I was gifted a pink and purple 110 camera from my Mama in the 1980's. Bless her heart for developing all that film! Decades later, I found my grandfather's Polaroid Land Camera and reignited my urge to document milestones. Today, several vintage cameras adorn my studio and remind me to create images with a sentimental approach. My photography loves are flooding natural light, gentle breezes, and genuine smiles. My goal is to capture my clients the way I do my own family... with my whole heart.

My life revolves around my husband, Tim, and our teenage son, Noah. We share our Glen Allen home with 3 spoiled labs, Annie, Wrangler, and Willys, and a silly flock of talkative chickens. When we're not hard at work, we enjoy Mexican nights, live music, and traveling in our RV. We also spend a lot of time cheering on our son who is a short track racer and third degree black belt! 

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...with my whole heart.

My Photography Story

"Generously give of yourself and find yourself blessed."
I've donated thousands of hours to various causes including Lab Rescue, Medical Reserve Corps, National Brain Tumor Society,  Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,  and Night to Shine!.

SERVICE

I'm a graduate of Randolph-Macon College with a BA in psychology and sociology, a Cum Laude graduate of Bon Secours Memorial School of Nursing, and completed my BSN with honors. I've been a RN for 19 years and own a private nursing practice. Photography is my full-time, three-season career. I'm proof you can balance two passions you love!

EDUCATION

"Well done, thy good and faithful servant..."
Matthew 25:23

Faith

my values

We live in Glen Allen, VA where my husband and I grew up, attended school, played sports, and started our family many years ago. We built our rural home in 2008 which includes lots of dogs, chickens, gardens, dirt bikes, and trees. I love sharing this private space with my clients and often host sessions at my home. 

LIFE with THE MATTHEWS

our home

Our chicken coop is named after my husband's mother who always wanted to raise chickens, but sadly passed away from a brain tumor in 2018. Our heritage breed girls make the BEST breakfast and support my baking habit!

Lulu's Roost

Our lab pack keeps us laughing daily. Dogs are a huge part of our life. We've had the privilege of helping several dozen foster labs find forever homes.

AnnIE, WRANGLER, & WILLYS

"The photos definitely represent the best version of myself and give me a great boost of confidence..."

-Abigail, LMP Senior

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-Beth, Family Client and Mom to two LMP Seniors

" Laura was easy to work with, flexible, and so artistic. Working with her was a great experience..."

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-Amanda, Stepmom to LMP Senior, Ayrin

" I hope I get to work with you again someday. You are truly talented..."

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"Laura went out of her way to make sure my daughter felt comfortable and to ensure we captured this milestone perfectly. Our photo gallery was exquisite and delivered to us so quickly..."

-Andrea, LMP Senior Mom

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