Have I mentioned I love being back in Indy?!  It has been so fun to connect with old friends and I absolutely love getting the chance to document so many new and exciting times in their lives!!  Stefanie and I went to high school together and…let’s just say a while ago because I still am not willing to admit just how many years have passed.  We used to sit in Chemistry class (shout out to Miss Champion) next to each other and literally never stopped laughing.  It was the best.  Fast forward to today and she’s expecting her first baby with her awesome husband, Casey…and catching up with her the other day was literally like no time has passed.  Crazy how that happens.  Anyways…here’s a few of my favorites from their session.  Stefanie and Casey…I’m so happy for you guys!!!!  xo

 

  • Emily - April 13, 2017 - 8:41 am

    These are beautiful, Lauren!ReplyCancel

    • laurenwakefield - April 13, 2017 - 8:44 am

      Thank you!!!!!!ReplyCancel

 

A few weeks ago, as you might have seen on Instagram, we went on a family vacation to Wimberley, Texas.  Haven’t heard of Wimberley??  Don’t worry…I hadn’t either until we went there.  It’s right outside of Austin and is referred to as “the hill country.”  I imagine when one thinks about the wild, wild west…this is what comes to mind.  Think rolling hills, probably a good amount of rattle snakes….wineries for days.  It was a cute little town with just the perfect amount of relaxation.  We didn’t do much which was awesome.  A lot of laying by the pool…mimosas for breakfast…and bbq that would blow your mind.  Not to mention perfect weather which was just what the doctor ordered.

 

After buying a house last year, Gary and I had sort of put vacationing on hold so this was such a much-needed little getaway.  Anyways…here is a little look at our trip.  Aka…a million photos of my nieces.  🙂  Enjoy!

 

A little impromptu photoshoot with my girls.  <3

Our house.  It was pretty awesome.  And very conveniently located across the street from a winery.  Coincidence?  I think not.  😉

There are not words for how much I love this little girl.

A trip to Jacob’s Well.  Literally a giant hole in a creek that goes down like 100 feet.  I’m still convinced there has to be something unpleasant living in there.

Probably my favorite excursion…dinner at The Salt Lick BBQ.  I don’t even like bbq…but this was out of this world.  It’s BYOB so you show up with a cooler and hang out in this awesome courtyard area.  Then you sit down and it’s just meat for days.  Such a good time.

The fam!  We have family who live in Austin and Houston so it was so fun to all get together!

Rainy day in Austin.  But we made the most of it.

I had my first experience with Top Golf and seriously had SO. MUCH. FUN!  I’m horrible at golf but it’s such a cool atmosphere and concept.  It was awesome!  Not to mention Katharine was quite the little golfer.  I’ve only recently recovered from the multiple heart attacks I had over her falling off the edge.

As a birthday present to my mom we booked my amazing friend, Courtney, for family photos!  She killed it!  They turned out awesome!  (I’ll be posting more of these very soon!)

And that’s a wrap.  All in all, a great trip with my favs.

 

Seven years (and one day) ago today I wrote my first blog post.  I remember it so vividly because, if I’m being honest, I felt like a complete idiot.  Who was ever going to read this?  Why would anyone care what I had to say?  I didn’t even have a website or a business for that matter.  Just an idea and an intense drive of what my life could be like if I continued down this path.  Something about starting this blog (or I should really say that blog because oh how things have changed) felt real.  It felt like the first tangible step towards something I was building.  I remember being holed up in an office working for someone else…dreaming constantly about what it would be like to work for myself.  Getting giddy butterflies every time I would think about anything to do with this dream I was chasing.  When I think back on it now…it was such a euphoric feeling.  The unknown.  The possibilities.  The excitement.

 

It’s funny how things evolve.  Or maybe I should say how people evolve.  Because if I think back to that me seven years ago…I’ve made it to that place I dreamed so hard about.  Working for myself.  Having built a business that I whole-heartedly love.  Shooting weddings for couples that I seriously can’t believe I get to work with.  Documenting adorable families and living life on my own terms.  It can be surreal to think about but at the same time as I sit here now, that feeling is still very much the same.  My blog has become something completely different than I ever thought it would.  It’s been a place for me to share photos with the world but also look back on my life.  To remember how I felt in certain moments so I never lose perspective.  My business is (for the most part) a well-oiled machine but the funny thing is I still have that crazy feeling like I have to build something.  To keep pushing towards something bigger than myself and never become stagnant.  To go after the somewhat unattainable.  Because I think that is what being a small business owner is all about.  Forever striving for something better.  Changing and evolving and working endlessly towards a bigger purpose.  I think without that feeling I would have never and will never be successful because it’s that burning in the pit of my stomach (which could possibly just be anxiety) that pushes me.

 

Last night, I laid awake in bed for hours because it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.  My mind was racing and I all I could think about was worry.  But as I sorted through my thoughts I realized that’s what this is.  Drive.  Determination.  That same excitement I had seven years ago (and a little fear) of the unknown possibilities ahead.  And while it can be a little debilitating at times, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Because it’s what keeps that little fire in me going, and makes up everything that I am.

 

 

So there are smiley babies…and then there is Nora.  Something tells me she is going to be a star because the girl knows how to work a camera!  She very rarely took her eyes off me and would literally smile every chance she got!  It was honestly the cutest thing ever.  And on top of it all, I got the chance to hang out with one of my very favorite families.  I’ve had the privilege of documenting Erin and Blair’s family as it continues to grow.  From their first pregnancy to Nolan growing into such sweet little boy to Nora making her entrance into this world.  It’s always my favorite when I get a chance to see them and capture all those special little life moments.  And it doesn’t hurt that they make extremely cute babies.  🙂

 

But enough from me.  Here’s a little look at Nora’s 6 month in-home lifestyle session.

 

 

I’ll admit it.  I typically make a huge list of all the things I am going to accomplish during off season and as the days click by I accomplish none of them.  Something about the fact that they don’t HAVE to get done messes with my brain.  Update website…or spend three hours flipping through Facebook.  I mean there’s an obvious winner in that scenario.  But something about this year really lit a fire under me and I have been quite the little productive over here.  Don’t get me wrong.  There have been plenty of days that I have stared at my computer screen until I finally gave up and went to watch the Bachelor.  Days I’ve decided shopping for things I don’t need trumped…well…everything else.  But more days than not I was cranking away at some stuff that has been looooong overdue.  The most exciting of those things being my brand spankin’ new Wedding Guides!!!!  I’m not going to lie…these were SO much work.  Turning my 7+ years of wedding knowledge into something that is cohesive and informational was incredibly hard.  But I did it and I am SO excited at how they turned out!  And I’m even more excited for all my 2017 couples to put them to use this year!  I realize I’m over-sharing these bad boys but I am just SO excited that these are finally finished!!!

 

 

I also gave my site a little facelift which was pretty eye-opening because I can really see my style come through in all my weddings (not just the ones with glowy sunsets).  It’s a hard process to figure out who you are as a photographer and what your “style” is but I feel more confident than ever going into 2017 that I know exactly what that means to me.  And I *hope* that shows from the outside in as well.  🙂

 

 

Off season isn’t over by any means but with warm weather on the horizon the lazy weekends are soon to be few and far between.  Which means the time for all the “extras” are coming to an end.  Part of me will miss the slower days but a much bigger part of me is super stoked to start it all back up again.  The first stop being my Spring Mini Sessions!  It’s not too late to grab your spot if you want to sneak in some family photos before the craziness of summer begins!

 

 

I’m off to conquer the busiest week of my life (okay that might be a bit dramatic) before we leave for vacation on Saturday!!!!  T-minus five days…but who’s counting.  🙂