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    Hi there! Come on in to the blogsite for Laura Simson Photography! This blog journals the lives of my fabulous clients and every once in a while chronicles happenings in my life as well. So sit back, grab a cup of {insert favorite beverage} and stay a while.

    You can learn more about me under Meet Laura, see all the Things I Love, view portrait sessions of my amazing clients or watch a love story unfold in the gallery section below. I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to leave a comment or a "like," and of course, you can always email me here .

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Duke Chapel & The Cotton Room Bridal Portrait

St. Patrick Gown & Bouquet by Tre Bella Bridal

So imagine the temperature is in the low 40s, there’s a strong wind gust made all the more biting since you’re standing in a archway, which is essentially a wind tunnel. There’s no sun, so you’re not getting any warmth there, and you’re in a strapless gown. Now, go look gorgeous. Sounds a bit torturous, right? In fact, a passerby even commented to me (in my winter coat, boots and turtleneck), “Wow, she’s beautiful, but that looks like torture.”

Ashley should have gotten an Oscar for not only her ability to act like she wasn’t freezing, but also looking gorgeous in the frigid December weather.  She made a beautiful bride this day, and somehow managed to be even more stunning on her wedding day.

Time to head indoors to get her warm!

I loved the light from the windows in The Cotton Room.

New Year, New Office

It’s a new blog post! I know I have been severely lax in updating my site and there’s a good reason, which I’ll explain soon, but for now, I’d like to share one project I’ve been working on in anticipation of becoming a new mom. For years, our living room/bedroom/dining room served as my workspace. Partly because of a lack of space in our old town home, but mostly because of convenience. Enter baby. Knowing that Baby George’s bouncer/sleeper/swing/activity gym (this list could go on and on) were going to take over my previous “work” space, I decided it was time to get serious about creating an office for me to keep my business organized, edit in a comfortable setting and meet new clients. When we were house hunting, a first floor office space was a must, and lucky for me, the home we bought had a perfect space in the front of the house to convert to my office.

Here is the room before:

Just a simple room with a great window, but not a lot of anything else, so a great blank canvas to work with.

And here’s the new office:

 After lots of pinning on Pinterest (you can see my inspiration board here), I sketched out what I wanted the the built-in bookshelves to look like, and then a friend’s husband, Rob, who is a carpenter for fun, brought it to life.

Some of the features I’m especially excited about are the hidden shelf for my computer to enable me to plug-in my Macbook into the display screen or remove it if I need to work somewhere else.

And since I hate seeing files, printers and all the wires hanging out, Rob built a filing cabinet within, as well as a sliding shelf for the printer with a hidden hole for the wires, so they’re not so conspicuous.

The room is a work in progress, since I still need to reupholster my chair (currently a draped pashmina keeps the color within my brand), decorate the 2 other walls and eventually install a chandelier, but for now, I’m just glad to have a space of my own and Phillip is glad to get it out of the living room!

Details on the room:
Wall paint color: Sherwin-Williams Revere Pewter
Rug: West Elm Ikat Rug in Citron
Desk: Overstock Student Desk
Chair: Phillip’s grandmother’s
Bookshelves color: Sherwin-Williams White Dove
Door knobs: Anthropologie River Reflection Knob
Apothecary jars: Michael’s
Yellow jars: Joss & Main Giselle Jar in Yellow
Lamp: Target Glass Ball Lamp (Note on the Lamp: I’m hoping to convert it to wireless using this tutorial. I’ll let you know how it goes!)

Wendy Jackson - Love!!! I just redid my den and my inspiration was a yellow and white room!!! Caninets look awesome. I am very excited now. Thanks Laura!!!

Scott + Amanda: Downtown Raleigh Wedding, The Stockroom at 230

When I first met Scott and Amanda, I could immediately see how connected they were. They have a way of looking at each other that makes it seem like they’re the only two in the room. And even through the excitement of the day, they never lost sight of each other and why they were there. 2013 was a big year for them as they not only became husband and wife, but also mom and dad! Their sweet son, Mason, served as a “best man” and even though the poor little guy had been fighting an ear infection and the trauma of teething, he made it through the day with flying colors. It was a gorgeous October day and I am so excited to relive and it’s warmth all over again.

The day started early for the girls with hair and make-up at my favorite salon, Bottega Studio on Glenwood South. The mimosas and laughter were freely flowing as Amanda and her friends prepped.

After hair and make-up, the entire bridal party headed to Christ Church for dressing.

LOVE these next photos my sweet second shooter Katie got of Scott and Mason.

Then it was time for the first look. This moment is always a favorite for me. I love the anticipation, the emotion, the sweetness, and the looks on their faces as they embark on their wedding day together.

Congrats Scott, Amanda & Mason!
Wedding Vendors
Ceremony Venue: Christ Church Raleigh
Reception Venue: The Stockroom at 230
Wedding Planner: Shonelle Singler
Florist: Fancy Bloomers Flowers
Catering: Empire Eats
Reception Music: MikeMickXer Music
Second Photographer: Katie Burbank

Maalika - This is absolutely amazingggg!!! What a beautiful way to reminisce! I love you always and forever Gamanda, Scotty, and Mase Face! :)

Charlie - Amazing pictures, especially the last one. very lovely.

The N Family

Gah! That face! Lily is about as cute as you can get. It’s hard to believe she was this itty bitty just 9 months ago. I’ve loved watching this family grow from pre-baby to newborn to an active and happy family of three. Get ready for a lot of cuteness!

Mark + Trina: Engaged!

October engagement sessions are always a favorite. The lighting in the fall just has a certain glow that can’t be captured any other time of year. Throw in a fun couple like Mark & Trina, and I’m in photog heaven.  Can’t wait for their wedding next May!