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Beautiful Newborn | San Francisco Bay Area Lifestyle Photographer

Quietly, this beautiful mama enjoys this new life.

Her little bundle has finally arrived.  Every sound she makes is magical.

Even burping her is magic. Sitting on mama’s lap with her little chin supported, she let’s out a delicate burp.

This beautiful family feels more complete with this sweet little girl.

Her tiny toes.  Her perfect fingers.

The wonder and joy of it all.  Love… living outside your heart….

The real moments.

The cranky moments.

Every moment is so savored.

Welcome, little one.  Welcome.  I can tell how loved you are.  I could feel the joy and delight that you ignite in your parents.  Beautiful girl.  May your life continue to be blessed with love and light.

And you, you silly little kitty, enjoy your new playmate.

Summer Murdock - LOVE these Laura. I decided a long time ago that I will never haul around bean bags and buckets again. So beautiful and well done!October 12, 2012 – 12:33 pm

Jackie - These are just precious, Laura!!May 25, 2012 – 9:29 am

Emily - I am such a HUGE fan of your lifestyle work…and these are no exception. Such a beautiful story!May 24, 2012 – 6:58 pm

Katherine - These are so special! I love the light and airy feel, the colors, and the storytelling. Just lovely!May 23, 2012 – 12:14 pm

Megan - Wow – these are really gorgeous! They are so peaceful and intimate. Way to go!May 23, 2012 – 9:05 am

Jaidean - Oh, wow, these are absolutely gorgeous!May 23, 2012 – 8:27 am

Becky - These are beyond beautiful! What a wonderful gift you gave this family….to document those precious first days.May 23, 2012 – 5:23 am

April - Your lifestyle newborn images are beautiful! I agree, magical but wonderfully real!May 22, 2012 – 9:26 pm

Clarice - These are super lovely Laura! You rocked this newborn session!May 22, 2012 – 2:34 pm

Jennifer Zumwalt - Oh wow Gorgeous work!!!! I am truly intrigued by this lifestyle photography! LoveMay 22, 2012 – 1:40 pm

Kristin - Beautiful work Laura. The images are fabulous and I am envious of this family that they have such beautiful, real moments with their baby girl. The last photo of the cat, was an unexpected twist – and I love it!May 22, 2012 – 7:40 am

Dee - These are magical and yet so wonderfully real all at the same time. I just don’t know how you do it, Laura – but please, don’t stop! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy seeing your work and your unique perspective. Fantastic job – I know that the parents must have been thrilled to see these.May 22, 2012 – 6:34 am

Krissy Allori - LOVE LOVE LOVE. THIS is lifestyle newborn photography. LOVE!!! So gorgeous. You have never taken a photo I didn’t LOVE. Did I mention I love them?May 22, 2012 – 6:26 am

becky - so so gorgeous!! every one of these images is just breath taking! beautiful work.May 21, 2012 – 7:46 pm

Sonja - Love these! Beautiful work, Laura. And, that baby is just scrumptious!! So cute.May 21, 2012 – 7:39 pm

Jennifer Welsh - These photos are extraordinary! I think my favorite one is the one of Dana and Cambria laying together. So incredible!May 21, 2012 – 6:32 pm

sally - I just adore this session. These types of newborn photos are my very favorite and the light is wonderful and soothing in every one.May 21, 2012 – 4:34 pm

Carrie - Perfection xMay 21, 2012 – 4:28 pm

Taryn Boyd - these are so amazing!!! The light is perfect, words are amazing and the connection is undeniable!May 21, 2012 – 12:05 pm

Fran Barker - Wow, gorgeous beyond measure. What a beautiful baby girl and family. Well done talented lady!May 21, 2012 – 11:35 am

emily - You are a true visionary! These are so breath taking Laura. Love the airy feel especially in the family shots.May 21, 2012 – 11:33 am

Alison Janki - You have such a gift, Laura!! These images are just so amazingly beautiful!! You captured this family so perfectly. I am sure they are BEYOND thrilled with their pictures!! I absolutely LOVE the image with Mom and Dad by the window… hello big massive canvas :) Awesome job!!May 21, 2012 – 11:31 am

Amber - *sigh* This is an absolutely PERFECT newborn session. Love your lifestyle work, Laura.May 21, 2012 – 10:53 am

melody - amazing. no words for how wonderful these are.May 21, 2012 – 10:27 am

Aimee Maughan - A-MAZ-ING! That black and white with her holding her head up makes me want to have another baby RIGHT NOW! These are beautiful!May 21, 2012 – 9:52 am

Life Stories: The Story of our Month | San Francisco Bay Area Photographer

It’s been a busy month for me.  As the deadline for this month’s Life Story began encroaching upon me, I had to make a decision: spend a ton of time shooting and then editing pictures of my children playing OR spend that time just playing with my children.

I chose the latter.

As a photographer, I see it as my job to document their lives.  And believe me, they are WELL documented.  And in my endeavor to tell the perfect story, capture the perfect image of the perfect moment that just so happens to be captured in the perfect light with the perfect clothing, I sometimes lose sight of the simple fact that my children want to spend time with me.

