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But I never set out to be a photographer. I was (and still am!) going to be a writer. And then as I worked toward that writing goal, someone put a camera in my hand and asked me to try telling stories with something besides words. So with an English nerd's love for character and tone, a romantic's love for poignant beauty, and a realist's love for imperfection, I dove in.

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That was back in 2010.

Since that time, photography has changed much of my life. It's brought me some of my dearest friends. It's reshaped the way my husband Danny and I view serving others. It has even literally taken me around the world. One thing that hasn't changed: my soul-stirring desire to tell stories that feel so real you're sure you knew them before you heard them. Or saw them. It's my privilege to tell those stories for my clients, and for the generations of their families still to come.

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Baby’s First Trip to the Beach | Florida Lifestyle Photography

Monday, April 1st, 2013

A few weeks ago, I received an email from one of my fellow Pursuit 31 photographers, Melissa. She was coming to town to visit family, she told me, and she was hoping to get some family photos while they were here. As I said last time I photographed a sweet family, families aren’t my usual subjects — but how could I pass up the chance to photograph a P31 sister?!

So last week Melissa and her husband Jim and daughter Kaylee headed to Ponce Inlet to introduce Kaylee to the great Atlantic Ocean, and to brave unseasonably cold and windy weather along the shore for their shoot. But we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, or a more wonderful family.
Central Florida Lifestyle Photography.jpgLifestyle Photographer Central Florida.jpgCentral Florida Lifestyle Photographer.jpgSince Melissa is a photographer and can photograph Kaylee and Jim any time she wants, I wanted to make sure we had some wonderful pictures of Melissa and her little girl, and plenty of the whole family — and, of course, some of Melissa and Jim, just the two of them.Ponce Inlet Wedding and Engagement Photographer.jpgPonce Inlet Wedding and Engagement Photography.jpgLifestyle Photography Central Florida.jpgIt was 9-month-old Kaylee’s first-ever trip to the beach! Clearly, she was telling us she loved it.Florida Natural Light Lifestyle Photographer.jpgPonce Inlet Lifestle Photographer.jpgDaytona Beach Lifestyle Photography.jpgFlorida Lifestyle Photograpehr Daytona Beach.jpgLifestyle Photographers Central Florida.jpgIt was chilly, so we took lots of breaks to snuggle Kaylee up into a warm jacket and keep her cozy. And then, once her fingers and toes were warm again, she was back to being Miss Personality for the camera!Daytona Beach Lifestyle Photographer.jpgNatural Light Lifestyle Photography Daytona Beach.jpgFlorida Natural Light Photographer.jpgWe left the beach behind and headed over to the river side of Ponce Inlet to get some photos on the docks with the sunset behind the boats — the perfect ending to a perfectly wonderful afternoon.Florida Lifestyle Photographers.jpgFlorida Lifestyle Photographer.jpgThank you, Melissa and Jim and Kaylee, for letting me spend a sliver of your vacation with you! I was so happy to meet you all, and I hope your memories of your warm and sunny Florida vacation keep you smiling all spring!

~ Laura

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