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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jumping Back In: Kiowa Colorado Portrait Photographer

I want to throw this out there before I even begin: I hate writing business blog posts, but I have had a few people ask what in the world my plan for LSP is moving forward, so here it is. ☺️

When we moved to the farm in early 2015 I had no intentions of changing anything. My plan was to continue photographing weddings and a handful of other sessions each year (primarily in the Denver area) and just commute a little farther, but when I became pregnant at the end of 2015 everything changed. I was so sick that I didn't work very much during my pregnancy, but I anticipated wanting to jump back in soon after the baby was born. As you can probably guess...that didn't happen. 😜

Something changed in me as soon as Bennett was born, and I had absolutely no desire to photograph anything other than his beautiful face, haha. Maybe it was the fact that we suddenly had 4 kids and were completely overwhelmed and outnumbered? Maybe it was all of the other changes that went along with living in a new area? I honestly can't say, but my drive for photography was gone and wedding photography suddenly felt like a thing of the past for me. I went through a photographer-identity-crisis for a while, trying to decide if I should call it quits or just wait and see if my passion would eventually come back, but I had put so much of myself into photographing weddings that it seemed uncomfortable to let that go without feeling like a failure.

Last fall I ended up photographing several sessions here on the farm and it sparked something new and creative in me--I absolutely loved it! Those sessions ended up being some of my all-time favorites and I suddenly began to imagine a future of photographing families, seniors, and portraits here in the country.

At this point in my life with 4 little kids, portrait photography makes so much more sense and feels so much less overwhelming than weddings. I won't close the door on weddings completely because you never know what tomorrow will bring, but as of today I am so excited to pursue portraits out here in the country! (Side note: please don't hesitate to reach out if you are looking for a wedding photographer--even if I can't do it myself, I can definitely help you find some other fantastic options!)

(Photo of one of our pony friends here on the farm to get you excited!) 😉

So there you have it! I am currently scheduling sessions for the rest of summer and fall, and I can't wait to jump back in! I will be taking family sessions, seniors, child portraits, head shots, and in-home newborn sessions (if you are looking for something else--shoot me an email and let's talk!) I will be doing the majority of these here in Elbert County, but I am also open to traveling to the Denver Metro area or Colorado Springs. At the risk of sounding "salesy" I will mention that my October is almost completely booked with school portraits already, so if you are hoping for fall family portraits please let me know so I can get you on my schedule! (Email me here: info@laurasmithphotos.com) I have 4 kids, so email is by far the easiest (and quietest!) way to communicate. 😉

As a small business, word of mouth is invaluable to me, so as always, if you know of someone who may be looking for a photographer I am beyond thankful for your referrals! ❤️






Sunday, July 9, 2017

Baby Jax: Kiowa Colorado Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I don't advertise them very often, but I LOVE lifestyle newborn sessions! There is something so incredible about photographing a newborn in their own home with their family--those moments pass so quickly and feel like an exhausted blur, so it is really important to have those photos to look back on later.

I was SO excited when Brittanie asked me to come photograph sweet baby Jax (and big brother!) in their gorgeous home! I love this family to pieces, and these boys are beyond adorable!

Scroll on for a stunningly beautiful family, adorable baby boys, and one of the cutest nurseries that I have ever seen!















Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mary + Rafa: Littleton Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to share Mary and Rafa's summer wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms! This was such a stunning and all-around awesome day full of beautiful details, friends and family who flew in from all over the world, and a bride and groom who were completely in love.

Rafa and Mary fell in love in his home country of Spain, so their day was a perfect mix of Spanish and American cultures. Their ceremony was translated into both English and Spanish, and the day was full of Spanish traditions as well as a laid back Colorado feel. They also had some of the most incredible first dances that I have ever seen! From the upbeat choreographed father-daughter dance to the mother-son flamenco dance a fun time was had by all!

To my amazing friend Amy Caroline Photography: thank you for allowing me to second shoot this beautiful wedding with you! I love you girl! :-)

And now to some of my favorite photos from their day...enjoy!