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Family Lifestyle Photography | September 11 on 11

It’s hard to post something on September 11th without saying something…. But I am at a loss for words when it comes to 9/11. A day that changed everything. Forever. I remember 9/11. I was driving into work when I heard it on the radio. I didn’t know where it had happened yet…just the first words explaining the horror. I remember searching the San Francisco skyline for planes or burning buildings. I remember the horror of it all. Being glued to the television for days. Not knowing how to feel. Choking up at every American flag I saw hanging at half mast. I remember looking for comfort in the eyes of my family, my coworkers, my friends.  I remember. We all remember.

But not my kids. They don’t remember. They weren’t born yet. When I tried to explain what happened 12 years ago, the looks on their faces…. Moments like that break a mother’s heart.

On this day, I am saddened that we live in a world with war and hate, with school shootings, with hate crimes…. It breaks my heart. But do you know what? We are also people that live in a country of love, laughter, and freedom. We can bask in the sun and swim and laugh. And so today, I remember 9/11. I can’t forget. But I also sit here and laugh through tears that I am the mother of two wonderful children who I KNOW will do good in this world. They already have.

I hope you enjoy my 11 on 11.

September is here, which means that sadly, school has started again. You can see how thrilled my son was about the first day of school.

I can’t blame him for his less than enthusiastic Obligatory First Day of School picture. We had a great summer. Here’s some highlights from the past month.

We lounged around at the pool.

She cannonballed.

She splashed.

He splashed.

Even the shallow water was fun for my Special Head.

We stayed cool.

Being in the water is nothing short of magical.

While it may look like we spent the days in the pool, many a day was just spent lounging about at home.

I learned the finer art of Pokemon cards…as interpreted by my boy.

We went camping at Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Santa Cruz.

Daddy started teaching the kids to play guitar.

We went to the beach. I saw this just as we were walking up.

God’s Eye.

She kinda sorta maybe was having a good time.

So much of what we did was just fun and spontaneous. Folding this blanket on a windy day turned into a 15 minute game of parachute.

This last month also marks the month that I got some beautiful pictures of my babies that I will cherish forever.

What’s this??? A REAL smile AND eye contact? Perfection.

And yes. I will be printing this. And yes. It will be big.

And an 11(ish) on 11 isn’t complete without a self portrait…. I had to look pretty hard to find one, but here you go.

Me, getting climbed on by my monkey children.

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And if you want to see more of my underwater photography, check out last month’s 11 on 11 right here!

Next up is the wonderfully talented and beautiful Utah photographer, Marie from Bloom and Grow Photography. Her work always makes me smile, and her self portraits always drop my jaw. Go check her out!


Laura - You are a true inspiration Laura! Your work is always so captivating! This is an amazing circle of photographers!September 16, 2013 – 2:04 pm

Ginger Unzueta - Laura, what fun images. I loved seeing so many that included your husband with your children as well. And the one of you fun!! such a cute suit!! It’s been such fun getting to know you!! I adore your work!September 12, 2013 – 7:50 pm

Marie - Laura, you continue to make me want to stretch and grow as a photographer. You are such an inspiration and your images are pure happiness. You capture life so beautifully. Love this post so much!September 12, 2013 – 1:52 pm

Sarah Harrigan - Love them! You capture joy & pure life so well. And your selfie is so awesome!! What a fun mama. :)September 12, 2013 – 11:55 am

Ashley Spaulding - Your work is always so full of life and joy, Laura. Looking at your images never fails to bring a smile to my face.September 12, 2013 – 11:52 am

Reena - You said it so perfectly about 9/11, thank you. As for your totally stunning 11 on 11 pictures….well no wonder he didn’t want to go back to school! look at the fun summer you had! Love the underwater ones, awesome! and the beach ones, sigh….gorgeous!September 12, 2013 – 11:07 am

Fran Barker - Such fun, joyful, playful captures! Love love love!September 12, 2013 – 9:25 am

Summer Murdock - Laura, I mean? These are gorge…love your selfie with the bubbles coming out of your nose…could it be more perfect? I think not…and well the rest of them? Perfection..joyous…full of life…you shine through in them…you are awesome!September 12, 2013 – 8:23 am

Jessica Cullom - These are amazing! SO BEAUTIFUL!September 12, 2013 – 7:36 am

Alison Janki - LOVE the variety!! It is always so fun to read your post mostly because your personality shines through in your images, always! I especially love the image of your son… such an edible expression to cherish! And, of course I love the underwater gems!!
So happy to see images of your whole crew!September 12, 2013 – 6:30 am

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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

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