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I understand that most couples today want their digital files from their weddings and sessions so they can archive the photos and display images online, but there’s something to be said about a tangible print. After all, photographs are meant to be printed and held, not viewed on a backlit computer screen. With this principle in mind, I wanted to offer my clients an option for beautifully displaying prints in their home. I’m so excited to now offer Heirloom Print Collections.

This Print Collection include a complete set of 4×6 prints from your wedding day or session with elegant white borders. Prints are processed at a professional lab and printed on high-quality paper with archival quality inks, just like all of the prints and products I offer. Prints are also numbered on the back, so ordering reprints (if desired) is easy.

The wedding day proof box holds images upright like a recipe box. The box will accommodate 700-900 prints (every image from your wedding!). This beautiful product is included with some of my photography collections or is always available as an a la carte item.


The session proof box is available for any type of photography- engagement, lifestyle or boudoir sessions. With this type of box, the images lay flat. Both type of boxes include a decorative satin ribbon and close magnetically.


Proof boxes are available in a variety of beautiful silks and coordinating satin ribbons. Both of the samples pictured above and swatch books are available in my studio for viewing. Please contact me for more information and pricing.

Aurora - Love them! :)

melissa oholendt - Dear Cypress, I love you with my whole heart.

Poly - Love it, love it, love it, love it… Did I mention Love it?

AMY & BRETT | ETERNITY WEDDING ALBUM » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] can be customized with your choice of silk and ribbon colors.  (See more of my silk proof boxes here.)  The prints inside are printed at my professional lab and feature elegant white borders. There [...]

Samuel Boal - Hi

I really like your product, its very rare to find something like this. I was just wondering how much they would cost.

look forward to hearing from you ,

sincerely Sam Boal



If you haven’t been in to see my new studio, you haven’t seen my beautiful new canvases. Just in case you didn’t know, I offer these gorgeous, ready-to-hang wall canvases in a variety of sizes, from 8″x12″ to 40″x40!” Custom sizes are available. Please contact me for pricing. Canvases are thick (1.5″) and don’t need to be framed. They can be printed with black or white edges, or with the image wrapped around the edge. Canvases are a modern, clean and simple solution for decorating your home.

In my studio, I have a cluster of 5 canvases in various sizes hanging to create one gorgeous six foot display above my couch. If you need help determining what would work for your home, I am happy to provide assistance.

Canvases can also stand alone, as pictured on the left. This canvas is 30″x40″ with a black edge.

s h e r r y - These canvases look gorgeous <3

Rachel - Oooohhhh, I really love those! Your new space looks so inviting, and just perfect. I would love to stop by and see it sometime!

Jyll - These look awesome Laura!

Amanda - These are incredible, Laura!

karen - what are the dimensions of the 5 canvases above your couch?



Hopefully, you’ve noticed, or maybe you’re new around here, but back in December, I launched the new look of Laura Ivanova Photography. You can click here to read all about it. Now that the process is nearing completion (really, will it ever be complete!?) I just wanted to talk a little bit more about my rebranding. My brand is so much more than a logo. Branding is so big right now, but rightfully so! Branding encompasses my web presence, my studio, my facebook fanpage, my tweets, my clothing, my business cards, the way I communicate, my email signature, my style…pretty much everything about me. This especially rings true in this industry, because photography is so personal, and it doesn’t get much more intimate than being with a couple on their wedding day. I can’t put into words how grateful I am to be welcomed into the lives of my clients; to document such a momentous day.

I’m writing this, because over the years, I’ve realized that working with the right clients is very important.  It’s mutually beneficial for my clients and myself. I want the couples who hire me to look at my work and know without a doubt, that my photographic style is perfectly in line with the images they envision. They should feel like they can trust me to capture their big day. They should feel like I’m a friend; like they can be themselves around me. And, I too want to work with couples I love. I want to work with couples that inspire me to give 110% percent each and every time. I know every photographer says this, but I think my clients are pretty damn awesome! It makes sense that every photographer would say this though, because their branding should be attracting the right kind of client. Everything should just click.

