EEEK! I have started a new blog that is taking the place of this one. So, please visit my new blog at www.lauraelle.com/blog It will be the same me and the same types of posts just in a snazzier new setting :) You can check out my new photography website too if you like :) www.lauraelle.com

I am really excited about them both and thank all of you for the support you have shown me as I find my way through this photography adventure.

And a little sneak peak of what is waiting for you….

Laura Daily has been good to me, but it is on to bigger and better things :)

Happy Monday!

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Daniella and I met 7 years ago at our freshman orientation in college, and we instantly hit it off.  However, we knew there was the possibility that we would live on opposites ends of campus and our paths may not cross as often as we had hoped. I remember Daniella saying, “wouldn’t it be awesome if we were roommates!?” And I was thinking, this girl is crazy if she thinks we could actually end up as roommates! With all the students that were there….the odds of that happening were, well in my mind, impossible.

Oh, me of little faith.

A month or two later we show up on move in day. And guess who is my roommate? Andi.

Nope, not Daniella.  No, no, she lived directly across the hall. :) So, she may not have fully predicted our living situation freshman year, but she came pretty dang close.  And I am sure glad she did.

Throughout our years together at USC we became very close and I also got to know, her now husband, Alex.  Daniella and Alex are high school sweethearts, and could not be more perfect for each other.  I love them each individually, but they are magic when together.

Last weekend we did a fun little, post marriage, pre-almost-moving-into-a-new-house (yay!) shoot in Laguna Beach.  We had so much fun and it was such an honor for me some 7 years later to capture this time in their lives.

To my wonderful friends, Daniella & Alex, thank you and I hope you enjoy! :)

Happy Monday!

Have a wonderful week :)

I hope you had  a fabulous weekend!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking pictures for my wonderful friends Daniella & Alex in Laguna Beach.

Here is an Instax sneak peak :)

Have an amazing week!

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

– Jim Valvano

Happy Monday!

Technology free what? That’s right, a night with no technology.

No cell phones. No TV. No computers. Yes, lights and microwaves are still permitted…I am not talking about, “let’s hang out by candle light and cook over an open fire” (as Scott jokingly commented when I mentioned the idea of a technology free night to him).

I am talking about a night where we disconnect from our outside world for a little bit and we really connect with the world immediately around us. No more relying on technology to fill the gaps in time and entertain us.

This idea was presented to me by the very talented Rosaura Sandoval at the JNP Studios Workshop I attended a month or so ago, and therefore I can hardly take credit for the idea, but I will definitely advocate for it.  Shortly after the idea hit my ear, I shared it with Scott and suggested that one night a week we put away the technology and just hang out.  As I alluded to earlier, my suggestion fell on cynical ears and was not taken very seriously.  However, I pushed the idea and encouraged Scott that we at least give it a shot.

Well, since that first conversation, we now have one night a week where we put away our phones, leave the TV off, and keep our computers at bay. And it is FABULOUS. I love it. Believe it or not, Scott loves it too :)

We now walk into town to get tea and chat, we play board games, we talk about our goals as a couple, we make each other laugh, and we simply enjoy our time together.

Now, I use/love technology as much as the next person, but it has been so nice to devote that one night a week to really enjoy my time with Scott.  It may seem like a strange concept, and it might even feel a little un-natural at first, but I would wager that it becomes your favorite night of the week.

Every now and then, kickin’ it old school is pretty great :)

If you give this a shot, I would love to know what you think.  Here’s to a little less technology and a little more face-to-face :)

Happy Thursday!

P.S. The game ‘Last Word’ rocks! And I beat Scott pretty much every time…so that helps :)

A few photographers I follow have posted self-portraits on their blogs and what-have-yous, the goal being to post one self-portrait a month. And I think that is such a cool, introspective idea.  What a neat way to look at ourselves, through our own eyes.

My photography journey has been one full of personal reflection and so a self-portrait project seems to be very fitting.

A couple of weeks ago I jotted down “self-portrait” on my to-do list.  I even drew a little check box next to it so I could check it off once it was completed, but I had no idea how I was going to complete it because I had no idea what my self-portrait would look like.  And so the box remained empty.  Until late one night late last week.  It was about midnight (like, waaaay past my bedtime).  I was getting ready for bed after finally responding to the emails starting to pile up in my inbox.  I was standing in my bathroom brushing my teeth, and it struck me. I needed this moment to be my self-portrait. Why? I have NO idea! But it had to be.

