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Ahhhh… this post brings me back to the glorious beaches of Mexico! Honestly, I am so darn lucky my job brings me the amazing places it does! If I weren’t a wedding photographer, I’m not sure that I ever would’ve had the pleasure to experience the gloriousness that is an all-inclusive resort. Before I actually went to one, I must admit, I was a bit of a travel snob. I preferred places more off the beaten path. However, I always try to keep an open mind! It may not be a cultural experience, but there is certainly something to be said about relaxing. Laying in the sun poolside or oceanside and listening to the ocean for hours. Dining leisurely (at 5 star restaurants, no less) without worry about where you’re dashing off to next. How often do we actually relax?! I’ve been to the Riviera Maya a few times now and each experience has been simply amazing. Like pinch-me-I-can’t-believe-I’m-here amazing.

When Sarah & Allen contacted me about shooting their destination wedding in Mexico, of course, I was elated! Right away I knew we were a perfect fit for each other. (Their blog post is coming very soon!!) Through Sarah, I was introduced to Diana, one of Sarah’s best friends, and a guest at the wedding. She wanted to capture a beach boudoir session in Mexico. Because of timing, we had to squeeze this session in early the morning after the wedding, before Diana headed back home to New York. Of course, there were torrential downpours (I didn’t find out May was borderline rainy season until the day I left for the wedding!), but we managed to sneak in a mini session by the pool and beach at our gorgeous resort, Grand Velas.

Diana, you are absolutely radiant! I was worried that Diana would be deterred by the rain; worried about her hair and makeup, but as you can see, Diana is a natural beauty and just rolled with the punches. She completely rocked the natural look and embraced the weather, wet hair and all. Thank you for the fun session!

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


Diana - Thanks Laura for making my first experience back in front of the camera so easy & fun; I cannot wait for our next shoot.

Sheila Ramirez - You look absolutely beautiful, sweet and classy. Awesome pic Diana!



Sarah & Ethan are two incredibly special people. On their own, they are incredibly giving, fun, full of life, and just radiate with happiness. But together, it’s something super special. Out of this world, really. They are the kind of couple that inspire love in other people. Make you want to squeeze your significant other just a little bit tighter. I really can’t even begin to describe how much I love this couple and how happy they make me (and presumably everyone around them!). I am beyond excited for their wedding day!

kelsy mccartney - in love with this session!! absolutely gorgeous photos, beautiful light, great style (love their boat shoes!), and incredible location!! so cute :)

Butch McCartney - Laura!! Awesome session!! Great color, style, location … photos!

jessica - Love everything about this session from the location, the outfits and the adorable couple. You always make everyone look so great in their sessions :)

Poly - Love all of them! And love her shoes!

Jayne - absolutely perfect.

geneoh - Great session, Laura!

Melissa Oholendt - Yep. Just spending a Saturday evening on your blog. LOVE this session. Stunning. xo friend, so inspired by you!

Jenna - I SO want this for ANW blog, will you submit it Laura? Your work is simply stunning (as are you!) love following your talent, email me if you want to submit some of your goodness! xo



I wanted to share a tiny glimpse into my incredible experience in the beautiful city of New Orleans. I really had an amazing time here with my friends, heard some amazing music (including some of my favorite bands, like The Foo Fighters and The Eagles!) at Jazz Fest and cannot wait to go back. Maybe in 2013!

John Wilson - Gimme the deets!

What film, what cameras? How did you process your B&W film?

Natalie - I see you added the pay phone in there. :P

Christina - So gorgeous! I love that your passion for photography carries over into your personal life.

Jodi - Awesome! Miss it soo much!

Laura - Hi John, all of the images from New Orleans were captured on a Canon 1V. The B&W film is Ilford 3200, and the color is a mixture of Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Pro 400H. I don’t process my own film, I send it to Pro Photo Connection in Irvine, CA or Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood, CA. Haven’t found a local lab I love yet! Hope that helps!

Mollie - Very neat! Fun to see the little jokes and memories from the trip



I absolutely love farm weddings! I even have an entire category dedicated to it on my blog! So needless to say, I am head over heels in love with the blog, aptly titled I Love Farm Weddings. It’s full of beautiful, outdoor, sunshiny goodness!! We recently had THREE features on this blog that I just wanted to share! First up was Shelby & Jeff’s splendid soiree at the Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, WI. I Love Farm Weddings also featured KK & Scotty’s beautiful big day, which was photographed by Whitney for Laura Ivanova Photography and expertly coordinated and planned by Lizie Anne Weddings + Proposals.  Lastly, Steph & John’s gorgeous celebration at a private farm in Eau Claire, WI was featured!

Thank you for the features, I Love Farm Weddings!!


sarah wu - I love farm wedding’s look & feel too. I adore the rustic and south type of feel. Remember Ray the guy who sat next to you during my wedding who does shoot wedding also. He wants a farm wedding too. It’s getting so popular now days even a guy like it too. hehe