cooke family-a surprise pregnacy reveal!

 

cooke family-a surprise pregnancy reveal

this beautifully blended family of 9 is about to become a family of 10! (TEN!)

i have always wanted to photograph a surprise pregnancy reveal, so when tasheena contacted me several months ago with her idea, i was SO on board.

i have to say, from an observers standpoint, this was one of the most touching & emotional things i've ever been able to document.  i gave each of them a little chalkboard to write down something nice about each other- so when it was tasheena's turn to turn her board around jared was taken totally by surprise.  what a tenderly beautiful moment in this family's life.  i did not leave this shoot dry eyed!

congratulations cooke family on this new chapter in your life!  i hope you get to show these priceless moments to your great-great grandchildren someday.  :)

-L
 

 

4

 

irene edelweiss

edelweiss, edelweiss
every morning you greet me, small & white
clean & bright
you look happy to meet me. 


the fact that the statement "i can't believe she is 4!" has been on repeat in our house lately, goes to show how new she really is.  because 4 years is a short amount of time.  

there is something about irene, that to us, still feels so new.  even though 4 years have passed since i labored peacefully through the night, and watched the golden sunrise as i held a new little person in my arms, i still feel this sense of newness.  

i think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we just never knew if we would be able to hold another little baby in our arms.  i was a high risk pregnancy due to not only a blood clotting disorder that increases your chances of stillbirth.  but because of my previous ectopic pregnancy loss, there was an increase chance of loosing her as well.  the fear & anxiety lasted the entire time i carried her, and the first time i held her in my arms i physically felt a massive weight i had been carrying day and night leave my body.

she is the sweetest, most joyous addition to our family.  michael, ingrid, & i treasure her in what feels like, a very unique way.  

irene is always so full of joy, mischief, and humor.  
a few things she is loving at 4: 
baby dolls
shopkins
preschool
all things chocolate
tim burton cartoons
brown soup
spicy cheese
kitties & chickens


there has not been a day, an hour, or a minute that has gone by in the past 4 years that i am not overwhelmed with gratitude for her life.  

the world keeps spinning because your heartbeat exists.

happy birthday, my love

 

the anderson's - a home shoot

 

the anderson family

i am always delighted when someone contacts me interested in doing a shoot in the home.  there is always something so genuine & unique about home based sessions.  

they are laid back, and focus on documenting each family member in their natural habitat.  there is something really special about them, and for me-they are the most fun to shoot.  

after messaging back and forth with lindsay for a few days she wrote me and said "hey-i think we're neighbors..."  let's just say my commute was pretty short to her home.  from there we connected on our mutual love of all things home design & interiors!

i had such a lovely time photographing their family.  they genuinely had fun with each other, and weren't afraid to play-i love that!  their two little girls are basically perfect & the cutest things ever.  

i hope they enjoy these images as much as i did taking them.

with love,
L

 
 
 

judson | birth

 

it was such a honor to be able to photograph the birth judson.  his mama is a life long friend, so these images are extra special to me.  

josh and emily are superb parents, and remained steadfast in their faith as they have been faced with loss over the past year.  

every baby is extraordinarily special, that doesn't even need to be stated.  

but i tell ya what-those rainbow babies hold a special place in my heart.

welcome to the family judson!

 

s e v e n

 

my sweet little newborn is
s e v e n

i'm finding that the years are going by uncomfortably fast.  in fact, the notion that in a little over 10 years she will be an adult has me feeling all sorts of things.

ten years is a long time.  ten years goes by in a flash.

i love being her mom.  her empathy, humor, & passion for others is inspiring and something that i hope sticks with her for always.

i love you ingrid nightingale.  happy seven years.
 

 

jonny & jennifer - a proposal

 

i had always hoped to shoot a surprise marriage proposal, and last week i did just that.

it was so fun to be a part of this special day-and i loved seeing genuine surprise on someone's face.  

congratulations you two!  all my best.

-laura

 

eva jubilee

 

it was such a joy to photograph the birth of estella almost 3 years ago.  On October 10th I was able to once again experience the joy & privilege of photographing her sister's arrival.  
i made it with minutes to spare before she made her way from one world into another to take her first breaths.  

documenting a birth is special in and of itself, but october 10th also happens to be my youngest daughter's birthday.  it was such a treat to photograph another sweet little girl come into the world on the same day, in the same room, with the same attending nurse.  what are the chances?

world, meet eva jubilee.

'joy comes in the morning'