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DESERT STYLED SHOOT WITH SCHEME EVENTS

Earlier this year, I traveled to Las Vegas to attend a photography convention, and while there, had the opportunity to work on a styled shoot with the amazing team at Scheme Events.  They are wedding planners serving the Vegas area and beyond, and they are so incredible talented and creative.  We had previously teamed up on a shoot, so when discussing their vision for another styled shoot, I knew it would be a fun opportunity to work together again, be creative, and meet new vendors.

The shoot was recently featured on Style Me Pretty.  You can check it out here and read more about the Scheme Events vision for the shoot.  Thanks to all the amazing vendors involved:

Coordination & Design: Scheme Events | Venue: Red Rock Country Club | Cake and Macarons: Gimme Some Sugar | Cotton Candy: B Sweet Candy Boutique | Sequin Table Linens: La Tavola | Sequin Table Runners: Koyal Wholesale | Wedding Dress: Bella Bridesmaids | Bridesmaid Dresses: Style the Aisle | Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals | Floral: Enchanted Florist | Hair & Makeup services: Amelia C & Co. | Cotton Candy Favors: Welcome Bag Shoppe


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Rissa - We love getting to do these shoots but LOVE even MORE getting to work with you! Love your style…you captured everything so amazingly!!

xoxoxo

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CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY | TRAVEL FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

Welcome to region of Cappadocia in Central Turkey!  Several years ago, I read about this magical place, famed for it’s otherworldly landscape and hot air ballooning.  I immediately put it on my travel bucket list, and this spring I was lucky enough to visit this unique area of the globe.  We stayed in a cave hotel, rode on the most incredible hot air balloon adventure at sunrise, drove ATVs, tasted local wines, and enjoyed delicious Turkish food- perhaps my favorite cuisine of anything I’ve ever tried.

{This trip was part of a month long adventure across Bulgaria, GreeceIstanbul, and Russia.}

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Renee Trubai - Oh my goodness Laura! Cappadocia looks incredible – I was won over with that first photograph. You’ve captured it beautifully.

Bridget Salmi - Cappadocia is one of the most magical places in the world. You captured it beautifully, Laura!

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ISTANBUL TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY ON FILM

I wanted to share a few snippets of my recent travels to Istanbul.  This is my second trip to this incredible city (see the first here) and I fell even more in love.

{This trip was part of a month long adventure across BulgariaGreeceCappadocia, Turkey, and Russia.}

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Nicki - I LOVE your travel work. These images are gorgeous Laura! I love Istanbul so very much.

Emilia Jane - I must return! So beautiful.

Helgi - THIS colors!!!! I have two image what I need on my LIV wall! XO

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METEORA, GREECE

Greece.  I love this country.  Every visit has been fantastic and there is so much to explore.  I learned about Meteora from a past groom who is a professor of Geogolgy at Boston College.   To put it mildly, he is obsessed with rocks (!!) and had spent some time during his PhD program studying in Greece.  The geological landscape is unique in the world and when he was describing it to me (over a bottle of wine on the gorgeous cliffs of Capri, Italy) I vowed I would go.  Meteora is famed for six monasteries that are built into the shear sandstone cliffs.  You can read more about it here.

Meteora is a bit off the beaten path.  It’s in the middle of the county and not nearby any major cities, at least by European standards.  We decided to make the 7 hour driving trek in a rental car from Sofia, Bulgaria.  What an adventure.  We were ill prepared, not even thinking to have a few Euros on us.  (Which is necessary in rural Greece where ATMs are not a’plenty!)  We were without data on our phones and didn’t even have a map.  We somehow made it to Meteora (signs in Greek are hard to read!) and even more astonishingly stumbled upon our hotel (among what seemed like hundreds!) without having to ask for directions! :)

Meteora was everything I dreamed it would be!  It is the perfect place to hike, explore, have picnics on rock cliffs, drink wine on rock cliffs, enjoy leisurely meals of delicious fresh Greek food, and to just relax.  The monasteries seem to grow out of the cliffs and it is just a spectacular site.

On the way back to Sofia, we stopped for a short visit in Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki- a beautiful port city on the Aegean Sea.  It’s a 4 hour drive from Sofia and I’ve visited the city several times before.  We wandered the markets and enjoyed an amazing lunch.  A few photos below were captured there.

Can’t wait to go back to Greece!

{This trip was part of a month long adventure across Bulgaria, Istanbul & Cappadocia, Turkey, and Russia.}

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Seth - Laura, once again all I can say is WOW! These photos are absolutely beautiful and you have such a gift for capturing the feel of a place. It certainly takes me back and makes me miss it all the more! I’m so glad that you made this part of your epic travels. It truly is a special place and thank you so much for sharing this!

Helgi - Uber, amazing and I was SO looking forward seeing those images. WOW, you are one of the best, I love you Laura! XO

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BULGARIA

In April & May, I spent four weeks traveling abroad in Eastern Europe.  My husband grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, where his parents and grandparents still live and every other year we make a trip to see them and visit his home country.  My sister-in-law and her husband also joined us from Arusha, Tanzania, so the entire family was together!  This visit was unique because after a week alone with my family in Bulgaria, three of our friends from Minneapolis joined us to visit.  It was quite an adventure! Our time in Bulgaria was spent exploring areas off the beaten path, where most American tourists would never get to visit!  I think my friends would agree that the highlight of the trip was a visit to an old Bulgarian psychic, who lives in a remote mountain house outside a tiny village in rural part of the country.  We had to hike up a mountain to see her!  And it was unanimous- her readings were spot on!  I had last seen the psychic in 2008 and her reading proved to come true, so I was eager to introduce her to my friends!  Besides for that, we spent time wandering the countryside and exploring small towns and villages, in addition to time in the capital  city of Sofia.  We had tons of traditional, fresh food and salads.  Thanks to my mother-in-law for being an amazing host and cooking us the best meals of the trip!

{This trip was part of a month long adventure across GreeceIstanbul & Cappadocia, Turkey, and Russia.}

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Want more?  Check out: Bulgaria 2012 | Bulgaria 2010 | Bulgaria 2008

Emilia Jane - Oh Laura this looks amazing!

Emily Steffen - LAURA! Your adventures are amazing….LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos! :)

jeff - Fantastic!

Natalie - You should do this for Minneapolis! Also… Bulgarian Cali! Also… I looooove the last one.

Helgs - OMG Laura, I was looking for that post so badly, and it worth every day. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

Renee Trubai - Beautiful! Stunning photographs x

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Helgi - Omg, Todor is JUST like his dad!!!!! beautiful Laura!!!

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