Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC

Family Photography

 My favorite place to photograph families is Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC. Because there’s no sand? Maybe! Spanning over 60 acres, Airlie is nestled next to Bradley Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a result, it’s large expanse allows you the feeling that you have the entire place to yourself, even on it’s busiest days. Take a walk through the gardens with me.Not only does it provide you with seasonal blooms and live oaks but also waterfront views.

Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC. Pink and purple tulips in bloom.

Oak Lawn

Given that 500 year old Southern Live Oak stands tall in the lawn, it provides quite a bit of shade. The oak is draped in Spanish moss and surrounded by bright pink azaleas in the Spring. Therefore creating the perfect backdrop for any family photo. The lawn surrounding it is wide open and often lined with seasonal blooms. For the most part it is one of the most spacious areas of the gardens. Therefore the perfect space for little ones to run around and explore.

Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC. Family photo at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina. They are standing under a large oak tree. Mom is wearing a long blue maternity dress.

Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC. Maternity photo taken at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina. Mom is wearing a long sleeve, white lace, maternity dress and holding her toddler son. The boy is sitting, straddled around her expecting belly and holding an orange flower in his hand.

Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC. Family photo with two little girls. Dad is wearing a purple polo shirt with dark jeans and has his daughter riding on his shoulders. Mom is carrying the baby girl on her hip. They are under a large oak tree with sunlight behind them.

Pergola Garden

The grassy aisle is filled with brightly colored tulips on either side in the spring. For this reason it was given the nickname, the Bridal Walk.  Because of the tall oaks and various hard woods that line the way, there is plenty of shade on hot summer days. Not only will the Bridal Walk lead you to the jasmine covered pergola but you will find a calming fountain overlooking Airlie Lake at the end. By all means sit and stay a while in this beautiful place. Further in the distance you can often see two swans swimming side by side.

Family photo in the Pergola Gardens with boy and girl. Mom is holding the little boy in her lap. Dad is holding big sister in his lap. They are surrounded by ferns and lush green trees.

Fine art family photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Portraits are caught on 35mm and medium format film with a Contax645 and Canon Elan 7e. This is a Family Portrait Session shot at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina. Fuji400H medium format film and 35mm film was used for this family portrait session. Film scans are from Richard Photo Lab.

Centennial Plaza & the Butterfly House

This area is filled with jasmine covered columns and a beautiful fountain. In other words, it provides a calm, peaceful feeling as you walk through this tranquil garden. For this reason, I end most sessions here as it allows a nice break for everyone. The Butterfly House is an open air building located in the Tranquility Gardens. Obviously in the summer it is filled with butterflies native to North Carolina and as a result it is only open seasonly.

Fine art family photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Portraits are caught on 35mm and medium format film with a Contax645 and Canon Elan 7e. This is a Family Portrait Session shot at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina. Fuji400H medium format film was used for this family beach portrait session. Film scans are from Richard Photo Lab.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. Airlie Gardens is a beautiful location for family photos. This feature blog spotlights all of it’s beauty on the intracoastal waterway with it’s mighty live oaks, Spanish moss, tulips, wildflowers, and azaleas. One year milestone session for this baby girl.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. Airlie Gardens is a beautiful location for family photos. This feature blog spotlights all of it’s beauty on the intracoastal waterway with it’s mighty live oaks, Spanish moss, tulips, wildflowers, and azaleas. One year milestone session with this baby girl.

Spring Garden at Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC

The Spring Garden is farthest from the entrance and as a result it is often unseen. It’s filled with wild flowers, azaleas, and flowering trees, in the spring. Therefore one of the best locations for photos. Moreover, it’s one of the most beautiful spots in the gardens in my opinion.

Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. Airlie Gardens is a beautiful location for family photos. This feature blog spotlights all of it’s beauty on the intracoastal waterway with it’s mighty live oaks, Spanish moss, tulips, wildflowers, and azaleas.

Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC. Fine-art photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a family photographer specializing in stylized maternity and newborn portraits. Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, Leanne captures these photos on Kodak and Fuji film using a medium format Contax645 and Canon EOS 1V 35mm camera. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. Airlie Gardens is a beautiful location for family photos. This feature blog spotlights all of it’s beauty on the intracoastal waterway with it’s mighty live oaks, Spanish moss, tulips, wildflowers, and azaleas. Family photos in the wildflowers. Mom is wearing a white dress. Dad is wearing a blue shirt with khakis.

Are you READY TO BOOK your family photos at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington NC?!

A little girl sitting in a field of tall purple flowers.

A family session with a 6 month baby girl.

I offer mini sessions at Airlie Gardens Wilmington NC in March and April.

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A family session where mom and dad are walking under a tall oak tree with their baby girl.

Airlie is a non-profit organization. Therefore, its mission is to preserve the gardens as an outstanding, historic public garden. As a result, they provide cultural and environmental programs to serve and educate its visitors. Airlie charges a $100 portrait fee for this reason. But it’s well worth the added expense.

In conclusion, Airlie Gardens is absolutely the best location to plan your family photos. Particularly if you are looking for a spot with more flowers than sand. 

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