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2016.  You were incredibly memorable in more ways than one.  This year marked five years from when I started Lauren Tomasella Photography.  With that milestone, came a year of reflection.  While it’s been quiet on the blog, as well as social media, there’s been lots behind the scenes and a hope of mine in 2017 is to share a bit more about those endeavors!  I felt it was necessary for me to take a look back at 2016, and to highlight some of my favorite moments.  With each year, I grow more fond of photography and the ability to capture such precious memories for others, who begin to feel more and more like family and welcome me with open arms.  Thank you for allowing me to continue what I love to do most  ❤️  A glimpse at this year’s past featured below 🙂

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I am always blown away by the response for the “Best of” Contest!  Thank you so much to all those who participated and supported and showed their love to their family and friends!  Thank you!!

So excited to announce this year’s winners!

1st place…

Rochelle and Blake!

1st place receives one complimentary Disc Collection (valued at $350).  Congratulations!!

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2nd place…

Jordyn and Tyler!

2nd place receives a complimentary Portrait Session (valued at $135)!  Congratulations!!

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3rd place… We have a tie!

Each winner of 3rd place receives a $75 gift certificate towards any session or product!  Congratulations!!

Kristin, Kevin, Hunter and Nolan!

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Tiffany, Matt, Audrey, Claire, Eva and Baby-to-Be!

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The Special Bonus…

One lucky voter was randomly selected to win a Gift Certificate Portrait/Lifestyle Session!  That lucky voter is Sarah Kappes!

Thank you again for voting and sharing so much love and support!

I love taking this first part of the year to reflect back on the year prior.  2013 was filled with so many beautiful moments and I am just reminded how much I love what I do, how much I love my couples and families, and how I much I just love pure joy!  February marked my third year of owning my own business here in Huntsville and I am so grateful and so blessed to have the love and support from so many.  To each and every one of you, thank you!  Your words of encouragement continue to inspire me!  Cheers to a wonderful new year!

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Thank you again for an incredible year!

Now for the Best of 2013 Contest!

Vote for your favorites! “Like” Lauren Tomasella Photography on Facebook and Comment, Like, or Share any session or image you love from the “Best of 2013” album!
The session or image that receives the most votes wins one complimentary Disc Collection (valued at $350).
2nd place wins a complimentary Portrait Session (valued at $135)!
 3rd place wins a $75 gift certificate towards any session or product!
** Any Like, Comment or Share counts as a vote. Unlimited comments welcome, but only one entry per person per image! **
A Special Bonus…anyone who votes will be randomly selected to win a Gift Certificate Portrait/Lifestyle Session!
The contest ends April 1st!  Winners will be announced April 2nd!  Good luck and thank you for participating!!

If you have any questions about the contest, email me at lauren.tomasella@gmail.com 🙂

Happy Monday!!  I’m starting this Monday off with a personal post!  For the past week, I’ve been with my family in Hilton Head Island, SC.  I had been anticipating this trip ever since my sister threw out the idea of having a family vacation.  When we decided on Hilton Head, I was that more excited.  Hilton Head has always had a special place in my family’s heart since we used to go there as kids!  I was most excited because 1.) We haven’t had a family trip since I can’t remember when!  And 2.) My two-year-old niece Avery would be joining us, which guaranteed loads of entertainment.  Little did I know, there was more excitement to come 🙂

Of course every time my niece is around I can’t put down the camera!  p.s. that adorable bathing suit my niece is wearing is from Bella Bare Wear!

AND this is where the surprise comes in… Alex and I had talked about planning a trip to Savannah ever since we moved to the South.  Since we were only going to be an hour away in Hilton Head, now seemed like the perfect time!  I had no idea, but Alex had a whole evening already planned 🙂

AHH!!!!!!!!! He completely caught me off guard!!! And you couldn’t wipe that smile off my face!!!  A little background on the evening, Alex made dinner reservations at The Old Pinkhouse. I should’ve caught on that something was up when he encouraged the four course meal.  Had no idea.  We walked around Savannah after dinner.  Oh my goodness this city is beautiful.  So picturesque!!!  We stumbled upon (aka did a mad search) on where Forrest Gump was filmed.  We did A LOT of walking, which I had no idea at the time, but Alex was stalling…… aka trying to find the perfect spot 🙂  Which he absolutely did!  I love you so much, Alex!

