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Underwater Portrait Photography | August 11 on 11

Let’s just start this off by saying that today is my 12 year anniversary. Happy Anniversary, sweetie! Thanks for sticking with me! I love you!

Summer is in full swing here, which means, I hardly have time to get this blog post up. So let’s just see if I can keep this to 11 images this time.

I’ve had this idea for a while, but finally took and edited the picture. See the original HERE.

She cut 10 inches of her hair to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, but before I could send it off, I needed to make this picture happen.

And I got an underwater bag.

And I’m obsessed.

My self portrait this month wasn’t taken by me, so it’s not really a self portrait. But, I had to share this beautiful picture taken by the talented Christie Hobson of Christie Hobson Photography. We were down in Orange County for our summer vacation, and I HAD to hire Christie to capture our family. I love her. Check out more of the session right here.

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Up next is my amazingly talented friend, Taryn from Blu Hippo Photography from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Her work always makes me feel calm and happy. I know you’ll love it too!

11 on the 11th » Square Balloon Actions and Tutorials - […] look through my post please visit the next in the blog chain, the amazingly talented Laura Morita of Laura Morita Photography. You will be thrilled you did, her work is […]October 1, 2013 – 9:35 am

Tonya Teran - Haha!! Omg I love that hair cut picture :) You are amazing. I love your underwater images, they scream YOU. So fun!August 15, 2013 – 5:51 am

Leah - Omg, you OWN underwater photography. Seriously, they are incredible. Am in love with the one of your daughters hair. I’d love to climb inside your head sometime to bathe in all that awesome creativity. Love these. xAugust 14, 2013 – 9:09 pm

Lynn - I absolutely ADORE your underwater photography! I knew you would totally rock it when you said you were getting a bag for your camera. What fabulous shots and that one with your daughter’s hair is genius. You have a gorgeous family too!August 12, 2013 – 2:46 pm

Robert Towler - Happy anniversary!!!August 12, 2013 – 10:51 am

Reena - gorgeous family photo! I love it! and of course those underwater photos are just amazing…(now I wish I had a pool). Your daughter is just so awesome and caring to donate her hair!August 12, 2013 – 10:36 am

Jen Stafford - Holy moly, those underwater pictures are AMAZING! And what a beautiful family you have. :) August 12, 2013 – 9:17 am

sally - you and that underwater bag were meant for each other, seriously. AMAZING. all of them. And that first one is so incredibly original and creative, I am blown away.August 12, 2013 – 9:10 am

Fran Barker - I adore your love for the underwater pictures. Not only are the results fun to look at but they show your passion as well. The family portrait is amazing, such an incredible treasure! Happy Anniversary, friend. Here is to many, many more!!August 12, 2013 – 8:59 am

Family Photographer | July 11 on 11

Hallelujah! Summer is here! And that means that I am busy as can be with my kids, so this is gonna be one of those, share quickly and move on type of blog posts.I got kids to tend to and games to play.

First off, we went to San Francisco and rode the cable cars. And you know what? It’s the first time my kids have ridden them. When you live around San Francisco, I guess you tend to not do the touristy type of things. But it was fun.

We happened to go on the day that Vice President Joe Biden was in town. I guess his route intersected the cable car route, so the cable cars were stopped while we waited for him to go by. I didn’t really mind cuz I got this.

Then we were off to Ghiradelli Square for some ice cream. That’s my niece with my brother and sister in law. She’s adorable.

And while we waited for those cable cars, these two had a grand ol’ time. I love their love. It’s perfection.

And while I didn’t shoot this during this last month, I did re-edit this shot. This is my son. He’s got incredible fashion sense. The original had a really busy background, and it had to go. I love what I can do in Photoshop. Why would I re-edit this shot? I needed to find the perfect image to show JOY because my sweet mom got a clear brain MRI. She has fought brain cancer for…gosh, going on 3 1/2 years now, and a clear MRI is reason to celebrate!

And this is the month that I get to take annual pictures of my husband, who works out just a little bit.

I’m teaching my daughter to sew, just like my mom taught me.

