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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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Brittany + Justin – A Sunrise Engagement in Ormond Beach

Monday, November 17th, 2014

When we first talked about their wedding, back in June, something happened that we’d never experienced with another bride during a pre-wedding meeting before: As Brittany and Justin sat in their house and I sat in mine, on the other end of a Skype call, Brittany got all choked up, and I even saw a few tears. She talked about what she was anticipating for their wedding day, and how she wanted to experience the full range of emotion she saw written on the faces of the couples whose weddings she’d seen on our website. It was so clear so quickly, just what Justin meant to her, and what she meant to Justin. They talked about the details of their wedding — the travel theme, the colors, the venue — but mostly they talked about how much it meant to them to get married.

At their engagement session on The Loop earlier this month, we got to see for ourselves just how much they mean to each other.
Daytona wedding photographersBrittany, you looked so beautiful at your engagement shoot — we can’t wait to see how radiant you are as a bride!Daytona Beach Florida wedding photographerOrmond Beach wedding and engagement photographersOrmond Beach wedding photographerThe happiness in both their smiles was contagious. And the sunrise looked so good on these two!Daytona Beach Florida wedding photographersDaytona Beach wedding photographersOrmond Beach wedding photographyA girl and her man . . . and her dog. Brittany and Justin brought along Whiskey, their super-smart Australian shepherd who posed as well for the camera as most people. We talked about how when Brittany and Justin get married this spring, Brittany won’t be the only one whose last name changes — Whiskey is going to become a Willis, too!Wedding photography DaytonaDaytona Beach engagement photographerWith Whiskey there to oversee the shoot, could it have been any more appropriate to photograph Brittany’s gorgeous pear-shaped diamond ring (designed by Justin) on a flask?!
Daytona wedding photographerDaytona Beach engagement photographyWedding photographers DaytonaWedding photography Daytona BeachDaytona wedding photographyAfter an outfit change, we wrapped up the shoot at Ames Park. The plan had been to do additional pictures at a local diner, but when the diner was unexpectedly closed even though they’d confirmed the shoot with the owner, they rolled with it and quickly suggested a Plan B that was as good as any Plan A we could think of. See for yourself.
Ormond Beach wedding and engagement photographerOrmond Beach engagement and wedding photographerDaytona Beach Florida engagement photographySo, so cute, you two! (Don’t they just look like they’re a couple of 1930’s socialites breezing around a cottage on holiday?!)
Wedding photographer DaytonaOrmond Beach engagement photographyDaytona Beach wedding photographerDaytona Beach Florida wedding photographyOrmond Beach wedding and engagement photographyOrmond Beach wedding photographersAnd we’ll end with one of my favorites — a moment that unfolded organically, and after I’d already switched off my camera as we headed back to our cars at the end of the shoot. These are the kinds of authentic, love-filled moments that make me absolutely love being a photographer!Daytona Beach wedding photographyBrittany and Justin, if your engagement session was any indication, you’re going to have one wonderful wedding day next May! We had so much fun with you during this shoot, and we are so excited for your wedding!

~ Laura + Danny

  1. Leslie Willis says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple!

  2. Dave Harris says:

    Great shots of a great couple!

  3. Lauren Carlson-Farese says:

    I’m absolutely blown away by these gorgeous shots! Just simply beautiful… the couple, their pup and the photography 🙂

  4. Justin Willis says:

    Thank you so much, Laura and Danny. We loved every minute of it. And yes, we cannot wait for our wedding day, as there is so much love and joy to share.

  5. Tarra Peterson says:

    Absolutely stunning!!!

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