94. find a hobby other than photography… CHECK!!
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I have always been crafty. But only recently have I realized how much I enjoy making things by hand.

Being in 4-H taught me that making something myself is a whole lot more rewarding than spending money for something made in (probably) China. So I learned how to sew, crochet, photograph and create! Of course, when I was in 4-H, making a project was such a chore and it didn’t feel very rewarding to have to sew myself a skirt or have to make my own candles.

But apparently something stuck with me. I always find myself saying “I could make that” when I’m out shopping or browsing online. I have made my own newborn props, throw pillows, and most recently a handful of colorful necklaces!

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unexpected moments
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I love having things planned. I have different calendars within my Google account to keep track of personal projects, business meetings, things to do, and birthdays+anniversaries. I map out my route for running errands so that I make the least amount of left turns possible. I categorize my grocery list by where the items are in the store.

But it’s nice when things happen unexpectedly. Like when a friend needs a ride and we end up spending the day chatting and walking together. Or when a client comes over to pick up photos and stays for ice cream. Or when flowers are delivered to my apartment ‘just because someone loves me.’ :-)

Jolly Lane floral arrangement



laura loves… june edition
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June. We’re almost half-way through 2011… and it’s been great so far!! Here is what’s been making me smile the past month! :-)

1. I hiked a mountain. F’real. From what I gather on summitpost.org, it’s a 3.5 mile (one way) hike with 1,100 feet of elevation gain. I couldn’t have done it without my best friend, Jill!! Thanks for not letting me quit!! :-)

2. Staycations. I enjoy playing tourist AND tour guide. :-) Here’s me with Lance’s family in Custer State Park.

3. Party Rock Anthem. I don’t know about you, but I’m shufflin every day.

4. The Gilmore Girls. I just finished season five, and if you’ve ever watched the Gilmore Girls, you know how crazy-exciting the season five finale is. Season six is the only one I don’t have, and I’m hanging on a cliff!!

5. Armadillo’s Ice Cream Shoppe. This past weekend their flavor of sherbet was raspberry cheesecake. And now I have a half-gallon container of it in my freezer. :-)

6. Bagel Thins. They’re the perfect snack size!



john + rachel MARRIED!! rapid city wedding photography
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John + Rachel are such a wonderful, genuine and happy couple and they compliment each other perfectly. Even though the storm clouds were threatening their beautiful day, they had no concerns. They must have been to excited to get the party started. Or dreaming about leaving the very next day for Aruba. Because really, I don’t think anything could dampen a girl’s mood if she was going to Aruba with the love of her life!!

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Who could forget that beautiful custom ring?!

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Such a sweet moment between Rachel and her mom as she helps Rachel get ready.

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She could be a princess – with superpowers. See that beautiful bouquet she’s holding? She made it. That, my friend, is talent. I can only make flowers look good through my lens!!

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John + Rachel were married at the beautiful Chapel in the Hills.

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John seeing his bride for the first time!!

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Such big, happy smiles!!

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One of the most-traveled wedding parties I’ve ever met! These guys (and guests of the wedding) traveled from literally all over the country to be there for John + Rachel!!

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To add a bit of personality to the decorations, they added rocks as a nod to John’s geologic profession.

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The girls sharing a few giggles as they worked to bustle Rachel’s dress. :-)

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I love how John + Rachel can be across the dance floor and still share a special glance! :-)

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ceremony | Chapel in the Hills

reception | Canyon Lake Resort

hair | Wicked

cake + cupcakes | ??

Me and the wonderful couple!!

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And my fabulous assistant, Hannah (timed self-portrait style)!!

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staycation marathon
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For the past three weeks, I have been on three almost back-to-back staycations. First, my bff Jill was here for a long weekend. We ate, we hiked, we laughed. Then, Lance’s family came to camp in Custer State Park for a long weekend. We shopped, we grilled, we walked. And for the past five days my parents have been staying at my apartment. We drove, we cooked, we baked. Kuchen. correction – kuchens. One recipe made six ‘pies.’ We made two strawberry-rhubarb, two apple, one raisin and one craisin. And now I only have one strawberry-rhubarb (saving the best for last) and parts of one apple and the raisin. I might have had three slices for breakfast today, but it’s okay because “I’m on staycation!!”

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