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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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Alicia – Ormond Beach Equine Senior Portraits

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

When I found out Alicia wanted to do senior portraits with her Thoroughbred, Leo, out at Hidden Creek Stable, I knew we were going to make some magic. I’d photographed at Hidden Creek before, late this summer, so I’d already seen what a perfect place it is for pictures. But take one high school girl with a glowing smile, one handsome bay gelding, and one glorious fall afternoon and you have a recipe for something really special.
Orlando senior portrait photography Daytona BeachReally, really special. I mean, really! The picture above was a combination of my idea and Alicia’s — a collaboration that Leo went along with once Alicia’s mom, Cynthia, came up with the idea of hiding Leo’s treats between Alicia’s fingers.
Daytona Beach senior portrait photographyOrmond Beach senior portrait photographyOrlando senior portrait photographySee what I mean about Alicia’s smile? Her eyes almost flicker when she smiles, and you just have to smile back. Alicia, you are just as pretty on the outside as on the inside.
Senior portrait photography Daytona BeachOrmond Beach senior portraitsWe pulled Mom and Dad in for a few family portraits. With Leo, of course, since he’s part of the family.
Ormond Beach lifestyle photographerFlorida lifestyle family photographer Daytona BeachAaahhhh!
Senior portraits Daytona Beach FloridaSenior portraits Daytona BeachDaytona Beach senior portrait photographerDaytona Beach senior portraitsTo end off the shoot, Alicia made a quick change into her riding clothes and schooled Leo over some cross rails. He seemed to think we should all just call it a night and go have dinner, but he went along with the plan without too much grumbling.Lifestyle photographer Daytona BeachLifestyle senior portraits Daytona BeachOrmond Beach photographerOrmond Beach photographyOrmond Beach lifestyle portrait photographerAlicia, I loved spending the afternoon with you and Leo and your family! Here’s to a great senior year!

~ Laura

Hairstyling: Grace Cobb
Makeup: Sarah Graff

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  2. Pauline Whitfield says:

    Shona and I absolutely love your senior pics, they are beautiful <3

  3. Gina Fiore Laurette says:

    Amazingly beautiful pics!!

  4. Dianna Symons-Shedd says:

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful young lady with a loving heart ❤,you can see it in her eyes. Good luck in whatever you do in life.

  5. Suzanne Hill Buckner says:

    Awesome photos!

  6. Jamie Vanderpool Fish says:

    Such awesome photos!! Loving the pics! A beautiful girl with her handsome boy :-). So natural looking, really captured their love for each other.

  7. Janet Cataudella Peburn says:

    Laura, these photos are stunning! Alicia, you look gorgeous! Cynthia, love the family picture… Perfect Christmas Card photo!

  8. Cynthia West Tineo says:

    Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us . For all the comments left here, will increase Alicia’s chances to get a special picture from her shoot.
    Thank you for sharing our special moments with Alicia and Leo.

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