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2012 | YEAR IN REVIEW

Best year ever.  How did 2012 fly by so quickly?!  I think I was warned that time starts to go faster as you get older. ;) I wanted to write a little post to close out 2012 and thank you, my amazing clients, friends, and family for your unending support. I know I wax poetic about this, but I am a lucky gal. I absolutely love being a photographer and my heart is filled to the brim with emotion for all the amazing people I’ve met along the way.  I love the beginning of a new year because not only is it the perfect time to plan and make goals (and, boy do I love planning!), but it’s also a great time for reflection.

It’s so hard to succinctly represent an entire year of really important moments in peoples’ lives, but I wanted to share some of my film favorites from 2012.  (I apologize if this mega long post kills your internet!) I’m going to try to do this every year, because even if it’s just for my own personal reference, I really enjoyed looking back at 2011 and 2009 (and wish I would’ve done this in 2010, 2008, and 2007!!).  While I was going through the archives and gathering these images, I thought back to each and every one of these weddings and sessions and I have a HUGE smile on my face because of my fabulous, joyful, thoughtful, stylish clients.  I can’t adequately express how amazing you all are.  Not only that, but you all plan such gorgeous weddings!  WOW!!!

I also have to thank my team, Whitney, Mandi, and Jill for everything they do. I love these gals to pieces and am so thankful for their talent and friendship. Photographing weddings is even more fun with them by my side. In 2012, we had adventures in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, Mexico, road trips up north, flights to Boston, road trips around New England, and we had too much fun along the way.  We also ate copious amounts of cake, and sweets.  (Brides and grooms, we are still loving dessert tables.  I think we starting seeing these a couple years ago and we seriously hope this delicious trend never ends!!)

Personally, I traveled a lot too (sometimes with my husband, a rare bonus!!) and visited some really amazing places on this little globe like Bulgaria, Paris, Portland, Bayfield, Boston, Cape Cod, Chicago, and New Orleans to name a few.  I have lots of exciting travels and destination weddings planned for 2013 and can’t wait to share.  Big things are happening.

Cheers to a fresh new year and I’m wishing you all lots of love, joy, and light in your life.










































































Helgi - LOVE

Laura - This is the most beautiful year :)

Holly - LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Everything is so beautiful (as always) :)

sarah wu - And you play an important role in my 2012 year! :) You took so many beautiful photos for your clients. You are so talented and lucky to do what you love always. Best wishes Laura
XOXO
Sarah

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THANKFUL

Gosh, is my heart full.  And, my stomach! ;)  I spent the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday with surrounded by some of the most important people in my life.  I am pretty darn thankful for my family.  I have to just take a minute to brag about them, because  I love them so much!!  I don’t ever want to take them for granted.  Growing up, I was taught morals and values, but also encouraged to think for myself.  I was shown by actions, not just words.  I was raised with strong examples of marriage and love, not only from my own parents, but my 11 sets of aunts and uncles and 2 sets of grandparents, all amazing examples of enduring, loving relationships, all still married (except for grandma who is widowed).  I also have a brother and 30 first cousins (yes 30!!) who are talented, successful, brilliant people, or children with really bright futures (I’m the 4th oldest, so many are still quite young!).  My in-laws are pretty amazing too. I feel lucky to be a part of this family and I feel lucky to have an amazing husband who is like my father in so many ways.  I have equally important friends in my life.  Oh, and not to brag, but I have the best dog in the world.  Ok, ok, fine, I won’t be that person.  One of the best dogs in the world.

I am also beyond thankful for my clients.  For you.  I really am living the dream.  I can’t describe how lucky I feel to wake up every morning and spend my days doing something I love.  I am privileged and honored to do what I do and to have been a part of so many fantastic wedding celebrations.  It’s truly one of the happiest days of a person’s life and I get to be a part of that.  I get to photograph.  I get to do something I truly feel passion for.  I’m definitely a lucky girl and though any business owner will tell you it’s hard work (like super hard), it doesn’t feel like it when you truly love it in your heart.

I am thankful for all the people in the my life.  I am thankful for the experiences I have had.  I am thankful that I have the ability to make time for my other passions in life like cooking, running, hanging out with friends, traveling, reading, organizing my house (yes, I love organizing!!), talking leisurely walks around this neighborhood that I love (NE Minneapolis!) with a great playlist on my iPod shuffle, group fitness classes at my gym, dinners and wine dates with photographer friends, and so much more.  As much as it’s a love/hate relationship, I am also thankful for social media and the capability to connect with people I would’ve otherwise likely lost touch with.  (See some of my favorite iPhone pics from the from the past year or check out my passions on Instagram!)

What are you thankful for?  Whatever it is, I hope you enjoyed the holiday yesterday and had a chance to reflect on all the wonderful things in your life.


