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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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Couple Portraits in the Georgia Foothills

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Each spring for the past six years, Danny and I have headed up to the Connect Marriage Retreat at WinShape Retreat in northwest Georgia. While there, we usually end up shooting some portraits for another couple or two. This year was no different . . . except that this year, Danny and I didn’t shoot together — I shot with Eileen, our wonderful friend from Blume Photography in Athens, Georgia. Danny and I have photographed Eileen and Phillip with and without their kids on at least six different occasions, and they’ve photographed us a lot, too, but I think this was the first time that Eileen and I did a shoot together!

It was so much fun not only photographing Natasha and Casey looking fabulous, but shooting alongside a friend. That was something I used to do a little more of back when I was a wedding photographer, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is, and how creatively stretching it can be to shoot with someone else!

Without further ado, here are some of the pictures we captured:
Casey comes by his cowboy hat, belt buckle, and boots honestly. He and Natasha are ranchers! All credit to Natasha for the sweet portrait on the right! That was her idea, and I am so glad we did it. (Also, they made it look way easier than the pick-up-and-spin actually is!)
Something else fun about this session: while Eileen was shooting on my Nikon, I was on my new Fujifilm X-T2. This was only the second time I shot portraits on that compact mirrorless camera, and while I don’t plan to take it to most of my clients’ sessions, it’s my go-to camera now for travel and personal pictures. And as this session provied, it’s definitely up to the task of creating beautiful portraits! Can you tell which pictures are from which camera?
We just love this place, and I loved getting to photograph these two!

~ Laura

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