I reflect often about how I got here as a photographer and a business owner. It’s crazy to think I was a wife and mom with a beloved camera working 12 hour hospital shifts as a RN, who questioned “Could I actually do this, too? Could I leave the hospital? Would this support my family?” The answer was YES! Being a photographer wasn’t ever in my plans and that’s the true beauty of it!
Being creative is therapeutic for me. As a fairly shy and sensitive girl, I’ve leaned on my artwork to bring me peace and satisfaction. I’ve come out of my shell albeit in an awkward, self-depreciating, but very humorous way. 🙂 Photography has taught me to say NO to things that don’t feel right, but say YES to the scariest of circumstances.
Over the years I’ve “hustled” and now loathe the actual word. I’ve felt the weight of being a sole owner/artist, had my work and job scrutinized and torn apart. Man, that’s rough. But all of it was so beneficial and has led to where I sit in year 12. The last couple of seasons I’ve been able to slow down and focus on serving my clients in a way that’s peaceful, but where my calendar still fills a couple seasons in advance. What a blessing!
Photography has brought me the dearest friends. It’s taken me across the country to dip my feet in the Pacific and allowed me to shoot at my favorite spots along the Atlantic Coast. It’s taken me to military homecomings, impending loss of beloved family pets, last portraits before a big move, and to the hospital bedside of grieving parents. It’s allowed me to capture your milestones, which I hope you feel are just as important to me as they are to you.
There’s nothing to describe the feeling of knowing your portraits are hanging in now over a thousand households. Or that your images are prized possessions. The honor doesn’t escape me. Ever. Thank you.
So if you’ve been following this journey for a while, I thankful for you. I’m grateful you’re part of my 12th year and I’m looking forward to all that lies ahead.
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Laura resides in Glen Allen, Virginia. She specializes in portraits of high school seniors, children, and families. Laura serves the Greater Richmond area including Henrico, Hanover, and Chesterfield. Laura also travels on select summer dates to the eastern part of VA and Hatteras Island.
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