My Inspired Life » This is a blog about my life. A peek into what inspires me and maybe, by reading, you'll find some inspiration for yourself.

Masthead header


Rediscovering my love for photography has opened new doors. One of which is actually shooting professionally. Through photographing at Mason’s school, some of the mom’s became interested in my photography. One even asked if I would photograph her daughter.

After some nail biting and biting of my lip I agree to the shoot. I’m so glad I did. The shoot began at their home in the front yard. Their house is a great color and with the green of the bushes and grass it was a perfect setting to get comfortable. I asked them to do a few things but I tried to just let the personality of the three of them shine through. Once I felt that I had taken enough in that spot, we took a short drive to a different location. What fun it was to take Salma and her parents to St. Vincent’s School for Boys, which is right across the freeway from our neighborhood, and photograph them there.

It was Salma’s 5th birthday party the very next day so I definitely had to shoot her holding up her 5 fingers. While walking on the grounds of the school, she found a feather. This was one of those moments that thrill me as a photographer. It was amazing to watch her with the feather. Her mom told me that she is drawn to them and when we made our way to the fountain, she began dipping the end of the feather in the water and drawing with it. I had to capture these moments.

After the shoot, I went home and picked through the hundreds of shots for my 30 top images. I put them together in a slideshow and uploaded for the family. They were able to play this slideshow at her birthday party the next day. It was so much fun to be there at the party and see my images received by the family and friends. One of the guests gave me such a wonderful compliment, they said that I had truly captured Salma in these photographs.

That made my heart sing.

Thank you Mattie and Scott and Salma. Thank you for trusting me and for being a support to the growth of my business! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Jenna - Laura – these came out amazing! You are very talented…I cant wait to see more!

Carrie Hasson - Way to take the leap Laura, the shots are great!

I think my fave is the one where Salma is looking up to the heavens and the light is shining on her face~~
so lovely…

FMN Design - Jeremy it was nice to meet you too! I’m sorry that in my last comment I only said hi to the ladies. đŸ˜‰

Jeramy Sossaman - what great shots! i love the one of the little girl by herself on the stairs….and the ones where the sun is breaking through in the top corner….very cool.

it was great meeting you on monday….take care!

FMN Design - I have to say that so much of what made these images wasn’t me! How could you go wrong photographing that little girl. She’s so beautiful and open.

It was great to see all of the Sonoma ladies the other night. What a nice surprise!

Thanks for the encouragement everyone!!!

Sharon - OH! I love ’em! What lovely big expressive eyes Miss Salma has! What I really dig about these pictures is that she looks so relaxed and sure of herself. Not posed and stiff, but really relaxed.

wendyz - These are gorgeous Laura! I love the shot with the sun peeking through the trees. WOW! Way to go on your passion. It sounds as though you captured Salma in her element and that is what is so wonderful! It was great seeing you the other night!

Mattie - Laura,
You are going to be doing this for my family every year even if you decide you don’t want to persue photography. When I look at these pictures, not only do I see Salma but her world and her thoughts also. I am so glad you agreed and honestly, look at what you can do…


You are so talented, and I am so jealous! These portraits are absolutely beautiful. They are so professional and sincere at the same time.

If you do decide to go professional or start a business, I WANT TO KNOW. Someday, I will need a photograph, for a wedding or my children, and your work is so gorgeous!

Please don't let me down. I want to know if you will be doing this in the future. Even if it doesn't happen for five years from now, let me know.

I'm serious.


<3 o.