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Moving to Kenya, and turning down weddings CRUSHED me. So when we got an email from Ariel asking about a wedding right around the time we were heading back to the states, I flipped. I was so excited. Then I talked to her on the phone (not great reception in Kenya, but we made it work), and I was even more excited. I immediately knew she was going to be a blast to work with. AND she studied fashion!!! The girl is drop dead gorgeous AND has incredible style. I was so excited!!! We were bummed we weren’t able to shoot their engagements, but so glad when a new friend, Danielle Blocker stepped in and took some amazing shots for them.

So the day of the wedding we walked into the beautiful Victory Life Church in Hampton, not knowing a soul, and were immediately welcomed with open arms.

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  • niesha williams - I loved these pictures and I really loved the way this Wedding was designed.Just Beautiful how Ariel was stunning and brought tears to my eyes. I loved this.Shout outs to you guy’s that took these Wonderful pictures. muah.June 4, 2015 – 12:53 amReplyCancel

  • Dawn Ferguson - This was an amazing experience. The very first time I saw her brought me to my knees. I continue to thank God for allowing Barb and Rob to raise some awesome Christian kids. Ariel is amazing and surrounds herself with the same values.

    It was my pleasure and honor to witness the marriage and fellowship with my family.

    Thank photographers/dear friends for capturing every part of of the awesome experience. I will keep your number for my next event. GOD BLESS YOU.June 5, 2015 – 5:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Barbara McCalla - Laura and Mike…these pictures are truly awesome! You really have a calling to do the thing that you love most…capture the story of others on camera! Thank you so much for being such a blessing to our children on their special day. You felt like family while you were with us, making us feel totally at ease on what could have been one of the most stressful days of our life. We appreciate all the special touches and precious moments that will never be forgotten because of your gift. I hope this is the first of many occasions that we have a chance to share together. You guys are the best! God Bless You!!!June 6, 2015 – 2:18 pmReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - Thanks Barbara! We loved being there! Thanks for making us feel so welcome.June 6, 2015 – 4:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Faith Candusso - Beautiful!June 6, 2015 – 3:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Jen Montaque - Very beautiful pictures. Beautiful couple and beautiful day.June 6, 2015 – 3:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Fatima - The pics are lovely. You guys captured such great moments. I love the one of Auntie Barbie & Uncle Robert seeing Ariel for the 1st time. Thanks for allowing me to share in the momentJune 6, 2015 – 3:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Singletary - A storybook wedding. A life filled with treasure. So pleased to have shared this day.

    Carolyn & SkipJune 6, 2015 – 3:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Kathi - Great pics! I especially love the one with the siblings and proud papa.June 6, 2015 – 3:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Brown - What honor to be able to experience this precious moment with Ariel and Demetrius! Looking back on the beautiful pictures reminds me of a profound moment that was graciously shared with family and friends by two people who love each other so much!June 6, 2015 – 3:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Paula McCalla - To me my granddaughter was a beautiful, beautiful bride. I think she looked like a gorgeous model, picture perfect in the pictures, A job well done by my son Robert and his lovely wife Barbara in rearing such a beauty. I am proud grandmother. Love the pictures.June 6, 2015 – 4:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Cabreaea Davis - Congratulations to Demetrius and Ariel.
    Ariel, you are very beautiful and the camera loved you. The pictures are flawless the photographer did a great job capturing those lifetime shots. Gods Richest Blessings to the newly weds.
    Denton & CabreaeaJune 6, 2015 – 4:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Team Reaves (Kim & Melinda) - Ariel & Demetrius your wedding was beautiful!!! Your photographers were AWESOME! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of such a memorable moment! May the rest of yall’s life be the best of yall’s life. Love Team ReavesJune 6, 2015 – 4:52 pmReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - Thank you! We loved being there for this amazing couple!June 6, 2015 – 5:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Ms Pat - I really love all of the photos. Ariel was absolutely stunning. Photos don’t lie. I enjoyed watching the photographers capture each special moment. They were so professional. Demetrius, welcome to the family. Blessings to you both. Thank you for allowing me to witness a great day.June 6, 2015 – 7:51 pmReplyCancel

    • Ms Pat - Beautiful photos. Beautiful couple. A fav for me are the tractor pictures. How creative.June 6, 2015 – 10:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Floyd Brown - The photos taken gave a moment frozen in time in God’s perfection. Beautifully done!June 6, 2015 – 9:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Dayla - These are the best pictures and I love the sunny backyard theme!June 6, 2015 – 10:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Barry - My beautiful niece. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for a perfect wedding. Love you guys.June 6, 2015 – 11:03 pmReplyCancel

  • NeTasha Miller - Michael & Laura: Awesome job. Ariel, this was the best wedding I have been to in a long time. Everything was beautiful, especially my cousin, the bride. What an emotional day it was. I’m so glad I was part of it!June 7, 2015 – 12:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristie Adebayo - Pictures are soooooooooooo beautifulJune 8, 2015 – 3:03 amReplyCancel

  • Casey - Beautiful photos Ariel! You looked gorgeous and I love your color palette!!!! <3June 8, 2015 – 2:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa MillerHargrove - This was a very special day for me. Ariel is one of my favorite nieces and I love her dearly. And I was so honored to share with her on her special day. I love you Ariel!June 8, 2015 – 3:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Adams - Ariel Girrrrlll…… It was the best wedding ever! What awesome wedding photos! I enjoyed myself tremendously and I am very happy for you and your husband. May God Bless you both every second of every day. Stay as faithful as you are because God has great plans for you both. I will see you when you come home to visit
    Love you both.June 8, 2015 – 4:46 pmReplyCancel

