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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

Gallardo Family {Portrait Session} Culver City Family Photographer

This life recently has been tough. If you follow me on Twitter or we are friends on Facebook I am sure you have heard my laments. I have been trying to train for a marathon, but have injured both knees, my husband and my child have both come down with that horrible HFM plague which has kept us locked up in the house for the last few weeks, I put in extra hours in at my day job. It’s just been tough! The list could go on and I feel so bogged down with have to’s and so behind on the things that I love. I’ve been slow to posting for the business, answering emails, and working on my new image. I have been slow at getting to all my goals. It’s been a frustrating process.

I find myself on a morning like this one where I have a few hours of free time and I can either answer emails or play blocks with my child. I can either work on my new website or I can go for that 8 mile training run. I feel guilty between doing the things I want to do and not doing things I tell myself I should do. I feel like my life is pounding away on this deadline and if I don’t wake up each morning and meet every invisible deadline then life is going to fall apart.

Then I woke up. I drank some coffee and I realized IT’S NOT GOING TO. If I choose blocks over emails, THAT’S OK. Emails can be done while I am headed to the shower, or making dinner or in bed after my kid goes to sleep. My website can wait! I won’t lose anything if I don’t have it done by tomorrow. I can run. I can enjoy the peace and quiet of the trail. I am slowly realizing that taking care of myself and my  family produces more fruit than any “work.” If I do take care of us, I am sure the more productive we will be.

So here is to more playdates, more creative sessions, more naps and choosing what I do with my time then time choosing what I do. <3

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Karlyn and Greg {Just Married!} Oregon Wedding Photographer

This week has been a tough one for my family. More like the last three weeks it feels like. Between rashes, fevers, colds, long car drives and tough work loads, it felt like we were never going to sleep, never going to feel better and never going to feel normal again; however, last night we all slept. Well mostly. The baby was up once, but with a bit of effort she was back to snoozing till 7am. Today has felt less cumbersome and gives me hope that maybe we will catch up before the weekend is out.

It’s weeks like these that I am so thankful I am not going it alone. At the end of the day I have my little family to come back to and they get me. I was reminded of that at this wedding my sister and I had the joy of shooting this summer. Karlyn and Greg’s story is one of support and encouragement. It was truly evident that they get each other. This is one of my favorite weddings this year. Everything from the details to location- perfection!

Thank you, Karlyn and Greg, for letting me be a part of your special day. Wishing you all the best!

XOXO,

Lindsay

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Tumambing and Kim {Family Reunion Session} Azusa Family Photographer

These last few weeks have been a rough one for me, but I’ll be honest, watching America’s Got Talent has wrung the tears out and got me to laugh more times than not. I am such a sucker for talent shows. I used to watch the very first seasons of American Idol, I watch So You Think You Can Dance and I’ll watch Project Runway any day of the week. I haven’t gotten into Dancing with the Stars yet, but give it time and I am sure I’ll get there. I think what I like about these shows it is that it makes you feel like everyone has a chance no matter how rough the hand is that life has dealt you. We need that reminder sometimes. Just because there was that yesterday doesn’t mean it’s here today. Sometimes I get so caught up in life’s junk that I forget every day there is a chance to do it different. I need to keep reminding myself that and laugh more.

Speaking of laughing – this family knows how to laugh. They are no stranger to rough times either, but their love for each other is so evident and freakin contagious. It is always a pleasure to have a session with them. I hope my love is just as strong as theirs. <3

XOXO,

Lindsay

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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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