Category Archives: Wedding

Matt & Ashley Fall Bridal Session { Laura Elizabeths Photography, A West Michigan Photographer }

We got to shot this happy couples wedding back in May (they will be on the blog soon!) and unfortunately, like it happens SO often in Michigan in the Spring, it rained! Crazy busy summer for both us and the couple but we were finally able to get in a beautiful fall session to show off their love! Oh and their little girl?? Absolutely adorable!!!!

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Laura Elizabeths Photography specializes in Weddings, Engagements, High School Seniors and Events in Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding areas including Mount Pleasant, and Lansing. Visit my website at http://www.lauraelizabethsphotography.com for more information!

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I am a horrible Blogger! { Laura Elizabeths Photography, A West Michigan Photographer }

Great title right! How many of you can relate to this? I take pictures, I am not a writer! I tend to just push this part of my business to the side! No one reads/looks at this right? WRONG! Blogging is probably the number one marketing tool that a business can have, and here I am just pushing it to the side.

What can I say, I’ve had a very busy year! Photography was booming last year and this year is looking to do the same. My hubby and I bought out first house last year {New House!} and then of course the holidays came crashing in taking up all of our time! {Thanksgiving} {Christmas Card} We got a kitten (seriously so adorable! Check out my Instagram if you want to see him! #lifewithharley) {HarleyBoy} And now the New Year is here and I am getting back in the business mindset!

Stay tuned to an overboard of blogs to catch you up on all of the AMAZING sessions I was able to be part of last year and a few already this year! Laura Elizabeths Photography is back and ready to take over #WestMichigan.

I am currently booking Weddings, Engagements, Seniors, Event and School events!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Laura Elizabeths Photography specializes in Weddings, Engagements, High School Seniors and Events in Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding areas including Mount Pleasant, and Lansing. Visit my website at http://www.lauraelizabethsphotography.com for more information!

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A Winter Bride, Sami {Laura Elizabeths Photography | West Michigan Photographer}

Here is the winner to my last model call for a winter bridal session. Sami exceeded my expectations and absolutely rocked the session! Such a timeless beauty and we had a blast trying out the different looks with her gorgeous dress! I am now in love with the winter look for a wedding! Thank you again Sami for working your magic in front of my camera!

Sami    |    Rockford, Michigan    |    Bridal

Want to book a session? Contact me today to begin your wonderful journey to capture the memories in your life! http://www.lauraelizabethsphotography.com10993445_764569520296145_3370339351128833785_n

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Laura Elizabeths Photography specializes in family, children, high school seniors and wedding photography in Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding areas including Mount Pleasant, and Lansing. Visit my website at http://www.lauraelizabethsphotography.com for more information!

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Model Call! Calling all Models! { Laura Elizabeths Photography | A West Michigan Photographer }

Happy Thursday my lovely peoples! My love and my heart are all geared toward wedding photography and engagement shoots! So during this down time that a lot of photographers get during the winter snowy months, I have been planning and preparing for my wedding season! I looked through my images the other day and realized, I do not have any snow brides! I would love to have this for my portfolio! That is where you come in play! Do you have a wedding dress? Could we make it a winter dress? Please send me an image of yourself and your dress to lauraelizabethsphotography@yahoo.com and I will pick one of the fabulous ladies who has the look that I am looking for to shoot a free bridal session! Be prepared to have a blast!

1) Email lauraelizabethsphotography@yahoo.com

2) Attach your image and an image of your wedding dress

3) Be on the look out for a return email from your truly to set up your special session.

4) If you haven’t already, be sure to ‘Like’ https://www.facebook.com/LauraElizabethsPhotography

Laura Elizabeths Photography specializes in family, children, high school seniors and wedding photography in Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding areas including Mount Pleasant, and Lansing. Visit my website at http://www.lauraelizabethsphotography.com for more information!

Please LIKE Laura Elizabeths Photography on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LauraElizabethsPhotography!

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Brett & Abby’s Wedding { Laura Elizabeths Photography | West Michigan Photographer }

Completely in love with this couple and their wedding day. It was a day filled with love, laughter and the cutest decorations! Rustic, Chic, and DIY all around. I met Abby through a family member and at our first meet, while doing their engagement pictures, I knew that this would be a great wedding and marriage. So let me stop rambling and introduce to you, Brett & Abby! The new Mr. & Mrs.!

Brett & Abby    |    Summer Wedding    |     Grand Rapids, Michigan

Want to book a session? Contact me today to begin your wonderful journey to capture the memories in your life! http://www.lauraelizabethsphotography.com

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Laura Elizabeths Photography specializes in family, children, high school seniors and wedding photography in Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding areas including Mount Pleasant, and Lansing. Visit my website at http://www.lauraelizabethsphotography.com for more information!

Please LIKE Laura Elizabeths Photography on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LauraElizabethsPhotography!

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How I fell in love with wedding photography! {Laura Elizabeths Photography | West Michigan Photographer}

Happy Wednesday!

One week and I already forget that I have a blog! And I think my new glasses are crocked, otherwise the angle of my head is! Excuse me while I tilt my head to see straight!

