the making of a portrait | grants pass, oregon photography

Two years ago after having Ivy and only doing a wedding here and there I decided to step away from photographing weddings and fall completely into being a mama. It has been two years of peace away from the feelings of failure. Feeling like I failed because I could no longer travel for all the weddings, failure because I could only book one or two jobs here in my small town. It’s the best decision I could have made for myself, but I’ve missed photography at times, the process of shooting film and lives so much. Not enough to run the race against all the local photographers, but enough to say that I want to photograph people again. It’s a part of me and something I’ll never stop. Film has captivated me since the beginning, when I first started weddings almost 10 years ago and it will always be something that gives my heart life. Something I’ve really learned about myself and my happiness in this time of life is that creating is a big part of me, my joy and without it I have really hard days. Simply creating the simplest thing, like making a wreath or photographing my own child, pottery classes & anything with flowers…all these things heal me and give so much in return. All this to say I want to do more of what I love. I’m not really feeling big weddings yet, even though I love them so. I am open and longing to photograph life again…intimate maternity & motherhood photos, lifestyle shoots in your home with your littles, creatives doing what they love. In the last three years I’ve gotten to photograph more brands, florists, makers, mothers and it’s been wonderful. These are the things that bring me joy to capture. So if you happen to see this and you happen to love what I do, then let’s make magic happen.

p.s. I don’t live anywhere near Portland, but if I did I’d be rich!

Portrait sessions

$425

All shot on film with digital files

Includes 4.5×6 prints

email me to book, lauranelsonphotography@gmail.com

craftsman before and after | part 2

This laundry room off the kitchen we found out was originally a porch. They didn’t have indoor laundry back then, so when we took down the sheetrock in here we found siding and could see where there had originally been windows that wrapped all the way around. I wish I could go back in time and see this home during it’s first days!

We kept the siding and painted it Glidden Queen Anne’s Lace, picked solely because of it’s name.

We added wood french doors and stained them dark to match the original woodwork. Billy built an entry bench and added board and batten to the bathroom. We painted the bathroom Glidden skipping stone grey, which has made it’s way throughout the whole house in little ways and the exterior color of the tudor!

I love how much light the doors let in and being able to see outside from the kitchen is really beautiful and makes the space feel bigger.

I didn’t snap one, but I wish you could see a closer photo of the marble basketweave tile in the bath. Im obsessed!

Before…

After!

Billy refinished the original cast iron tub using Rustoleum tub refinishing kit and it turned out so beautiful! I will forever love the marble basketweave tile and how it feels timeless, like its always belonged in this old home. We found the dresser at an antique store and turned it into the vanity with a sink from ebay and faucet fixtures from amazon.

a love letter to a house

Knowing we will be leaving this home in a few months or less has been making me savor the things I love most. Honestly, what is making it most difficult for me to leave here is the front porch. I’ve never had one and it wasn’t something we were looking for when we bought The Craftsman, but it’s come to be my most cherished space. Where we read books in the hammock, eat meals in the evening light and where so many wonderful days have been shared. Here is my love letter to you, my home.

Our beloved home,

You were our first home. We were 8 weeks pregnant when we first saw you and hoped with everything that we would get to call you our own. The home we celebrated the life in my belly and the home I labored for hours in until it was time to meet our girl. You are the home we brought our baby to after a week in the nicu. That first morning home in our bed, as three, I can’t even write it out without tears. It was the best moment of my life, hands down. Waking up with the morning light streaming in and seeing our girl sleeping between us. Me and Billy looked at each other and didn’t even speak, but we both felt the same. You’re the home where I feel like I’ve grown up, become a woman, a mama. Where I’ve been stretched and battled, loved and made new, always becoming something new.

I will always remember the night in our room before bed, holding Ivy and rocking her back and forth, kissing her neck and how she let out the sweetest giggle, her first laugh and we all just laughed together and kept kissing her. The home where Ivy took her first steps and looked at me with the brightest eyes of pride and surprise. I will never forget that joy we all felt.

You’re the home we found out we would have another little one in our life. Surprised, happy. You’re the home I’ve always hoped for and become the home I could have never dreamed of. You’re more than walls, you’re part of every good & perfect memory. You’re part of me for always.

Love you forever, the crazy lady with all the rugs.

For Sale! The Nelson Craftsman

The day has come. We are finally finished with the craftsman, our first home, after three years of renovations, two babies and flipping two other homes here in Grants Pass. It’s so bittersweet to let this gem go. She’s pulling all my heart strings as I put the for sale sign up yesterday.

Our favorite thing about this home is the porch and all the character that comes with old homes. Every home should have a front porch and this ones got a big porch with a view of our hills & sunset. We have made so many memories here and I hope we find someone who will love her as much as us. I’m not selling her to just anybody. Ha ha, there will be an interview process, jk, but seriously, if I dont like you, you cant have my house, but please come to our open house. LOL!

The Craftsman

3beds 1.5baths 1666 sq ft

$295,000

You can also view the before & afters of the Kitchen and Living here & here

erickson family | grants pass orthodontics

There was something wonderfully different about this session, a feeling of calm joyfulness  & connection that shined out of them and it meant so much to me to be able to capture them just as they are. These parents are so very good and it was inspiring, moving to be able to see the love they have for their babies. This family is that salt of the town that you’re so thankful they are here and a part of where you live. Ashley is an amazing mother and teacher and Brent is an orthodontist. When I met him at my ortho consult it was so funny to think that people my age are doctors now, but here he was and he is so talented at his gift and has a heart for the people of our community. You just can’t help but love this family. You can view more of Brent’s work here, he’s seriously the best. I’ve had braces since August and I’m excited to share more of that journey with you.

Great outdoor photography! nice place.