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PATTI, BRIAN & BABY | MINNEAPOLIS IN-HOME SESSION

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

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HEATHER & CHARLIE | PLAYA DEL CARMEN DESTINATION WEDDING

Heather & Charlie decided to whisk away and celebrate their marriage with their closest friends and family on the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, at Sandos Playacar Resort. Their day was absolutely perfect and it was so fun to get away from the harsh Minnesota winter and enjoy a few days of idyllic weather. I loved getting to know not only Heather & Charlie, but their friends and family. Destination weddings are special because I get to spend an extended amount of time with my clients and I enjoy it so much! Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming and making me feel like part of the group. I wanted to share just a few of my favorites from this meaningful wedding day. I especially loved Heather & Charlie’s wedding ceremony, as they incorporated their guests with special gifts and readings. Charlie also surprised Heather with a touching rendition of “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson, sang by a friend. Charlie orchestrated all the guests joining in for the last verse, and it was such a great moment. I am actually recently obsessed with their entire wedding soundtrack- see below!

Congratulations, Heather & Charlie!! You’re beautiful inside and out and I wish you all the happiness in the world!


















































Heather & Charlie’s Wedding Soundtrack:
Everlasting Light- The Black Keys
Here, There & Everywhere- Per-Olov-Kindgren
January Wedding- The Avett Brothers
Home- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
I’ve Just Seen a Face- The Beatles
The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson
Yearnin’- The Black Keys
Prank Calls- Kelley Stoltz
Two of Us- The Beatles
Make You Feel My Love- Adele
You and I- Ingrid Michaelson

Jody Savage - gosh I just love to sit down and slowly take my time with each of your images. They are just perfection. so so beautiful Laura. The couple will cherish these images forever. Such a beautiful day!

sarah der - Oh my goodness, how lovely! So many sweet moments. And so much warmth! Makes we long for summer days, for sure!

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CHELSEA, BRIAN & ADDISON | ENGAGED!

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I’m so excited to share a small snippet from this engagement session! We began the day at my studio in Northeast Minneapolis, with the future bride and groom and their adorable pup, Addison! It’s no secret that I love dogs, and I was completely smitten with little Miss Addy! Chelsea & Brian are full of joy too! They are so sweet together and I love the way they laugh and joke! I can’t wait for your big day, you two!!








“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, never had a dog.”

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MARGO & DUNCAN | NEW ORLEANS DESTINATION ELOPEMENT

What a wonderful way to start 2014! Margo and Duncan followed their hearts and eloped to New Orleans. They wanted a special day in a beautiful city to celebrate their commitment. They altered their original wedding plans and decided they couldn’t wait until May to be husband and wife. Their whole day I could feel the excitement! After their intimate ceremony in New Orleans’s City Park with their witnesses, Margo’s sister and her long time boyfriend, by their sides, we explored the city- I could’ve photographed for days- such beauty around every single corner. Thanks to the newlyweds for inviting me along to capture their intimate day.














































kirsten - swooooooooooon! what a way to do it! gorgeous photos & congrats to the couple.

Madelyn - Laura, Wonderful photos!!! You captured the day beautifully! Thank you!

Rex Snodgrass - Margo,

So happy for you and Duncan. Thanks for sharing the great pictures! Good luck for the future. Look forward to seeing you sometime.
Fondly, Uncle Rex and Aunt DeeDee

Martha - You two look amazing, gorgeous! Great photos, I so enjoyed viewing them! Wishing you both a lifetime full of love and happiness!

Sherry and Herb Clark - Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. Your wedding day looks like a very special one for you two, done just the way you wanted it. We are so happy for you both and we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

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2013 | YEAR IN REVIEW

2013.  If I could only use one word to summarize the year, it would be grateful.  I am so grateful to my husband, my family, my friends, my team, and my clients who support my business.  My little dream that turned into an immensely satisfying, fulfilling career.  I feel so grateful for the trust my clients place in me.  For the invitation to be a part of such a joyous day in their lives.  It’s a gift.  I feel very lucky.

2013 was also a challenging year.  Personally I faced a loss that still hurts.  But, it brought two new joys into my life. I may have worked a bit too much, and neglected my husband at times! I’m continuously working on finding balance in 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 first big solo trip (not counting studying abroad in college), made an emergency trip to NYC for Christmas (to have dental work done, not fun!), and explored a few other little places.  I photographed weddings in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Capri, and lots of small towns, and woodsy, up-north destinations in between.  I had a blast with my team.  They make road trips and plane rides way more fun.  Whitney, Mandi, Jesi (and Jill, even though you’re not around as much anymore!)- you’re the best!!

I wanted to share a few images from all the sweet couples we had the privilege of photographing this year.  Heart = full.  Love to you all!!

PS- Check out 2012, 2011 and 2009!




































































Kelsy McCartney - Congratulations on a BEAUTIFUL year, Laura!! Stunning locations, adorable couples with great style, and the most romantic images – LOVE! :)

Emilia Jane - Cheers to a beautiful year! Your work is incredible.

jody savage - absolutely stunning Laura. You are SO gifted! LOVE! cant wait to see what’s in store for you this year!

Annie Wiegers - Lovely… simply lovely! So glad you that you are able to bless these couples with your beautiful gift :)

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