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We met at the park across the street 7 years ago for her maternity pictures.  My boy/girl twins were almost two and hers were going to be born.  We bonded right away over our boy/girl twins and our shared personality trait of being a strait talker.  Yep, sometimes it gets us both in trouble.  Mostly, people learn to love it as they always know we are being honest and sincere all the time.  Due to crazy schedules and the acquisition of Melissa’s beach property we haven’t been able to hang out nearly enough, and our kids not at all past a few birthday parties.  So for this session, we planned to have my kids dropped off at the end so we could play and play.  All of them bonded right away and we’ll definitely be making time to let these awesome relationships develop.  Awesome for us too since we love to chat together about anything and everything.  Can’t wait to see where we’re at in another 7 years with our awesome teens.

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Big kids are so fun.  We All giggled our way through their session as we walked around near West Street in Raleigh.



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My husband and I have commented to ourselves how surprising it seems for us two people to have become 5 people!  We love our three children and all of the many blessings and chaos that comes with them.  Sometimes I dream of having 4 kids.  Right now that is just a dream.   On that note, Meet the Cottle’s!  They have four adorable kids with great personalities.

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In the days leading up to their session, we’d been watching the weather attentively as the forecast switched back and forth from a washout to as little as 10% chance of afternoon rain!  Saturday arrived and the forecast was better then the night before with less chance of a rain.  As the time approached to leave, my home was suddenly thoroughly soaked by a big storm, but the forecast down the road in Raliegh was still saying 10% chance of rain for the next 3 hours.  We decided to met up near NC State University at the JC Raulston Arboretum.   The edge of the storm seemed to be following all of us on the way, and we decided to see what we could get instead of calling it.  Boy did we luck out!  There were two times we has some rain come down on us, but overall it was quite nice including the cooler temperatures found right after a storm!   Sometimes it pays to brave the storms of life to find the rewards.

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We had a great time capturing theses fun and sweet images.  The kids will definitely enjoy looking back at these images time and time again.

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What I love most about Jamie is her sweet smile and the relaxed way she goes with the flow as we photograph their family.  Their family shines with the love and devotion they have for each other.

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If you are ever in need of an endodontist, Eric can help you out!  The practice is Clayton Endodontics and can be found here.  He has helped me, my husband and my mom as we’ve all needed a root canal done in the last few years.  Mine was an especially difficult case, and he put this girl at ease as he worked to make my tooth better.  Big shout out for him!!!

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This cutie has one big event coming up.  Her baptism.   We captured some wonderful images of her to commemorate.

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So sweet!  Love these!!!

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One thing she has done to prepare for her baptism is read the scriptures.  How special to have some fun images to remember this important time in her life.

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This family has me super excited.  Why?  Well, let me tell you how interesting life has gotten.  These two sweet and absolutely adorable twins were born in June 2014.  They are going to be joined by another set of boy/girl twins in June 2015 {due date}.  Irish quadruplets anyone?  Your first reaction is either WOAH or ‘Did they plan that?’   Let me just say, no they didn’t plan it, and this is an amazing family that will thrive with their four sweet kids all grouped together so closely.  Both parents have wonderfully positive attitudes combined with a great work ethic.  For me, it is going to be a fun and exciting newborn session.  Can’t wait!!


For the twins 6 month session we used their home as a backdrop with a relaxed lifestyle feel.


These guys were fast on the master bed.  Snap.  Catch.  Snap. Catch.  lol   Crawlers are so fun and I definitely get my exercise in with busy kid sessions.  Both his mom and I adore the shot with his serious face and finger pointing on his chest.


This images seems like just a peek into the fun and close times these two will have in life.  My own twins often are holding hands or touching each other in some way when they sit or stand together.  It is so natural for them to share with the person they have been with since conception. 


Below are a few more of the images taken together during this fun in home session.


Ahhhh, this bread bowl was so cool!  It is one of the biggest I’ve seen.  Love the way the different textures and colors make the children seem to come even more alive in these last few images. 


Tip of the Day:   When deciding what images to hang in your own home, think about what makes you happy and will continue to each time you see it.  Which images bring an instant smile to your face?  What really shows off the personality of the person or people in the image?  Few people will spend much time in your home so make the ones up on the walls the ones you enjoy the most!  If that image isn’t everyone smiling at the camera, that is ok.

To get more information or schedule your own session, please call or email me, Shannon White {photographer & owner}, at 919-585-6433 or  Looking forward to helping you out soon.

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Oh wow, I love twins!  Well, what mom of twins isn’t a huge fan of twins in general?!!  Us twin moms know all the amazingness that comes along with having twins.  The best part?  Encouraging new twin moms with comments that empower and comfort them.  It is well known among twin moms that every single month gets better and better the first few years.    My own boy/girl twins will be 7 soon. Click here to see some cord stumping tips.

These sweet twins have the most adorable older brother.  Oh, those cheeks of his!  He is less then 2 years older and doing a great job of welcoming them into the family.


We did a little bit of posed and a bit of lifestyle photography for this session.  It was fun to mix the two styles.  These girls were so smiley!  We captured a few of them including the open eye smile below.  Those open eye smiles are so rare to happen and to capture!!!


Lots of sweet looks and fun!  I absolutely adore moms smile in the family image on the bed.  It really shows her engaging personality.


We got the girls all snuggled together in a basket which is just so sweet.  Love all the hair these little ladies have.  Big brother is so funny!  He loves to call people ‘meatball’ and it is a big deal if he says it to you.  You are so in if you make it into the meatball club.  😉


I’m so thankful this sweet family chose Lifelong Impressions photography for their newborn session.  Looking forward to seeing them grow and come back for future sessions!


