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Last fall, I had the pleasure of attending the Jose Villa Workshop near Guadalajara, Mexico. I love Jose and he is such an inspiring person and photographer. In addition to “classroom” learning, Jose and his amazing crew organized a several shoots. Very, very big thanks to: Jose Villa workshops | Joel Serrato | Lacie Hansen | Nancy Villa | Joy Thigpen | Jill La Fleur | Mar of Team Hair & Makeup | Karina Puente | Bill of Richard Photo Lab | Saja Wedding Gowns | Amy of Wedding Chicks | Abby of Style Me Pretty | Hacienda El Carmen | Erica O’Brien and, of course, the lovely models!

Enjoy these engagement session images. Wedding images and more coming soon!

geneoh - Looks great, Laura!

tasha - Oh my goodness – these are so gorgeous!! Love your work!

amy - This images are so stunning!!! The coloring is beautiful! I love the first couple and her pink dress!

Whitney - SUPERB!!!! Love it all!!!

kenz - LOVE IT!!

Emily DeWan - Beautiful! I love the couple by the bridge.

s h e r r y - Oh my. Gorgeous images! I LOVE that peach pleated dress :)

WEDDING SHOOT PT I | GUADALAJARA, MEXICO » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] thanks to Jose and his team for styling and coordinating this amazing shoot! Please check out the engagement shoot post for full credits and [...]

WEDDING SHOOT PT II | GUADALAJARA, MEXICO » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] Jose Villa Workshop near Guadalajara, Mexico. Check out the engagement shoot, with full credits here and check out the other wedding shoot [...]



Lidia is the sister of my amazing friend, Diana, and when I heard they were in New York City for just a couple days, I jumped at the chance to capture a quick mini session with them & baby, who is due in March! We wandered near their hotel on the Upper East Side and found a few quaint streets. I love that it still looks like fall in the city! (At least for this Minnesota girl!)

McKenzie at Engageology - Cute couple – that baby is going to be gorgeous!

I can hardly believe she’s 6 months pregnant – she’s tiny!

kendra garrison - amazing! love the nyc shoot lids & andrei!

nicky - i LOVE them Laura!!!! You did an amazing job capturing them!!!!
<3 Lidias little sister Nicky :)

Jasmine - What a beautiful couple and such a pretty location! Wow! Kudos!

diana - love you tons for doing this laura!!
you captured my sister and her husband and baby…beautifully!
love love love every single image! you rock my friend!!! <3
hope you had fun..on your first nyc shoot ;)

Andy Owen - Beautiful setting, gorgeous couple, I love everything about these images!

s h e r r y - :) Gorgeous photos! <3 Ah, I love New York!!

helgi - she caring a girl, doesn’t she? SOOOO pretty Laura!!!!

Dominique - Beautiful, beautiful photos. I love the colour palette.



When Nadyia and I were discussing possibilities for her and Abhik’s fall engagement session, we starting brainstorming activities the couple enjoys together…. Nadyia wanted to incorporate props, or just a little something to make their session extra special, but wasn’t sure what. Props have been a huge trend lately, but I think it only makes sense if it really represents the couple! Nadyia casually mentioned that her and Abhik really enjoy playing tennis together, but didn’t like it as an idea for actual engagement photos. I, however, was instantly inspired! The starting score of love-love in tennis is so fitting for an engagement session!

mackenzie enukidze - well you know i love this

stacy able - Props are a trend but the tennis theme was subtle and very cute- I heart when clients incorporate their lives and personalities in their session

Helgi - THIS IS SOOOOOOOOO beautiful!!!!

Crystal - What a stunning couple. I am pretty sure Nadyia went my my HS-such a gorgrous girl. I love the tennis theme too. You never let me down laura, always loving your cute and fun sessions.

Tiffany - They are a gorgeous couple! I LOVE her ring. :) Another great job by an amazing photographer! :)

Joe Federer - Very cool — I love when couples do something fun with their e-sessions. Looks like you made the most of it.

melissa oholendt - YES!!! Tennis? Best, most natural prop ever. Love it.

AJ - I LOVE these!!!



Meet Nadyia & Abhik. They are as sweet as they are gorgeous! I ‘met’ Nadyia online years ago, so I was surprised and flattered when she remembered me and emailed to let me know that she was engaged! We finally met in person, and N&A decided to hire me as their photographer! I can’t wait to shoot their multi-day Hindu/Indian wedding next summer. It’s going to be amazing!

Roee Dori - Beautiful couple! Hindu weddings are stunning!

Aimee - WOW Laura! I think this is my favorite engagement session ever of yours…they are so cute! Can’t wait to see part 2. :)

Abhik Mitra - Very subliminal Laura! Love the pictures and you’re the best!

Nadyia - Laura, they keep getting better and better! Very excited to see the rest!!! We are totally gonna “LOVE” them ;-)

helgi - sooooo, beautiful and such a nice work LI!!!!

Dominique - These are so so beautiful. Love them.

Joe Federer - I love how bright and crisp and clean all these are — really amazing work, Laura. (and what a beautiful couple too!)

Amanda - Wowzers! I see some beautiful children in their future! :D