My nephew came for a visit.


My brother and his daughter were here too. We played. It was fun.

We went swimming too.



I’m supposed to share a self portrait, but it just hasn’t panned out this month. So, how about I share an old image that my dad took the day I became a mom? The only reason I put my watermark on here is because my dad doesn’t have one. He’s workin’ on it. My dad started my passion for photography a long time ago. He’s awesome, and so is this picture, taken most likely within the first 30 minutes of my daughter’s life.

Next up is the fabulously talented and sweet Fran Barker from Columbus, Ohio. Love her and love her work! Go check her out!


Life with Kaishon - I love the pictures of your month. You capture the human spirit so beautifully. I cried when I read about your Mom’s clear scan. What a blessing.July 19, 2013 – 7:38 am

sally - Love these!! Especially the water ones, and your amazing photoshop abilities. :-) And the last one, ahhh, so precious. I can see the pure emotion in your face, how wonderful.July 18, 2013 – 5:45 am

Karen - You are an amazing photographer and SO INSPIRING! Thanks for sharing all you do!July 15, 2013 – 7:36 pm

Tonya Teran - What a great 11 on 11 Laura :) :) :) I love seeing your summer adventures! Your family is just so awesome and adorable. That picture of your daughter on the cable car is perfection <3July 12, 2013 – 11:46 am

kate t. parker - amazing. and that last shot made me cry. stop it. :) July 11, 2013 – 8:32 pm

sarah cambio - You are so talented Laura! Love them all and they bring such happiness!July 11, 2013 – 3:49 pm

Fran Barker - Can I join your family because they are FUN and I love their love too! :) July 11, 2013 – 1:02 pm

Taryn Boyd - you are so incredible… so much to be grateful for in this post. Glad to see you’re spending lots of time with family.
I can’t believe how good you instantly are with your underwater pictures. is there anything you aren’t good at? Sewing too, really? I have some pants in the mail to you b.c I can’t even sew a button! Also you are good at making beautiful kids. that picture of your daughter is breathtaking and I’ll punch you in the arm (not super hard though) if you do not print that. it’s amaze

p.s. I love your little kitty!July 11, 2013 – 12:56 pm

summer Murdock - Life and love here Laura! Love the water shots too. Super awesome you are!July 11, 2013 – 9:47 am

Marie - How can a post make me smile, LOL and cry?? These are all so beautiful. Your underwater are insane and love all the captured emotion. You are so freaking fabulous.July 11, 2013 – 8:26 am

Christie - I just love these! Makes me so excited for our trip to San Francisco soon! :) July 11, 2013 – 8:10 am

Family Photographs | June 11 on 11

I’m embarrassed that I missed last month’s 11 on 11. I was getting ready for my online editing workshop. Well, I finished that workshop and am getting ready for another one. (Go check it out! ) But how could I miss another 11 on 11? I am extremely proud to be associated with this amazing group of photographers. They push me to be a better photographer and person. I just HAD to get my act together.

And so I stepped away from the computer, and shot some new pictures. Thanks, ladies, for giving me the push to get out there and do some shooting. I have MAD LOVE for y’all.

Oh, and if you have no idea what this 11 on 11 thing is, you can read about it right HERE.

So, since I missed last month’s, if, theoretically, I posted 22 images instead of 11, then that would be okay, right? And likely, no one bothers counting how many pictures are actually posted so whatever I post would be fine, right? OK. Just making sure.

Let’s get this party started. First, some that I shot in May. My daughter donated 10 inches of her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

You can see what she looked like before the haircut right here.

Self portraits seem to go way better with the kids when I hand them the remote.

And some from June….

Crazy Hair Day at school may very well be my daughter’s very favorite day of school. She practiced doing this all week and woke up early to get it just right.We went organic strawberry picking at Swanton Berry Farms in Davenport. Loved it. Want to go again.The sky was having a hard time making an appearance that day. It was gray and dingy looking for a good chunk of the time we picked strawberries. Luckily, I know how to add a fake sky.:)Wanna learn how? Check out my upcoming editing workshop on June 23.


