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Marina and Brandon’s Hotel Deluxe Wedding

Marina contacted me about a month before her wedding totally in love with her venue and with her beau. The two of them had a small, intimate ceremony at the Hotel Deluxe in the Screening Room. The space was beautiful and her getting ready room (the bridal suite) was absolutely stunning  as well. We photographed the couples and bridal party shots on a rooftop in the heart of downtown Portland and the results are just lovely.

 

Congratulations on your commitment to and love for one another!

Oregon Wine Country Wedding Inspiration

When Elise and Aelise invited me to come photograph their shoot, I was totally ecstatic because a) light & airy (their theme) is kinda my thing and b) Oregon Wine Country?!? Hell, yeah! Well, as per usual, Oregon weather didn’t really give us what we were anticipating, but we made it work nevertheless and the result is such a lovely Willamette Valley Vineyard shoot.  And so many congratulations to Sara and Mateo on their union!


Venue: David Hill Winery
Coordination: Keen Events
Bride & Groom: Sara and Mateo
Hair & Makeup: Blossom and Beauty
Cake: Custom Cakes By Krystle
Macarons: Booze Hound PDX
Invitation Suite: Grish and Watson
Calligraphy: Madison Stationery
Floral Design: Poppies and Paisley
Mensware: The Black Tux
Wedding Gown: Brides for a Cause
Rentals: Vintage Meets Modern
Tablesccape and Styling: Her Garden Kitchen

In-Home Lifestyle Maternity Boudoir Session

I had the privilege of spending a Saturday with Danaka, Jason and Lyla in celebration of the new baby girl that is joining their family shortly. The whole family will be moving to a new home very soon, so I was also there to take photos of the home that they have spent so many years in.

I’m absolutely thrilled with the results of this in-home maternity/maternity boudoir session, and I am so happy for their new addition! I can’t wait to see photos of your baby girl! Thank you for inviting us into your home and allowing us to share this special time with you.







Misty Oregon Coast Maternity Session

This maternity session was executed at Hug Point on the Oregon Coast. I’m so in love with how it turned out, sometimes the most dreary weather can truly make the most dreamy photos if you are willing to brave the cold and the wet. Thank you, Amy and Tyler, for braving the weather with me and for keeping such a good attitude!


I have to say I am really in love with this session and would jump at the opportunity (and maybe even waive the travel fee) to shoot another session on the coastline.
Congratulations again, Amy and Tyler! We can’t wait to meet your little one. Truly.

The Light Room Bridal Inspiration Shootout

When I found out about the fabulous open house that was happening at The Light Room in Southeast Portland, I knew I had to go! The light was beautiful, the decor was gorgeous, and there were tons of other industry professionals to get to know. Since then, I have had the pleasure of getting to know some of the amazing people I met there a bit better (yaaay Glitch Films and MacCoy Dean) and I have decided to start hosting shoots in this gorgeous studio! So, if you are looking for a gorgeous studio shoot, please look no further, I’d love to photograph you in this beautiful white space!

 

Thank you to all the incredible vendors who were involved, and thank you to MacCoy for opening up his space and sharing it with the community! If you would like to be a part of one of his shootouts, there’s one coming up in April, so please come! I’ll see you there!

Owner | MacCoy Dean Photography
Venue | The Light Room PDX
Model | Anna Caroom
MUAH | Merkley Artistry
Gown | a&be bridal shop \ Truvelle
Bridal Accessories | Austie Eckley
Florist | Ponderosa & Thyme
Styling Ribbon | For the Love of Floral
Paper Goods | Old City Mailroom
Desserts | Next Door Desserts
Rentals | Classic Vintage Rentals
Styling & Planning | Kamea Events


Indigo Meets Ponderosa & Thyme

I have longed to work with Katie for a very long time because, well, frankly, she makes the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen! So, when I got the opportunity to work with her, I absolutely jumped on it! And then she suggested that Indie be the model for a new type of shoot that she was working on… And, ladies, we got to spend the most lovely magical afternoon together ever. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with her and even more thankful for the beautiful images I got to make of my little girl. If you are unfamiliar with Katie’s work, I would highly recommend checking out her gorgeous website HERE.

100 Layer Cake Feature!

Hey, guys,

I’m so glad to tell you that our Whimsical Ballet styled shoot was featured on 100 Layer Cake last week! Yaaaay! I cannot tell you how many JoAnn’s runs Bob and I went to to get this shoot done. Seriously, so many.

Here are a few of my favorite shots, but feel free to check it out on their website right HERE!


