The Called and Their Calling

Some things in our lives are hard to admit, even to ourselves.

Some things are just plain easier to tune out, or put off, or actively combat, because they’re too scary, difficult,, complicated, improbable. But if those things are the very same dreams in which you find happiness and contentment and purpose, if they’re the very things you feel called to do in your life, you can only fight them off like a swarm of determined mosquitoes for so long. Eventually, you can’t help but scratch the bites. The almost imperceptible hum in your ear won’t die down, no matter how many times you swat it away.

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.”
Milennium Stables Ormond Beach Florida That’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. What is the condition of my ears? What is the condition of my spiritual attitude?

I’m a firm believer that we all have callings in our lives, and not just one calling to a specific job or a specific place, but callings with an “s” on the end — an “s” that oftentimes encompasses so many of those things we would rather tune out and put off. Chances are, you believe it, at least to a certain extent, too. Chances are, you, like me, have been swatting those callings away for far too long.

Hear that hum? Keep listening.

~ Laura

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!
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~ 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.

Rafaa - April 22, 2014 - 5:07 pm

I’m Nancy’s Grand Ma
You’ve made a great effort to take these shots,You showed the best results of Nancy’s profile and features.
Great job
God Bless you

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!

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~ 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. :-)