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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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Caitlin + Boomer – Beach Engagement Portraits at Smyrna Dunes Park

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Theirs is a story of being in the right place at the right time. Caitlin had come to Florida from Colorado, with a stop in Arizona first to earn her bachelor’s degree, and Boomer had come to school at Embry-Riddle from a small town in the heart of Florida. Then they met each other at CrossFit. Neither one expected their workout routine to lead to a relationship, but the rest, as they say, is history. Boomer proposed late last year (with the most beautiful ring!), and next year they’ll tie the knot in Denver.

Nearly one year ahead of their wedding date, Caitlin and Boomer met up with us for engagement portraits in New Smyrna on a lovely, almost-spring evening at the beach.
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Caitlin and Boomer, thank you so much for spending such a wonderful evening with us — gnat-attacks and all! We had a great time with you two, and we just loved seeing all the laughter and joy you shared. Here’s to an amazing year as you prep for your wedding and your marriage!

~ Laura + Danny

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