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Adios dearest friends! I’m headed out of town from Saturday, November 6 through Sunday, November 14. My first stop is Mexico for the Jose Villa Workshop. Oh yeah, I’m so excited! I went to Jose’s workshop last fall in Italy, and it changed my life. My business has improved and changed is so many ways and I met some amazing friends who I connect with practically every day. Like, we plan reunions all over the country, and email, and tweet, and Facebook, and Skype. These ladies are amazing, but more on them coming after our Chicago reunion in early December! :-)

Many are probably wondering why I’d go to the same workshop again… well, there are many reasons, but the main reason is that I’ll be shooting exclusively in film this time around! I’ll definitely be blogging a workshop summary and images, so watch for that in coming posts.

After the Mexico workshop, I fly straight to Jacksonville, Florida to second shoot a wedding with my awesome friend, Melissa, who I met at the Italy workshop last year! Pretty cool, huh? Melissa came up to Minneapolis over the summer to shoot Anne & Noah’s wedding with me (which was featured on Style Me Pretty!), so I can’t wait to work with her again. I’m also excited for warm weather, friends, relaxing, learning and shooting a ton of film! Many blog posts are sure to follow.

While I’m gone, I will not have telephone access and email will be delayed. Thanks in advance for your patience!


PS- Just because blog posts are boring without pictures, here are a few of my favorite shots from Italy last fall!

Shoot Credits:
Coordination- Jose Villa & Gene Higa
Hair + Makeup- Mar of Team Hair & Makeup
Styling- Matthew Johns
Models- Georgia & Omar
Location- Borgo di Fontebussi

Amy - too bad gio isn’t going to be in mexico…will you be bringing a cute spanish senor to wppi this year?

Melissa Schollaert - These photos make me smile. Can’t WAIT for Florida and to see you! Wow, I’ll see you twice in a month! Woohoo! Have a blast in Mexico chica! Adios y buen viaje!

Amanda - I can’t believe that was a year ago already! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished thus far. Looking forward to what you’ll do after this workshop! Oh, and that last pic has always been one of my favs. It looks like they’re standing in front of a watercolor background!

Tricia - I’m so jealous-Jose Villa’s workshop’s look amazing! Can’t wait to see your film images when you get back–your ‘eye’ is simply stunning!



Oooh, please excuse the extra long post, but I absolutely adore this so-in-love couple and their beautiful wedding. I guess it’s the small-town girl in me, but I love barns, nature and rustic farm weddings! M&P incorporated so many special, handmade details and everything about their wedding was picture perfect. Megan & Patrick are teachers and how cute was it to incorporate a school bus into their wedding day?! But, even more importantly, beyond the details, it’s always fun to work with a couple that is so head-over-heels in love! It was my first time shooting at the Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, Wisconsin and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to shoot there again. What an incredible venue!

Thanks to M&P, their friends and family and vendors for a wonderful wedding day!

McKenzie at Engageology - I love the Enchanted Barn! What a great space! Cute couple too – and great details :)

jennie gaskins - LOVE the flowers and how rustic they were and those hats were too cute on the guys!!!

Whitney - AMAZING!!! Great job as always!

Yazy - Stunning!!!! :)

Jessica - Love everything about this wedding, especially the location and all the details! Amazingly done Laura!

Tiffany - Awesome (as always). I love the thumbprint guest book. What a great idea. The hats were the best though!! :)

Melissa Schollaert - Oh my, you MUST get this wedding published chica – it is beautiful and so is your work! Love it!

Stacy Able - ahhh pears!! I love love this!! Always such crisp, stunning work :)

Amy - aahh the location is gorgeous!!! what perfect light and loving all the green details!

Sherri - Beautiful pics! What a gorgeous wedding!!

Amanda - Ugh! It’s painful how much a adore this wedding shoot! Love everything about it! Especially love the hats, barn, decor, thumbprint tree…and of course I’m somewhat partial to the school bus! I agree with Melissa that this MUST be published!

mackenzie enukidze - gorgeous and gorgeous!
great shots.. but i agree it must of been easy with such a great couple.. i like their style.. a lot

Roee Dori - What a beautiful wedding! Great details, and great job capturing everything!

s h e r r y - Oh wow! These are SUPER cute! (Patrick’s ring is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen!)

helgi - THAT is INSANE!!!!! beautiful as always~

Trisha K. - Wow. I’m in love with that venue! The colors are so crisp. Beautiful!

craig john - Wonderful work, and what a fabulous country wedding. That’s my kinda party. :)

LHoltermann - Oh, Megan…beautiful, beautiful, pictures. Wish I could’ve been there. U two look like a couple chose from heaven!!

Joe Federer - Awesome. I love barn weddings. You did an amazing job.

Crystal - Not sure what to write because this wedding is soooo darn cute. Love the detail laura. I am simply in love with the green and pears.

Jyll - So gorgeous Laura! There is something so charming about barn weddings. Beautiful work woman.

Emily @ Southern Weddings - Gorgeous! I love the crisp + clean details.

