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I’m writing this blog post from Zion National Park in Utah! It’s been a whirlwind few days. Actually, it’s been a whirlwind few months with lots of travel. I spent the past few days in Las Vegas for WPPI, a wedding photography convention, catching up with old friends, learning about all the latest and greatest in the industry, enjoying the weather, and organizing a styled shoot. Three nights in Vegas was about all I could handle, so this morning I headed out with a photographer friend, also named Laura, to Zion. We’re soaking in all the amazing views, rocking our yoga pants (such a welcome change after heels and cocktail dresses in Vegas), hiking, Instagramming (#laura2themaxx- get it?), and just trying to enjoy every second.

The thing about national parks is that it can be a bit boring at night! Entertainment is limited, but wifi is plentiful, so I decided now was the perfect time to share photos from my last trip: Yosemite and Big Sur. As of late, my vacation preferences have slowly been shifting from city to country. I am in love with visiting America’s gorgeous national parks and Yosemite certainly did not disappoint. There’s nothing quite like the open road, the most beautiful vistas you can imagine, solitude, and nature. I traveled with a longtime friend & travel-partner-in-crime. We grew up together in the same small town and have known each other our whole lives. Our mothers were friends long before we were born. We’ve traversed the world together- Montreal to Thailand to Peru to Italy, to name a few, and we have similar taste in adventure! We were excited to visit Yosemite in the off-season and we practically had the park to ourselves. The snow didn’t bother us a bit (still many, many degrees warmer than Minnesota) and we hiked our hearts out! After 3 days in Yosemite, we headed west for Big Sur and enjoyed the gorgeous northern California coastline, before rounding out the trip with a one-night stay in the Mission in San Fran. We enjoyed fresh mex (including an amazing vegan restaurant and a fun taco spot), boutique shopping and must-see views of the Golden Gate.

  • Emma S. - Breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Helgi - O.M.G! Unbelievable, beautiful beautiful images!

  • Sabrina - These photos are so amazing Laura!! I especially love the deer!! Any chance you tasted the clovers? When I was hiking with my brother in a forest in Oregon there were tons of clovers. My brother told me to try one, and being it was my brother, I thought he was joking. He tried one first, so I gave it a try and they were delicious! They’d make an awesome addition to a salad! Love seeing your photos from your travels!


Confession: I have way more beautiful weddings to share than I have time to share them!! Since it’s winter and things tend to be just a bit slower around the studio, I wanted to blog this beautiful wedding from summer of 2013 that I didn’t get a chance to previously showcase! Connie & Kelly found a new chance at love and wanted to celebrate their commitment with a beautiful ceremony and soiree at one of my favorite venues, the Calhoun Beach Club! They enlisted Rachelle from Style Architects to expertly design and coordinate their day and every single detail was just perfect.

Planner: Style Architects
Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Bride’s Shoes & Clutch: Jimmy Choo
Florist: Martha’s Garden
Cake: Gateaux
Band: Synergy

  • Kelsy McCartney - What a STUNNING wedding celebration!! Their soft & romantic color palette has completely melted me. So lovely, and you captured every detail perfectly!

  • Emilia Jane - So beautiful!


Gosh, traveling to new places really sets my soul on fire!! I love everything about it- getting to the MSP airport early and enjoying breakfast at French Meadow in Terminal F.  The plane ride (I’m obsessed with planes- just ask my friends about my addiction to Discovery Channel’s Air Disasters).  Getting a new stamp in my passport.  Food, and adventure, and hiking, and rental cars, and luggage, and maps, and new experiences, people, architecture, shooting film, sharing on Instagram.  The list goes on.  This trip was really special because it was My First Big Solo Adventure Abroad.  Sure, I studied abroad in Spain in college and ventured overseas to a foreign country to live with a family that spoke a language I barely understood. But, I was young and naive and I’m not counting that!

My 2013 wedding season was an incredible one, and I was still busy well into November and early December.  I was so busy I was barely able to leave my studio, much less travel anywhere.  I was longing for adventure… just to hop on a plane.  I started browsing Kayak Explorer (the best thing known to man) and I came across a very stellar deal to Dublin, Ireland.  I must admit, ideally I would’ve liked to travel with my husband, but his Bulgarian passport is currently expired, and I wanted to leave in 3 days.  Yep, three days. A deal is a deal! Luckily it all corresponded with my birthday!  I purchased my plane ticket on a Thursday, shot my last wedding of 2013 on a Saturday, and boarded a plane Sunday afternoon to wake up in Dublin on my birthday; Monday, December 9th.

