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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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Kassie + Jon – Port Orange Engagement Portraits

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

They’re high school sweethearts who met in band. It just took Jon, an upperclassman, a little longer to notice Kassie, who first picked him out of the crowd when she was still in middle school, attending band camp with the older kids. But a friendship eventually turned into a relationship, and that relationship eventually led to a proposal — and this summer, it’s leading to a wedding in Florida, ten years after they first became a couple in their home state of Pennsylvania.

It also led to a gorgeous engagement shoot in the marshes late last month, with plenty of photographic evidence of just how happy these two are together. When Jon looks at Kassie, you can’t help but notice that he knows he’s the luckiest guy in the world, and that is more beautiful than any pristine location or perfect pose. It’s what engagement portraits are supposed to be all about. These two knew it.
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Let’s end off with one of my favorites from the day:Port Orange wedding and engagement photographyIn closing, I have to give a shout out to Trish from Simply Roses and Simply  Weddings & Events — she sent Kassie and Jon to us, and we’re so grateful because we have already had so much fun getting to know these two as we get ready for their wedding at The Estate on the Halifax this August!

~ Laura + Danny

  1. Faye Stepniak says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I love you both,

  2. Regge Episale - Author says:

    Just beautiful. hank you for sharing <3

  3. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Love you, Kassie and Jon <3

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