Corina - love all this photos:-)

Franziska Fischer - I am really impressed!!! What a wonderful wedding. Perfect style and grandiose pictures.
I love the wedding ring. Never seen this design before. Where can I get it? Maybe you can help.
It would be a great pleasure for me to get a tip.

Many Thanks.



I love me some Adara & Luke! Not only are the bride and groom fabulous, but their wedding party and family and friends equally as awesome as they are! I had so much fun the entire day and the wedding party kept me entertained with their Lady Gaga moves (see below)!!

melissa oholendt - I’m partial to her stunning red hair but holy moly, fantastic job! I can totally tell you love the couple – the shots ROCK.

grace - Laura, you were Great – thanks so much & I absolutely LOVE my little book!!

s h e r r y - :D Lovely photos!



I recently traveled to New York City to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Being the lady that I am, I won’t mention her age, but it rhymes with “dirty.” Anyway, since it was going to be a girls trip and I wouldn’t have my hubby around to carry my gear like I often do when I travel, AND inspired by fellow photographer/friend Jose, who made me travel to Florence, Italy with only one camera, I decided to pack light, brining only my favorite film camera.


Images captured on a Contax 645 with Fuji Pro 400H film.


helgi - stunning!!!…and you know me now, so shoot me an email and make your dream come true!! XOXO

Nicki - Hi Laura, love the photos! I’m a fellow Minnesotan turned Brooklynite, I’d love to hear any NYC photo plans you have, or if you need any rec’s on the city I’m happy to help. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

natalie - hoooooly crap I love these!!! Especially the black and white chelsea markets pics. And the one of us jumping turned out amazing!!! Let’s go back tomorrow!

Tiffany - Gorgeous! What is with the large pile of white shoes? Also the black flower dress(?)/romper(?) is adorable! :)

geneoh - amazing. love the color!

John Sharpe - Love these Laura, so jealous of your 645 and that you just took the one camera on your trip. I need to do somethign like that. BTW, what was with the white shoes…really liked that shot! Still haven’t been to NYC…need to get there.

Emily S - Love it! I totally want to visit NY.

Laura - Thanks everyone! The white shoes were adhered to a wall in a shoe store… a giant glob of decor/shoe art! Very cool!

@Emily & John- yes, you need to get to NYC

Stacy Able - ahhh gorgeous again but this time in film!! beautiful stuff Laura and looks like it was a super fun trip, too :)

Jyll - Ahhhhh!!! Laura…these are fantastic! It looks like you had a wonderful time capturing the city that never sleeps. Wonderful work lady!

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While my hubby and I were visiting the motherland in May, we road tripped over to Turkey for a few days. Every time we go to Bulgaria, we try to visit a bordering country and for years I’ve been wanting to visit Turkey. Istanbul certainly did not disappoint. It is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. It’s a predominantly Muslim country (a new experience for us) and although we spent most of our time on the European side of Turkey, it’s very unlike any other part of Europe that we’ve ever seen. It’s a mix of east and west, and a very bustling, cosmopolitan city. I loved witnessing the Call to Prayer every afternoon; a blast of song throughout the entire city, where all of the men duck into the mosques or pray in the streets. Plus, Istanbul is the city that divides a continent; we drove from Europe to Asia- how cool is that? There was literally a “Welcome to Asia”/”Welcome to Europe” sign as you cross the bridge that connects the two.


Jason Thon - Laura, I love how it feels so different from your Bulgaria pictures. Great Job!

sean - extraordinary. i mean actually, really extraordinary. each one. no exceptions. i’m OBSESSED with your travel photography.

Katja - We visited Istanbul in 2008 for 5 days. It’s a fantastic city, so full of contrasts and origin places. Have you been in Topkapi Palace? Or on the old cemetary on the hill? Such inspiring and extraordenary places. I’ll have a look on my pics in the evening :-) Remember time…

Tabetha - I love the colors at the markets!

Stacy Able - aahhhh gorgeous!!!!!!!! love the spice shots especially!!

Melissa Schollaert - Hey girl! These look fantastic! What a great place to visit. Did you take most of these w/ your Canon or Contax? {I can tell the holga shots – hehe – love them!}

Jess - Beautiful! Makes me want to visit Turkey even more than I did before. The architecture is incredible and there are so many colors in the markets! Lovely!

Sherri - Beautiful, Laura! I love all the brilliant colors and the fabulous evening shots! Your work (as always) is inspiring.

Tiffany - Stunning! This puts Turkey even closer to the top of my list! :)

Jyll - These look great Laura! I love the holga and spice/tea shots!

Amy - Love this pictures!! Brings me back to my honeymoon! It was a great city to explore I wish I had more time there!

Jodi - Woah, great pics! Is that Ivan in that pic?! Ha!

Laura - Thanks for your awesome comments everyone. Reading them really makes my day!! Jodi, yep, that would be Ivan!

YAZYJO - WOW Laura!! I love them all!!!!! :)

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Helgi - STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!