I've
always been
storyteller.

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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I've
always been a
story-teller.

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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Steph + James – Ormond Beach Sunset Engagement Photography

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Steph and James are one of those couples we met thanks to friends — and we found out we shared a lot of friends, but our paths never crossed until they got engaged late in the spring and set out on the hunt for a wedding photographer. They had met each other at a Bible study, the same place they had gotten to know Erena and Jesse, and that’s how I wound up talking with Steph and James last June. December wedding at The Estate on the Halifax? Let’s do it! End of summer engagement session along The Loop, where Steph lived when she and James met, and on the beach where they’d gotten engaged? Yes, please!

These two are a blast, and we had a great time hanging out with them during their engagement session at the end of August. Oh, and they absolutely rocked their shoot! See for yourself.

View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesThey call it golden hour for a reason, and Steph and James had an incredible one that evening.View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesLove this!View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesWe headed farther along The Loop, to shoot in the backyard of the home where Steph lived when she and James first met. Right in the middle of the Halifax River, it was a private island, and it couldn’t have been more spectacular as we watched the sky light up orange and peach and the sun poured down on these two . . .View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjames. . . and this magic happened!
View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesIt never fails: The best part of an engagement session is seeing how much a couple loves each other. Steph was really into James. And James was really into Steph.View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesAahhh!
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View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesBefore we lost the last of the daylight, we headed to the beach where these two love to surf — to the very spot where they got engaged this summer.
View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesSeriously, you guys — this was supposed to be just an engagement session, not a fashion spread!
View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesView More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesAnd let’s end off with one of my favorites: Steph and James snuggled up on the lifeguard tower where James asked her to marry him.View More: http://laurayangphotography.pass.us/stephjamesSteph and James, we had so much fun with you two! Your wedding later this year can’t get here soon enough!

~ Laura

  1. steph bratcher

    September 8th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH, Laura & Danny! We had equally as much fun during the shoot I’m sure (if not more!!) You guys captured our feelings so well – we couldn’t be more pleased with your work… I’ve said it before, and couldn’t mean it more – Y’all are THE BEST!! <3 😀

  2. Heather Post

    September 8th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Oh my goodness! These photos are AMAZING, Steph! Beautifully captured the beauty of you both as a couple <3

  3. Kari Logan Boatner

    September 8th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Oh My Goodness !!! I have chills looking at these pictures. We knew when we first met steph bratcher that God had great plans or her future….Boy oh boy did God way exceed our prayers for her. These pictures are so beautiful and we could not be happier for the two of you. We are lookng forward to your special day! The boys are very excited! xoxo

  4. Carole Van Houten Holland

    September 8th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Incredible pictures! So happy for both of you!!!

  5. James Holland

    September 8th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Yes!!! Having you two take our photos is really a blessing! I never once felt like we were working or posing. Thank you so much Laura and Danny! You caught the moment, our love for each other and the Ormond Beach area so well!

  6. Joanne Shangle

    September 8th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    fantastic pics

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    December 19th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    […] spent with friends. Last spring their connection turned to commitment: James proposed on top of a lifeguard tower on their favorite stretch of Ormond Beach. Earlier this month they solidified and celebrated that […]

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