After picking 20 pounds of strawberries, we headed toward the store to weigh, pay, snack, and play.


This place was just cool. Lots of neat antique toys and games. I was dying over the window light and colors.

The dude was pretty interested in the Magic 8 Ball. “Will I get lots of new Pokemon games for Christmas?” Um, sorry, dude. Outlook Not So Good….

My little reader…..

There was an antique Howdy Doody doll just hanging out. Sorry to break this to you, but Howdy Doody is sort of creepy.


Despite the creepy factor, I found myself rather enamored by the antique ventriloquist doll with no clothes and a gap between his teeth. I figured he deserved a seat in one of my self portraits. Not as cute as my son, for sure, but Howdy Doody DOES stay still. That’s a plus.

So, that was pretty much 11 pictures… times three or something. Next up is the fabulous Alison from Alison Janki Photography. Go check her out and follow the link at the end of her post. Keep clicking through for lots of wonderful eye candy. Make it all the way through the circle, and you’ll make it right back here, just in time for Howdy Doody Time.

Life with Kaishon - I came over to tell you congratulations on being a favorite place winner on Little Bellows today. I can’t click away from your beautiful work. I am mesmerized.July 19, 2013 – 7:40 am

Lina - Oh, I love your humor Laura. Your images are soaking in it. Gorgeous and fun!June 12, 2013 – 8:32 am

Lynn - OMG your pictures ALWAYS blow me away. I love your style so, so much! Such clarity and richness of colour and of course, those amazing skies that bring the exta wow factor. Well done to your daughter for donating her gorgeous hair. I love the new cut too though.June 12, 2013 – 1:46 am

Marie - Seriously, my knees are starting to hurt from having to bow to you every month. These are as incredible as always and my favorite part is how insanely your personality shines through in every image you post. Even the pic with just strawberries is screaming how fabulous Laura is!June 11, 2013 – 8:38 pm

kate t. parker - i want to tag along wherever you go…you make it all look like so much fun…June 11, 2013 – 7:35 pm

Summer - Awesomeness Laura. Love them all. The gif is rad too. Full of life…June 11, 2013 – 7:35 pm

Fran Barker - Laura, you never stop amazing!! These are perfect, priceless, and hysterical all in one! Love them… All 55 of them. ;) June 11, 2013 – 6:33 pm

leah - Am SO SO SO happy you are back this month – cant believe how much I missed your awesome self last time. These are amazing Laura, as usual. Looking at your work just makes. me. happy. Every time. You are the master of good vibes. I love the portrait of A after donating her hair. And yes, howdy doody is mega creepy. Cant believe you put him on your lap ;-) June 11, 2013 – 3:45 pm

Alison - oh shit…how do i even go after you?!?!
THESE ARE INCREDIBLE!!! I could just sit and reread this post a hundred times…
AMAZING IMAGES (every last one) and I can’t even pick a favorite!
You have such an insane talent and your personality just shines through in every image.
You have a gift from God and all I can say is just WOW.June 11, 2013 – 12:35 pm

Anne Kerr - Laura-say what?! How do I even know you?! The strawberry picking ones…they are INCREDIBLE!!! Love that sky and your colors and how you are able to capture a whole gamut of emotions with your kids. Your talent is never ending……You just constantly amaze me!!June 11, 2013 – 11:44 am

Tonya Teran - So so so glad to be a part of this project with you and your fabulous self :) Your family is so fun and I love seeing your monthly antics :) June 11, 2013 – 10:03 am

sarah cambio - Your photos are always so fun and happy to look at it. Love the colors in the strawberry picking photos!June 11, 2013 – 9:20 am

Taryn Boyd - I missed you so much last month and I’m so glad you’re back. you are so ridiculously talented and funny!!! I don’t know how you do it! awhhh…..I can’t even begin to pick a favorite!June 11, 2013 – 9:02 am

sally - as always, your work is a blast to view! You never disappoint, you talented lady. Your daughter wins the award for the most awesome crazy hair ever.June 11, 2013 – 7:12 am

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