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!

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.


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.


Laura Smiley –

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.


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