  • carmen dickson - wedding pictures were wonderful. great job.June 8, 2015 – 11:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Carol Franzen - These photographs are absolutely stunning! You have captured the beauty of the event. I felt as if I was there in person. Thank you!June 9, 2015 – 1:30 amReplyCancel

  • Heather Wright - These pictures are stunning!June 9, 2015 – 2:29 amReplyCancel

  • Sharon Bowen-Campbell - I was so impressed with the care and patience that both of you took with Ariel’s wedding. Even though I haven’t seen the pictures of friends and family, yet, I was so surprised to see how much time you took to ensure Ariel and Demetrius got pictures with everyone. You were like a part of our family and friends, as if we knew you for a long time. Thank you so much and I will definitely remember your kindness and pass on the word about your great service.June 9, 2015 – 8:35 pmReplyCancel

  • lori van dunk - That was a fairytale wedding that was done so elegantly the poses were amazing which was done ontime on such a georgeous day your mom did a fantastic job may god bless your marriage forever and welcome to both of you on your new beginngJune 10, 2015 – 6:40 pmReplyCancel

In starting our new blog, our new website, and our new outlook on our business, we thought we’d start with the beginning.. And introduce ourselves properly.     We LOVE hearing people’s love stories.  We love the finishing of each other’s sentences, the interrupting (no.. That’s not what happened.. I came up to you first.), […]

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I can’t believe it’s FINALLY here!!!! We have been working so hard on our new blog & website and I am SO happy that today it is finally live. This re-launch of our brand has been a HUGE labor of love. And we are so thankful for everyone who has helped us create our new brand!

The blog next week will be full of details about our new brand, AND we will be doing some awesome giveaways Monday-Friday in celebration! Be sure to check back each day to enter!

While there are so many people who helped us put this together, we wanted to thank a few in particular..

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We are SO excited about a few new series we are going to start along with our new blog. We want to empower our couples to feel prepared, calm, and excited about their wedding day… and we want them to enjoy planning. We want our couples to love being married and to love each other deeply every day. And we want to share our love of photography and what we’ve learned the last 4 years working in this industry with other professionals, and anyone hoping to learn how to take better pictures.

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  • Devon - Is all of these an acceptable option? In definitely excited to hear Michael’s photo tips and your date night recommendations! You guys are so much fun, you’ve got to have some great ideas 😉 love y’all!May 30, 2015 – 12:43 amReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - Hahaha.. all is definitely acceptable! :)June 1, 2015 – 4:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Logan Villarosa - A date night is something I need with my hubby! Love your new website, Laura! I kept up with a lot of the work yall did while in Africa, and am so happy you were able to touch so many lives! Welcome back!June 1, 2015 – 6:17 pmReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - Aw thanks Logan! Hopefully we can win you a date night 😉 Good luck!June 1, 2015 – 10:20 pmReplyCancel

  • katie - I can’t wait to read your DIY posts – even though it’s past my time, but I love crafting and helping other friends when they are brides and I can’t wait to read about how you put together your beautiful wedding!June 1, 2015 – 10:14 pmReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - I’m excited for the DIY ones too… we’ll through in some home DIYs so us old married folks have something to craft too! 😉June 1, 2015 – 10:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Excited about the Friday night date night series! Also can never turn down a crafternoon!June 1, 2015 – 11:15 pmReplyCancel

  • megan call - Welcome back to America! I’m going to try and keep up with your posts, especially crafternoons and all things wedding. Hopefully my time to really put those to use will come soon :)June 1, 2015 – 11:35 pmReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - AHH That’s SO exciting!!! Well let me know when and we will do a special crafternoon just for you 😉June 2, 2015 – 12:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Jody - We are most interested in date night series! :-) As an old married couples now, it’s definitely important to keep things fresh and exciting! You both are doing awesome things! God Bless <3June 2, 2015 – 12:18 amReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - Thanks Jody!June 2, 2015 – 12:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Heather Johnson - I am most excited for the DIY Bride series. We did a TON of DIY for my sister’s (Payne wedding) that you shot and you captured them so well! I cant wait to see your creativity :)June 2, 2015 – 2:04 amReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - AH! I loved Amanda’s DIYs!June 2, 2015 – 12:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - Friday’s sound like fun! I need some good date night ideas :)June 2, 2015 – 2:04 amReplyCancel

  • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - You guys are so sweet! We’ll have to do some family friendly date nights too.. hmmmmmJune 1, 2015 – 4:08 pmReplyCancel

A few months ago we joined The Academy to learn from some of the top photographers in the country. We are so thankful for this incredible opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in wedding photography – even while we’re in AFRICA! Man, I love technology. And we are so excited about what these classes have taught us. But at the very beginning they sent us a simple guide called “Game Changers”. This short guide had the number one tip to improve your business from some incredible photographers. The first tip was from Justin & Mary, two photographers we really admire. These are two people who have hugely grown their brand but are still in the business of loving on their clients and providing them with lasting images.

Their tip was this, “Starting with Why”. They suggested sitting down and writing a mission statement that you want your work and business to stand for. Writing the statement and allowing it to infuse and guide every decision you make. So that is just what we did. When we wrote these many months ago, I didn’t think I’d share them. But after allowing them to guide our decision making and form the foundation of our rebrand, we thought we’d share why it is that we are in this business.

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  • Mary Marantz - Ahhhh I LOVE this!!! Yay!!

    M:)May 28, 2015 – 5:34 pmReplyCancel

    • michaelandlauraphotography@gmail.com - Thank you, Mary!!! You don’t know how much your words have meant to us and helped us with our rebrand! Thank you!May 28, 2015 – 10:02 pmReplyCancel