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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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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!

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!

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!

Such exciting news! (That I am a little late in sharing :)

Our wedding, photographed by the amazing Jeffrey Neal, was just published in Ceremony Magazine.  How cool is that!?!?

Scott and I never dreamed that our wedding would be chosen as inspiration for future couples about to enjoy (and sometimes pull their hair out during) one of the most memorable and exciting times in their lives :) It is such an honor and a privilege to have been chosen to be in this publication, and we will be forever grateful.

A big thank you to Ceremony Magazine and, of course, the wonderful Jeffrey Neal. He captured our day beautifully and has given us such a timeless way to share our story.

And also, a thank you to someone left out of the published credits, my mom. :) Without her, our vision would not have come to life and been the event that exceeded even our imaginations.  She was the best wedding planner a girl could have asked for, and I was and still am, so appreciative of all the love and time she put into making our big day so special. Thank you, Mom.  I love you!

So, without further ado…

Happy Saturday!

So, yesterday I had the privilege of attending the JNP Studios workshop hosted by Jeffrey Neal…who rocks, by the way! Jeffrey and his dear friend Eliesa (who is fabulous!) of Photogen Inc rocked the workshop with great insight into the world of wedding photography.

They shared the lessons they have learned from their own experiences and the many trials and tribulations of running a successful photography business. I am so thankful for their openness and willingness to share. I will be forever grateful :)

As part of the workshop, we were able to take pictures of models and real life, lovey-dovey couples.  My group and I had the privilege of working with Christy and Jared who were so patient, warm, and a whole lot of fun!

Thank you to Christy and Jared for rocking it out! Wishing you all the best and have an awesome July wedding….which I know will be amazing! :) Here are some of my favorite images of the couple that I snagged…enjoy!

A BIG thank you to everyone who was a part of yesterday.

You have inspired me.

And I am grateful :)

Happy Tuesday!

Hello Everyone! Scott and I, well our wedding actually :), is nominted in the LAStyleUnveiled‘s Local Love Wedding Contest. It is such an honor to be a part of this great contest and there are so many wonderful weddings, but it would be super duper awesome to WIN! :) Please click here to vote for our wedding. Thank you!

Tomorrow, JAUNARY 7th, is the last day to vote so please vote today and ask your friends to vote too :)

Happy Wednesday!

All wedding images photographed by JNPStudios

Hey Everyone!

I’m back from what can only be described as a holiday hiatus :)

I just love the holiday season.  It is a time for family, friends, and being grateful.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and rang in the new year with a bang!

Happy Holidays from Yours Truly, my handsome hubby, and Abby :)

P.S. This snazzy holiday card was made in iPhoto…Love :)

I’ll be back to my more regular posts soon!

Happy New Year and Happy Friday!!!

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of shooting for the Skirball Cultural Museum’s Fiesta Hanukkah.  My dear friend Alex asked me tag along for the day and take pictures for the museum.  I am so grateful to her for providing me with such a wonderful opportunity to continue to grow as a photographer.  It was a beautiful event and I had such a wonderful time!

As I wondered around the lush grounds of Skirball I truly felt like a photographer, my fumble fingers trying to get the focus right and all.  :)   On Sunday,  I was a photographer.  I  was invested in capturing the sincere, and heart-felt moments of the day that would depict the sentiment of the event accurately for anyone who did not attend.

I am once again inspired.  I am committed to this journey and looking forward to where it continues to take me.

Here are some of my favorites from the day.

Happy Thursday!

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