Well it’s Wednesday, hump day to many, middle of the week, one day closer to the weekend. Today I want to express my pure enjoyment of going to weddings and also shooting weddings. Ever since I was a young girl I always enjoyed going to weddings. I even thought about becoming a wedding planner at one point (which when you shoot a wedding, you literally take the place of the wedding planner, coordinator, stylist and errand person! Win Win situation!) I was one of those girls that had her wedding planned out by the time she was 14 (also, the many different grooms I would have had at any given age!). The plan, colors, location and style changed throughout the years but one thing was certain, I was definitely looking forward to planning my own big day!

Now, fast forward a few years. I knew I loved photography, so I bought a beautiful camera, from K-mart. So expensive ($600) that I put it on lay-away. When I finally got it I thought I was the bomb! That summer my nephew got engaged and his future wife asked me to take their engagement pictures. “Fun”, I thought! I planned for that session for weeks. On the day of the shoot I had a notebook full of ideas, locations and poses. We went to 5 different locations! A four hour session! It was insane! BUT I loved every minute of it and so did they! I edited the pictures to the best of my ability at the time. They are still her favorite pictures to this day! Then she dropped the bomb on me…”Will you take our wedding pictures?”. You know that music that plays at the climax of a scary movie and they flash the picture closer and closer and closer to the subject! Well ya, that was my reaction! “No”. Was my immediate answer. There is no way that I am going to be in charge of shooting a wedding, for a family member, my first time. Being a photographer had not even entered into my mind at this point! All I could think of was those websites that make fun of the worst wedding images out there. Yup, that would have been my images right there at the top.

But after much thinking and warning her that I was not a professional and threatening her if she decided to sue me.. (not really, OK maybe a little bit), I agreed to do their pictures. After a four hour engagement session, how do you think the planning for the wedding pictures went! I was such a major pile of stress by the time the wedding had come! Forget bridezilla, talk about photographerzilla! But the wedding went off without any problems, we were able to get all of the shots that we wanted. The wedding party was great and cooperated and we really just had a fun time. I was absolutely exhausted afterwards and couldn’t move my toes but as I was sitting in our hotel room (the wedding was on a beautiful island in Wisconsin), I realized, I like this, I think I want to do more of this. That was the moment that I decided I wanted to be a photographer when I grew up (I was 23).

Fast forward to almost four years since I took their first engagement pictures. I absolutely LOVE couples sessions, engagement images and especially weddings! A lot of people think I am crazy since I love to shoot weddings, but there is just something about being able to be there when those vows are being made. Those sweet moments when the couple realize, they will be with each other forever and they are making that commitment to each other. Watching the day play out, all of the bride’s and the families hard work all coming together to make it their best day ever. Watching the couple’s young love during the engagement pictures change into that sweet love during the wedding moments. It gives me a high! I am addicted to weddings and capturing those special moments! I will ALWAYS be a wedding photographer. Even if I have to give up all the rest, besides seniors, I LOVE my seniors too! But that’s another post.

So next time you hear about a wedding and you are asked to help, don’t dread it! Embrace it and decide to be the biggest help that you can be to the bride and groom because their day is so worth it! Here are some of the images from my first engagement session and wedding! (Excuse the old watermark)

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Laura Elizabeths Photography specializes in family, children, high school seniors and wedding photography in Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding areas including Greenville, and Lansing.

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The weekend, take some time for yourself {Laura Elizabeth Photography | West Michigan Photographer}

Good morning!

It’s Thursday, which means one more day until that flavorful 2 days that we call the weekend. If you are a fellow photographer or self business owner like myself, you know that the weekends do not normally mean the same. Weekends mean, well, they mean work! Working a full time job during the week and working your business at night and the weekends means you are bound to be burnt out soon! I know I am feeling that way! I am editing away on wedding images, senior sessions and even a couple family and maternity sessions! I am working on the computer all day and then coming home to log back onto a computer.

But you know what, that is just part of the job. I have heard a lot of people talk about how photographers have the best job, and we do! But it doesn’t just end with taking your pictures and saying goodbye at the end of the session. That is just the beginning! A lot of work goes into your beautiful portraits! I love pulling up all of those fresh images after a session. I feel like an artist about to paint on her canvas. Sometimes, we take a bit longer on an image to make it just right! We want to see your smile light up the room when you see it! We are proud of our work and I know that I feel like a little puppy waiting to hear what you think of your session!

So this weekend, take some time for yourself. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Go outside and enjoy the weather, it’s turning Fall here in Michigan, so let’s go on a hayride and have a bonfire! Just enjoy the simple things in life. The work will be there when you get back but don’t let yourself get burned out. Think about extending the time frame you give your customers. Don’t make it unrealistic for yourself and your schedule. That is something that I need to learn! Give a longer lead time so when I am able to deliver in a shorter time, my clients are beaming!

Have a fun weekend everyone! As always, capture those memories!

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Laura Elizabeth Photography specializes in family, children, high school seniors and wedding photography in Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding areas including Greenville, and Lansing.

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