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yep, it is true….the holidays are just around the corner!  you can update your family photos, knock out some christmas shopping and get your holiday card photos all in one shot when you book your fall mini session with Whitebox Photography.


it is almost mother’s day….how are you going to show mom that you love and appreciate everything that she does for you?  some fellow nc photographers and i have put together a little gift guide for some ideas.  mom always loves photos of her babies, so a gift certificate for a photoshoot is always a winner!  check out the NAPCP mother’s day gift guide for some other mother’s day gift inspiration.


jody g photography, erika rigger photography, carolyn ann ryan, jeannie desena, whitebox photo and watercolor nomads

gift ideas:

teak and twine, uncommon goods, studio c, farm frames and artifact uprising

for gift certificates check out NAPCP  to find a family portrait photographer close to you!


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hey rising high school seniors!!!!
now is the time to fill out the whitebox senior model application if you want the chance to take part in a super fun editorial fashion shoot with professional hair and make-up artists, a stylist and whitebox photo. the shoot will be on april 10th with a rain date of april 24th. the senior model photo release party will be on may 13th at 7:00. you must be available ALL day on the shoot dates.
click on the link above for the senior model application and send it in! the deadline for applications is march 20th! the class of 2017 senior model team will be announced on march 25th.
to see what it is all about check out these past senior model fashion shoots.
make your senior year your best year yet!

the word that comes to mind when i think of merlefest is “WOW”.  merlefest is a weekend full of amazing music, crafts, and community.  it is one of the most organized and family friendly festivals that i have ever been to.  i was so happy to be an official merlefest photographer this year.  this was my first time shooting a music festival and i have to say that now i am kind of ruined…..i want backstage passes and special access for all musical events now!  last weekend was so wonderful because so many of my favorite things happened at once….great music, photography, camping and socializing!

there was no wifi at the campground so i posted a bunch of screen shots on facebook over the weekend, but here is the official blog post with all of the pretty pictures.  i hope you can get a sense of what a fun weekend it was!


i am thrilled that one of my beautiful class of 2014 senior portrait photos won a national award!  lizanne is simply stunning!

award winning NAPCP senior portrait photo by sara brennan-harrell of whitebox photo.

The National Association of Professional
Child Photographers Honors Sara Brennan-Harrell in International Image Competition

The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is proud to announce Sara Brennan-Harrell of Greensboro, North Carolina as a 2014 International Image Competition winner. Brennan-Harrell competed against thousands of image entries and claimed the third place spot in the Seniors category, with her piece “Every Little Thing is Gonne Be Alright.”

Designed to recognize the world’s most successful child photographers, the NAPCP Image Competition called for images across a range of category subjects including Maternity, Newborn, Babies, Children, Siblings, Toddlers, Tweens, Seniors and Family. Image submissions were carefully judged by a blue-ribbon panel of experts based on impact, technical merit, composition and creativity.

i LOVE working with seniors!  do you wanna be a whitebox senior rep, get fabulous photos and help spread the word about how awesome whitebox grad’s photos are?   if you are a rising junior or if you know someone who is, email me at  check out me senior rep info below.  it is a win/win situation.  you get a great discount on your photos and the chance to win $100.  i get to do more of what i love….photograph cool, inspiring and fashionable grads!


i can’t even begin to describe how happy i am to have this re-branding project up and running!  for years whitebox has had 3 websites and 1 blog to keep updated. guess what?  the websites rarely got updated and all of the email addresses and different web addresses were a total headache.  when i saw the design algow modern blogsite template for into the darkroom i felt like it was created just for whitebox!  it had a clean, fresh, modern feeling and it was totally customizable.  into the darkroom and design aglow make it so easy to update your site!

way back in march i began the process of streamlining all of our sites into one fabulous blogsite.  with my very busy shooting schedule i decided it was best to call in some professional help.  katie saunders, an amazing graphic designer with infinite patience, came to the rescue.  katie helped me freshen up the whitebox look with a new logo (love it!) and new graphic design elements, while staying true to the original whitebox brand.  now whitebox has 1 site that is our website + blog + shopping cart + all sorts of other cool stuff, like a tour of the whitebox farm, a map of my future travels (i am driving across the country next summer, so check out the map to see if i will be headed your way!), a great info section and a FAQ section.  i also love that the new blog allows for slideshows or traditional blog posts.  and, it is super easy for people to tweet about, facebook or pin my posts!

katie also helped me with new packaging and promotional products.  we are switching from DVD’s to these oh so cute new custom hard drives.  check out a sample of my new marketing set below.

welp, here it goes…..drum roll please…..




this is what clients will see when they open their package.  i have a 5×5 tri-fold card with a digital files release, tips about archiving digital files and where to get images printed.  inside the little bag is the custom thumb drive with my logo.  (5×5 tri-fold from

the front of my moo card tag.

the inside of my digital files info card.

i love this page where i can write a hand written note to my clients.

the back of my moo card tag.

i can use the moo cards on the bags and on the outside of print boxes.  they are so cute and have tons of uses.

this divine twine is perfect for my packaging!  i thought i wanted ribbon until maureen, my studio manager, found this.  love it!

my new thumb drives.  how cute are they?!

the thumb drives are retractable and have a little carrying strap too.

thanks for all of your love, support and business over the past 8 years!  i am so grateful that i get to do what i love and that i get to meet so many wonderful folks along the way.

peace + love + pictures!


this is one of the busiest times of the year for me.  i love my kids, but i will be soooo happy when everyone is back in school next week and we are all back to a normal schedule.  i have 2 weddings to edit, 8 portrait sessions to edit, a commercial shoot to prep for, digital files to ship, albums to ship, print orders to fulfill and about 5 loads of laundry and a messy house to tolerate while trying to juggle a 3 year old and an 8 year old for the next few days.  i have decided that my kids brains will not turn completely to mush if i let them watch two movies in one day and that my house will not instantaneously combust if i do not get to vacuum the golden retriever dust bunnies or to tackle the mountain of laundry for another few days.  : )

let’s just say today was the perfect day to get an email like this:

i know while you are sitting around melting on this incredibly hot summer day it might be difficult to envision cooler days ahead.  it is probably even more challenging to bring yourself to start thinking about holiday shopping, but if you can, then you can save BIG on a whitebox photo shoot. christmas is now less than 6 months away!

just think…..

holiday card photo- DONE

presents for grandparents- DONE

awesome family photos to decorate the house- DONE

All you have to do is email!


we have been shipping out lots of albums in the past few weeks!  i snapped a couple shots of estella and pablo’s album before we sent it off to spain.

loveshoot book

some sample pages from the wedding album