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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.

 

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Marianna was a big help to her mama during her contractions.

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Teresa, girl, you are a warrior.

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There is something that happens at births that is so beautiful: every hand is there to encourage, to support, to hold.

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A favorite shot of Albe cupping their baby.

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Even in moments of pain, birth is about bonding, laughing.

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Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii baby Marcy!

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Mama and her girls.

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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!

 

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  • May 23, 2017 - 4:52 pm

    Bridget Quigley - Lauren these images are outstanding!!! So wonderful and beautiful and emotional. And hey, your video is pretty sweet too! I’m sitting here crying so let’s just say you did a great job. Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2017 - 5:52 pm

    Darlene Scully - Simply beautiful…Lauren, you are amazing🌸ReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2017 - 6:05 pm

    maike - Wow. Birthing a baby is so hard core. Beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2017 - 8:24 pm

    Jenny G - LAUREN!!! AYKM?! Not only are the birth story photos are amazing, but ALSO documenting video is taking your talent to a whoooooole ‘nother level!!! Amazing, and so powerful. LOOOOOVE all of these!! xxooReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2017 - 11:52 pm

    Keren - Wow! You captured this so beautifully!! There is so much I love about it. Can we just say that women are freaking amazing?! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 1:56 pm

    Kendra - Girl you nailed this!! I feel like i was there! I literally love everything about this! YOU NAILED THIS!!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 5:40 pm

    Chrissy - Aaaaaaaaaaaaand TEARS!!! This is so perfect and so beautiful!!! congrats to this family!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 6:48 pm

    Angie - Birth is such a miracle!! I absolutely love the way you captured it!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 8:46 pm

    shannon - oh my goodness….i have no words! these are so beautifully intimate and stunning. you captured this moment perfect. so well done!ReplyCancel

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..

 

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I walked into Carla’s room and was like “THOSE DRESSES”

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Here’s Carla doing the important things of the day: POURING THE CHAMPAGNE.

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Meanwhile, down the hall.. HI STEVE!

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Nothing beats a toast.

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Oh, Carla – you are stunning, girl.

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First looks feels.

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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.

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Yes, Carla IS a goddess.

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A li’l silhouette to round out the portrait time.

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I’ve never seen anyone so happy at a ketubah signing. THE BEST.

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High fives are kind of the their thing.

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Moms embracing post-wedding is something I will never tire of.

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After the ceremony, we did a few more portraits and they were on FIRE.

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Quite possibly my favorite photo of 2017.

 

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The hora is one of my favorite parts of a wedding day..

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..seriously..

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..FOR REAL.

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Definitely one of the most fun receptions I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to a lot)

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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.

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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

 

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  • May 24, 2017 - 8:57 pm

    jenny g - !!!!!!!! Every single wedding image I scrolled through just kept getting better and better, and then that finale image?! HOLY MOLY! You just have killer talent, my friend! XOXOReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 12:01 am

    Keren - These pics are fantastic!! Love your eye and how your bridal party portraits went beyond the traditional stuff! That fav pic of 2017 🙌🏽🙌🏽, just wow!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 2:10 pm

    Kendra - This is awesome! I love the use of light and the locations like the one of the bride and her maids!!! KILLER!! Awesome work friendReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 5:42 pm

    Chrissy - Girl, you outdid yourself with this one!!!! That location is incredible & those girls are STUNNING (LOVE their dresses!!). Beautiful, beautiful images, Lauren!!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 6:49 pm

    Angie - These are gorgeous!!! The portraits are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2017 - 8:49 pm

    shannon - the details shots are incredible, the group shots are incredible, the couple is stunning….this wedding is perfection. and are you kidding me with that rain shot?!?!!? wowzers!!!!!ReplyCancel

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..

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Under that dress, her feet were in white little slippers. Seriously, she was game for anything..

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Obsessed.

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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.

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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

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  • May 18, 2017 - 6:57 pm

    Kristine B - Wow!! These images totally look like they are straight from a fairy tale. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see pics of her new baby!!ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2017 - 4:16 am

    Kendra - Man that red just pops off my screen and I love every single second of it!! Great session friend!ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2017 - 7:19 pm

    Nicki - Oh my goodness, that dress with the snow is beyond stunning!!! Can’t wait to see the baby photos! Amazing job on this one!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2017 - 1:09 pm

    Natalie - Holy wow!!! That red dress and her dark hair against the snow!! WOW WOW WOW!! You’ve done a beautiful job, as always, my friend. And that last shot is SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2017 - 2:47 pm

    shannon - wowzers!!! these are stunning! she is a glowing mama to be. love the red dress so much! gorgeous work!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2017 - 6:45 pm

    Jen Crowe - Love the pop of color against the wooded background! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2017 - 10:51 pm

    Rachel - Love that stark contrast of the red! Beautiful mama!!ReplyCancel

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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.

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  • May 4, 2017 - 4:43 pm

    Rachel - It may start out that way…by my 5 and 7 year olds love to point the cameras at mom and dad…and the photos are quite good provided no one is missing a head!! I love to see their impersonations of us and love that you do, too!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2017 - 3:39 am

    Kristine B - I am so obsessed with this. Please write a children’s book and frame both of these images in your home. These are the best most genuine smiles!! Love!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2017 - 5:06 am

    Rachael - Oh this is so beautiful and what a great little photographer she is. It is so true, my husband and I do that ALL the time. I’m always so thankful that I have someone else who thinks the exact same way about my kids that I do!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2017 - 8:47 pm

    jenny g - OMG HOW CAAAAYUUUTE!! I neeeeed to do this with my own almost 4 year old daughter too!!! I recently let her play with my remote trigger, snapping away while we danced around. I’ll always treasure and remember that moment. So fun that she took these of you guys in FILM! High fives, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2017 - 2:27 am

    Natalie - Please write a book. I could read your blog posts all day. This made me smile and mayyyybe even tear up a little thinking of my own almost-four-year-old. Why do they grown so unbelievably fast?ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2017 - 2:29 am

    Destinee - Oh my goodness! I could totally see this play out in my mind. I love it! And what a gorgeous image she captured. Beautiful memory!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2017 - 2:40 am

    Chrissy - Oh my goodness, LOVE this!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2017 - 1:51 pm

    Marilou Jaen - Your 4-year-old did an amazing job!!! I love these photos!! <3ReplyCancel