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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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Eileen + Phillip | Rome, Georgia

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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 photographerDaytona portrait photographersThere 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 FloridaDaytona Beach portrait and wedding photographersFlorida wedding photojournalistThis courtyard is the kind of place photographers dream of. Seriously.Daytona portrait photographerDaytona wedding and portrait photographyFlorida wedding photojournalistsDaytona Beach destination wedding photographerDaytona portrait photographyWedding and portrait photographer Daytona BeachDaytona Beach portrait photographyFlorida wedding photojournalismDaytona wedding and portrait photographersDaytona Beach wedding and portrait photographerDaytona Beach portrait photographerDaytona Beach portrait photographersWhile 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 photographersDaytona Beach wedding and portrait photographyDaytona wedding and portrait photographerDaytona Beach portrait and wedding photographyLet’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 portraitsEileen 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

  1. […] year we did an absolutely magical portrait session swap with our friends Eileen and Phillip when we were at CONNECT, and this year we had to do it again […]

  2. Laura Yang says:

    Thanks, everyone! It was so much fun. 🙂

  3. Kelsey Hodge says:

    So, so pretty!! 🙂

  4. Danielle Laree Menning says:

    These are pretty darn magical! 🙂

  5. Amber Langhoff says:

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

  6. Eileen Marie Pascual Blume says:

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

  7. Linda Gómez says:

    Beautiful job with this sweet couple! Blessings to all!

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