What an adventure. Given the timing and the fact that I had a beautiful winter wedding to shoot, I had, quite literally, no time to plan.  I didn’t book any accommodations, except my first night in Dublin.  My plan was to spend my birthday in Dublin, then head out the next morning with nothing but a map, my favorite camera and a few rolls of film, and my driver’s-side-on-the-wrong-side rental car.  Did I mention the car was a stick?!

My day in Dublin was divine. I enjoyed a glorious, solo meal at Rustic Stone- a restaurant I discovered in this awesome book. I had three craft cocktails (they are half priced on Mondays!) and enjoyed multiple courses of food. I stumbled home with the biggest smile on my face. I completely fell in love with the beautiful country of Ireland and only wish I would’ve had more than a week.  I can’t wait to go back and bring my husband- he loves driving, and Ireland is paradise for this sort of activity.  I posted my adventure on Instagram along the way, and so many friends chimed in with places to stay and recommendations for what to do next…  I have to say, traveling without any sort of agenda was so invigorating and unsettling, in the best way possible. I had to freedom to just see where the road took me (literally).  I wandered to unknown cities and villages and asked the local barkeep where I could find the best (and most affordable!) B&B.  I ate sandwiches in my rental car and clam chowder in pubs.  I frolicked on empty beaches in my rainboots and got sand in the car.  I didn’t have to worry about doing my hair or putting on makeup. I packed a weeks worth of clothes, but wore the same yoga pants and hoodie every single day. I made friends at local pubs and drank more beer in a week that I have in a lifetime (I’m more of a wine kind-of-gal). I had a lot of Bailey’s on the rocks and Bulmer’s on ice.  I accidentally drank my contact lenses one sleepy night- and woke up blind as a bat with no backup lenses (I’m usually adamant about carrying backup contacts- I bring them to EVERY WEDDING). Ask me about this story- it’s one I’ll never forget.  This trip was really special. Here’s to many more adventures to come!!  Thanks for following along and for all the social media encouragement.

  • Helgi - Goose bumps! Love love love it!

  • Jen Lynne - Oh Laura, what an amazinggggg adventure!!! I absolutely love that you just packed up and left.. I am dying to do that! These pictures tell a beautiful story of your time in Ireland, I am so glad you shared this with us :) xoxoxo

  • Ashli K. - This is what makes life so wonderful-Great photos and story! :)

  • Sabrina - These photos are amazing!! Sounds and looks like you had a blast exploring!! Matt and I hope to travel to Ireland sometime soon!! I laughed out loud about you drinking your contact lenses…I remember hearing about that on Instagram (or something) as well. Glad you had such an amazing trip!!

  • Jody savage - Wow!! You have such an adventurous spirit and I love that !! You are magic with that camera!! I cannot wait to travel with you in Vegas! Gosh you captured Ireland so beautifully!

  • Kristi Forschen - Laura, what a beeaaauuutiful way to celebrate such an adventure! Your photographs are stunning!

  • Denae Brennan - What an amazing adventure! Stunning photos!

  • Meridith - Gorgeous photos! Now I want to go back:) It’s such a peaceful and relaxing country being there totally puts you at ease.

  • Urška Majer - This sounds like such an amazing trip! Love the photos!

  • Nicki - Hurrah for solo female adventures! These photos are gorgeous Laura! So awesome. :-)


When Patti first reached out to me and told me her and her husband wanted to do an in-home session featuring the remodel of their 1930’s South Minneapolis home, I was immediately ecstatic at the prospect of our session! Architecture and interior design are my first loves, and the focus of my studies as an undergraduate. As a child, in addition to playing with my parents’ film cameras, I had a little toy architecture set complete with faux blueprints, furniture, and fixtures that I could arrange and rearrange, and compile into the home of my dreams! I am smitten with good design, and “good design” would be an understatement when it comes to describing Patti and Brian’s gorgeous, light-filled home.

They painstakingly remodeled the lower level, turning their garage into a beautiful, crisp, bright kitchen that opens out into a patio and a brand new detached garage- perfect for summertime grilling and an indoor/outdoor space. When I first walked in their house, without exaggeration, my jaw dropped. My first thought was, quite literally, “can they adopt me, so I can live here forever?” The kitchen is any foodie or cook’s dream. The design choices unique, yet perfectly fitting, and the entire remodel feels true to the history of the home. They even kept the original garage windows, and the abstract photographs on the wall highlight the construction process.

Patti & Brian, thank you for welcoming me into your home, and for the opportunity to document the space you’ve created. I hope your growing family has many wonderful years together here.

  • Sarah Wu - Such a beautiful house. Love the sweet and beautiful shots