come back to this park for some pictures!  It’s hard to get a 2-year-old to sit still for pictures, but I’m learning all sorts of creative tactics that give him something to look for (usually bugs, squirrels, or snakes… and thankfully we haven’t seen any snakes yet!!), or something to run toward.  Another thing I’m learning about photographing children is to keep the shutter speed up and photograph them in motion!  My little guy sits still pretty much ONLY when he’s sleeping, so this is a biggie for us!

My family photography style rarely results in sitting a kid down and telling him to “say cheese!”  Rather, I prefer to give them instructions, find something interesting for them to look at or experience, talk to them, and snap those split-second moments when they look up with that great big smile that says they are having the time of their lives!  The result is real, happy expressions, and those memories  that will be treasured for the rest of your lives!

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Greenville, SC baby photographer

Greenville, SC baby photographer

Greenville, SC baby photographer

Greenville, SC baby photographer

 

Greenville, SC baby photographer

Greenville, SC baby photographer

I’m excited about some beautiful, creative photography ideas I have brewing, and this was just the first!   Keep Colie Photos in mind if you are looking for a Greenville, SC newborn or family photographer!

 

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

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North Topsail Beach Photographer

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