Nanias Family – Wainwright Maternity Photography

Kongratulations Kelsey, Konrad & Kaycee on the announcement of sweet baby Kolt Nanias this afternoon!!!
(You guys see what I did there????)

It was an absolute wonderful and amazing day photographing the Nanias maternity session less than two weeks ago – and I am even more excited to meet Kolt later this week for his newborn photos!

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Yes. They took me to see my all time favourite animal. Turns out I’m actually kind of afraid of them – but hey, Llama’s are rad.
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Name Change! Welcome to Laura Smiley Photography!

Some of you may be wondering about the recent changes to my logo and page name. I have noticed for some time that my fans and clients are often asking me what my first name is when we meet or start e-mailing. I want everyone to feel comfortable to approach me and not have that lingering feeling of…

‘Great, so I know you are a photographer, and your last name is Smiley… – but what do I actually call you!?’ (Fun Fact – I do respond just as quickly to ‘Smiley’ and I do to Laura.)

Meeting new people and having the privilege to work with so many wonderful people in my job is one of my favourite parts of the experience. I hope that with sharing my full name it can open up conversation more quickly and easily. I am so excited about the change!

For those of you who haven’t been following me long I’d like to tell you a little about myself.

  • Most of my life has been spent living in Wainwright Alberta. I moved back in 2013 and am quite happy to call Wainwright my home.
  • I have been running Laura Smiley Photography (formerly L Smiley Photography) since I graduated from high school in 2008.
  • I attended Grant MacEwan University from 2008-2011 and studied Design with a major in Photography. I met some amazing friends in those years.
  • I absolutely love outdoor photography. Whether it be weddings, grads, family, sports, etc… I love being outdoors as much as possible.
  • I love Nikon and I love Macs
  • My favourite sport is baseball – and it is probably the only sport that I actually understand the rules and can actually watch from start to finish without being completely lost. (Go Blue Jays, Cubs & Cardinals!)
  • Traveling keeps me sane. I usually like to have my next trip planned before I am even home from the last.
  • I love a good road-trip. Even if it is work related that time on the road is so much fun. I find myself constantly admiring the scenery and thinking ‘I wish I had a bride in the car with me…’
  • Coffee and steak are staples. A morning is truly not started until I have had that coffee. And steak… That’s a food group if you ask me. 😉
  • One of my favourite adventures in the last two years has been Auntie ‘TeeTee’ to my handsome twin nephews. Those two absolutely melt my heart.

Cheers!

Laura Smiley – laurasmileyphoto@gmail.com

IMG_0946Photo credit – Jenna Taryn Photography

Alyssa & Josh – Wainwright Maternity Portraits

This wonderful couple and I met out at the lake last week for a maternity session! Our first location was quite windy – so Josh saved the day by finding us a second location with the same ‘look’ we had been hoping for.

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I’m more than looking forward to the next session with this family in July – When there will be THREE Millers attending the session!

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