So many of have asked me over the years if I would ever consider teaching a beginner photography class…so your wish is my command!  I will be hosting a beginner class (absolutely no photo knowledge required…you just have to want to learn!) in Chicago on June 26th.  I will also be hosting an Indy class later in the summer so stay tuned…

 

It can be frustrating when you are trying to capture moments with your family…or you are in a beautiful place and you just can’t get it right.  So I’m here to help.  In this class we will cover:

  • The photography basics (and have you well on your way to shooting manually when you leave)
  • How to utilize lighting
  • Basic composition
  • And a little bonus iPhone fun at the end (hello…everyone wants to take the perfect selfie)

 

Registration opens Monday at 10am and is limited to 10 slots!!!  This should fill up fast so if you are interested make sure you mark you calendars.  In the meantime if you have any questions at all feel free to shoot me an email (info@lauren-wakefield.com).

 

Here are some more details.  I can’t wait see you all and get our knowledge on! 😉

 

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If you follow along on Instagram (or Facebook) you know that Gary and I just recently bought a new house.  It’s been a huge life step and a TON of work but we are seriously loving it.  It’s been so weird going from condo living to a house that is totally ours.  I can blast music at 8am and not worry about who I’m bothering.  I can walk to the door and let Goose out instead of going down the elevator and out the back door.  I can put things away!!!!!  Everything has a place and it might be the most satisfying feeling that exists.  We have EMPTY kitchen cabinets.  Say whaaaaaaa?????  

 

I have these little moments of overwhelming happiness because this little place is our home.  Like I’ll be sitting in the living room staring at the fireplace and all the sudden I’ll start thinking about Christmas and how our stockings will hang on that mantle and it just gives me all the feels.  But as much as I love it here and know how beautiful this place will be…it is currently a giant work in progress.  You may have noticed I was a little absent last week.  I literally spent 12 hours a day painting and unpacking and organizing and painting.  Did I mention painting?  Please slap me across the face if I ever mention wanting to paint anything ever again.  And the worst part is it’s still not done.  (cue mental breakdown)  But that’s life.  These kind of things don’t happen overnight and while it may not look like it we have actually made a ton of progress.  So I thought I would share a little behind the scenes (aka the giant mess that is our life at the moment) so when I do get it all done it will be that much more impressive.  😉

 

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The day we finally closed.  Such an amazing feeling.  |  Celebratory champagne after a looooong day of moving.  |  Only the classiest on Loughery Lane.

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The painting begins.  That was back when I still excited about the prospect of paint.  Now I just need a back transplant.  |  My little helper.  No joke he tried to sleep IN the pan of paint.  Come on Goose.  |  One little corner that looks deceivingly put together.

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My dad and Gary waiting for cement to dry.  |  Making our little patio magical until we build out a real one.  |  It’s sort of unreal how many books I have.  Where did I keep them all?!?!?!?!!?

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Found this little gem behind the old security system.  |  Black entryway.  Probably my favorite part of the whole house.  |  A view of the entry and my very messy office.  #1 task today…organize office.

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Thank goodness for samples.  Figuring out the perfect navy for the dining room.  |  More painting.  Shocker I know.  |  Finished product.  Also obsessed with this!

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This little guy is so special to me.  This was a wedding gift from our amazing friends, Cara and Shane.  It’s a door knocker that was meant for our house one day (at the time we had no house, obviously).  So hanging this guy up made me happier than you will ever know.  |  My office view.  |  The view from my desk into the dining room.  So many office boxes.  So little time.

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Still painting.  Still.  |  Our living room.  Can’t wait to get this baby decorated and get some stuff up on the walls!!!  |  Sunsets on the patio.

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Our little breakfast nook full of God knows what.  Seriously…how does one accumulate so much stuff??!  |  See that!?!?  That’s emptiness right there.  |  Our guest room.  Just waiting for some visitors.  Ahem…ahem.

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First thing up on the wall!  Our key holder!!  |  I like to think that one day we’ll actually put cars in this garage…but until then…  |  Getting mail here is the most exciting thing ever.  Love my sweet bride/friends who are so thoughtful and amazing.

Welp…I’m off to paint.  I will finish if it kills me.  Wish me luck…

  • Spring - April 26, 2016 - 9:43 am

    LOOKS GREAT!!! So happy for you guys. Trust me its a long process but totally worth it! Painting never ends (i’m still looking at a painting to do list and we moved in in December). But the best part is your HOME 🙂
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  • Sam - April 26, 2016 - 10:42 am

    Lauren!! It is looking great!! I love it and I love following your progress. Did you go with the Hague Blue?