And thank you again to all the other wonderful vendors who were involved! See the list below for all the amazing women involved:
[Photography & Styling: Lauryn Kay Photography | Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue and Location: Willamette Heritage Center | Gown Designer: pas de deux bridal | Hair & Makeup Artist: Brittany Blanchard | Florist: Heirbloom Floral Table Linens: Nettle Textiles | Jewelry: Allison Ullmer Jewelry | Cake Design: Country Cake Shop | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: The Pigeon Letters | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Model: Haley Bentley]

Five Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Maternity Session

Hello, my lovely lady friends! So, many of us want to have our maternity photos taken, but a lot of times we are scared, nervous, or maybe even don’t feel our most beautiful! I know when I had my own maternity photos taken, I felt so miserable. And then to had insult to injury I found my first gray hair literally five minutes before our photographer arrived…sigh. However, the photos turned out beautifully and I do not regret having them taken at all!

Let’s talk about a few things you can do to get the most out of your maternity session, shall we?

 

 

Plan Your Maternity Session at the Right Time in Your Pregnancy
I generally recommend that I do my clients’ maternity sessions between 32 and 35 weeks simply because at that point, you have a lovely, well-defined bump, but you are still pretty agile. However, if this is a second or third (or fourth, etc) child, you’ll likely want to get your photos done on the earlier end of that range because generally women start showing earlier on after the first pregnancy.

 

Find a Gorgeous Outfit
Well, this is a photo shoot, so you’ll need a fabulous outfit (or two), of course! Maternity gowns are a little less easy to find in the states, but there are a few retailers that specialize in them: Leah Maria Couture makes some absolutely stunning pieces and so does Blush Fashion. I have also found tons of gorgeous gowns on, Asos, a British company, and they have a pretty killer clearance section (heck yes!)

Pick a Killer Location
Whether you are hoping to have an intimate session in your home, or you need your photographer to rent a studio space for you, find a killer location with killer light. Any photographer will emphasize the importance of light in any shoot, so if you are planning something inside, make sure there are some large windows to use, and if you are planning something outside make sure you talk to your photographer about what time of day you should plan it to get the most beautiful light. Also, I can promise your photographer has some location preferences, so if you are uncertain about where you should have the photos taken, make sure to ask her opinion!

Get Professional Hair & Makeup Done
To be honest, I really recommend getting your hair and makeup done for any type of session with me. Not just because getting your hair and makeup done is fabulous (which it is), but also because it genuinely helps you feel fabulous. I’ve worked with many different hair and makeup artists in my time, but my favorite is definitely Brittany Blanchard because, well, she is fun, dependable and seriously good at her job! And, if I’m there, too, we’ll all end up having a girl party (kinda kidding, but mostly not).

 

Trust Your Photographer
Have faith that your photographer is going to capture the absolutely stunning parts of you even if you don’t feel at your best. Pregnancy is hard because your body changes at such a rapid rate, and even though the change is for a beautiful reason, the whole thing can leave you feeling a bit unlike yourself (both physically and emotionally). I get it, but I am also so excited to capture all the beautiful parts of it.

 

 

All photos from this blog post were taken with Meagan Gibson during Portland’s snowpocalypse. Thanks so much for braving the weather with me, Meagan, and congratulations again on your pregnancy! I can’t wait to see photos of your baby girl!

Taylor’s Portland Maternity Session

Taylor contacted me looking for a “short and sweet” maternity session, and we did just that. I offered her the option for a mini session and she was in! The whole correspondence back and forth with Taylor was warm and easy-going. Throughout the process she kept saying “whatever you think,” and she really meant it whiich was wonderful.

 

Taylor’s journey to motherhood has been a bit rocky with a few health issues, but she is so excited and joyful at the prospect of being a mommy, and I couldn’t be more happy for her! Congratulations on the new addition to the family, and welcome to motherhood! Oh, and don’t forget to send me some photos of baby when she arrives.

Hugs!
Lauryn

Montmartre Paris Couple’s Session

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  I hope you all get lots of quality time with your loved ones today. In celebration of the holiday, I thought I would show off the photos Brad, Joanne, and I made together while Bob and I were visiting Europe.

I’ve known Bradley since I was twelve years old. Brad’s big sister and I have been besties since 2000, and I went to college in the town that their family calls home, so I became a bit of a fixture in their home. When I met Brad he was 7 years old and my way of wrangling he and his brother while I was babysitting was by running after he and his brother, Michael, and feigning that I would get my girl-cooties on them if they didn’t behave.

Well, suffice it to say that we have all grown up a bit! And, it was my pleasure to get to meet his dear, sweet girlfriend, Joanne, while we visited France. Joanne is a native Parisian and a truly kind person (even when we butcher every single word we try to pronounce in her native tongue–thanks for your patience!), and Brad seems to be quite smitten with her (understandably).

Thank you guys for letting me photograph your love in the city of love! Can’t wait to see you both again (hopefully) very soon! Hugs!