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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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Blustery Beach Family Photography in Ponce Inlet Florida

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

It’s been two years since the littlest dude in this family full of boys made his debut, and a lot has changed, and a lot has stayed the same for these four brothers and their parents! Changed: the boys are all a good bit bigger. Stayed the same: they’re all as silly and sweet as can be.

We met up at the beach a couple months ago, wanting to get their family beach photos done before the summer heat swept in. It definitely wasn’t hot that evening — the wind whipping off the ocean kept us all cool, and a little tousled (and also more than a little sandy). But you just can’t ask for a better lifestyle portrait session than this! I’ve found the secret to getting the best child portraits: embrace the goofy faces. For as long as it takes until the kids can’t keep it up anymore. And just laugh at how amusing they are!
But, okay, in all fairness, that doesn’t work for every kid every single time. Little man did not want his portrait taken, or to sit in the sand, or to stand in the sand.
He just wanted lots of windswept cuddle time with mama.
He was not feeling cuddle time with his brothers!
One of the things that defines their family are huge group hugs. Naturally, we had to make that happen right there on the beach.
And of course, we always need some sweet portraits of mom and dad . . . no matter what chaos is happening just outside the frame!
I loved this evening, and I love the pictures we created that night! Thanks for being so much fun to have in front of the camera!

~ Laura

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