This family and I have been through a lot. I’ve photographed both of Teresa’s pregnancies and the birth of both of her children. Teresa + Albe invited me into their most trusted and sacred space, not once, but twice.
Teresa, Albe and I have joked that we were friends before, but now we’re more like family. This is the kind of bond that you develop with someone when you’ve been given the task of capturing them at their most vulnerable, their most fragile. And at their strongest: when they think there is no way they can possibly continue, and then they do. When exhaustion creeps in and it’s the love and encouragement of their partner that helps them pull through. And then, elation when their baby is born.
Marianna was a big help to her mama during her contractions.
Teresa, girl, you are a warrior.
There is something that happens at births that is so beautiful: every hand is there to encourage, to support, to hold.
A favorite shot of Albe cupping their baby.
Even in moments of pain, birth is about bonding, laughing.
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii baby Marcy!
Mama and her girls.
Teresa + Albe, thank you so much for allowing me to capture this time in your lives. I love you guys, your family, and especially your beautiful baby girls! xo, Lauren
Annnnnnddddddd! I’m an amateur videographer who likes to take videos at births – this one was a favorite! Check it out!
Are you guys ready for the most gorgeous wedding, happiest people, and amazing dance moves you’ve ever seen?! Well, then you’ve come to the right place: enter Carla + Steve’s wedding at Grounds for Sculpture..
I walked into Carla’s room and was like “THOSE DRESSES”
Here’s Carla doing the important things of the day: POURING THE CHAMPAGNE.
Meanwhile, down the hall.. HI STEVE!
Nothing beats a toast.
Oh, Carla – you are stunning, girl.
First looks feels.
It rained all day on Carla + Steve’s wedding day, and it rained HARD. At first I was sad, because guys WE WERE AT A SCULPTURE GARDEN. But in the end it was actually better. We got to stay in one spot, enjoy it, and make the most of it. Plus we got to do some badass portraits later on.
Yes, Carla IS a goddess.
A li’l silhouette to round out the portrait time.
I’ve never seen anyone so happy at a ketubah signing. THE BEST.
High fives are kind of the their thing.
Moms embracing post-wedding is something I will never tire of.
After the ceremony, we did a few more portraits and they were on FIRE.
Quite possibly my favorite photo of 2017.
The hora is one of my favorite parts of a wedding day..
Definitely one of the most fun receptions I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to a lot)
At the end of the night, the amazing wedding planner Sara Kate Events (seriously guys, she’s gold) asked Carla + Steve what they thought about doing a night shot and they were down! We went outside for 5 minutes and came back with these beauties. BOOM.
Carla + Steve – thank you both SO much for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding day. You were both so kind, so gracious, and SO.MUCH.FUN. I love you both and wish you so much happiness in the years to come! xo, Lauren
dress shop • The Wedding Store at Liz Clintons // shoes • Badgley Mischka // hair + makeup • The Beauty Bar // florist • Weddings Parties // venue • Grounds for Sculpture // dj • Elite Entertainment // second shooter • Alison Hobelmann
When Teresa asked me to take maternity photographs of her for baby #2, I was hesitant. I mean, how was I ever going to top THIS session?! But, I was up for the challenge. And, Teresa was up for anything (which seriously makes her a photographer’s dream!)
Here’s a sneak peek into her snowy maternity session. I can’t wait to share her birth images with you guys next week!
Yes, Teresa is a goddess..
Under that dress, her feet were in white little slippers. Seriously, she was game for anything..
Ending it with my favorite (as per usual). This little slice of green in a forest full of dead leaves – the first signs of life – it felt like a metaphor.
Teresa, I can’t thank you enough for the trust you place in me. I love photographing you + your family. You are seriously the best. Love, Lauren
Photographs courtesy of Frances Allmond
If you ever get the chance to have your almost-4-year-old take a photo of you, you won’t regret it. Just hand her the camera, ready to go. She’ll pick up that heavy old film camera, teetering back and forth from it’s weight, while you wonder how she manages to hold it steady. And you’ll laugh. Big, belly laughs as she puts her face to the eyepiece, and the camera shoots up and down, not sure where the final frame will land. Your eyes will start to water from the laughter, and your face will start to hurt from the smiling, and you’ll quickly call your husband over because you know you can’t be the only one to witness this – it wouldn’t be fair.
You do this often, calling the other over. To watch your child sleep, or play, or say something funny – the way your hearts open wide and expand together. Is it pride? Joy? Awe?
In any case, he joins you, and you both sit waiting for your portrait. He gets it right away, knows immediately why you called. You can’t stop laughing. Those little hands reaching for the shutter, teetering back and forth again. You almost grab for your phone, to memorialize this moment. A photograph of the photographer. But you quickly realize you might ruin her shot, the last shot in a roll of film, and you think better of it. You’ll just have to tuck this moment into the corners of your mind and hold onto it.
And when you look back on the photograph she’s taken, you’ll have to conjure up the other side of the camera: of the little person just shy of 4-years-old, rocking back and forth. Finger blindly grasping for the shutter, camera bobbing up and down, telling you in her best professional voice to “say cheese”. And you will – through watery eyes and a smile so big your face hurts.
So if you ever get the chance to have your almost-4-year-old take a photo of you, do it. You won’t regret it.