hock family preview! {cary family photographer}

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This post is very dear to my heart. We know the Hock family from our church. They are some of the most cheerful and sweet people, and are the kind of family that make you feel good when you are around them. Last week, on the eve of their sweet little A.J.’s second birthday, they received the devastating news that he had a brain tumor, and he was rushed to Duke immediately for emergency surgery to take place the next day (on his birthday!) His surgery was successful, but he still has a long road ahead of him, including radiation on what remains of the tumor. Our family has been fiercely praying for them, and particularly for A.J. since we found out, and so I was thrilled when they agreed to let me photograph them before his radiation begins, and I was especially grateful that A.J. felt good enough to do it! I know that there is a God, and that He does answer our prayers. I know He is mindful of this sweet family, and that He will give them strength to get through his treatments until he is better.

We started their session on the greenway, and then went back to their backyard to capture them doing one of their favorite things…playing football! I was honored to photograph such an incredible little boy, and I hope these images make him and his family smile in the days to come. Please keep A.J. and his family in your prayers.

andreev mini session preview!


I loved getting to photograph the wonderful Andreev family this week! They won an auction at my daughter’s old preschool fundraiser where I had donated a mini session to a few years ago, so I was excited to get to see them again, and meet their newest little guy, Max! Though a giant, dark cloud appeared over Cary right before we started, it never did rain, and we still managed to get some great shots!

Thanks so much you guys!

lewis family preview!


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This beautiful family is part of my family! My wonderful sister-in-law and brother-in-law wanted to do a mini session last weekend when we visited them, and I’m so glad we were able to squeeze in their pictures between all of the tubing, boating, and playing at the lake. : ) My nephew Liam is at that usually very difficult age for pictures, but he was so awesome the morning of their session!

We love the Lewis family…cutest family around!

eight is great!

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I was SO excited when Emma’s mom contacted me about taking some pictures for her baptism invitations. We were blessed with the most bright and beautiful morning for her mini session. For those of you who may not know, in our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that baptism is essential if we want to someday return to our Father in Heaven.  When we are baptized, we show our Heavenly Father, or God, that we are willing to obey him and follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We also know that little children are saved through the mercy of our Savior—they cannot sin and therefore do not need baptism until they are older. We believe that at age 8, children become accountable for their choices, and that’s why eight is so great—at the age of 8 children can make the choice to get baptized!

I know Emma’s family is so proud of her for the decision she has made to get baptized! By taking this step of faith and making such important promises to Heavenly Father, I know that Emma will be blessed and will be happy. I was so honored to get to snap a few pictures of her to commemorate the upcoming big day!

called to serve: san juan, puerto rico


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I LOVE the missionaries I have been able to photograph this summer! (If you or someone you know is preparing to serve a full-time mission, I offer complimentary mini-mini sessions at the Temple.)  This Elder-to-be and his family have been good friends of ours for quite a few years now. They are some of the most fun, kind, and generous people we know. I was thrilled when I heard that Connor had been called to serve in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the next two years. I am so proud of his decision to dedicate the next two years of his life to the Lord. I know that Connor will do amazing things, and that the Lord will strengthen him and sustain him.

Best wishes Elder Borries! We think you are AWESOME!


And one more of Connor and his wonderful mother, whom I adore! : )

happy fall, y’all!

fall sessions

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for pictures this fall! Email me if you are interested in a session in 2015. Thanks so much!


Sarah Elaine

christensen family preview! {durham family photographer}

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I’m not quite sure how to start this post, except to say that I just photographed my largest family to date (7 kids!), they were absolutely the most wonderful people, and I had a blast. I felt like I had just made 9 new friends and contemplated inviting them over for dinner after it was all over, until I remembered that I ate my dinner of peanut butter crackers on the way to meet them, my family was eating cereal for dinner across town (it was one of those days…) and it was the mom, Elizabeth’s birthday. : ) Still, throw together a lovely, breezy evening in Durham, an impeccably dressed family with the most darling, personable kids, and two parents who so obviously adore their children and each other, and you have one very happy photographer who was so honored to capture them together!

Thanks so much Christensens! I hope the birthday cake was worth the wait. Jared wins the great husband award for putting this all together. It was truly wonderful to meet you all!

tucker family preview!

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I adore this family and so look forward to seeing them and seeing how much the kiddos have grown! They were so awesome for this session—it was in the nineties that day, and we walked a good 15 minutes from where we parked, before we made it to this field. But no one complained, kids were amazing…it was just perfect! Gina, there are many more…can’t wait to send you the rest!

Thanks again, Tucker family. Y’all are the best!

clowney family preview!

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I was so excited to meet up with the Clowney family for a portrait session! It had been a few years since I had seen them, and their girls just get cuter and cuter! We were blessed with beautiful weather for our pictures in Durham, and the girls had me smiling/laughing the entire time. Even though there were a few tears, (Hey, it’s hard being three sometimes!) Miss Lily came up and gave me a hug when we were done, and then Sophie followed. Such SWEET little ladies!

Clowney family, thank you so much! It was so much fun to photograph you guys!