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Hi! My name is Laura and I am so glad you found my blog.

I'm a portrait photographer based in sunny Mesa, Arizona. Mom to 4 from teen to preschool and sports lover and wife of my best friend. This is where you will find sneak peeks of my latest sessions along with other fun stuff. Stick around a bit.... leave some love.... enjoy.

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!
Love her work

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.