My Story

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 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 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 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 have always had a passion for creative endeavors, and when I found myself seeking an outlet for that passion in my early adult years, I picked up a camera and started learning. In 2018 I left my job as a law librarian to travel and pursue photography while my husband undertook research for his PhD. In less than a year we were able to travel among 8 countries in Europe and South America, knocking all sorts of things off the bucket list: touring castles in Medieval towns, canoeing beside pink dolphins in the Amazon River, and bathing in hot springs at 15,000 feet up in the Andes. My soul and my camera were delighted at these amazing opportunities.

After our travels we lived in Ohio and I was able to build my business into a full time venture. Now we are settling down into Mesa, AZ, and meeting a whole crop of new friends. If you like my photography and are interested in working with me, I look forward to meeting you too, new friend!


Testimonials

Jenna + Kevin


“Laura could not be more natural and professional! She is a true delight to work with, great with making kids laugh and makes everyone feel comfortable. Laura will capture your life's moments like no one else and I highly recommend her for any event!”

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exhibitions and FEATURES

My work has been featured in the following exhibitions and media:

  • "Minimalism," Exhibition, MIA Photo Fair, Milan Italy, March 2019
  • "Paris and Vienna Sunrise," Solo Exhibition, Hayner Cultural Center, Troy Ohio, September 2019
  • Dayton Wedding Magazine 2020, p. 24
  • SUITCASE Magazine digital showcase, 2020
  • "Nature," Exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens Greece, May 2020
  • Kaitlin Shea Wedding Guide