happy birthday, grandma!!
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Today is Grandma’s birthday!! I have been saving these images of my nephews from this weekend to share with Grandma (and everyone else) for her birthday!

Jonas is interested in everything Grandma does. From quilting….

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To playing Wii Fit! Jonas is really good at navigating the Wii – except for this particular day. He logged in, started the body test (with Grandma’s help) and then the screen announced “you’ve lost 100 pounds!!” Jonas was signed in as Grandma instead of Jonas. :-)

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This is Isaac’s signature look – tongue sticking out and curled up. :-)

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For anyone who knows my family – does this look familiar?? :-)

For everyone who doesn’t know my family – my brother (Jonas and Isaac’s dad grew up playing LEGOs. All the time.)

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He’s three!!

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Please, don’t judge my hair/outfit/lack of makeup. But when I have my baby nephew falling asleep in my arms, I am NOT going to get up and out of my pajamas!

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Me with both my sweet nephews!

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Grandpa got some holding time in, too!

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tyler + lindy ENGAGED!! minnesota wedding photography
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I met Tyler + Lindy in Battle Lake, Minnesota for their engagement session yesterday and I’m pretty sure I fell in love.

With their smiles. With the way they laugh with each other. With their kindness. With her shoes. :-)

I am SO excited to photograph their wedding this November… and to be able to say I know the owner of Zorbaz on Ottertail… yep, this girl’s got connections. :-)

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Tyler + Lindy – thanks so much for being so fabulous! You guys seriously know how to look good!! And Tyler, thanks for being such a great prop. :-)

16. photograph a destination wedding… CHECK!!
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I love photographing the same venues more than once. I love to see how different couples use their talents and personalities to take a room and make it their own.

I REALLY love photographing new venues because it’s such a creative challenge for me. Quick – find the best light possible. Quick – find several good locations, with the best light possible. Quick – make the bride and groom look absolutely amazing in said good location with great lighting.

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I love photographing nearby weddings because I don’t have to drive far to return home at the end of the day.

I REALLY love photographing destination weddings because I get to work in new locations AND take a 1-day vacation before I return home.

undefined Thanks again to Matt + Gladys for having me at their wonderful St. Louis wedding. And for officially making studio lb a destination wedding photographer. :-)

Now, I just need to find someone who wants me to photograph their tropical beach wedding. :-D

family vacation
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I should really preface this story by telling you about my dad’s GPS. He used to have  “Susie” – I’m not exactly sure what kind of GPS it was, but my parents named it “Susie.” Well, Susie was one road short of a map and so for Christmas last year my brother and I got dad a new GPS – “Julie.”

Julie has much fancier imaging, easier menu options, and she shows you on a street-view-style screen which lane of the interstate you should be on for driving in big cities (like St. Louis for example). Julie goes everywhere with my parents. Even to church and back (a 5-mile drive to town from their house they’ve lived in for over 30 years).

Every time they drive someplace familiar, they bring Julie along just to see which route she would have taken compared to what they have already mapped out or traveled once before. “Oh, look, Julie wants us to take that major highway instead of this gravel road shortcut.”

It turns out that no matter where we’re going and what route we’ve planned, Julie always has something else in mind.

Which brings me to my cousin’s wedding in St. Louis. Lance and I met my parents in Sioux Falls and drove to St. Louis together. We had our maps and atlases and, of course, Julie. To avoid driving through Kansas City during rush hour, we take a divided highway across the state. We turn at St. Joseph… **recalculating** **make a U-turn** **recalculating**

After a while, Julie realizes we are going to take this highway across the state so she better just cooperate.

Then. We get to St. Louis. I have already announced which exit number we need to watch for, but Julie wants us to cut through town. At dusk. Excuse me, Julie, but my family is not used to big cities and we would prefer to stay on the road with the least amount of turns.

We make it to our hotel just fine. (Somewhat. I’ll spare you the “NO! DON’T MERGE LEFT!!” and the two cop cars in front of our hotel details.)

The next day we had free to do whatever we wanted. Sortof. Our car had a different plan. Our brakes were worn out (not because of Julie, or the quality of driving with Julie, but because of inclement weather back home). On our way to the St. Louis Arch, we spotted a Midas shop and made an emergency pit stop. The arch was only a few blocks away and the repair was going to take a couple hours, so we walked.

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We’re so excited we made it to St. Louis in one piece!! :-)

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Mom and dad were excited, too!

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Thank goodness our motel was within 2 miles of the Arch as well as the wedding festivities on Friday. I don’t know if Julie would have survived. Because we all wanted to throw Julie out the window at one point during our trip. Except for Dad. He’s always interested in which route she’d like to go.

laura loves… march edition
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You know how when you get busy doing things for other people, the work you need to do for yourself gets pushed aside? Well, that’s what happened to my monthly favorites list. March has been busy for me so far (I’m not complaining!) – I had sessions then a wedding then more sessions and design work to send out and all of it was so exciting that I didn’t have a day last week to share my favorite things from the past month. Until now. Enjoy! :-)

1. My nephews – okay, so maybe they will ALWAYS be on my ‘favorites’ list, but this month they have been so amazing. Jonas is learning his syllables (this video is the cutest thing EVER!!) and Isaac is working his baby abs by rolling over and sitting up!!

2. Walking – It’s been so nice here the past couple weeks that I’d rather be outside walking than sitting at my computer uploading photos. But then again, I can’t put off work for other people without feeling rotten. So instead I get my photography work done, put off exercise and let my muscles turn to flab. :-) And yes, this is my attempt to make walking shoes look beautiful. I don’t think it worked.

3. Keeping busy – I might have been a hermit the past week, but I did edit an entire wedding, photograph and edit a newborn session, and unpack my suitcase from St. Louis. And yes, the unpacking of my suitcase was probably the most rewarding thing I did for myself all week. That and treat myself to Armadillo’s. Twice. Key Lime with Candi on Wednesday and Strawberry Cheesecake with Lance on Friday.

4. Adele – ‘Rolling in the Deep‘ is stuck on replay on my iPod. The song doesn’t really apply to my life. At all. Her voice is just that good.

5. Being a tourist – This photo was taken with Lance’s fabulous camera phone skills after church at the Old Cathedral last Saturday while we were in St. Louis (hence the arch…). Also, expect to see a blog post from our trip to the arch in the next couple days!!