Where to start …. My fiancé and I booked our venue as the first thing when we started planning our wedding. It had a list of preferred vendors, including photographers, and this is where we found Laura.
We spent the evening looking at the websites, social medias, and reviews of the ~10 photographers on the vendor list and after each one we kept coming back to Laura. Her pictures were beautiful, not overly posed, and not over edited or washed out. We could genuinely feel the emotions of the people in the photographs just by looking at them. We didn’t even bother with picking a second choice because we knew we had to have her photograph our wedding.
Lucky for us, we reached out to her and she had availability for our date. This is also when we realized that not only are her photos beautiful, but Laura herself is a beautiful person inside and out. She exudes joy and excitement and it’s completely obvious how much she loves her job and cares for her clients. After booking she sent us a package in the mail that had some vow books, candy, and a ring cleaning pen that I still use all the time. It was incredibly thoughtful- which is another word to describe Laura as a person.
We had conflicting schedules for trying to pick a day for engagement photos (I’m a full time student and we don’t live in DSM currently) and she made it work nonetheless so we could have them back in time to send out save the dates. She also helped us to create a schedule and timeline for our wedding day which helped so much with planning the rest. Since she has worked with a lot of other vendors in the DSM area, she gave us her honest opinions on other vendors, specifically catering and makeup artists. I really feel like she did so much to make sure it was a special day apart from just taking the pictures.
She was also so responsive and communicative- in addition to email, in the months leading up to the wedding and wedding week we were on a texting basis. The day of she was SUCH a hype queen and navigated 4 little cranky girls and a complicated family situation for family portraits with ease and humor. Our wedding party and family loved her equally.
Although reading her other reviews I am sure that she treats all her couples this way - she made us feel like her #1 priority and her #1 favorite couple and it just added so much to our day. I have friends who have felt very lukewarm about their photographers and I’ve heard horror stories of people not getting their photos for months and months but I had not even slightly one concern with Laura. She feels like a friend now and someone I want to keep in my life forever for all of my big events to come.
Lastly, her pictures not only met but blew every expectation we had out of the water. I was speechless looking at them and felt immediately back in that moment. I also typically don’t like pictures of myself and so I was nervous to see them but I felt so beautiful in these. I can’t thank her enough for what she has done for us. I would be remiss to not mention her speed too - we had 75 previews back 6 days after our wedding and the full gallery of over 1000 pictures exactly one month after. You can’t ask for more than that. If you have made it this far in this review I think it’s obvious that you have to book her, trust me she is worth every penny and more.