So excited for what’s to come!  Thank you everyone for the well wishes and the congratulations!

Follow more of our adventures from the trip on Instagram! #raymasellafamilyvaca2013 🙂

 

Welcome to the new home of Lauren Tomasella Photography!   I am so happy you stopped by!   This day has been long awaited for.  Since starting Lauren Tomasella Photography in 2011, I have been wanting to create a style and feel for my business that truly reflected me and what I represent!  A huge thanks goes out to all of my clients for giving me those opportunities to photograph you and your families. Because of you, I have developed that style and feel and have a true understanding of my work.  In 2012, I was able to attend both Imaging USA in New Orleans, LA and WPPIU in Atlanta, GA.  I walked away from both conferences with a wealth of information and I am forever grateful to the amazing professionals in the business who are willing to give their time and share their experiences.  Two major influences in the past year have been from Zach & Jody and Sarah Petty.  I remember Zach & Jody’s time slot was one of the first ones of the morning (at the crack of dawn!) and they brought their energy.  It was so magnetic and I was fixed on every word.  Something that has stuck with me ever since is a line they quoted from Dan Miller’s 48 Days To The Work You Love:   “The books you read and the people you meet will determine where you will be five years from now.”  AMAZING advice.  I think of that quote at least once a day.  Since moving to Huntsville in 2010 I have been consciously aware of opportunities and of new relationships.  So many of those opportunities and relationships have been a *huge* influence for me and where I am today.

Speed up to November 2012!  I took part in the 2012 Huntsville Business Expo.  It was my first time ever having a booth at any expo and while I was overwhelmed at first in anticipation, I knew this would be a wonderful opportunity to put myself out there and introduce my business to Huntsville!  This is where I met the two wonderful ladies, Stephanie Mitchell of The Sassy South Boutique and Katie Theuer of Wedding Belles.  These two ladies have an incredible way of making you feel like you’ve been their best friends for years.  It was so refreshing and I can’t explain how much it meant!

Fast forward to January 2013 🙂  Katie Theuer of Wedding Belles and I set up a lunch date. It only made sense!  Her being a wedding events planner, me being a photographer.  Both new to Huntsville.   We were a perfect match!  The best part, she introduced me to the work of Anika Samples of Incandescent Creative.  Katie didn’t know it at the time, but I had been siting on a getting a new website for at least a year.  I’ve had the goal to pull my blog and website together all in one place.  I wanted a new logo reflecting my brand and style.  It kept coming to a standstill because my vision was never clear.  Immediately after lunch I went home and contacted Anika in excitement.  It just felt right!

And so the process began!  I mentioned before how I was influenced by Sarah Petty.  I was influenced most by her Joy of Marketing – 21 Days Branding.  She dives into it, providing exercises each day helping to identify your style.  It was the push I needed to reflect upon the past two years of my business.  In addition to the 21 Days Branding, I was working with Anika who gave incredible insight on rebranding.  Our first exercise was creating a list of words that related to my business.  That list is below!

 

 

For the longest time I was afraid to jump into rebranding on my own because of my biggest downfalls — being a perfectionist — and the fact that I can be the most indecisive person ever!  I’m convinced it’s because I’m the youngest in the family and have youngest child syndrome 🙂  I gave as much warning to Anika as I could. And bless her. She put up with me!  She is SO talented in her design and she was invested in the entire process.  I am forever grateful for her time and everything she has done this past year!  She helped me create a logo, website and brand that I am truly proud of and I know reflects everything I am about.  To the colors, fonts, layout and design — it’s perfect!

Thank you, Anika!

All My Best, Lauren