Introducing Sarah Elaine Photography!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Elaine Bella Photography has moved AND changed it’s name!

  Please go to my new blog site: www.sarahelaine.com! 

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A big thank you to everyone who has supported EBP from the very beginning. I am excited about this change and hope to hear from you soon.

Email me at:

HiSarahElaine (at) gmail (dot) com


-Sarah Elaine

Happy Harvest. Happy Fall.

Friday, September 30, 2011




Fun with the Johnson Fam!

Thursday, September 29, 2011






I was so excited about photographing the Johnsons again! Andrew and I used to work together at SECU, so it’s always fun to see him.His gorgeous wife Leslie and their adorable son Tyler (and there’s one more on the way…yay!) were so much fun…like they always are!  They came prepared with books, snacks, golf clubs…lots of things to keep little man happy!  (2 can be such a hard age for pictures)  One of my favorite moments came when Tyler was hitting his golf balls, and I told him to hit the balls toward my camera. He misunderstood and came up swinging THE CLUB at my camera…luckily, no one (and no camera) was injured, but it sure was funny.  I should re-think directions I give to two year olds in the future : )

Thanks so much you guys!  So excited for your sweet family!

Tucker Family Preview {Durham Family Photographer}

Monday, September 26, 2011







I have felt like Eeyore recently, with a little black rain cloud following me all over the place! Oh, how I wish it would stop raining on Wednesdays and Saturdays! I have done 2 sessions in the rain, and the one session that was cancelled due to rain we could have done because it never did rain! Oh well. I’m just so lucky to photograph amazing families that—rain or shine—are always positive and excited about getting their pictures taken!

Enough about the rain though. I LOVE this family! And I look forward to photographing them each fall. They are beautiful inside and out, and recently completed their family with the addition of sweet baby Linlee.  (Well, she is 9 months old now, but the last time I saw them Gina was pregnant with her, so it feels recent to me.)  These guys were so great and easy-going despite the weather. Some things I love about these images: 1. The first one I posted of the whole family looks like it was taken in the mountains or something, with the fog so low. I love that!  2.  I love Corbin’s gesture in the last photo as he felt a raindrop…so cute!

…Many more photos await you, Tucker family!  Thanks so much for making the drive out to Durham. I love photographing you!

Smilin’ In the Rain {Raleigh Durham Maternity & Family Photographer}

Tuesday, September 20, 2011








When I met up with the Fok family over the weekend, I wanted to jump up and down with joy-- They were positively adorable, inside and out! Let me say now that it rained during this entire.session, despite the weather radars showing nothing.  We would shoot for a minute or two under some trees, and then sit and chat under a roof waiting for it to let up, but it never did. Luckily, for a while it just sprinkled, so we were still able to take some amazing photos.  I LOVE maternity-family sessions like this…what an exciting, joyful time to capture in photographs. (And how gorgeous is Anthea?!? Seriously GLOWING!) Miss Emma (big sister) was incredibly well-behaved and fun the entire time…despite the rain and all the waiting! I know she is going to be a fabulous big sister when her little sister comes along.

Fok family, it was SO nice meeting you and chatting with you while we wished the rain away.  Thank you so much for a wonderful session!  Can’t wait to meet little girl #2 soon!

Happy Birthday Dear Ellie! {Apex Child & Family Photographer}

Saturday, September 17, 2011






Miss Ellie, who I am convinced is THE cutest baby alive, just turned one! Hooray! I was honored that her parents would ask me to photograph her for her first birthday…and on her birthday-day, no less! She did not think I was particularly funny, but luckily she has funny parents who were able to get some adorable smiles out of her. She also impressed me with her myriad of tricks…where’s your tongue, what does a dog say, etc. Watch out Bearrows, you may just have a baby genius on your hands : )

Anyway, I had a wonderful evening photographing Miss Ellie…thanks so much you guys! She is a doll!

Karen & Peter! {Raleigh Durham Wedding Photographer}

Friday, September 16, 2011


I have been so excited to share this wedding preview on my blog!  Karen and Peter were married in Durham last weekend on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon.  When I first met them many months ago, I walked away with two things in mind—one, they seemed like an amazing couple, and two- I thought their wedding day would be so much fun.  (I was right on both accounts.) Their wedding was beautiful, simple and sweet—and as they exchanged their vows in the company of their incredibly loving families and friends--I felt so honored to be a part of their special day. Moreover, this wedding was extra special for me because I got to shoot alongside my brother-in-law and photography extraordinaire, Graham.  I don’t shoot many weddings, but when I do, he is the person I want shooting with me…calm, creative and confident.  Many thanks to Graham for accompanying me this day, and a huge thanks to Karen and Peter for allowing me to document your lovely wedding. So without further ado…a little preview:


They were married at Hope Valley Baptist Church in Durham. 




I was thrilled that Karen and Peter wanted to do a “first look”, allowing them some time just to themselves before the ceremony, and allowing me to take lots of pictures of them together : )  I loved their faces when they saw each other for the first time.




Love this groom shot, Graham! 


Karen and her twin sister, Katie. They were adorable.





After the lovely ceremony, everyone headed over to the Durham Arts Council downtown for cocktails, dinner and dancing!





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Congratulations Karen and Peter!  I wish you two the very best as you begin your new life together…I know it will be filled with so much joy and happiness. : )

Sneak Peak: Karen & Peter!

Monday, September 12, 2011



…More to come soon! Happy Monday!