Laurken Kendall







At Home in the Tomato Garden// B+M

At home photography will always remain my favorite. It’s where I started and it’s what continues to make me feel the most inspired. I often have to stop myself from hyper focusing on the human beings in order to set the scene. I get fixated on the bodies and the feelings and have even walked away from a session realizing I didn’t get any photographs that anchor the location or the time. I guess that could be looked at as a barometer of being in alignment with creativity and passion. These types of sessions are always a trust fall and sometimes I find myself manically jumping from one idea to the next (as is illustrated below) once I get going. The obsessive nature takes over and off we go. I recognize that I am an emotional leach, so each set of subjects inspires a different viewpoint, a different set of actions and therefore a different feeling, which is what its all about. Britt and Matt are the example I would model for all of my couples. They opened themselves to the experience in such a way that the creative symbiosis flowed from the first minute and it was like I’d photographed them before. I left soulfully satisfied. Thank you B+M for this day. Want to learn from me? Visit The Mother Photographer. Edited with ODS 1 and 2 from On Dark Sheets Preset Pack

In Home Session// Hailes+ Tay

Laurken Kendall in home couples photography

I will never EVER stop loving in home couples sessions. Like ever. My creative soul cries for them when I go to long without shooting one.They are the thing I love photographing most. I feel like I’m constantly saying this but I LOVE THESE PEOPLE. Generous is a word I am fortunate enough to use with a lot of my couples, but Hailey would literally give the shirt off of her back to anyone who needed it. I also photographed their wedding, and the kindness and magnanimity she exuded to the people in her life, even on HER day, touched me to my soul. She is a literal angel on earth. Like most of my couples, Hailes and Tay reside states away and therefore we were never going to get to physically be together until their wedding day. Then Hailey decided to come mentor with me (she’s an incredible storyteller in her own right) which allowed us a quick in home session.   While I normally advocate to shoot these types of couples sessions in people’s ACTUAL homes- the places where all the love and fighting occur- a small corner of this airbnb worked out fine. The room was the blank page, the words were their chemistry and comfort together. The story was beautiful. The background really doesn’t matter, in the end. I also have to say-  Tay is such an emotionally available human- he walks around with his heart bared for all to see and cries freely when something ignites his soul, which Hailey does frequently. I loved loved loved getting to be with these two. Photographing them was not even something that can be called work. It was a pleasure and an honor. I love you H+T. Black is white is life rn.        

Myriah+Charlie At Home in Dallas TX

In November, I flew to Austin, drove to Dallas the same day to photograph a couple, drove back to Austin the next day, photographed another couple and then flew home. It was an exhausting three days but totally worth it. I drove with my  highschool best friend back and forth between the two cities and we hit all the chick fil a’s along the way. All of them. I introduced her to my favorite drink at Sonic- a cherry vanilla cream coke, which she is now addicted to- and we watched a deer get absolutely obliterated by a Range Rover in an act of violence I’m still trying to unsee. We also went to some sort of weird outdoor ice sculpture, lighting -factory- rave -dance -party thing where the pants were really high like the people. We were in bed by 11.  All in all, Austin is getting closer to Portland and did not disappoint in sights or cuisine. Myriah and Charlie were the first of the weekend and their place is so much better than mine. Their water facets are all in working order and they have trim on their walls and windows (husband, if you’re reading this, its been three years, put my friggen house back together). They have actual style and taste and the kind of stuff that wasn’t included in my DNA. Myriah is a beautiful pixie tater tot human and Charlie is her handsome devoted dude.  She is five whole feet of fiery unicorn beauty and I, in all my Shrekness, wanted to carry her around on my back all day. She is the designer of Opal Milk jewelry and also made the robe she is wearing in this set. Style for days and days.  Their Mexican wedding in San Miguel is going to be one of the highlights of my year and I am so excited to do this thing with them. This is going to be one of my longest photo sets to date on this blog because I literally spent four hours with them. I could have hung out with them all day. We did the whole in-home thing that has my heart and then hit their two favorite places in a walk around Dallas. One being a moody coffee shop and the other being an awesome hang out with food trucks. I ate and ate and ate on this trip. This year Im hoping to be able to practice willpower (my word for the year) and not hit every single restaurant I come across while traveling. I am a sugar addict and get dessert with every meal no matter how full I am, so trying to break that habit while my travel schedule for the year looms ahead will be a monumental feat. Also, emotional eating but I digress. Side note: we did make a love film, but I’m waiting on a new computer to edit it, so that will be added to blog post in the near future. Cant wait to get to work on that. Anyway, without further adieu, take a gander at Rye and Charlie’s beautiful loft and love.     Look how vain I am:   On with it:       

