Jonah & Julia’s Engagement

Oh these two just make me smile!

What a pleasure it was to do our niece and nephew-to-be, Julia & Jonah’s engagement photos. The love they have for one another was so evident in their demeanor that it was impossible not to capture it! Their laughter and joy (even their goofiness) only further proved that they are truly a match made in Heaven by the Lord – a pairing made to glorify God and reflect the Gospel.

It makes me think in particular about the way the Apostle Paul described the purpose of marriage in Ephesians 5:25-27, 31-32 – to be a reflection of Christ’s relationship to His church:

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish…Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.ā€ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

Julia & Jonah, it was my true pleasure to take your engagement photos. I’m looking forward to our photo shoots in the future, and cannot wait to see you both united in marriage in 2017! What a blessing you both are, and I pray your relationship will continue to grow and be founded on the precious truth of God’s word – in Jesus!

Check out some of my favorite photos from Jonah and Julia’s shoot below, including a couple Word Art photos. : )

Blessings,
Laura
JJ_099_scripture JJ_115_scripture

JJ_091

JJ_006 JJ_009 JJ_033 JJ_040 JJ_051 JJ_059 JJ_060 JJ_065 JJ_068 JJ_076 JJ_079 JJ_081 JJ_091 JJ_113 JJ_127BW JJ_131 JJ_132 JJ_136_contrast JJ_145 JJ_147 JJ_160 JJ_165

Advertisements

Winters End at Cunningham Falls

IMG055

It was time to get OUT! Out of the house, out of the cold, damp, misery of winter, and into some adventuring in the beautiful sunshine. Finally, winters end is in sight!

Last Saturday brought the most gorgeous, sun-soaked day since this past, well, probably December given the unseasonably warm weather we had then. We were so ready for it! We jumped in our car, and traveled west to an outdoor location we had been wanting to explore since we moved east: Cunningham Falls State Park in Frederick County, MD.

We had attempted a fun, adventure-packed trip to said park this past fall, but my poor Jed came down with a nasty cold/flu bug the night we drove up to go camping. He was a real trooper and stuck the night out…but sleeping on the cold, hard ground in freezing temperatures with a raw throat, runny nose and feeling like someone plowed you over with a two ton semi truck does not make for an enjoyable camping experience (memorable maybe, but definitely not enjoyable). Needless to say, neither of us slept well (or at all in Jed’s case), so we decided to pack up camp as soon as we got up the next morning and save the exploring for another day.

And that day finally came at the perfect time – just when we needed a real break from the yuck of the winter blah. We were both relieved to soak up the sun and breath in that fresh, nearly-spring air. Jed even convinced me to go log-hopping across a couple streams, camera and all.

To celebrate winter melting away, here’s a few shots from the day. I’ve also added a couple of these to the site to be purchased as prints and/or digital downloads under “Cunningham Falls.” You can view and purchase them here: Fine Art Gallery.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy!

 

IMG032 copy

Photo below by Jed Crawford – nice shot babe!!

IMG038 copy

IMG011BW copy

IMG015 copy

Winter is finally melting away!!

IMG044 copy

Another awesome shot by Jed:

IMG022 copy

Some funky lichen on the rock…also by Jed (love his eye for details!):

IMG018 copy

IMG002 copy

IMG004 copy

IMG052

 

 

Andy & Karen

When you have a little sister, you play together; you fight over silly things together; you laugh together until you cry (or pee your pants); go shopping together; make messes in the kitchen together; have crazy sleepovers and stay up all night giggling and eating cookie dough together; and of course, you dream about your future husbands together. My sister and I have been doing all of the above for many years – we especially dreamed about finding our “prince charmings” (or Legolas Greenleaf and Kili from the Hobbit in our cases). Just a year and a half ago, I married mine (yay!!), and I now have the pleasure of watching my sister grow in love with the man of her dreams.

Andy_Karen181 copyWhen the right guy finally comes along, it is a true JOY to watch your sister grow in love, and especially to see her faith as a Christian mature as she embarks on a new journey with a Spiritual Leader like Andy. I always knew God would have a very special and unique man for Karen, and Andy has proven to be just that! They are like two peas in a pod, and their love for one another shines in their beaming smiles and glowing countenances.

