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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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Deneice + John – An Elegant Ormond Beach Engagement

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

This is it — our final shoot of 2014, hitting the blog as our final entry of 2014, and it’s a great one!

Earlier this month, Deneice and John reached out to us because they attended Erena and Jesse‘s wedding last summer, and after they saw Erena and Jesse’s pictures, they decided they wanted to remember their own wedding day in the exact same way. We can’t wait for their Virginia wedding this June, especially after we had such a great time with them for their engagement session just a week before Christmas. With their stylish wardrobe and Deneice’s flawless hair and makeup (she’s a professional — and she styled Erena for Erena’s wedding day), their ready laughter and sweet interactions, we knew from the start that we were in for a great shoot. Add in some fabulous locations and a picture-perfect winter sunset, and a great shoot was exactly what we got.

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Ormond Beach wedding photographerOrmond Beach wedding and engagement photographerWedding and engagement photography The CasementsRockefeller Gardens wedding photographyRockefeller Gardens engagement photographyIn Florida, the sunsets always seem to reach their peak vibrance between October and March, and that night we had an exceptionally colorful one — the perfect backdrop.Weddings and engagements at The CasementsOrmond Beach wedding photographersWedding and engagement photography The Casements Ormond BeachRockefeller Gardens wedding and engagement photographyAnd one last favorite. So much happiness!The Casements wedding and engagement photographyRockefeller Gardens Ormond Beach FloridaDeneice and John, thank you so much for squeezing an engagement session with us into your trip to Florida! As happy as you two were together on this, an ordinary day, we can’t wait to see how hard you’ll be smiling on the day you two start your marriage!

~ Laura + Danny

  1. Cynthia West Tineo says:


  2. Victoria Rillo says:

    These are stunning! What location were the first pictures taken? It’s gorgeous!!

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