Nancy – Downtown Daytona Beach Senior Portraits

A couple months ago, I had the absolute pleasure of wandering Downtown Daytona Beach with Nancy for her senior portraits. It was a beautiful afternoon, filled with glowy sunlight and nonstop laughter. Nancy had wanted a shoot that was a little bit urban, a little bit natural, so we found the perfect setting along the shops and the riverfront in Daytona, and we used every last bit of beautiful daylight during her incredible session!
Daytona Beach senior portrait photographers Daytona Beach Florida senior photography There’s a story behind these shoes. Nancy said she’s a little obsessed with Aladdin — and, let’s be real for a minute girls, weren’t we all a little obsessed with Aladdin?! — so one of her friends created these shoes for her. Seriously, my jaw dropped. I love them! Daytona Florida senior photographer Daytona senior portraits Downtown Daytona Beach senior portraits Daytona Beach senior portrait photography Gorgeous, girl! Downtown Daytona Beach senior portrait photography Daytona Florida senior portrait photographer Daytona Beach senior portraits Daytona Beach Florida senior portraits Daytona Beach senior portrait photographer Daytona senior portrait photographer As the sun neared the horizon, I loved what it did to the bridge. The rich watercolor tones were the perfect backdrop for one of my favorite shots of the evening! Daytona senior portrait photography Daytona Beach senior photography How classy is she?! Daytona Florida senior portraits Nancy, thank you for spending such a fun afternoon with me!

~ Laura

Hair and makeup by Tiffany Delaney.

If you would be interested in your own Daytona Beach senior portrait session, check out The Senior Experience. Sessions start at $350.

Karen + Troy – A Barn Wedding Preview

This past Saturday, on a warm and sunny evening, we watched Karen and Troy share their first dance as husband and wife under the eaves of the barn at Millenium Stables, and it felt as if our photography career has come full circle. Almost exactly three years earlier, Karen’s daughter Brittany got married on an even warmer, sunnier spring day — and that was the very first wedding Danny and I photographed together.

A lot changed between when we photographed Brittany and Brandon’s beach wedding and Karen and Troy’s rustic barn wedding, but two things haven’t: I still think they’re some of the kindest people I’ve known, and they had a huge impact on my life as a part of my stable/horse family. And I still think intimate, handcrafted, friends-and-family hosted weddings are my very favorites. There’s nothing happier than a relaxed celebration, surrounded by family and friends who contributed to making the day absolutely wonderful.
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~ Laura + Danny

Sabrina + Ben | Rome, Georgia

So, a funny thing happened at CONNECT last week. Just before we photographed Eileen and Phillip, we ran into Sabrina and Ben as they headed to dinner, and Sabrina asked me to get a shot of the two of them all dressed up. Naturally, I took the opportunity to drag them away from the dining room, find the very best light, pose them this way and that, and . . . “a” shot of them turned into about twenty-five.

And no, burnt orange wasn’t the color everyone was wearing that night — it just so happened that both the gorgeous girls I photographed had chosen the same oh-so-photogenic shade! And looked absolutely fabulous. Central Florida wedding and engagement photographer Destination wedding photography Daytona Beach Daytona Beach photographer couple portraits I love these two. The pictures and the people. Florida natural light photographer Central Florida destination wedding photographer Desination wedding photographer Florida ~ Laura

Allen And-Carol Adams - April 11, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Nicely done, Laura! They are gorgeous! :-)

Kristin Layne Peddicord - April 11, 2014 - 5:15 pm

I love these! Gorgeous couple! <3

Laura Yang - April 12, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Thank you! Sabrina + Ben were awesome!

Eileen + Phillip | Rome, Georgia

Last year at CONNECT, we met Eileen and Phillip, but we didn’t get to spend enough time with them. I ran into them again at the Pursuit 31 conference last October, when they modeled for a styled shoot, and we spent the rest of that evening chatting. This year heading into CONNECT, Danny and I decided to see if they’d like to swap photo shoots with us one evening while we were at the retreat.

Let me just say that the results were totally worth (accidentally) missing dinner that night! The glowy pre-sunset light, the lush spring trees, the quaint architecture at WinShape — everything came together for a beautiful shoot with Eileen and Phillip.

It all happened as we took turns with our cameras: We would shoot them for ten minutes, then put our cameras down and they picked theirs up and would shoot us for ten minutes. I’m not sure which part I liked better: Listening to Phillip and Eileen directing us when we were in front of their cameras (which is a great way for us, as photographers, to learn more about how to do our craft) or gaping at the LCD screen on my camera as I saw the magic we were capturing when it was our turn to shoot.

