The bond between cousins is a very unique, special thing. This week I have the privilege of photographing Livia and Allison, cousins who are as close as siblings. This is my third time photographing Livia and my first time photographing her cousin, Allison.
We met at Livia’s home for their session. And yes, the really do live on a beautiful lake #housegoals #lifegoals #lakeliving. One of the first things Allison said to me was she does’t like being in front of the camera and how nervous she was. Livia, being a LBP veteran, kept reassuring her that she’ll have fun and that she had nothing to worry about but I could tell she still had reservations. We started with a few games to loosen the girls up and before they knew it they were laughing, joking around, and had completely abandoned their nerves. 🙂
As the session came to a close, the girls gave me hugs and said how much fun they had. Allison said she had a blast and thanked me for making her feel comfortable and natural the whole time. And that, my friends, is one of the best gifts I could ever receive as a photographer.
Both Allison and Livia are amazing young ladies. Come Fall, Livia will begin her sophomore year of high school at Forest Lake and Allison will begin her college career as a freshman at Iowa State University.
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!