Sessions Sessions everywhere!

I again am not dead. I am not the best at keeping on top of posts. I am horrible at writing and feel that I enjoy reading other peoples writing much more than doing it myself. I am trying to get better at it. Hopefully this coming year will have much better things in store for my much neglected blog. Learning how to write better content is definitely on my list of to do’s. How about you? If you are feeling deprived of adorable pictures please find my FaceBook page at LauraSokolPhotography. Enjoy these sweet baby bump maternity session pictures. You’d never know it but this mama had to brave the swarms of mosquitoes to get these portraits. She was such a trooper. We’d walk back into the grass and they’d quickly swarm all around us. Thankfully I think most of them were males as we didn’t suffer too many bites. Sarah-126

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Allen Baptism session, Lock up your daughters! | {Mesa photographer, Baptism photographer, 8 is great}

Doesn’t your heart just melt!?! This little man turned 8 and chose to follow the Savior into the waters of baptism. His beautiful mom wanted pictures to add to his book. When I say book I don’t mean a regular scrapbook. Nope. I mean an awesome, hardbound, huge, lasts generations book. It is a business she has. She will go into your family blog and put a book together for you! http://tomorrowsmemoriestoday.blogspot.com is her blog. Her prices are amazing. I can’t believe the time and talent she puts into each personal book. Consider using her to put your family ‘Yearbook’ together.

This guy is a heart breaker! Plus he is a smarty pants to match. Lock up your daughters. Well at least the 6-9 year olds. Check out those lashes. Mom said ‘good luck getting him to smile’. I have my tricks and it was a blast getting him laughing.

I loved this one on one session. It was so much fun working with mom and little man. Thanks again!

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Mehan Family | {Potato Barn}

I have known this hot mama and papa since we were in high school. I can’t believe their kiddos are so grown up. We went to two different locations and the kids had some fun. When I asked them to jump on the train tracks it was so funny. Dad and son were having an ‘I can jump higher than you’ competition. I love getting to reconnect with friends through my business. Hearing “I saw your pictures and realized I knew the family.” is pretty cool. Enjoy.
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Giveaway Session | feeling the love

I have been feeling very blessed lately. Our family is happy. We have a roof over head. Business is good. There is running water. The kids are getting along. Little man is potty trained (before he turned 2… not bragging just loving not having to change big boy diapers!). The weather is beautiful here in AZ. Pinterest is crazy fun still. I can bake now that it isn’t blazing hot. These past few months are usually very slow in the photography world. I have been branching out and doing more newborn sessions and loving every second. I have even started doing birth sessions. I am amazed at how each mother uses strength to bring her child into the world. That I have had the privileged to capture these amazing very private special moments in people’s lives is such a blessing to me.

So with all of the gushyness of that I am having a Giveaway!  YAY!

I am giving away a mini session. Your family receives a 30 minutes of session time, on location (in Mesa, Gilbert, San Tan, Chandler) with 5 fully enhanced photos on a disc with your custom Christmas card design too!

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Let me know what you think about this giveaway.

I am still building this business. It isn’t usually my busy season photographically but this past two months… I have been swamped in an awesome way! Thanks for sharing the love. I am still getting the images from this past November -now up for the blog! Crazy busy with fun families, seniors, newborns, soon to be BIRTH photography and kids school stuff.

Now I have noticed that when I am at a session I use two lenses primarily. Having to swap them out is a pain and I hate making my clients wait that split minute while I am doing so. I also would love to offer a mini video of the session with their portraits. So I am still saving up but what can it hurt to enter a contest to win that camera now? Nothing I guess. So.

Big thanks to the SnapKnot wedding photography directory for offering this great camera giveaway!

Check it out. The brides I have sent there have loved the site!

Have a wonderful early summer (if you are here in AZ)

Fahrenbruch Family | {Mesa, AZ Photographer}

This is one amazing family! They were so much fun to hang out with. They were getting ready to have a long distant family with two of the family members. Wow. They are so strong. I am a big baby… I don’t know if I am strong enough to let two family members be in other areas of the continent. Melissa, you are an amazing wife and mother! Thank you so much for letting me see the sweet fun side of your family.