Since I already had amazing clients, why rebrand? I feel like the last few months have been a pivotal point in my life and business (perhaps one of many to come, but a pivotal time nonetheless). I feel like I finally know my style; where it is and where I want it to go. For a long time, it was hard for me to describe my style. It was hard for me to grasp where I fit in. When I realized my old brand and my photographic vision didn’t work together, there was a feeling of uneasiness and I knew it would hinder me in driving my business in the direction I wanted to go. So, with all that being said, my rebranding was an investment in my growth. It was a considerable investment; worth every penny. Aurora of Red Organic is the mastermind behind my new look and I couldn’t be happier with her work or the results. It feels so good to have a brand that I love 100%. Nay, 200%. (That’s saying a lot for me, because I am a perfectionist to the core.) Something that represents me and the kind of bride I want to attract. I know a lot of photographers read my blog, so my advice to you is this: do not skimp on your branding! But also, don’t brand before you’re ready. Don’t do it because it’s the cool thing to do. Of course, It would be naive of me to think that this brand will be my brand forever, but a year ago or even 6 months ago, things would’ve looked completely different. I feel like this brand represents my future. And, that is a good thing.

(On a sidenote, I credit a lot of my new outlook on business to the Jose Villa workshop I attended in Italy in October. Jose is so open and giving, and his credo really rung true to me. He is an artist in every sense of the word, an extremely talented, yet humble person. An absolute inspiration to me and so many others. I was so inspired by Jose that I’m attending his workshop again this year in Mexico. It’s already sold out, but if you ever get a chance, attending one of Jose’s workshop is an experience I would highly, highly recommend.)

Anyway! That was a mouthful! If you have any questions about the rebranding process, please feel free to contact me and ask away! Or leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Here’s a glimpse at the amazing new printed collateral that I love so much!

My gorgeous new letterpress business cards. Swoon!

The lovely trifold brochure:

The new disc holders. Plain old jewel cases just won’t do! I love these letterpress holders tied with a pretty pink ribbon!

All the letterpress goodness: my business card, my envelope and disc holder. Have I mentioned I love letterpress?


Kirsten - l.o.v.e. LOVE it, Laura. based on the times we’ve talked about what you’re doing and where you’re going, i believe this is so YOU. congrats on the new look and feel!

Melissa Schollaert - WOW! I love it! Everything is so beautiful. SO jealous that you’re going to the workshop. Really wish I could go this year. I’ll miss you guys! :)

Molly Michel - seriously beautiful Laura. I’m a big fan of letterpress also. Swoon worthy to be sure!

Stacy Able - swoon.. no wait capital SWOON! So lovely and so you! So happy for you and jealous about the mexico workshop Tiene un buen tiempo por mi!

diana radoi - Laura!!!!!!!!!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE IT ALL!
I’m still trying to find someone to help with my re-branding…might just have to give Aurora a call ;)
I can’t wait to spend time with you in mexico!!!!! :) yay!! so glad you are coming!

Erin - Oh, wow – this is all so lovely!! Congratulations on the rebranding, Laura!

Mona B - So beautiful, classy, and sophisticated! This is definitely YOU! I love your advice in your blog post. It is definitely an investment and I’m looking forward to going through the process myself. Congratulations on all your success!!!!

Amy - It has been fun to watch you grow and change! I feel that this has been nothing but the best move for you. The look is great and I can totally see that it fits! Love everything!

Kenzie - Wow Laura, everything is so lovely! I cannot believe what a beautiful collection you have – it echoes the detail and style of your work so well!

jessica - It’s all so beautiful and perfect for you Laura! I absolutely love your brochure!!!

Poly - It’s so you! Love it!

John Sharpe - Laura…all i can say is wow! I love how everything turned out for you. Your post about branding is spot on. It’s so true…you need to be ready for your branding. Love the new look! Cannot wait to get my stuff looking half as classy!

Amanda - I agree with Amy! It’s definitely been fun watching you grow and change. Jared and I came to you for engagement and wedding photos just about 2 years ago and I’ve enjoyed keeping up with you and your blog ever since! Congrats on finding your niche and your beautiful new branding. They’re both gorgeous!

Crystal Rose - Yummy Letterpress! They turned out great – so happy for you. LOVE IT.

s h e r r y - These are beautiful! :) I love all the letterpress and pink goodness in this post. I really want to make it to Jose’s workshop this year, but it just wasn’t going to work out. But it is definitely something I want to do in the near future!!

kristen wood - stunning stuff laura! thanks so much for sharing!

Vicki - Laura, its just stunning. I’m totally in love with your new branding, it’s scrumptious!

Jessica Barker - Beautiful! Great job. :) You’re making things happen and it’s an honor to be with you during the transformation!

Brittney - Just wow! Stunning! Love it all – you have definitely inspired me to start making materials like this for my photo biz

Sally - SO beautiful Laura! And you are awesome with words : )

Jyll - My goodness Laura…you are on fire lady! I love everything about your new look! I am so impressed. AHHH…and I wish I could be your roomie again for Mexico this time…LOL! I’m proud of you chica…you are so blessed!

