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CALIFORNIA DREAMING | DEATH VALLEY

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you may have noticed that I traveled to California at the end of January with my bestie!  And, by “noticed,” I mean “been bombarded by a continuos, never-ending slew of pictures in your newsfeed.” My apologies- I couldn’t help myself.  This trip was a photographer’s dream.  We flew into Los Angeles, drove to Mojave, Red Rock, Death Valley National Park, Rhyolite Nevada, back to Death Valley, Amboy (via Route 66), Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and back to LA. In that order!  I traveled light, carrying only my favorite medium format film camera, 10 rolls of film, and my iPhone 5.  I packed light too- as you may notice by the one jacket, one scarf, one pair of sneakers, and several pairs of yoga pants below!  This trip was so refreshing.  It was one of the most active trips I’ve taken.  For all the driving we did, we did equal amounts of hiking and other outdoor activities.  We also ate well (well meaning healthfully).  Again, my Insta feed gives me away; I’m a very health conscious vegan/vegetarian eater, but on the typical vacation I’d indulge.  At every single meal.  I certainly indulged on this vacation, but in a different way.  We dined on fresh, local produce and ate primarily vegan meals.  We drank freshly made juice on several occasions!  Usually when I return home from a vacay, I feel like I need a detox, but after this I felt light as air.

If you ever get a chance to go to Death Valley, please take it.  I think you’ll be amazed by the fantastic hiking, gorgeous vistas, perfect temps (in January!), straight-outta-a-video-game roads, and peacefulness.  This entire trip was inspired by a single pic on a friend’s Instagram feed.  The power of social media!  Pretty amazing to think that we never would’ve thought to visit Death Valley if not for that one picture.

Most of these images were captured on film, but I snuck in several iPhone pics (including a selfie)!  This was my first trip with my newly upgraded iPhone 5 and the camera is a HUGE improvement from the last model, so I found myself taking A LOT more phone pics than usual.  I also learned of the panorama feature a few days into the trip.  I’ll spare you a blog post of 2,916 panoramas, but suffice it to say, I almost filled my brand new phone.  Next week I’ll share images from Palm Springs and Joshua Tree.  Enjoy!!
































Kelsy McCartney - Laura!!! These images are STUNNING!! Makes me want to visit Death Valley, like, tomorrow!! What a gorgeous trip :) Can’t wait to see the rest!

Butch McCartney - Laura! These images make me want to get out and shoot! This post is Awesome!!!

Amanda - Wow Laura! These photos are incredible. I love the artistic modern flair you gave what could have been the traditional ‘landscape’ photography photos. Continue the great work – love reading your blog!

Tiffany Abruzzo - These pics are awesome! Love the colors of the landscapes, just gorgeous!

CALIFORNIA DREAMING | PALM SPRINGS + JOSHUA TREE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] My complitation of images from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park (and a few randoms from Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and Santa Monica). Images were captured on my Contax 645 and iPhone 5. Check out Part 1//Death Valley here. [...]

2013 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] a loss that still hurts.  But, it brought two new joys into 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 […]

ROAD TRIP THROUGH UTAH | FILM TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] of all time (this is my second trip inspired by an image on Instagram; my first was a trip to Death Valley, inspired by this image).  Some of these images were even taken out of plane and car windows- on […]

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PORTLAND, MAINE ON FILM

After photographing Maggie & Vinny’s stunning wedding in the rolling hills of Vermont, Whitney and I had an entire day to explore before flying out of Boston late at night.  We toyed with the idea of hiking in Vermont or exploring something somewhere in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, but we ultimately decided to take a little road trip to a state neither of us had ever visited; Maine.  Oh my gosh, do I love this state and the quaint little city of Portland.  I only wish we would’ve had more time there!  We abandoned our normally healthy ways to eat our way across the city and enjoy the little shops, the waterfront, and a classic New England lighthouse.  It was the perfect way to spend a day.  I love the east coast!  Whitney and I have now travelled to and photographed weddings in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and of course, New York.  We’ve covered all of New England, though our time there is always too brief and we’d love to see more!  Enjoy a few of my film favorites captured on my Contax 645 on Fuji 400H film.









P Lee - lovely road trip images on your 645– so fitting.

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MAGGIE & VINNY | NEW HAMPSHIRE & VERMONT WEDDING

I have a confession to make!  It’s been a really, really long time (as in 2011) since I’ve blogged one of Whitney’s weddings.  Yes, Whitney is out there, busy as a bee shooting weddings!  We’ve both had jam-packed summers & falls, filled to the brim with gorgeous weddings.  In fact, we’ve been so busy that blogging sometimes 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 married at a barn in Vermont, we cheerfully informed her that we travel anywhere!  I mean, a barn wedding in the rolling hills of Vermont with one of the sweetest couples you’ll ever meet?  Yeah, it doesn’t get much better than that! :)  Maggie & Vinny booked Whitney for their wedding, but it turned out that I had that weekend free (rare for October!!), so how could I turn down being a part of this day as Whitney’s second shooter?

So, Whitney and I boarded a plane headed for Boston, rented a car, and navigated to New Hampshire (where the ceremony took place) & Vemont (home of the Alerin Barn) for Maggie & Vinny’s big day!  Fall in Vermont?  Perfect time to go!!  Maggie & Vinny’s day could not have been more perfect, except for one minor detail.  It rained.  No, it really rained.  It was overcast, and dreary, and by some stroke of luck, the skies cleared and we managed to sneak out for portraits between bursts of rain.  For some couples this would’ve been less-than-ideal, but for Maggie & Vinny, the day was all about celebration, and I can honestly say Maggie was one of the most jubilant brides I have ever seen.  She was smiling ear to ear all day and it seemed as though she could’ve cared less about the weather.  Perfect example of how one’s perspective can manifest into everything around them.  Because of Maggie & Vinny, the guests were all smiles, and it was one big party.  Whitney and I had such an amazing time capturing their day and we can’t wait to see Maggie & Vinny and Maggie’s family in a couple weeks for a friend’s wedding in Minneapolis!

Enjoy a few of our favorite images from this beautiful day!







































Stacy Able - Gorgeous Laura just stunning. Great detail shots and the photo of the goat kills me. So cute.

PORTLAND, MAINE ON FILM » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] photographing Maggie & Vinny’s stunning wedding in the rolling hills of Vermont, Whitney and I had an entire day to explore before [...]

PUBLISHED | SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND WEDDINGS MAGAZINE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] enough talk about the weather.  I’m escaping in my mind and reliving Maggie and Vinny’s gorgeous day in the rolling hills of Vermont.  Sure, it rained, but it was a green and beautiful […]

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BAYFIELD & MADELINE ISLAND ON FILM

I wanted to share a few favorites from a personal trip to Bayfield & Madeline Island, Wisconsin. This getaway was a lovely reminder of all the beauty to explore right in our own backyard. It’s fun to take exotic trips around the world, but I also want to explore the great upper midwest. Thanks to my mom for the pic of me below! :) Enjoy!!














Kelsy McCartney - Laura these images are GORGEOUS!! Don’t you just love Bayfield! I especially like the watercolor sunset photos reflecting on the water :) These should be art in your home!!

Amy - Makes me miss the midwest and north shore so much! Beautiful!

2012 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] 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 [...]

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