Little Hannah – 1 Year

A few weeks back I came out of “photographer retirement” (I’m not really in retirement, just intentionally not doing much these days :D) to hang out with Hannah to commemorate her first year! What a cutie pie…my camera has been snapping quite a few littles lately and I have a feeling its just beginning! A new era has begun! And I am learning…you snap what you can get. No amount of planning can prepare you for a one year old :D

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Summer 2014 – On the Boat

Summer just won’t die. And I love it for that. This summer has been a whirlwind of sunshine, road trips, snuggles (nephew!), weddings, and family getaways. I can barely remember what rain sounds like – a testament to the fabulous weather BC has had for the past 4 months. I expected the beginning of the school year to bring the fall breezes and wet lawns. But perhaps summer is taking a cue from the BC teachers union – holding out for a better offer before passing the baton to fall. Anyways, this past weekend felt like the cherry on top of the cherry on top. Beautiful weather and a few hours on my brother & sister-in-law’s boat…it was heavenly. (The “Suma” is a half restored wooden fishing boat. They’ve reno’d the cabin and the entire exterior with plans to finish up the interior with two living spaces, a kitchen, and lots of seating. For now, its rough, raw and ridiculously awesome. You can sit on the roof).

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Hello, My Name is Auntie Laura.

Its summer! And tomorrow, I get to meet my very first NEPHEW!! I feel so so so lucky to have been up the weekend before he was born to take some photos with my sister and her husband. Now tomorrow I get to meet him for the first time and I am just awed by the incredible way this miracle of new life happens! Here are some of my favourite photos from our maternity shoot at their fantastically charming mountain house in Rossland, BC. Words can’t convey how exciting this time is!

Maternity-Erin // Laura Vanderwel Design

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Lately in the “studio”

 

new photography // Laura Vanderwel DesignI’ve just updated my “photography” portfolio with a few new photos I’ve taken in the last few months for the magazine (check it out!). I’ve definitely been neglecting my photography in the last while, but I’ve still managed to snap a few good ones. I love the aspect of my job that gets me out of my chair and into the “wild.” And I won’t lie, I LOVE the kind of photography I get to do. Working with lighting and composition and talking my models through the scene I want to create is a rush. I still run the other way whenever someone hands me the camera at a party though – I’ll gladly leave the event/wedding photos to those who’ve got the magic.

Dreaming an Old Dream

A few nights ago I had a dream I can remember clear as day.

I emerged from the muddle of some sort of plot line that most dreams begin with and found myself astride a beautiful white horse in a field of tall grass. We stood at the top of a bluff looking out over a sea of rolling hills. As the wind rustled through the long stalks, turning carpet into velvet, I smiled and said aloud, “This is it. This is the dream. This is all I’ve ever wanted, and its perfect.”

Then I turned, and rode back in to the muddled fog that I came from. When I woke in the morning, it was fresh in my mind. It left me feeling refreshed, renewed, and reminded that the pressures of this world are not what our Father in heaven created us for.

I’ll get there someday. :)

(photo taken in Rossland BC)

Laura the Explorer

Last week my friend Monique and I ventured onto an “abandoned” property to capture a photo for one of my upcoming magazines. After we’d nailed the location and I’d gotten the “work” done, we explored the beautiful property full of magical (and stinky) empty buildings. We definitely got in touch with our 10 year old exploring selves, and I felt giddy with my re-awakened imagination. I couldn’t help but think of the lives that had been lived in those spaces, and could be lived again if a lot of time and money ever go back into that place. Every time we opened a door we were surprised by what was behind it. I love the randomness of older home layouts. I hope my future home has its fair share of strange closets and oddly shaped cupboards!

Then we topped off our adventure with a visit to some brown-eyed pups. This city girl loves her some country!