Hello friend. And yes, if you're reading this, I now consider you my friend. In fact, it's been a lifelong habit of mine to collect friends in all places, everywhere I go, so why not the internet too? My husband always jokes that no matter where we travel I'm bound to run into a friend there. I've proven him right on several occasions - most humorously when we ran into my childhood friend (shoutout to Mara!) in his childhood city of Bogotá, Colombia the first time he brought me there.
This particular habit of mine fits nicely into my profession. Every person, couple, or family I work with become a part of that friendship collection. What can I say? I genuinely like people. And I think that's important when working as a photographer. People are letting me into the most important moments of their lives, it makes sense that we should all get along, that we are able to connect on a personal level.
So to help you decide whether you'd like to hire me and add me to your collection of people, here's a little more about me:
I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I will forever consider "Going Up North" the best way to do summer. I grew up "a ham" as my family affectionately referred to me, loving all things performance arts: I danced, sang, and played clarinet; I was a drum major in the marching band, the president of the drama club, founding member of an improv troupe. I attended college at Loyola University Chicago, and spent my four years like any* college student (*sarcasm intended) - dragging my friends to operas and ballets, eating too many powdered donuts and drinking too much cheap champagne (once I was 21 of course...), and forming life long friendships with some pretty kick ass women (shoutout to Elise and Kira!).
My post-college years were mostly spent going to law school and pursuing a legal career, while learning photography as a hobby, until I flipped that arrangement on its head in 2018. I left my job as a law librarian to travel and pursue photography full time. In less than a year, my husband and I were able to travel among 8 countries in Europe and South America, knocking all sorts of things off the bucket list: swimming in waterfalls, touring castles, watching world class ballet, canoeing beside pink dolphins, visiting coffee farms, bathing in hot springs at 15,000 feet up in the Andes. My soul and my camera were delighted at these amazing opportunities.
When we came back to the United States in the Spring of 2019, we decided to settle in Dayton, Ohio near family, and we have been blown away by the amazingly welcoming community here in Southwest Ohio. I have loved meeting a whole new crop of wonderful people that I am constantly adding to my collection of friends, and if you're interested, I look forward to meeting you too, new friend!
Elise & Zach
“Laura is so much fun to work with. During everything from senior photos to wedding pictures I have always struggled when a photographer asked me to 'act naturally' in the pursuit of a good candid photo. Laura laughs with you, gets excited with you, and makes you feel completely at ease. You can tell from her product - photos she took of my husband and me look exactly like us, but a little more fabulous thanks to Laura's great location ideas and help with posing. I can't recommend her enough!”