In December, I went to visit one of my besties - Melissa, who just moved to Florida (from Rochester) with her hubby and mom.
We had insanely gorgeous weather, and did lots of awesome stuff. We got up super early so we could watch the sunrise, walked around downtown Melbourne and Cocoa Beach, went to a rad brewery, took 100 pictures of a random fisherman, and met some doggies digging sand on the beach. I also saw a ginormous pelican purging up something that almost made me hurl all over a dock...so that was fun.
I was able to take pictures for me, which I don't do a lot these days. That may have been my favorite part.
Below are just a few of my favorites from my trip; I can't wait to go back. As long as Melissa promises to take me to "Squid Lips" next time. ;)
I love taking pictures for myself. Here are a few I took outside of where I'm currently living. So much beauty.
This past weekend, Adam's brother Blake came to visit. They golfed. A lot. So on Saturday, I decided to ride along for a few holes to get some pics.
I feel like I rarely have time to take pictures for fun, so this was a nice lil' afternoon.
The guys didn't mind. I just had to promise not to click the shutter on their backswings. :)
In late June, I had the pleasure of photographing Christina & Alex's wedding in Rochester. It was one of the hottest days of the year, but we all pushed through.
Christina and Alex got married at a beautiful church in Greece, NY, and then we headed to Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery for their formal pictures. Luckily, they (and their bridal party) were champs and stuck out the heat for pictures.
The reception was located at the Burgundy Basin in Rochester, where we did family pictures outside and then had a SUPER fun reception indoors. I gotta say, it was hard for me not to dance along to the music they were playing.
This couple is so sweet, and they're so in love. You could feel it all day. They were surrounded by so many people that loved them, and the day was amazing. Thank you Christina & Alex for letting me capture your special day!
Last week, I drove to Williamson to do yet another session with these two cuties. They are definitely two of my faves, and it helps that live near acres of orchards. As usual, the girls did so great. I did have to bust out my little stuffed bunny as a distraction, but that actually made for some pretty cute candids.
I think the girls recognize me now, so hopefully their shoots in the future will continue to go as well as this one did. Dancing, smiles, laughs, nature, and a lot of sun.
Last week, Adam and I went to Punta Cana for our honeymoon. Yes, I realize that we're not married yet. It was a pre-wedding honeymoon, since we didn't want to attempt the Caribbean in June.
We stayed at the Catalonia Royal Bavaro resort, and dios mio - it was beautiful. We stayed in a private suite - where we had our own pool. I didn't hate it. ;) The restaurants were great, the people were great, the beach was close, and everything was so clean.
There were ducks, flamingos, lots of lizards, and even a huge spider that Adam found in our room the morning we were packing. (Thank heavens he found that spider on the last day). At one point, I even made Adam get into the fountain pool to save a drowning mouse, which he did. <3
I obviously brought my camera, and went out several times to get pictures of this gorgeous resort. And luckily for me, Adam is very used to having a camera in his face by now, because I make him model for me all the time.
Enough rambling - please check out the pictures :)
A few months ago, my good friend Jessie and I attended a workshop with Cassidy of Thompson Photography at their venue - Stonewall Estates in Delhi, NY.
We spent a few hours learning about Cassidy and her success, chatting about technique, and checking out her gorgeous venue. Then, Cassidy set up a styled shoot for all of us to participate it.
Everything was styled amazingly. Florals were done by Orange Blossom Florals, the hand-lettering was done by Gia Sabatini Designs, and catering by Elena's Catering. Our models are married in real life, and they both did such an amazing job. They had a great connection.
I really love how these pictures turned out. Thank you so much to Cassidy for letting Jessie and I partake in this workshop. And for convincing me to get the Canon 5D Mark IV ;).
So let me just start by saying...these are two of my most FAVORITE people on earth.
I went to high school with George and have been really good friends with him for... a long time. (Oh man, I'm old). :) I met Jessie for the first time when our other friend from high school got married in North Carolina in 2011 and George brought her. My connection with her was instant.
Jessie is one of those girls that is just so easy to be around. She's funny, she's cool, she's laid back, she's up for anything. As the years have passed, we've become super good friends. She's also a photographer, so we have that in common, among other things.
In August, a bunch of us rented a beach house in Oak Island, NC. Jessie was kind enough to take engagement pictures of Adam and I, and I took some pictures of George and Jessie.
We obvi had so much fun; I love how their pictures turned out. It's so evident how in love they are. <3
In August, 4 couples (and Adam and I) rented a big beach house in Oak Island, NC. Sarah and Ray (and their girls) were one of the families. I've been friends with Sarah since high school; she's one of my bestest friends, one of my bridesmaids in my upcoming wedding, and she has one of the most amazing families ever.
Her hubby Ray is such a great guy. One of the best dads ever to two of the cutest little girls ever.
I was so happy to be able to do a photoshoot for them on the beach one of the nights we were there. We waited until the sun started to set, giving us gorgeous light. Plus, there wasn't a lot of other people on the beach. BONUS.
I love how these pictures turned out so much. <3 Makes me want to go back to August right now :)
Love you, Turner fam!!! xoxo
A few weekends ago, my mom and I went to Arizona. Neither of us had ever been there before, so we thought we'd stay in a few places. I'm so glad we did.
We flew into Phoenix, rented a car, and headed right for Sedona. I've heard so so many good things about Sedona so we wanted to get there super fast. Let's just say... we were not let down. The drive in was so beautiful. Huge, red rocks, winding desert roads, and one of the cutest little towns I've ever seen. It was so calming and so breathtaking at the same time. I want go back right now.
We got the hotel, then left for a hike. I knew I wanted to get as many pictures as I could because the light...........man oh man. I was in heaven. The tones were so different, so gorgeous. I almost asked a few strangers if I could take their pictures because I wanted to do some portraits. However, I also didn't want to be the creepy tourist from New York, so I took a few pictures of my adorable mom instead. :)
The following morning, we got up early so that we could make it back to Phoenix and watch the Bills playoff game in a Bills bar. I was able to witness and get some shots of the sunset. It was so amazing....the sky was gorgeous shades of blue...behind the silhouette of the huge rocks.
After the game, we headed 2 hours south to Tucson, where we spent the next two nights. Tucson is also such a beautiful city, surrounded by mountains. And more of that gorgeous light.
Can't wait to go back <3
Hi - It's me. Lauren. I hope you enjoy my blog - where I'll post some of my favorite pics from my shoots, along with a short write-up about the experience!