 

Do you ever want so badly to make a difference in the world? I have felt for the past few years that I need to do more to really contribute to society and my community. This time of year I am running faster than my feet can carry me. Editing multiple sessions at a time while trying to teach our children about the real meaning of Thanksgiving, Family and being selfless. It makes me want to jump for joy when they have that ‘ah ha!’ moment. Being happy to be part of a loving family, giving to those who may need just a little bit of help, and learning not to be the self-absorbed toddler… mee mee mee is the goal for my family this time of year. We try year round but right now in November we make a point to serve others just a little more.  I hope you find yourself being more patient, less rushed, more understanding and more loving to your fellow man this holiday season.

that time of year! | Mesa, Photographer

In most other states here in the US people are pulling out their long sleeve shirts and scarves. Here in the lower southwest of Mesa, Arizona… I get to longingly look at other people donning their snuggly wear. I have problems with being ‘warm’ all the time. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing better than going to the movies and not feeling like I need to wear a snuggie but it has its drawbacks. I can’t wear cute collared shirts without breaking a sweat. I can never wear a scarf unless there are at least three feet of snow on the ground. And it breaks my heart not to be able to wear those cute gloves and hat sets as having my head and hands covered at the same time will make me melt. So if I could wear anything at all without dying of heat it would most definitely be an adorable layered tee, jacket and scarf with jeans and kicky boots. I simply love this time of year with a passion. Being in AZ clients do too. It is when we can layer without sweating to death for cuteness factor in pictures. Which is why this month through March are my super busy times. Clients come in for Christmas cards and family pictures when the weather makes it worth it to live in Arizona. We like to get out to corn mazes in October. Support local farms and enjoy the weather all at the same time. What are some things you love about this time of year in your state or area?

Don’t forget to get in the picture with your family! If you can’t afford a photographer please set the timer on your camera and have fun taking family photos so your children have YOU in the picture.  Love your family by getting in the picture.

 

We’ll end with a quick one from a sweet newbie session. Love those lashes on big brother.

 

one year older… {baby mc| mesa, arizona photographer}

My little man is quickly turning one… like in two days time. He has been walking for months, eating us out of house and home, and smiling so much that my heart still melts when I see his blue eyes squinting through his chubber cheeks. What have I been up to? School started and I now have a sixth grader, a third grader and a kindergartner while little mc stays home with me. I am still on the board at our children’s school parent organization and just before summer joined up with the Cub Scouts as the Pack Committee Chairman. So I guess that I have kept busy. I have been working too. Clients are still a part of my weekly flow and I still love it. My turn around times have gotten a bit longer in some cases as editing with the family awake is pretty much impossible. So without anymore of my rambling I’ll get to it.

This year I would love to offer mini-sessions. I am working out the details but… you will be very pleased with it I promise. Here is a sweet one of my friends newest addition while you wait.

Winner!

Today was crazy busy! But I finally was able to sit down and hold the drawing. My daughter was happy to borrow me her fedora and even do the drawing of the name. I am sooo excited to announce the winner of the awesome giveaway…
Alysha Tinsley!
Congratulations Alysha. Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing. Keep watching as I am hoping to have more drawings in the future. Back to editing. Love that I get to stare at a beautiful baby and parents for this session. It makes it so easy.

Missing for a while… GIVEAWAY! {Giveaway}|Arizona Photographer

I am almost to 400!!! Help me speed past it and on to 500!
Since I have been missing for a while I thought I showing my clients, friends, and new followers some love would be fun! I have recently fallen in love with a few vendors. And they have generously offered to give away some fun prizes to help say ‘thank you’.

Poppy Frames is an amazing company out of California with sensational frames! They offer 18 frame styles in 42 colors and 49 prints. Prints you say? Ya, Prints! You can order your frames with a print layer to match your decor. How awesome is that?! They are giving away a $30 gift certificate to their store.
Check out this amazing frame.

Life Created is another fun place to visit. Steph has such a great sense of style and creates wonderful paper treasures. She is generously offering a 12ft sewn garland in the colors of your choosing. Love her work!
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If you like crochet hats you will love Season Girl Stitches! There are some pretty adorable hats for children of all sizes available in her store. She is generously offering a Mickey or Minnie ear flap hat in any size newborn to adult. Super cute right!?! Sesason Girl Stitches

And finally I am offering a mini session. This session is perfect for getting headshots of your children. Get those stale school pictures off the wall and let their personality shine through. The way you see them! For this gift you must live in (or be willing to be in) Phoenix, Arizona or surrounding cities.

Entries
1. Head to all four pages and follow them = one entry.
2. Show some love on each = one entry.
3. Comment on the pinned post about this contest. = one entry

4. Link back by updating your status with @LauraSokolPhotography’s got a giveaway goin’ on. Making sure to use the @ = one entry.
5. Leave one comment here with links to your entries.
For a possible four total entries.
Good luck!
Drawing will be held on Friday, May 4th noon AZ time. Not affiliated with facebook in any way or form. Only one winner. Photo session winner must be in the Phoenix, Arizona area for the session. No substitutions. Subject to change.