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Megan: Baton Rouge Lighting Workshop

Miss Megan Martinez was a joy to work with and we would be working together again soon if it weren’t for her dislike of creepy crawlies.;)That shoot is a surprise and in the making so I can’t spill the beans to you just yet! This workshop is from early summer in Louisiana, I’ve sadly been swamped while studying abroad in New Zealand. If I’m not completing assignments I’m traveling the country. Eric Vosburg, the talented young man he is, did Megan’s makeup for this shoot. He did a wonderful job and Megan was a trooper posing in the scoarching heat. We shot in shaded spots but man was it still miserable out! Love these shots, Megan is gorgeous.We have fun at these workshops, can’t you tell?:)I had the pleasure of teaching 4 talented/aspiring photographers this day, most of which are now good friends I can only hope to get to know better!

Shaquana: Baton Rouge Lighting Workshop

Right before I flew off to New Zealand I hosted my final lighting workshop until late September. The beautiful, smart, and ambitious Shaquana Lewis graced me with her modeling skills. She did a fabulous job modeling in front of so many photographers! Time and time these ladies impress me with their confidence. The workshop was hosted primarily indoors due to 60%-70% chance of rain… and well it never rained, so for the final hour I moved the class outside and had my students implement the techniques they had learned earlier in the day. If you’re interested in attending a future lighting workshop please click here for more information.


Makeup Artist: Eric Vosburg
Model: Shaquana Lewis
Laura Merikay Lighting Workshop

Brandon Jr

The winners of my portfolio building newborn shoot are Amy & Brandon Burris! Below is their precious new baby boy. Brandon Jr was remarkably good for this shoot. I did lots of research and discovered what made babies comfortable and easier to work with during photography sessions. Let me tell you, a white noise machine is a gift from God himself! It put little Brandon Jr straight ot sleep- to my and his mom’s excitement!:)White noise mimics the noises the babies hear when inside their mommies, helping to lull them into a comfortable state. I’m very proud of these images considering it’s my first full length newborn session.
I cannot wait to photograph more babies, so bring em on!;)

Pam Mitcham - June 1, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Um, yep… those are freakin’ ADORABLE!!!! Well done, as usual!

Laura - June 1, 2012 - 10:23 pm

Thank you Pam!! It was a lonnnggg session. :)

Rebecca Owens - June 2, 2012 - 7:02 am

I love the photos where Brandon rests in more natural elements. I’m not opposed to the blue, but it is a little glaring. Maybe a softer blue to go along with the notion of newborn innocence? The crown didn’t add anything to the shoot. What types of headgear, if you use it, would make sense for a boy? A small baseball cap? A mini football helmet? As far as those go, they could possibly be used as “cradles” depending on baby’s size, especially a full football helmet. Also, what types of things are important to the parents? Special mememtos, clothing, jewelry, that you could incorporate so that when they look at the photos they smile double. Just suggestions…

Laura - June 2, 2012 - 9:48 am

Thank you for the feedback Rebecca! The natural element shots are by far my favorites as well. This was a portfolio building session, not one that revolved around the client. I used the crown because I made it and wanted to photograph it, tried to make it tiny so it could be a little prince like crown. The parents foster animals and adored their dogs. Initially, we were going to pose a dog or two with the baby, but the dogs hadn’t been introduced to the infant yet and I did not want to risk the baby’s safety for a few precious shots… although they would have been so adorable! I agree with the mementos and themes pertaining to the parents/family in the future. Thank you so much for being such a fan! :)