And while I love doing these Life Stories and hope to have the time to do a “real” one next month, this month, I just didn’t want to take the time to tell the full story of anything.

I just wanted to spend time with my kids.

And so I did.

So, what I’m sharing here is just some of the pictures I captured this month.  Not a full story of any one event… but just snippets of our month.

We biked.

We waited for friends to arrive.We went to the library and read book after book after book.

I found my daughter immersed in cat books.

We swung.

We played in the sun.

We went to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

We hunted for eggs, played with cousins, and laughed with family.

We ducked.

We played tennis…

…it was hot.

And we hugged.  And we loved.  And we laughed.

So, there you have it.   I suppose it IS a life story of sorts.  The story of our month.

If you are not familiar with this whole Life Story thing, well, I hate to say it, but you’ve been missing out.  It’s basically a blog circle…start here, and follow the links at the end of each blog post to continue the circle!  You can get a full description of what it’s all about right HERE.  And if you want to see some of the other ones, you can go over there yonder to the left, click on the Categories tab, and then click on Life Stories.  It’s been a fun project for me this year, and I’m happy to be part of such a wonderful group of photographers who are participating in this with me!

Speaking of wonderful photographers, up next is Audrey Frantz of Kentiga Photography!  Follow all the links at the end of the post until you end up back here!  Thanks for visiting!

You can follow me on Facebook right HERE.


Sylvia Borgo - Ahhhhh, how I love these! Goodness, your kiddies are getting so big!May 9, 2012 – 9:41 pm

Taryn Chrapkowski - Every time I come to your blog I am just blown away. I love your perspective in all of your images – and the true magic you capture in them. LOVE THEM ALL!May 3, 2012 – 9:34 am

angela ross - looks like you guys had a great month spending time together!!! your kids are just gorgeous, thank you for not only sharing a story but a whole month!May 1, 2012 – 5:04 pm

Aimee Maughan - Can you just plan a family vacation to Utah with a special session open for the Maughan family Photos? We have got mountains, lakes, deserts….you name it. Oh yes and really nice people. :) Really though if you are ever here and have some sessions open we would love a slot. Love your work!May 1, 2012 – 11:22 am

Danielle McCarty - This is just perfect, I love every bit of it!April 30, 2012 – 5:20 pm

Nicole Ridella - What a gorgeous month you had… Love seeing life through your lens!April 28, 2012 – 12:02 pm

Cari Berry - I love them all, as I love everything you do, but my favorites are the swing and the hose. So awesome. Love the way you see things, love your lens choices. Love your kids and your color and your everything!! <3 Good choice on spending more time with the kids – you've really captured some great memories of their childhood here…April 28, 2012 – 10:58 am

Nancy - I’ve always pictured your family just like this…laughing, having fun, being together. Love this!April 28, 2012 – 9:38 am

Jessica Deane - This was my kind of story!! love these!April 27, 2012 – 8:27 pm

Beth - Love my Life Stories for the same reason… It reminds me to keep it real. Thanks for sharing!April 27, 2012 – 7:20 pm

Rachel - Wonderful!!!April 27, 2012 – 5:06 pm

ShellyS - These are fabulous, Laura! Thank you for sharing the story of your month. :D April 27, 2012 – 4:49 pm

Barbara Hurst - So crisp and clear, beautifully done Laura.April 27, 2012 – 2:34 pm

Kel Ward - This is absolutely WONDERFUL, Laura! I love it! I think this is a perfect life story…a month in the life of your family! Awesome.April 27, 2012 – 2:12 pm

Beth - Beautiful!April 27, 2012 – 12:58 pm

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Azure - I love these so very much!! Maybe one of my favorite “life stories” as it truly is a story of your life together. Love.April 27, 2012 – 12:00 pm

Verity - love, love! looks like you had a month filled with love and laughter :) April 27, 2012 – 11:17 am

Jen Snyder - Perfection <3 This is a great reminder to be present with our kids, and not hide behind a camera all the time.April 27, 2012 – 11:17 am

Jen - I *LOVE* this post. They might not all be from the same day, but your photos definitely tell a story of a loving family. There is so much love and joy here.April 27, 2012 – 11:09 am

Amy - I love your snippets!!
And after all, life is but a series of snippets. Many many great memories that we often only remember in one mental snapshot :) April 27, 2012 – 10:57 am

Danielle Frank - This is PERFECT. Sometimes it’s so hard to document and play at the same time and you did it so well. You’re kids are so adorable, I love how intent your son is when he’s immersed in the book :) April 27, 2012 – 10:13 am

amy lenhart - loved your month!!! thanks for letting us enjoy it!!April 27, 2012 – 9:55 am

Audrey - You guys had an amazing month! I’m glad I got a peek into it.