Tip of the Day:   Capturing images of your newborn is best done within the first 10 days of life.  I recommend setting up your appointment as soon as you know you want them during your pregnancy.  This will guarantee your spot and you can get all your questions answered and plan your session style well ahead of those lazy last weeks of pregnancy and busy first days with a newborn.

To get more information or schedule your own session, please call or email me, Shannon White {photographer & owner}, at 919-585-6433 or  Looking forward to helping you out soon.

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Deciding what size prints you are ordering can be an ordeal for some people, and it can be super easy for others.  For most, the ease of ordering prints falls somewhere in between.  One reason I encourage all clients to come in for a Design Consultation appointment to place their order, is so we can review cropping on print sizes ordered.  Other reasons include choosing designs for cards, albums and such, seeing product examples in person, helping decide the best way to work a budget, and sharing ideas to help get the most out of displaying images.   It is an extra level of personal service I feel makes clients satisfied  with their entire experience at Lifelong Impressions Photography.

Below is a new sample to show clients how images are cropped when ordered in certain print sizes.  All images are created and shown in a full 2:3 aspect ratio which is a long rectangle.  Did you know that the classic 8×10 is actually pretty close to square?  Not many people realize, when looking at the full image, that much of the long side will be cropped off in printing.  Often it isn’t a big deal, but sometimes important elements like feet are not in the ordered print so we need to adjust the order to another print size or another image ordered in that size.

Check out this fun sample showing both a vertical and horizontal image in the different crop ratios when printed.  The print sizes typically ordered are noted between the vertical and horizontal images.


I’m so excited to have a new visual available for clients to see when they are deciding on their order!

Shannon White  |  Lifelong Impressions Photography  | 919-585-6433  |

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I’ve been trying to talk this little OCD child of mine into doing a photo shoot with his dads tie.

In his underwear.

For a long time.


He wasn’t having it.  You are totally supposed to wear some kind of clothes.

All The Time.  🙂

Hey, he’s almost 3 1/2 and is figuring it all out.

So last night I got him to start posing for me with his brand new backpack. The one he told {i.e. demanded} grandma she was buying him.  But that is another story…  He loves it and walks around the house with it each evening.


When he got really comfortable playing around in front of the camera, we went with the shirt.


And got amazing shots of him getting it off.  So funny and cute!


This is one of my personal favorite pictures.


The whole reason behind this little mini session in my studio, was because his big brother did an underwear with dads tie session at age 3.  I thought it would be super cute for both of them to get the same experience.


He loved it once he got into it.  Here we got down to his pants, which I think looks just as good.  The funny thing about this image to me is how incredibly long the tie looks.  Our little Landon man is the size of a tall 5 year old yet this tie goes past his knees.  Dad is six foot five so this tie is set to come just to the top of his pants.  When this kid gets to his full height, this tie will probably be too short for him!  {predictions put him between 6’6″ to 6’9″}


Another favorite image of mine.  Love this slightly sassy look.


We did finally get down to his undies, but the tie was so Done by then.  We just played around some more.


And laughed.

And laughed.


I love celebrating family and each kid.  There is something so special about capturing special moments and their personality in images.  Our house has so many fun and funny pictures on the walls hung in groupings of prints, gallery wrapped canvases and on storyboards.

I’d love to capture your family too!

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Sometimes clients become friends.  This family is fabulous and Melissa has become a friend that I never want to lose.  She is sweet and genuine and funny.  We always have a good conversation when we talk.  Someday, we’ll make a little more time into our busy schedules for hanging out.  Luckily, they just bought a sweet little camper for beach trips.  Hmmmm, with a few weeks left in the summer that sounds like just the ticket.

The ever adorable DrewBear

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This summer marked the end of pregnancy, newborn, 6 month and a 1 year session for one of my favorite families.  Normally, this means I’ll still see them once a year as they schedule a yearly family session.  These guys are moving back to Micronesia which makes me so sad.  I know they will be so glad to back in their home country with lots of family and friends nearby.  🙂  This family knew they would be leaving our beautiful state of North Carolina so they picked the NC State campus, where she has been attending school, as the location for this session.


She is already so excited to show off her album and display prints in her new home!  Of course, they still need to move and buy a new home.  😉  She loved how every image turned out and how her school was incorporated into the images to keep the fond memories alive.


This little man was so excited and they will all look back on his first year and Raleigh, NC knowing they shared so much love and happiness here.


Images like the next two are my very favorites to choose for large prints in the home!  How can you not smile and feel a sense of pure love when you look at an image like this every day?


At one year old, there are so many different moments we can capture.  I love sweet and loving moments like this!


Little man at mama’s school.



These cheeks are so awesome!!


Lucky for me, she just might finish out school next spring instead of this winter.  If they go this route, we just might have time to fit in one more session before they head back home!  🙂  Is it bad for me to secretly hope they stay long enough to get in another session?

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Check out the great new tool the Garner police department has!

Last week the Garner Police department needed some images of their new Dodge Charger patrol car.  I was lucky enough to be able to capture some images for them on a beautiful morning.  We also were able to use the new memorial as a backdrop for one of the images.   If you haven’t had a chance to get to Lake Benson park or White Deer park in Garner, they are both worth the visit.   A great opportunity for you to check it out is the annual 4th of July celebration is on July 3rd.

This car is really cool.  Maybe in another life I could have been a race car driver.  Vroom Vroom…

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