Surprise, AZ| Newborn Lifestyle Session | Welcome Home Elizabeth by Laura Gentry

There are times in our lives that things just don't go as planned. I'm convinced its God's way of telling us we are not in control, he is. It forces us to "lean not on our own understanding" to find peace. 

Elizabeth was 5 weeks early. Her mom didn't really want to be pregnant in August, in Arizona, but she really wanted a healthy baby. Guess what..... She got both. 

Elizabeth is the 4th girl for this family. She is doted on like no baby I have ever seen before. It was such a blessing to witness their love.

Henderson, NV | Amanda by Laura Gentry

This is my niece.  She was my original muse. When I started taking her picture she was in elementary school. She is now a college graduate and living her best life. World travel and all that fun stuff. Ahhhh to be 20 and beautiful. I almost don't remember what that was like, almost. 

Shea Hospital | Scottsdale, AZ | Welcome Quinn by Laura Gentry

I am lucky enough to work with some wonderful  people.  It is honestly one of the only reasons I stay sane as an ED RN.  Analeta and her partner in life, Raul, are two of those people. 

Analeta wasn't sure having a pregnancy of her own was in her cards. When we found out she was expecting Quinn we were beyond excited. We often don't talk about that.... The struggle of getting pregnant and the anxiety that can follow when it actually happens. Wondering if it's too good to be true.  To be able to witness this miracle was beautiful. 

I felt so lucky to be there for her fresh 48.  Seeing the way motherhood made her glow was pure magic. 

Litchfield Park, AZ | The Christie Family by Laura Gentry

The Christie Family

Photographing beginnings are special. Having this moment captured is so important. To be able to look back at the way things were when you started, is pure magic for your soul. This family allowed me to capture them bringing new life into this world. This  time, one year later, a new home!!

Home - Easter 2018 by Laura Gentry

I went home for a few days. I didn't want to leave.

My heart and mind are filled with the images and sounds of my children playing with their cousins. I photographed my uncle and my grandmother whose health has been failing them over the last few years. I Spent time with childhood friends and catching up with my nephews.

 

Girlfriends 8.29.2017 by Laura Gentry

My intention was to blog  about my creative journey. To bring you along as I grow and change as an artist.  Instead, I have allowed four months to go by without a peep. What the heck have I been doing? I have gone to a workshop, done a session for spectrum inspired, a couples session , an intimate session, and joined the unraveled school.  I have also been practicing a bunch on my family and will cherish those images forever.  Although I have a lot to say about all of that, today I want to mostly talk about my past weekend in Flagstaff.  

I had the opportunity to assist Coleen Hodges and her assistant Jen with their mini-sessions in Flagstaff.  They are raising money for Spectrum Inspired and their trip to Ireland on behalf of the nonprofit in a couple of weeks.  I haven't been away by myself for a long time.  This little trip allowed me to catch my breath. 

I have a handful of women who know everything there is to know about me and love me anyway.  Girlfriends like this hold you up when your legs have lost all their strength. When your heart has been broken in a million pieces, they help you search through the couch cushions and your nasty car to find every last piece so you can be whole again one day.   That is what this weekend was.  I let go of expectations and allowed myself to just document us, as a creative.  We laughed, cried, ate a wonderful meal, did work, and maybe found a couple of those missing pieces I have been looking for

So this post is me. Where I am now, as a creative, with some of my favorite people.