blog_title_decorationDOGS ON FILM

It’s no secret that I love dogs! I love spoiling my little pup and it’s likely no coincidence that many of my clients have special furry family members too! I always smile when I’m planning a session with someone and they ask permission to bring along their dog… OBVIOUSLY, YES!! I’ve had countless cute pups in the studio and along for photo sessions. Clients (without dogs!) have jokingly ask if my contract requires my clients to have dogs.  No, really.  I’ve been asked.  I thought it’d be fun to compile photos of some of the cute pups I’ve been privileged to capture on film over the last year- these are only photos from my most recent archives, and I apologize in advance if I missed someone (it’s not easy task going through hundreds of shoots and weddings!)

PS- I’m trying to come up with a hashtag for all the pup pictures I share on Instagram- specifically of pups that come into my studio. Perhaps something with my name/studio/dogs all rolled into one? Suggestions appreciated!

blog_title_decorationYOSEMITE & BIG SUR | TRAVEL & ADVENTURE

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.


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