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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 Alani – Newborn Portraits | Daytona Beach Lifestyle Photography

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

The day after Arun’s birthday, and the day before Nikole’s, they headed to the hospital for a routine checkup on their soon-to-be-born baby girl. And the doctor told Nikole it was time. Then. They were going to meet Alani that very day.

So they were sent upstairs at Halifax Hospital for what the doctors called “prep.” But how can parents ever truly prepare to meet their very heart?

Just a few days later, after Nikole and Arun brought little Alani home, I went to meet her, too.I already knew how much I loved Nikole and Arun. So it was no surprise that I fell for their daughter. And their four-legged kids, Simon and Faith.The dogs aren’t entirely sure how they feel about the newcomer who has clearly usurped their place of honor. But Grandma was there to make everyone feel special.Could they be any sweeter?The pups weren’t quite as sleepy as Alani. And they posed just perfectly.I love little baby lips. And fingers and toes and ears and noses.Nikole and Arun, I can’t tell you how excited I was to meet Alani, and to share this sweet afternoon in your new life as a family. I simply cannot wait to watch your baby girl as she grows up — but not too fast. She’s perfect just the way she is.

~ Laura

  1. Becky Andrade says:

    Thank you so much for making this time for us so unforgettable!

  2. Rai De Lain says:

    Amazing…babies are such a blessing from the L-rd! May the L-rd bless their family!

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