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    YUP! I'm a mom and I'm totin' my camera and I'm PROUD of it!! After years of creating and learning and recreating and getting ahead of technology so I could create, learn and create some more, I found myself ready to branch out into a business where I could share my creativity with others. Just consider me obsessed...a passionate creative who is completely obsessed with the notion that beauty is alive and I have only to peek through my lens to see it...everywhere and in everyone!!
    I hope to see you here often as I do my best to post new content weekly or more!! You won't want to miss the new categories I have planned such as photography tips for hip moms (you're a hip mom whether you know it or not!) and local small business features. Lots of new plans are in the mix and you won't want to miss a single post!
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Basket Baby

Sweet little Alex…a happy little bundle of joy that just happens to be that perfectly sized fit into the crook of your arm!!  After about 10 minutes of smiles, a diaper change, a bottle and a fresh outfit, he was completely tuckered.  One minute he was awake, and the next, he was completely out and just as angelic as any baby ever could be.  We couldn’t resist packing him up in a cozy little basket (not too little, mind you!) and taking him outside for some fresh air and sweet shots.

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Jan Egelston - June 21, 2014 - 12:50 am

Laura, love all of these pictures. Wish you would add the ones who were in the contest about 3 or 4 years ago. I would like to see them again. 🙂


It’s interesting to imagine the various items or events each of us may claim as a treasure in a day.  Or even how many days may pass before we realize an unclaimed treasure lay dormant on our path.  I treasure almost every kiss from my children, but there are times I absently accept those wet lips on my cheek while talking on the phone or editing a gallery…I regret those absent moments of mine that were meant to treasure.

More than slightly amazed, I watched this butterfly dance and float around his treasure for two entire days before I had a moment to capture him.  He went on to treasure his pink blooms for several more days too, completely undeterred by our intrigue or the stir we had imposed on his hushed, whispering world as we pointed and giggled and sneaked as near as allowed.  We are human and bound to fail to treasure all that God puts on our path to encourage us from one moment to the next, just never fail to remember the treasures are there, it is but for us to lift our chins and see it!  I wonder what treasure I will choose not to miss today…






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Jan Egelston - April 23, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Laura, this is the most beautiful thought provoking piece of work. The photography is so warm and beautiful, depicting the Lord’s amazing handiwork! In your spare time (a pun of course), you should make a book with these pictures and thoughts. It should be published and sold in a Christian Book Store. I would add appropriate scripture with each thought and picture. Such God given talent should not gather cobwebs nor lay dormant. Thank you for this blessing today! Love you honey.

Felicia Doss - April 23, 2012 - 11:58 pm

I SO agree with Mrs. Jan….this is REALLY great & should be shared with every one of us that love & appreciate photos of art & words with such description it leaves you pondering thoughts of your own. <3

An Unlikely Day…

When I found out I was going to be shooting a wedding on December 31st, I was sure there would be plenty of “unlikelies” such as warm weather and perfect lighting.   BUT, when all the listed unlikelies just completely melted away and dripped off the list and all the stars aligned perfectly and the sun shined its warmth at JUST the right temperature and the perfect location truly was perfect, I could only say one thing.  That it really WAS…an unlikely day…a DAY, unlike any other!

Tim and Kami, your day was hands down one of the most beautiful winter days I have experienced in years.  The weather was perfect, Kami, you were a raving beauty, and Tim…well, I’ll just say it.  You were as handsome and amazing as ever and you totally rocked your gangsta shot, lol!  Thank you both for allowing me to share in one of the most important days of your lives together.  I wish you both happiness beyond imagination!!




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April - January 17, 2012 - 1:21 am

Laura, FABULOUS, as always! My faves HAVE to be the orange striped socks and her orange argyle leg warmers!

Jan Egelston - January 17, 2012 - 2:54 am

These are truly stunning pictures! The wedding party will be very happy and especially this beautiful bride! 🙂

MacKenzi Fischer - January 17, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Gorgeous! Love and Congrats!

Peggy - January 17, 2012 - 5:55 pm

I LOVE THESE PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You did an amazing job! And oh KAMI…..she is SO beautiful…and Tim is super handsome! So happy that Kami is so happy!!!!!

Russchelle - January 17, 2012 - 10:41 pm

Love these pictures!!! Laura you are so good!

Claire - January 19, 2012 - 4:21 pm


Rachel Pelsang - February 2, 2012 - 10:35 pm

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! They are Sooooo CUTE!!! You did an OUTSTANDING job. They are such a beautiful Bride and Groom! Enjoyed veiwing the photos!! 🙂

Little Miss C.

Dreamy newborns…there’s nothing like them…oh, but add the curls, dark lashes and silky smooth skin and the session goes to a whole new level!  I don’t typically get to a sneak peek on the day OF the shoot but I just couldn’t keep my hands off of just one little photo…I think when you see this little sweetheart, you’ll know why!

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Jan Egelston - July 27, 2011 - 2:45 am

She is adorably dreamy!!! You are so right Laura. The black curls and the beautiful eyelashes! This mother has to be so happy with picture! What treasured moments a mother has with their precious tiny babies. You have captured a treasured moment for sure!!! 🙂

Who me??? comPETITIVE??? …well, maybe a little!

Okay, so contests are FUN and I guess I take them a little mores seriously than I realized.  I mean, I AM 34 now…you would think some of that spirit would have matured into grace and, I don’t know…more adult like behavior??  So here’s the story…Sandy Puc , my ALL time favorite master photographer whom I MUST credit with my first true vision of what photography really SHOULD be, decided to have a little contest!  She’s doing a summer tour teaching other photographers how to get an edge on their skills, focusing (this time) on infants and toddlers up to age 4.  Well, you know us photographers…we’re all visual…VERY visual, so what better way to really get that lesson across than to do a live shoot on stage for all of us to see those tips in action!  Well, a live shoot means she needs a live body…baby dolls just don’t cut it…so that’s where we are now…Sandy’s big search for little living, breathing sweethearts to photograph at each city she is visiting went out to all photographers!  There’ are only a couple requirements…first, you must purchase your ticket…second, the child must be within a certain age limit…third, you must let Sandy photograph the child you entered in the contest, should s/he win!  (okay, if you twist my arm!)  Of course, there are plenty of perks she is offering in return (as if her photographs of your child weren’t enough)…  SO, I did it.  I entered the competition with a photo of Chloe from this past spring.  Starting off the whole process already 88 comments behind the competition was a bit daunting to say the least but I attacked with the same determination Chloe had while “walking the dog”!  Yup.  That’s when I realized I was WAY over the top competitive…STILL. at THIS age!  Every time I check the votes (yes, like every 3 min.) and every time I add a new post about getting more votes (yes, like every 5 min), my heart starts pounding harder and my breath quickens and my hands get all shaky!  You’d think it was a foot race, lol!  As huge a revelation as that was about myself, I have decided that it’s a good thing that I still have fight in me…and it needs to last till I’m at least done raising kids because Lord knows you need some sort of spirit to raise a basket full of crazy red-headed, freckle faced kids!  (love them all)

So that’s the story and that’s why I need your vote…cause if you don’t vote, I fully believe I could just fall out of a panic attack or something with all this adrenalin running through me all day!!!!  For all of you that HAVE voted, you’re seriously the best!  I couldn’t ask for better friends and it’s always amazing to see the outpouring of response for things like this…you are all truly selfless friends and I look forward to returning the favor someday to all of you!

In case you missed the past 100 posts on my page, just visit this link and leave a comment under Chloe’s photo.  That’s all it takes…unless, of course, you would like to encourage your friends to leave a comment too!

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