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    • laurenwakefield - April 26, 2016 - 11:00 am

      Thanks! Yes! Hague Blue for the win! Thanks for the help!ReplyCancel

 

I think a lot about the day we met.  Well not the day we actually met…but the day I knew you were it.  Where you sort of creeped in and all the sudden my heart jumped every time my phone buzzed and I was smiling way more than usual.  It had been a long time since someone made me feel that way.  I remember that conversation where I causally suggested you move to Chicago.  And how I didn’t even have the whole sentence out before you very adamantly agreed.  The first time you called me darlin’ and how I still get little butterflies when you call me that today.  I remember the nights I would spend three hours cooking you a four course dinner only to end in ordering pizza.  And you put every last morsel in a tupperware and swore you would eat it for lunch.  I remember walking through the front door and telling you I had cancer.  And you offered to go get me wine so I wouldn’t see you cry…because you knew it would make me sad.  I remember all these little things because to me that’s who we are.  We’re not grand gestures.  We’re not elaborate or extravagant.  We’re the tiny little in-betweens.  We’re couch nights and drinks on a patio.  We’re country music and netflix marathons.  We’re side splitting laughter and Coronas on the beach.  We’re unapologetically us and as cheesy as it sounds…we’re best friends.

 

So today…we celebrate two years.  Two years since we stood on Shirley Heights and laughed our way into forever.  Where we promised each other the things that we already had…because our life together started far before our wedding.  I want to celebrate two crazy, wonderful, hard, enormous years of marriage…but I also want to celebrate this messy, beautiful life we’ve built.  All (almost) seven years and the 70 still ahead.  I know some days are hard…but most are really, really great.  And there are times where we both have no idea what we’re doing.  But if there is one thing that these last two or seven or however you want to measure it years have taught me…it’s that no matter what we’re in this together.  Someone very wise told us once that the key to a happy marriage is never letting there be another choice.  So just know that you are, always have been and always will be my only choice.

 

I love you Gary Truelock.  I love the life we’ve lived together and all the life that’s still ahead.  I love the mundane moments and the most exciting ones.  But what I love most is you.  Happy anniversary husband.  Now hurry home and let’s pop the champs!

 

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Little by little.  That’s what I keep telling myself.  When Gary and I found our house I started planning every single thing that needed done to it to make it our perfect home.  Add french doors.  Redo kitchen.  Build a screened-in porch.  And a deck.  Build out all the closets.  Paint the entire house, inside and out.  Get shutters.  Buy a zillion pieces of furniture.  Wallpaper in the half bath.  Add some built-ins.  Pave the driveway.  Fence the backyard.  Landscape.  The list goes on and on.  I even sat down and put together a budget for what all this would take and…well…I could basically buy another house.

 

Yesterday I went over to our house to do some yard work (they are still fixing a few things so we can’t get inside quite yet…but no one said anything about the yard!).  Our house was flipped and has been vacant for at least a year.  So with a rake and a lot of determination I started cleaning it up.  We filled up five bags of leaves.  Pulled all the weeds I could find.  Picked up giant sticks that were all over the yard.  Well…that is until one had a giant spider on it and then I was done with that task.  We were there for several hours and as we packed up to leave I stopped to admire our work.  And it looked like crap.  Had I not physically been there doing all this said work…I would have never believed it happened.  And it was in that moment that I realized none of this is going to happen overnight.  That little by little we are going to make this place ours.

 

Which is something I try so hard to remember in life.  It’s easy to look at these overnight successes and “perfect” lives and wonder why that’s not happening to you.  Why no matter how much you put in, it just never seems like enough.  But what you don’t see is that those overnight successes may appear that way from the outside…but behind the scenes they’ve been hustling for some time.  They’ve been putting in the work every single day when no one was looking…until someone finally did.  And as someone who is running two businesses…I have to tell myself this daily.  I like instant gratification.  I want to shoot a wedding and it’s instantly on the cover of Martha Stewart.  I want to go on Ellen and have Healing Heels blow up overnight.  But the truth of the matter is, that’s not how it works.  It’s the little by little that gets you there.  Someone may drive by my house today and think our yard is the crappiest thing they’ve ever seen.  But I know there are hours of work behind that crappy yard and one day it will be something special.  So if you are a hustler like me and sometimes feel like you are running in place…just remember…

 

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As I’m sure you all know I have recently relocated to Indy.  It’s been a crazy transition but one I am confident was the right step.  Gary and I close on our house today (God willing…seriously the mortgage process is actual insanity) and then I think this whole thing will start to feel very real.  Right now it’s a lot of living out of suitcases and not really having anywhere that is ours.  My little car and I are spending a lot of time together going back and forth to Chicago which I’m secretly grateful for because I miss my Chicago peeps.  Our life may still be in boxes but little by little this place is starting to feel like home.  So that leads me to today’s post…

 

I am dying to get out and photograph in this beautiful Indiana light.  I mean seriously…every night is gorgeous.  As I’ve mentioned before I’ll be expanding my business (even more) into Indiana and I want to meet as many of you as I can.  So here’s a little deal to sweeten the pot.  I’m offering $100 off for any session scheduled in April or May (in Indiana).  It’s been a long, crazy off season but I am ready to get back at it!  And what better place to start than back home again in Indiana.  Sorry…I couldn’t resist.  😉  So shoot me an email and we can set up a time to make some photo magic!

 

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