By the way have I told you how much I just adore your new blog? It totally rocks and is so you!April 27, 2012 – 8:33 am

Kathleen Weibel - Love your month! Such happiness and joy!April 27, 2012 – 8:04 am

Amber - And you made us all smile…AGAIN. It’s amazing what the world looks like from your perspective. It’s sunny and happy and full of everything life should be. I LOVE your posts <3 I kinda hope you end up having to post an entire month's worth in May too :) April 27, 2012 – 8:02 am

Three Generations of Love | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

I have an interesting story of how this photo shoot came to be.

Over two years ago, I was scheduled to fly to a photography workshop when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I canceled the trip, called the airlines, and got a voucher number that I could use within a year. In my distraught state, I just threw that voucher number into my desk and forgot about it. I found it right before it expired and ended up booking a ticket to Portland to visit and shoot with some amazing photographer friends. On my flight back, I sat on the plane and edited those photos on my laptop. Unbeknownst to me…

someone was watching…. (insert ominous music here)

She liked what she saw, and by some sneaky moves that I still don’t quite understand, she found out who I was (I’m guessing I watermarked an image?) and a year later, she contacted me to do this session.

That’s cool, right?

And gosh am I ever glad she found me, because her family is amazing.

They all came together from different parts of the country to celebrate the littlest guy’s 100th day birthday, a Korean tradition.

Here are some of my fav’s from the session.

I am really close to my family and it was wonderful to watch all of these guys interacting. The comfort and love that family brings is like none other.

Both the kiddos had fallen asleep on their way to our session. When this sweet little three year old started to wake up, I couldn’t resist grabbing a picture.

Seriously…I love this family.

It took him a while to warm up, but gosh, it was worth the wait.

I really was tickled when the sun came out and little baby E woke up.  I love that he is so chubby that he has a dimple on his forehead.

Isn’t he a little angel?

And my favorites of the day were the last several shots fired.

Mother and daughters.

So much love….so much energy….so much laughter….

I had a wonderful time with this family. Who knew that a ticket voucher, almost lost, would be the reason for this session? Pretty dang cool.

Thanks so much for looking! You can follow me on Facebook, if you like, and I always appreciate comments.  Have a wonderful day!

Clarice - These are beautiful Laura! You did an amazing job! Love your new site too!April 27, 2012 – 6:35 am

sally - wow, these are so awesome. Love all that joy and love flying around like MAD.April 17, 2012 – 12:30 pm

David Pittle - You really justify my sense of you as a photographer. You catch the right moments with the right composition and, of course, the technical competence.

BravoApril 12, 2012 – 1:19 am

becky - these are so amazing!! each and every photo here is absolutely perfect!April 12, 2012 – 12:20 am

Joanna - I love how you captured this family – really great work!!April 11, 2012 – 10:58 pm

Sonja - I love these photos — they make me want to drive up to the bay area right now to have our own family session with you. The love that this family has for each other seriously jumps right through the computer screen and makes me feel happy just looking at them. :-) And, what gorgeous little boys!!April 11, 2012 – 8:08 pm

April - SO Beautiful!!! The love is palpable. What a true joy to feel that love and capture it… Thanks for sharing with all of us!April 11, 2012 – 4:33 pm

Lauren - You did an incredible job of capturing real, genuine connections between these family members! Gorgeous images.April 11, 2012 – 1:10 pm

Cristina - Gosh Laura – the emotion and joy in these is palpable. You talented lady – I am not surprised the lady held on to your details for so long! This session was definitely worth waiting for!April 11, 2012 – 12:27 pm

Beth - Lovely. You really brought this family session to life!April 11, 2012 – 12:05 pm

Misty - These are just wonderful! You are a Great photographer and the family was right to “find out” who you are. You did what i love most…Captured them being them! I feel as if we were there with you and can almost hear their laughter! Great Job!April 11, 2012 – 11:52 am

amy lenhart - awe laura these are beautiful!! i love how you captured this family! such love and laughter shown through your images!!April 11, 2012 – 11:41 am

ShellyS - These are gorgeous! Beautiful color and light, and I love how you captured this family and their love for each other.April 11, 2012 – 11:15 am

Katie - These are just beautiful!April 11, 2012 – 11:03 am


Aimee Maughan - Beautiful Family shots! Love them!April 11, 2012 – 10:02 am

Kristin - I love this session so much! Pure love and emotion shines through —- beautiful comps and color. Swoon! I just love your work so much.

I love the story equally! I love how I was also on the receiving end of this lucky voucher! It was wonderful to meet you in person. And I love how you rolled the dice on Portland and so many people benefitted! Your in-person energy is so magnetic, vibrant and endearing, it is easy to see that all this flies through your camera and straight into the end product. xoxoApril 11, 2012 – 9:58 am

Dee - Okay. Stop it. These are ridiculous – the color, the crispness, the fresh feeling, the love! I kinda sorta want to be a part of this family now – and I don’t even know these people! They look amazing and I love how you captured them in such a natural way; and I bet they love it, too. And wow – what a cool story about how they found you. Clearly you + them = a match made in heaven – it was meant to be!April 11, 2012 – 9:01 am

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