Of course, I couldn’t let them get away over the break without taking some fun photos šŸ™‚ I actually ended up using them as models for some test shots with my flash for the day, and we had so much fun! Here are some of my favorites from the afternoon – Thank you Karen & Andy!!! I had such a blast hanging out with you two, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord holds in store for your future together. Love you both!!

Andy_Karen261 copy

Andy_Karen227 copy Andy_Karen133BWAndy_Karen224 copy

Tom & Erin: A New Year Wedding

New Years Day this year brought many exciting things: our first real “cold snap” since early December, subsequently the first snow flurries of the year, and the chance to celebrate a brand new beginning: Tom & Erin’s lives together as Mr. & Mrs. Neal!

Neal_Rad0842BW

“‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
Ephesians 5:31-33

 

Neal_Rad0875

But, I believe it’s time for a little real-life confession…

For a long time, I have been terrified of shooting a wedding from start to finish.

There! I said it…

I was afraid that I would miss the big moments – the moments in someone’s special day that simply cannot be recreated. The procession of the bridesmaids, the first look at the bride, the first kiss, the ring exchange, the cake cutting….ahhh! So many important moments that I could possibly miss, or worse, capture in a blurry photo.

Neal_Rad0907BW

BUT…and that’s a big but (cue real-life confession #2)…

I had one of the most fun, incredibly joyous days capturing Tom & Erin’s wedding – much more than I ever dreamed! Maybe it was because I can remember when Tom and Erin first started dating, which was just a few short months after my husband and I did. Perhaps it was those times that Erin and I commiserated together about wanting to be engaged and how much we just wanted to get married. It could have been our sweet hang out time, discussing theology and just sharing in life together as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Or maybe, still, it was the excitement of watching two friend’sĀ  lives come together on the foundation of that which matters most: the Gospel of Christ crucified for sinners.

I believe it was a combination of all of those factors, because the “what if I miss the shot” turned into “how can I make this shot?”Ā  which then transformed into, “how can I make this shot fun, awesome, and memorable?”.

 

Neal_Rad0888
It was my true pleasure and joy to take these photos. Thank you Tom & Erin for letting me be a part of your amazing day! I am blessed to know you both, and I wish you all the best on your journey in marriage as your lives and relationship reflect Christ in His self-sacrificing love and forgiveness, and His bride, the church, in her relentless love for her Savior.

Finally, I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I enjoyed taking them for you!! I tried to capture your joy, and celebration in each moment.

Friends and family of Tom & Erin, you may purchase images (prints or digital downloads) by clicking on the button below.

Please note, all photos are copyright images, property of Laura Crawford & Laura D Crawford Photography & Design, and are not to be copied, printed or shared on social media without having purchased the image. Thank you!

View/Purchase Tom & Erin’s Wedding Photos Here!

Waiting for the Opportune Moment

IMG_7011

The wait is over…

I’ve been eyeing up this gorgeous little tree, placed oh-so-perfectly in the middle of a farmer’s field, for several months just waiting for the opportune moment. And it finally came!

I spied this beauty a few months back on my way home from dropping my husband off at work. I was instantly (a little) jealous that he got to see this view everyday on his commute. I wondered what this little tree would look when it adorned it’s fall colors. So I waited, and watched: every chance I got to drive down to Cockeysville, I’d purposefully go by this field to see if the time had come.

And finally, one damp, cool afternoon, it arrived! I soaked it all in and enjoyed every second – thirty minutes, a couple soaked shoes, and a few chilly fingers later, I hiked back to my car triumphantly! Not only did I get some great shots of this scene which I had been picturing in my head for weeks, but I also managed to capture a few other delicious tid-bits of the dew-laden leaves. Success.

And now the best part: I get to share them with the world so you can enjoy them too!

You can now find these, and other, fine art prints available at my store!
Just go to my Fine Art Gallery, and you can purchase digital downloads or prints.

Happy Fall! Soak it in before the snow flies šŸ™‚