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!

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!


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  1. Christie
    July 11, 2013

    I just love these! Makes me so excited for our trip to San Francisco soon! :)

  2. Marie
    July 11, 2013

    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.

  3. summer Murdock
    July 11, 2013

    Life and love here Laura! Love the water shots too. Super awesome you are!

  4. Taryn Boyd
    July 11, 2013

    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!

  5. Fran Barker
    July 11, 2013

    Can I join your family because they are FUN and I love their love too! :)

  6. sarah cambio
    July 11, 2013

    You are so talented Laura! Love them all and they bring such happiness!

  7. kate t. parker
    July 11, 2013

    amazing. and that last shot made me cry. stop it. :)

  8. Tonya Teran
    July 12, 2013

    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 <3

  9. Karen
    July 15, 2013

    You are an amazing photographer and SO INSPIRING! Thanks for sharing all you do!

  10. sally
    July 18, 2013

    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.

  11. Life with Kaishon
    July 19, 2013

    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.

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