These two are incredible together!

Daytona Florida destination wedding photographer Daytona portrait photographers There are way too many pictures I love from this shoot for me to shout “Favorite!” every time one appears in this blog post . . . so just imagine reading “Favorite!” before each photograph. Especially this one. Portrait photographer Daytona Beach Florida Daytona Beach portrait and wedding photographers Florida wedding photojournalist This courtyard is the kind of place photographers dream of. Seriously. Daytona portrait photographer Daytona wedding and portrait photography Florida wedding photojournalists Daytona Beach destination wedding photographer Daytona portrait photography Wedding and portrait photographer Daytona Beach Daytona Beach portrait photography Florida wedding photojournalism Daytona wedding and portrait photographers Daytona Beach wedding and portrait photographer Daytona Beach portrait photographer Daytona Beach portrait photographers While Danny grabbed Phillip for a few rather GQ-inspired shots, I worked with Eileen. I love her giggle, and I wish I could steal her dimples. Daytona Beach wedding and portrait photographers Daytona Beach wedding and portrait photography Daytona wedding and portrait photographer Daytona Beach portrait and wedding photography Let’s end with a couple more favorites. I love-love-love when you can see how easy a couple are with each other, how much they love each other, in photographs. Florida photographer couple portraits Eileen and Phillip, thank you for the amazing shoot last week! And we do plan to hold you to your promise to come visit us in Florida!

~ Laura

Linda Gómez - April 9, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Beautiful job with this sweet couple! Blessings to all!

Eileen Marie Pascual Blume - April 10, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Is it conceited to say how much I love these photos of us?! You guys are amazing! Thanks so much for these wonderful photos!

Amber Langhoff - April 10, 2014 - 6:00 pm

LOVE these! So beautiful… awesome job, Laura & Danny! Phillip & Eileen—just gorgeous :)

Danielle Laree Menning - April 10, 2014 - 9:41 pm

These are pretty darn magical! :)

Kelsey Hodge - April 10, 2014 - 9:59 pm

So, so pretty!! :)

Laura Yang - April 12, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Thanks, everyone! It was so much fun. :-)

CONNECT 2014

For the past several days, since Danny and I left WinShape‘s quaint, almost Alpine-esque village in North Georgia’s rolling hills, I’ve been struggling to explain exactly what happened last week. A handful of people have asked me, “So how was that retreat?” and I’ve stammered to articulate a response more coherent and specific than, “Amazing!”
WinShape What happened last week was amazing. It was life-changing — again. We stepped away from the world for a few days and settled into a routine of being intentionally present and savoring every moment together, surrounded by some truly wonderful people, and simply enjoying a state of rest and constant conversation with God.

This was a mountain top experience. Well, hilltop, if you want to get literal. But it was one of those experiences where we felt as if we had left all of life’s problems behind, and as we stood there on that mountaintop (yes, hilltop) we could see things so much more clearly than we had for some time. We came to the CONNECT retreat worn down but content with our life and optimistic for the future; we left CONNECT refreshed and excited to the point of giddiness for whatever comes next.

Going to CONNECT, like going to the Pursuit 31 Conference, looks almost nothing like going to a standard photography industry event. Building a bigger client base, structuring packages and pricing, developing artistically — those are the usual photography conference topics. But at CONNECT the first two really weren’t even mentioned, and the third was addressed in the context of living our lives fully for God. While photographers need to learn how to find clients and how to structure their packages, the truth is that those kinds of things don’t have much to do with our lives.

The way we spend our time, the things we prioritize, the way we view our businesses and our gifts — those are the things that truly define the way we live. At CONNECT, the speakers, all of whom were photographers (and not just any photographers, but some who have hit pinnacle after coveted pinnacle in our industry) stood up and said that achieving success is not and cannot be enough. What do you think would have meant more to us, and to the other couples at the retreat: a.) listening to the speakers talk about how God has shaped and is refining their lives, or b.) simply hearing them tell us a few more tips to make our businesses a little more profitable?

I might be going out on a limb here, but I think you probably went with b. Which is correct. These people, who understand exactly what life is like for couples running creative businesses together, poured into us their personal experiences, their learning processes, and the joy they find not from running a business, but for living their lives for God — which in some cases, like ours, entails running a business.

And which is why Danny and I will be going back to CONNECT every year, unless we’re physically prevented from attending.

~ Laura

(PS: I want to shout-out a HUGE thanks to the wonderful people who poured their heart and soul into making CONNECT such a wonderful experience! Zach & Jody, Katelyn & Michael, Jeff & Julia — you are such a blessing in our life.)

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