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I recently had the opportunity to collaborate on a styled shoot with some amazing local talent. This shoot started as a spark of creative inspiration between the stylist and myself. We wanted to use soft corals and mint as the loose basis of our palette with accents of cream and gold. We enlisted the help of an incredible florist to bring help bring our vision to life. Jackie took it to another level and added so much texture and depth to the styling. The models looked extra perfect thanks to the talent of our makeup artist, Justine. I am so proud of how this shoot turned out. Thank you, thank you, thank you x infinity to the fabulous people involved for bringing this collaboration to life:
Styling: Jesi Hoolihan
Florals: Munster Rose
Hair and Makeup: Justine Sierakowski
Model: Sarah Vande Kamp
Model: Nick from Ignite Models
Lingerie: Room No. 3
Clothing: Pac Sun

See more from this shoot on my beauty + boudoir blog. Enjoy!

  • Emily Steffen - LAURA! These images are incredible…so fresh and so beautiful! :) The flowers, that wallpaper and your colors are just so appealing!!!!! :) I LOVE THIS! :)

  • A Styled Boudoir Shoot » Beauty & Boudoir by Laura Ivanova Photography - [...] Model: Sarah Vande Kamp Model: Nick from Ignite Models (not pictured in this post, see more images here) Lingerie: Room No. [...]

  • Jackie Reisenauer - Laura, you did such an amazing job with these. I want to dive in and live in this space. And Jesi (!!!) awesome styling!!! Thanks for including Munster Rose!

  • Anna Margaret - LOVE everything about these images… and swooning over the lovely wallpaper! So beautiful!

  • Liz Banfield - Gorgeous, Laura. What a light beautiful touch you have.

  • Helgi - This images are pure inocent, joy and love! You are the best ever!

  • Rozanne Z - Classy, chic & tastefully sexy!! Amazing job!!

  • Emily Koska - GORGEOUS!! Loooove the colors. Fabulous as always :)

  • Patricia @cichlee - Warmed me up. Exactly the kind of modern, sexy, cozy images that couples want. All the little light kisses make it extra sweet.
    Lovely job all.


If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you may have noticed that I traveled to California at the end of January with my bestie!  And, by “noticed,” I mean “been bombarded by a continuos, never-ending slew of pictures in your newsfeed.” My apologies- I couldn’t help myself.  This trip was a photographer’s dream.  We flew into Los Angeles, drove to Mojave, Red Rock, Death Valley National Park, Rhyolite Nevada, back to Death Valley, Amboy (via Route 66), Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and back to LA. In that order!  I traveled light, carrying only my favorite medium format film camera, 10 rolls of film, and my iPhone 5.  I packed light too- as you may notice by the one jacket, one scarf, one pair of sneakers, and several pairs of yoga pants below!  This trip was so refreshing.  It was one of the most active trips I’ve taken.  For all the driving we did, we did equal amounts of hiking and other outdoor activities.  We also ate well (well meaning healthfully).  Again, my Insta feed gives me away; I’m a very health conscious vegan/vegetarian eater, but on the typical vacation I’d indulge.  At every single meal.  I certainly indulged on this vacation, but in a different way.  We dined on fresh, local produce and ate primarily vegan meals.  We drank freshly made juice on several occasions!  Usually when I return home from a vacay, I feel like I need a detox, but after this I felt light as air.

If you ever get a chance to go to Death Valley, please take it.  I think you’ll be amazed by the fantastic hiking, gorgeous vistas, perfect temps (in January!), straight-outta-a-video-game roads, and peacefulness.  This entire trip was inspired by a single pic on a friend’s Instagram feed.  The power of social media!  Pretty amazing to think that we never would’ve thought to visit Death Valley if not for that one picture.

Most of these images were captured on film, but I snuck in several iPhone pics (including a selfie)!  This was my first trip with my newly upgraded iPhone 5 and the camera is a HUGE improvement from the last model, so I found myself taking A LOT more phone pics than usual.  I also learned of the panorama feature a few days into the trip.  I’ll spare you a blog post of 2,916 panoramas, but suffice it to say, I almost filled my brand new phone.  Next week I’ll share images from Palm Springs and Joshua Tree.  Enjoy!!


Two of my 2012 couples were featured in The Knot!! Stella & Tim’s lovely wedding at the Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, was featured in The Knot Minnesota, and Elena & Andrew’s gorgeous celebration was featured in The Knot Chicago. I am so grateful to my clients for allowing me to be a part of their big days and sharing their inspiring weddings!! Not only that, but I am extremely honored and humbled to be voted by Knot brides as one of the 2013 Best of Wedding Winners in Minnesota alongside with many talented vendors and friends. Thank you so much! If you’re in Minnesota or Illinois, please be sure to check out all the gorgeous real weddings, and the entire magazine, in person!


Julie is fiery, full of life, and this girl knows no limits! She’s a super successful businesswoman and a total inspiration. When she told me she wanted to do an all black and white film boudoir session, I was a bit hesitant (I must confess, I love color!!), but I knew Julie could pull off this dramatic, super sexy look. Hair by Julie and makeup by Lianna Colestock.

For more information about boudoir sessions, please check out my Beauty & Boudoir website!

  • Barry - These are amazing photos. The woman is stunning.

  • Jessica Hannon - Holy geeze lady you are gorgeous! Love your shoot! Where’d you get your little black piece, it’s absolutely stunning. You should be a model…

  • Patricia @cichlee - So happy to see sophisticated boudoir that is art. rare. The BW tones add to the style and will look fantastic as a wall series. Thanks Julie for allowing the share. Stunning & lush.