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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!!

Kelsy McCartney - Laura!!! These images are STUNNING!! Makes me want to visit Death Valley, like, tomorrow!! What a gorgeous trip :) Can’t wait to see the rest!

Butch McCartney - Laura! These images make me want to get out and shoot! This post is Awesome!!!

Amanda - Wow Laura! These photos are incredible. I love the artistic modern flair you gave what could have been the traditional ‘landscape’ photography photos. Continue the great work – love reading your blog!

Tiffany Abruzzo - These pics are awesome! Love the colors of the landscapes, just gorgeous!

CALIFORNIA DREAMING | PALM SPRINGS + JOSHUA TREE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] My complitation of images from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park (and a few randoms from Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and Santa Monica). Images were captured on my Contax 645 and iPhone 5. Check out Part 1//Death Valley here. [...]

2013 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] a loss that still hurts.  But, it brought two new joys into my life.  I road tripped through the deserts of California, journeyed to Italy (for an incredible wedding), embraced my muffin top (!!!) in Montreal, took my […]

ROAD TRIP THROUGH UTAH | FILM TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] of all time (this is my second trip inspired by an image on Instagram; my first was a trip to Death Valley, inspired by this image).  Some of these images were even taken out of plane and car windows- on […]



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.



An image from KK & Scotty’s wedding, coordinated by Lizie Anne Weddings + Proposals, made it’s way into Cosmopolitan Bride Australia!!  Each chair at the ceremony and outdoor reception was adorned with rows of multi-colored hand-tied ribbons.  The overall effect was stunning, as you can see below in trend #2!  You can check out the full wedding, as captured by Whitney for Laura Ivanova Photography, right here.