So, I went and got my camera. My toothbrush still hanging from my mouth.  And I just took pictures while I stood there in my pajamas, mouth full of toothpaste, hair knotted from its recently undone pony-tail, and light avocado green mask on my nose.  Was I serious right now!? What was I thinking!?

Well, now that it is after the fact, I think I know. To me, I was capturing the purest, stripped down version of me. The me reserved for very few. The me who I see every night before I close my eyes. The me who has just gone through a day only I truly understand.  It was simply, me.

So, here are a few photos from my late night self-portrait adventure.  Straight out of the camera, no editing, sassy bathroom lighting and all…. :)

Whatever you are up to, whomever you may be, this is a very interesting exercise and I encourage you, if you are so inclined, to see how you see yourself and take your own self-portrait.  You may be surprised when the you, you see, strikes. :)

Happy Tuesday!

I have known Danielle and Steve for, oh gosh, maybe 8 years now. We all went to high school together, and I have had the pleasure of watching their relationship grow from high school sweethearts, to happily married, and now to a beautiful family.  Danielle and Steve welcomed Parker into their lives about eight months ago, and this past weekend I was able to capture this time in their lives, as a new family, through photographs.  I feel so lucky to be able to create snap shots in time for my friends and others to cherish forever.

We had such a wonderful time together and Parker was such a trooper! He held out for a solid 45 minutes! He is so darn cute and the sweetest most well-behaved little guy! No crying, no fussing, a true model.  I think he has a future in the industry :)  Thank you Danielle, Steve, and Parker for allowing me to be a part of the love that you all share.  It is contagious.

Enjoy!

Happy Wednesday!

This weekend Scott and I traveled up to Danville so I could take a some family photos for our friends (I will post those soon :), and while we were driving back to LA today I was in awe of I-5. Now, I have never been in awe of I-5, and in fact, I most often strongly dislike I-5.  It is crowded with semi trucks, straight, flat, and a myriad of brown.  However, today it was anything but brown, it was beautiful.  It was eye candy for my soul.  It was in bloom and green and pink and puffy white clouds floated through the ocean blue sky.

I was so taken by the orchards and color that Scott and I pulled off the road to sneak a few pictures of I-5 that is rarely seen. Here is one of my favorites…I think we are surrounded by almond trees :)

Enjoy!

Happy Sunday!

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I had the privilege of photographing a couple of my fiends this past weekend, Kristin and Doug.  I had so much fun with these two! They were such sports and were up for laying in flower beds, standing in front of a random strangers house, and indulging in my idea of holding fake mustaches (don’t ask me why, but when I knew I would be photographing them, fake mustaches on sticks popped into my head…weird I know, but they rolled with it!).

Kristin and Doug, I had so much fun with you! Thank you for spending time with me and letting me get to know you guys a little better.

Happy Thursday!

On Sunday I had the privilege of taking photos for a couple more of my friends, Kristin & Doug, and I just wanted to share a  little something something from all the fun we had.  Let’s just say…mustaches.  Oh yeah! :)

Kristin and Doug were so much fun to work with. I greatly enjoyed our time together and getting to know each other a little better.  Thanks so much for making my Sunday extra fun!!

Here is a little sneak peak a la a few Instax images…

Enjoy!

…more images to come soon!

Happy Monday!

So, yesterday was Valentine’s Day…a day that has a different meaning for everyone.  Some love it, some loath it, some don’t care about it, and some long for it.  Whatever your take on it, there is always someone in your life you can show you love: your mom, your friend, your neighbor.  It is a day that should be celebrated everyday, because the people you love should always feel loved…period.

We don’t need fluffy white bears, or over priced roses, or heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, or our names written in the sky…sometimes, football is exactly what we need.

So, yesterday, Scott and I spent part of the day with some of the people we love playing none other than…football.

Here’s to Valentine’s Day football and celebrating the people in your life.

All images were taken on my Instax Camera…love that thing! :)

Happy Monday!