Photography was an interest from a very young age. When visiting my grandparents, I would pour through dozens of their photo albums. I loved the feel of old photographs and the stories they told. Photographs were art to me and I wanted to create my own. At some point I received a pink and purple 110 film camera. I remember sitting on the floor in my playroom, dressing up Barbie, and meticulously photographing her wedding to Ken. I'd easily go through a roll of film in 5 minutes, begging my mom to quickly send it off to York Photo Lab. I soon moved on to living subjects, such as my little brother (sorry Mike)!
     Fast forward to after college graduation, I married Tim, a handsome railroad gentleman with the prettiest blue eyes. Five years later our precious baby boy helped me find photography again. I purchased my first dSLR and with the instant gratification of digital and willing subjects, my creativity exploded! Very quickly, I started to take photos for friends and family. While working as a critical care RN at St. Mary's Hospital, a little side business snowballed! Laura Matthews Photography was born in 2009. I left hospital nursing in 2011 and took my business full time. It was the best career decision I've ever made!

passion inspires an unplanned career

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
   Ecclesiastes 3:11

While I've photographed almost every genre, I've spent the last several years working exclusively with families and high school seniors. My on-location portrait style is full of light and rich color, while my lifestyle sessions take on a cozier, softer feel. I'm so blessed to have the support of hundreds of clients who return year after year because of my fun and relaxing approach to portraits. The relationships I've formed through this unplanned, but very welcome business have brought so much joy to my heart. I'm eternally grateful for the support of my family as I follow this creative path.