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“Home is the nicest word there is.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder

This season of life has brought with it a different pace and one that at first was so foreign but now is refreshing, slower, richer and full of meaning. As summer ends, a years gone by, and I truly feel like a mother. Content celebrating and savoring each day, so simple but full of love.

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I have a path, a sense sailing true north. Making a  h o m e.

I’ve never been more at peace simply being here. Present exactly where I am in life and holding on to each day, actually living and not concerned with things going on outside these walls, but being absolutely enamored with the love we make with in them.  img_1036 img_1120

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loving from a distance

Removing something from my life that’s been the center for so long I couldn’t see how much it was affecting me negatively.

Saying goodbye to my camera.

Still a little hard to say, but the freedom in selling most of my gear has been liberating. I didn’t realize how freeing it would be till I finally took down parts of my site and announced I was stepping away for a while. Once it was official, peace and a little adrenaline flooded in, relief.

I have been so discontent with everything from my small town of no possibility to even at times, the weather and trees😆. Saying no to something I thought was my life’s passion has made me so weirdly happy and it’s kind of confusing! The daily striving to succeed, be valued, be somewhere else, the competition and drama. It’s over and it’s amazing:)

Not sure what the point of sharing all this was, but if something in your life isn’t sitting right, take time, lots of time if you need, to step back and really look at everything. Whats consuming your thoughts and causing reactions, these negative feelings. If you find something that’s a constant source of anguish or destructive thought  then remove it. If you can’t remove it for some reason, love it from a distance and heal.

It was hard at first to even think of possibily quitting my dream, the only thing I feel truly good at… but as time went on, hurtful things kept happening, further confirming that my vocation wasn’t right…this wasn’t supposed to cause more pain than joy. And as the months have gone there have been changes in my heart & mind  happening too, new ideas and dreams to aspire, learn, a hint of direction. So if you’re in a place of discouragement and constant struggle to find joy in your work, there’s is something else for you, so many things. Find the thing that will bring you true peace and joy or maybe one day if you wait it will come to you and when it does, grab onto it.

 

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Rachel

If you make it over to Spokane, please stay with us! Although, admittedly, Eastern Washington is not nearly as charming as Southern Oregon. ☺️ Glacier National Park is so incredible, but it’s a trek, even for us! Maybe close to 5 hours east.

If you need any recommendations, you have my email. 😉

You are the sweetest and I wish we lived closer. I’m am so happy you came down this summer and I know we will meet again. I’ve been wanting to explore Washington!

I will definitely always have a film camera and be taking photos 😊 I could never ever stop!

You always know just what to say and I appreciate you and your heart so much! Xo

Rachel

Oh and I hope you continue this blog. I love it so much!

Rachel

Oh Laura, this makes me feel so grateful that I was able to reconnect with you this past summer. I cherish the pictures that you took so much… I spend time looking through them at least once a week!!

I admire you so much for making a difficult decision. Sometimes when we let go of things like this, we find that they make their way back to us in the most roundabout way. Southern Oregon is so lovely–I envy you so much!! I hope that life moves slow for you and that you can really savor this precious season with your family. You are so gifted with a camera, but I am certain that this is not the only talent that you have to share. You have an eye for beauty and light, and this will serve you well in all that you pursue.

Whatever you do, I hope that you keep a film camera around to capture memories with your family. These will become family treasures!

Rose and Belle Clothing | Southern Oregon Brand Photography

Almost two years ago we bought our fist home, a craftsman fixer with all the character you can practically smell in its old walls & my belly was round and ever growing. Summer arrived and with it came our Ivy. It was a year of growing, the growth that happens when you become a family and the change, struggles and heart ache we conquered. One thing that was my hearts desire was other mama friends, even just one that I could relate to and share life with. Motherhood is almost indescribable for me, the solitude and different way of life that it brings along with it’s boundless joy. Friendship for me was vital to making it through that first year and now, as our children grow together, it gets sweeter & these days will always be something cherished.

We live in a small town here in Oregon & I’m coming to find so many creative mamas. It’s really amazing and an answer to a prayer!

These are from a day spent at a local winery with Heather, Sierra & our girls, photographing these mama’s who are also makers.


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Baby Shoes: JayLilly Outfits: Rose&Belle Bonnets: HappyHadley Mama’s Shoes: Lottas from Stockholm

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“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”
― Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic

Finding the right words to share my thoughts and numerous heart changes for this post…

Over this past year the passion, fulfillment I once had in wedding photography just isn’t there. Honestly it’s in part because I became a mother and all my time, body, mind is for her and that changes people and for me it has changed me in the best of ways. Mix that with a career that is constantly undervalued and you have this outcome, my life and figuring it all out, again. It’s not that I don’t love photography because I’ll never stop taking photographs, I promise. It’s that Im finding no joy in the race of this industry. So I am stepping away for now. Maybe it will come back to me someday. What I truly want you to know though is this… Don’t be sad for me. I feel good about this decision, so good. This year has been hard at times, but in that I have learned more about my self and am still learning because I am ever growing. There are pieces of me uncovered that I want to explore, desires and new passions I want to pursue and nurture, so I will!

I’ll leave you with this photograph of me & Ivy in a field because it sums up my heart’s desires at the moment. Simplicity, family, rolling hills and wild flowers. In the meantime, I will be posting more about our family, motherhood and all the things that bring me joy.

I will not be booking weddings at this time, but am happy to help refer you to any vendors you might be looking for! xo

Allie Winningham

Good morning! I am wondering if you shoot wedding photos? I’m looking for an engagement/wedding photographer for July 15, 2017. I would love more information about your photography and pricing, thank you!

You will never regret the time you spend with your babies, only the time you don’t. Trust me, I know. Best!

Oh love, I can so understand and relate to this in a lot of ways. I’m happy you’re happy with your decision and still hope to one day get in front of your camera (and I promise to pay you ALL the money because you’re so worth it!)

Anna & Benjamin | Oregon Film Wedding Photography

In an orchard beneath a willow tree, drenched with sunlights last look, our brother and his bride vowed their love and lives to each other. It was a beautiful day and one of the most joyous I have yet lived!

We love you, Benanna & Veira!

Benjamin & Anna

August 27, 2016

and billy snapped one with me in it too! 😀 Thanks, babe!

Photography: Laura Nelson | Flowers: Hannah Beth | Boutonnieres, Flower Crown & Invitation: Sarah Mae | Calligraphy Name Cards: Grace Line | Dress: Ania | Venue: Private Residence | Suit: H&M | Bridesmaids: Mumu |

Linen Napkins: Not Perfect Linen | Bow Ties: Boutaugh | Rentals: Minery Rentals | Makeup & Hair: Jacquelyn | Mr & Mrs. Chair Tapestries: Ink & Linen | Anna & Veira’s robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ivy’s dress: Rose & Belle

Ashley Hayton

Hi there! Your work is beautiful, I absolutely love it. My fiance and I are looking for a photographer for our wedding next summer. I’d love to chat and learn more about you and your rates! I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!