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  • WELCOME!

    Give us a minute to introduce ourselves. We are Lauren and Lindsay of Laurel Isle Photography. Yes, we are sisters and no, we aren't twins (we get that questions more than one would think!) We started this business about 3 years ago with nothing more than a dream, two cameras and a group of people who believed in us. From there we have grown from whatever-you-need photographers to wedding/portrait/boudoir photographers and we couldn't feel more blessed!

    In this last year, Lauren has moved up to Oregon. We now work in both California and Oregon and we LOVE IT! This move has enabled us capture more stories then we ever thought possible. Your story is our thing really. We love to capture how you met, who you love, and where you are headed. Browse around our site, and see what we have done. If you're interested in us capturing your story, feel free to call or email! We would love to hear from you. <3

Valenzuela Family {Portrait Session} Culver City life style and family photographer

These last couple weeks I have been challenged with working on my dreams. Let me tell you. I am not great at that. Here is the deal. I am not great at prep or at least I tell myself that. I was never good at practicing for my piano lesson, didn’t really enjoy vocal warm ups, often crammed for college presentations and with any prep or practice for something major I get physically sick. In the pit of my stomach, an ache rolls back and forth and tempts me to put a halt on productivity; however, as soon as I get out in front of a crowd, or get my hands to work all that feeling goes away. I am most confident when I am doing. Working. BEING.

It’s time though to practice the doing. It’s time to say remind myself that I can learn new things. It’s time to know that dreams don’t just land your in lap (although I sure like it when they do!), but sometimes you have to do some work to get it. Dreams are tough.

So I’ll be sitting here at my computer for a lot of this weekend – outside of that Ryan Adams concert I talked my husband into taking me to- and writing, editing, dreaming.:)

HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

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Jeremy and Ari {Just Married!} El Segundo and Greater Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

There is a big part of me that wants to just say, “Here is a great wedding I shot in April – Enjoy!” because when I think about my friendship with this couple it would fill pages. Literally. I am not sure I have even the time to tell the whole story. How do I condense 20 plus years of friendship down to a few paragraphs? How do I take some of the most traumatic parts of my life and narrow it down to a sentence or two for the sake of space? I cannot. I feel like a blog post would barely scratch the surface of how I feel about this wedding.

So I’ll put it this way. Jeremy and I have been friends for over 20 years. For the majority of my life I have known him as my brother. We have seen the ups and downs of each others lives – heartache, mistakes, triumphs. So when Jeremy met Ari and he spent over an hour on the phone JUST talking about her with me, I was so excited.  This guy has gotten a second chance at life and all it has to offer and my heart was beaming every moment at their wedding. Ari is so kind and generous and a great friend to Jeremy. I am so glad I got to capture their big day and I look forward to seeing their adventure together!

XOXO,

Lindsay

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Tuna Family {Portrait Session} Laguna Beach Family Photographer

I can’t believe we are  more than half way through the summer! Where has all the time gone? I am so thankful that my summer hasn’t been cooped up in a hot house. That’s definitely how I felt last summer when I was nearing the end of my pregnancy. I was 9 months pregnant, working my day job and spending most of those summer days in front of the a/c unit my parents had bought my husband and I. This summer though has been spent going to the beach, hiking with friends, having 4th of July parties and attending summer concerts. It has definitely made up for last year!:)

The session below definitely gives me all the summer vibes. It also makes me wish I owned an ocean view house in Laguna! One day maybe.:)

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Genesis! {1 Year Birthday Session} Culver City Family and Child Photographer

The family and I are off on a plane this afternoon to Portland, Oregon. Not only are we spending time with my sister, but my sister and I get to shoot a river side wedding! I am so looking forward to a time away with family. It’s been a full couple of weeks and I hoping this is just the thing we needed – a little bit of work, a little bit of play and all in our second favorite state!

Here is a sweet session I did of little Genesis and her family. It’s been so sweet to watch this family grow as we did. We married the same year, we had children near the same time and it’s been awesome to watch them do life together. Looking forward to seeing them grow and hopefully, catching those moments and the ones in between!

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Summer!!! {Promo Mini Sessions} Playa Vista and Redondo Beach Family Photographer

The last spring I had some of my favorite mini sessions. It was stripped down, and it was just me and some really great families.  It was so nice to catch up with old friends and at the same time meet new ones. I look forward to my mini sessions for this exact reason. It creates a space for anyone to come and not just have a session with me, but go home with some really great moments of their family. Now that my family has grown, I have a deeper understanding of when my mom asks me to bring my camera to family functions. My child has grown so much in under a year and each day she changes! My mind can only capture what it is able to remember, but a camera… a camera can keep that moment still in every detail! I think mini sessions are a perfect way to make sure to have some moments of your life standing still, in a picture always for you to look back on.

 

I am happy to announce I’ll be doing back to school minis in August! Keep a look out in July for more info. Don’t miss the next opprotunity to catch those special moments with your family.

XOXO,

Lindsay

 

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