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I had the pleasure of photographing adorable Baby A and her loving family and friends during her first birthday party in June!

Her mom – who was responsible for the incredible decorations and custom-painted high-chair – wanted the baby to do a cake smash. Baby A was initially thrilled by the frosting on her cake, but upon smearing it a little, decided she didn’t like the mess, so her dad cleaned her up and returned her to the party. She was utterly uninterested in actually eating the cake, which I thought was hilarious (but not unusual for kids that age). It was her first time trying the new food, and I suppose she hadn’t quite developed her sweet tooth yet! I say give it a year, and she’ll have joined the ranks of the other sweet-tooths in the family.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I loved taking them!

This wedding was absolutely incredible. Terri and Elan are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, and they shared an unforgettable wedding day this summer at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 26, 2016.

The whole family was greatly involved in the wedding – the groom’s brother built the alter under which they were wed at their family home, and uncles and cousins helped set it up at the venue prior to the ceremony. The traditional white-dress religious ceremony was held in the Jewish tradition, under the sky on a lovely, sunny, midwestern summer afternoon.  Even behind the lens, I was tearing up at the beauty it all – the entire extended family was involved to give the couple their blessings: some in words, some in prayer, and some in song.

Terri’s family is from South Korea. Her elderly grandparents – who had never before been to the U.S. – traveled across the ocean to witness her wedding. It was so special for the couple to have Terri’s grandparents participate in the Korean Tea Ceremony. A traditional part of a Korean wedding, family members are bowed to, each in turn, as they are recognized, honored and thanked by the married couple while they are served fresh tea, poured by the groom and served by the bride with the assistance of the groom’s sister. The family members in turn give their blessings to the couple, and gentle words of wisdom for their new journey ahead. It was also special because Terri’s brand-new, two week old nephew was able to be a part of the day – along with his wonderful parents (whose official due date had been the day after the wedding!).

It was an honor to bear witness to such a day full of love and happiness, family, and tradition. Thank you, Terri and Elan, for letting me be a part of your wedding weekend!

Also, a big thank you to my fantastic, patient, energetic, ready-for-anything photo assistant of the day — it was an honor to share one of my biggest passions with you, Mom!

Love,

Lauryn

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  • Colette Knudsen - You did a fantastic job , the photos turned out great! It was so much fun to be part of the celebration and an honor to have the opportunity to work with you!
    Much love!!ReplyCancel

It’s no secret that Corrie and I are good friends. You’ve seen her bright smile in several places across this site. Something I love so much about Corrie is her sense of spirit and adventure.

When she texted me a photo while on a hike last summer of her holding up her hand to the lens looking like she was about to burst with happiness, I didn’t have to zoom into the picture to see the diamond and know that EJ must have asked her to spend their lives together in marriage. I am honored I was able to take these photos to celebrate their engagement!

We’ve spent a lot of time in Georgetown together, and Corrie and EJ live near the area, so it only made sense to do this shoot in Georgetown. We were also fortunate to be able to spend a little time in Dumbarton Oaks, a gorgeous, serene private garden on the edge of the neighborhood.

I always tell clients they are welcome to bring things to shoots that are special to them and have significant meaning to their relationship.  I was surprised and delighted when, in our chat before the shoot, they revealed they had brought along a bunch of colorful, organic carrots! (Smart woman that prefers healthy, beautiful food over flowers from her man).

There’s no question that Corrie and EJ adore each other. Their journey will continue with their wedding next month and I’ve no doubt they have many joyful adventures to come.

I wish you ALL the happiness. But you already knew that. Can’t wait to celebrate with you soon!

Love,

Lauryn

  • Anonymous - Incredible photos! You were definitely able to capture the love and happiness that this couple are feeling. The carrots are a great touch!ReplyCancel

  • LeAnn Weikle - Lauren, These are magic! Those are two of my favorite faces and You captured them perfectly! Love your work! ~LeAnnReplyCancel

Free 27 | 519 Photo

Feeling free 3 weeks ago in the Shenandoah Mountains!

 

Three years ago today I launched my photography website and started a love affair with entrepreneurship.  The transition from Minnesota to Washington, DC, 15 months ago now, forced me to press pause on most things and just focus on living and breathing.

Photography, however, has continued to be a constant, daily practice. I have over 14 thousand images that no one but me has ever seen.

For the longest time, I felt like a fraud – you’re supposed to be a photographer, where is your new work? What do you have to show for all this time?

Just this week while reflecting on the last year, I realized that although I love the final photographic piece, I’ve taken so much joy and solace from just the act of taking photographs.

And for now, for today, that can be enough.

I’ve been constantly practicing my craft, and I feel great about that!

When I finally figure out a routine that has space for weekly photography updates, you better believe I’ll be lighting up your feeds with the wonderful people, places, and moments I have the honor to capture.

I have the feeling it’s going to be soon. 🙂

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It wouldn’t be a proper anniversary if I didn’t recognize the journey that’s been the last several years. I’ve learned several valuable lessons, some of which I’ve shared on this blog.  I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to grow and for the understanding, encouragement and patience those who love me have practiced as I’ve both struggled and thrived these last 12 months.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I appreciate you.

Here’s to more love, life, and photography!

I don’t go a single day without taking a photograph. Here’s some visual poetry from my daily life lately.

A neighbor’s yard

My mother’s cat

Finding the moment

My favorite earrings

The first thunderstorm of the year

Rainclouds headed for the GW Parkway

Skin + sunburn

Bedroom view

My workspace

A happy accident

Wednesday’s sunset over Capitol Hill

Mattia is one of those people whose energy is infectious!  He is a wonderful person and fabulous friend – someone who is always up for an adventure. This shoot with Mattia was certainly an adventure and was so much fun! We chased the light and ran all over the Washington Mall.

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag today, my friend!

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  • Colette Knudsen - Great photo shoot! What a photogenic model with an exciting backdrop. Can’t wait to see your next posting.ReplyCancel