India+Jay Salt Lake City Anniversary

If you’re a photographer, the chick in these photos needs no introduction (see: India Earl, photography goddess).  I went to Utah to watch the teachings of my artistic idol and soul sister, Brooke Johnson of BlushbyB Photography  and I was invited to stay with India and her then-incredibly hairy husband Jay for the weekend. (sidenote I also used Brooke’s awesome presets on these photos so check them on her site, linked above^. ) India is another in a multitude of Instagram friendships that I’ve developed this past year. The photo below is a fitting substitute for how I first officially saw her in person that first day at her house when I walked in on her peeing on that very toilet. We laughed and went to Chick Fil A.   Typically, husbands are less interested in chatting with the house guest but Jay felt like a little brother and we bonded over political trash talk and a love of metal music and coffee. We spent a night in an escape room and I didn’t even try to solve anything but took credit during photo time, emphasizing participation with my best crazy eyes.   They cruelly introduced me to Chronic Tacos, which I now cannot find locally and invited me into their tight knit group of friends. I met my birthday twin and spent three hours playing charades (without alcohol) which is highly unlike me.  (Shout out to Syd for the constant mind reading with special mention to Nate for making grandma laugh).   Oh also, Love Vid:     Next time I go to Utah I have goals that include actually seeing Utah and not just the inside of fast food restaurants and a half mile radius of the city. Mountains were pretty from the highway though! Thank you Jay and India for the privilege of photographically marking this time of your life. May you have many happy years and a million more photos.                     Real quick, I want to just show love to everyone I saw in Utah, who shared meals with me (Blake and Autumn) or let me steal their car (I love you Morgan) and to everyone else who invited me out but I didn’t have to time to see. Next time for sure! Love each other.   L   Below are some of my favorite humans and photographers from Utah who deserve the utmost recognition for their work so if you have time, check it:   Morgan of In Frames Photography Blake Hogge Photography Autumn Nicole Photography

Liya + Igor Snoqualmie WA Couples Photos

Liya is a Russian princess with the most incredible mermaid hair in the world (and she wants to cut it and I vote no and will start a petition soon) and Igor ( FREAKING IGOR IS THE BEST NAME FOR A DUDE EVER) wears leather driving gloves to steer to his ultra cool European whatsit that I want to own.  This session actually only occurred because Morgan of In Frames Photography invited me to come shoot a wedding with her in Seattle (which I didn’t get to do because life) and I stalked Liya online and asked her to come play at Snoqualmie Falls with us. Heres the thing about Snoqualmie Falls: you cannot actually get to it without risking life and limb. They have absolute made it no easy task to get down to the actual falls. After some frustration, we ended up settling for the river shoreline. And then of course the car, which was not in the original plan. As soon as we saw them pull up in it we knew it was on though. Anyway, here is some shots I took from their session. I hope you’re picking up what I’m putting out. .     

Utah Anniversary Photos

Oh my my my. I adore these two people. I was incredibly excited when Nicole and Ammon invited me to Utah to shoot an in-home couples session for their wedding anniversary. My husband tagged along and we decided to spend our two downs in Vegas and drive to Utah to shoot these two. I decided I want a “vintage” Vegas experience and picked a landmark hotel, The Paris. Without going in to too much detail, I will just say I will NOT be doing that ever again. I didn’t even gamble and my husband got into it with a dude in an Olaf costume, so needless to say, The Strip was a big fat bust. Thank goodness I had something to do that I actually like. Cody (husband) and I drove down to St. George, Utah and were amazed at the contrast of landscape in the Arizona desert as compared to what we are used to in the PNW. I’ve never seen bare mountains in my entire life and decided to dub Arizona “Naked Montana” because I imagine thats what Montana looks like if you strip it down. Such a beautiful place and I hope to spend more time shooting in the desert in the future.   At any rate, Cody is lurking in the edges of all these photos. Heres an outtake of him channeling his inner Ragnar Lothbrook (my favorite TV character currently since Sons of Anarchy went away..insert cry face emoji).     Nicole and Ammon were so cute, so in love, and so down for whatever. My favorite kind of people to work with. Here’s their story. (PS Their love video got 35,000 views on Instagram (click to check out ))     Thanks you two <3