Jessica - Receiving one of your disc holders in the mail would make me feel pretty special and your clients will love this stuff! Whimsical, beautiful, perfect! Red Organic rocks!

Aimee - So lovely! The details are perfect!

Jason Thon - Very Nice Laura! It totally matches the vision of where I know you want to go in the future. I’m so impressed with the strides you have taken in your business and thank you for forcing us all to up our game!

Alexia Strawn - I love how it has all come together! I am so proud of you!

Kelly H. - Just when I thought you couldn’t get any better…BAM, you do it again! Kudos to you and your vision!

Emily Steffen - I LOOOOOVEEE the letterpress…makes me melt about everytime I see some! :) And YOURS IS GORGEOUS! :) Love the new brand Laura, love it! :)

melissa oholendt - You already know how I feel about this but REALLY I love it. Love, love, love. Letterpress is 100% the way to go!!

Ashley McCormick Photography - Hi Laura! I was perusing through your site and saw this post! I just love what Red Organic did for you. Beautiful! I wanted to ask where you got your trifold printed. I have been looking to do something like that for a while now, but all of the printers I’ve looked into have been such small sizes! I would greatly appreciate any info you have :)

I have been loving looking through your work ever since you commented on my blog about SWmag! Hope you’re doing well :)

A NEW LOOK FOR 2012! » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] Also, I need to again thank my branding designer, Aurora, from Red Organic. I could never say enough good things about Aurora- she is beyond talented. She designed my complete branding a couple years ago and I still LOVE the look as feel just as much today. This is definitely a case where hiring a professional is worth every single penny and then some. If you’d like to read the post about our branding process from back in Feb 2010, you can check it out here. [...]



Since the painful loss of my grandfather, my desire to learn more about my family history has grown exponentially. My grandfather’s passing was difficult not only for the loss of an amazing man, but for the loss of a generation, of history…and the realization that my opportunity to learn more about my family was slowly slipping away. Unrecorded knowledge of previous generations seems to fade away.

So, I’ve decided to take a personal project for the winter- scanning my entire family photo archive! I’m talking about everything my grandma has in her possession, which is about 1860 to present. Grandma literally has boxes and boxes of scattered prints- thousands of prints, so this is quite the undertaking! I’d like to scan everything so my parents, aunts/uncles and cousins can all enjoy the archive. I’d also like to create an extensive family tree. Assembling all of this information from boxes full of photos will be a challenge, but something so valuable to understand. I’m still not sure how to organize all of the information. I was thinking of creating books… if anyone has ideas, let me know!

Anyway, as I was browsing through the photos today I realized how important photography is in our lives. I found great comfort in looking at pictures of my grandpa. There is something so beautiful about a printed photograph from decades past, which is why I encourage all of my clients to consider heirloom quality albums and prints!

Here is a army photograph of my grandfather, taken in the fall of 1942. I absolutely adore this image and I think my grandpa looks particularly handsome! Grandpa served in Hawaii and the South Pacific. He was so very proud of his service to our country in World War II:

My grandparents wedding photo, June 12, 1947:

My great grandparents, August + Laura, on their wedding day- May 2, 1919:

My great great grandparents, Fred + Henrietta, on their wedding day- August 7, 1877:


Alicia Swedenborg - I just love old pictures! Imagine 100 years from now when someone posts wedding photos on their blog who y.o.u. took – weird and amazing feeling isn’t it?!

Glenda - Oh Laura, what a treasure you have stumbled upon!

Abby - Laura, these are AWESOME photos. I’m very sorry to hear of your Grandfather’s passing, but it it wonderful to see the important work that you are planning to help his (and your) history flourish. best of luck to you!

Emily - Wow! I love this idea. How wonderful to save and preserve these images as well be able to share them with everyone in the family. Brilliant!

Tonya Peterson - I love old photos. When my grandpa died I wanted to get some of his pictures scanned so we could all have them but his stupid kids wouldn’t let me have any of them. (he is technically my step-grandpa but he is the only one I have ever known) It was such a painful loss and it would have ment so much to me to have some pictures of him.

Stacy Able - These are amazing Laura. I hope you post most photos as you come across. So wonderful to have these memories and even better for you to be archiving them for your children.

Jyll - What an awesome idea and beautiful post Laura! I love it. I wish I had old photos of my family. Your grandmother preserved a wonderful treasure. These photos of your family are remarkable. I’m a big collector of old photos myself…I have a box full from going to estate sells when I used to live in Idaho. I always imagine who the people were and what lives they led.

Well, I can’t wait to see the progress you make on your new journey=)