Caitlin Sullivan - I’m thankful I found you : ) Hope we can meet someday soon!

Tiffany Kay - I know I speak for so many people when I say I am very thankful for people like you whose work shows real love and the care you put into each shot. You captured our wedding beautifully and for that we are so thankful! Happy Holidays!

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BULGARIA ON FILM

My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been! I absolutely love traveling and feel so invigorated, inspired, excited, and privileged to experience all the different cultures that this lovely planet has to offer. My husband is from Bulgaria and grew up in Bulgaria, and we try to visit his homeland as often as we can. Unfortunately, since 2004, that has only equated to a trip every two years, but I think everyone can understand how life just gets in the way. A trip to Eastern Europe (or anywhere!) involves coordinating schedules, taking time off work, not booking weddings, saving money, flying half way around the world. There are always dozens of excuses why we can’t travel, but we’ve really tried to make it a priority in our lives. Even though every two years is sporadic, to say the least, I feel lucky that we’ve been able to travel to Bulgaria so many times. It makes the visits really special and I can’t even imagine how much it means to my husband, who only sees his parents and the rest of his family every two years, or for special occasions, like weddings in Africa! These trips are a really big deal, so I appreciate all of my clients who have been so supportive when I jet off for 2-4 weeks during the middle of wedding season. Whenever we visit BG, we try to see new places within the country, as there is so much diversity and so much to see.

I realized while looking through these photos, and my photos from our last trip in 2010, that I barely take any pictures of my husband’s hometown, Sofia; the capital city. I’m not sure exactly why, but I think it’s because it sort of feels like home to me. I rarely take pictures in Minneapolis or NYC any more (unless you count Instagram, which I do, of course) because I guess the novelty has worn off, so to speak. My next trip in 2014, I promise I’ll capture images that show a different side of Bulgaria! My husband wanted me to note that the images that I so love capturing, do not accurately depict life for the majority of Bulgarians. He was not a big fan of the car pic below (one of my favs!), but I happen to love those old villages, old junky cars, and those mountains. :)

Here are a few of my favorites from 2012. All of these images were captured on my favorite, my Contax 645, with Fuji Pro 400H film.  Enjoy!



















Butch McCartney - Laura! This is SO great! I love what you wrote :) My favorite is the shot in the alley with smoke coming from the chimney!

Helgi - I love LOVE this Laura! Soooooo nice!

Kristina - I don’t go back that often either, and your note plus the photos inspired me to try a little harder and involve Geo in it as well. Kisses from me

Laura - Thank you, my lovely friends!! <3

tasha - Goodness! The country is lovely! Of course, your photos are stunning and have convinced me, I must travel there!

MAGGIE & VINNY | NEW HAMPSHIRE & VERMONT WEDDING » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] takes a back seat.  However, I’m just dying to share this one.  You may have noticed, that I love traveling!  So when one of our Minneapolis brides informed us that one of her bridesmaids was getting [...]

2012 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] with my husband, a rare bonus!!) and visited some really amazing places on this little globe like Bulgaria, Paris, Portland, Bayfield, Boston, Cape Cod, Chicago, and New Orleans to name a few.  I have [...]

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JESSICA | PROFESSIONAL PORTRAITS

I think we can all agree that Jessica is beautiful, but I can tell you that her inner beauty matches her outer beauty! Jessica is an amazing photographer, so I was very honored when she asked me to capture updated portraits of her for her website. We have been friends for many years, as we began our businesses around the same time and helped each other through the beginning struggles… Jess is an incredible person and has been my sounding board, my advice, my guidance in so many ways. When much of your workday is spent alone (photographing makes up very little of what we actually do!) other photographers become your coworkers and I’m so lucky to have an amazing network of friends in this industry. Especially Jess.

Jess has gone through a bit of a metamorphosis this year and she wanted these new images to showcase the new her! We went shopping together and came up with these fabulous looks for Jess, and I think she looks absolutely stunning. Thanks to Emily J for Jess’ hair and makeup.











Jessica - Thank you SO MUCH Laura! You do amazing work and I honestly couldn’t have asked for better photos. You are so talented and have became such an amazing photographer since you’ve started. I love and value your work and most of all our friendship. You have been such a great friend to me..Thank you again!

Holly - Oh my gosh these are so beautiful! Jess you look great! Amazing pics (as always) Laura!

kirsten - gorgeousgorgeousgorgeous!!!

Julia Mary - These are fabulous Laura and Jess, you look amazing!!

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BOSTON & CAPE COD

In July, I had a chance to take a mid-summer break and sneak away during the craziness of wedding season to relax and refresh for a week in Boston and Cape Cod. It was such a lovely trip. I just wanted to share a few of my favorite images that I captured on my Contax 645. Thanks to my gal pals for hosting me!











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