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WHO I AM

I’M LAURKEN
AND I AM ALL ABOUT THE GRITTY PARTS OF LIFE.

My name is actually pronounced “LAR-KIN” and this works better if you actually like me. I am a simple, complicated human just like you.

WIFE, MOTHER, PHOTOGRAPHER, FARMER, HALF-DOMINICAN.

I have many labels but of all of them, Mom is the one that matters to me most. I have birthed 3 boys in the last 9 years and they are the reason my heart beats. Something about being a human chrysalis, sharing the same blood, becoming safe haven and food source and an entire world to a small defenseless creature you made yourself.

I HAVE NEVER
FELT LOVE LIKE THE LOVE FOR MY SONS

Indescribable, painful, perfect love.

I am wife to my highschool love. I think I’ve always known him and will continue to be born to love him, in all the easy and hard ways, for every life I live.We married in a hospice home in front of his most beloved grandpa, our oldest son beside us. He is a 5th generation wheat farmer and our house stands where his great- great- grandparents did 150 years ago. He works in the heat, in dry fields, day in and out- a thankless job but who cares because the lifestyle is gold.

LEGACY IS EVERYTHING.
This dirt runs in our veins.

Additionally, I am a fad dieter,  with a geriatric Brittany Spaniel named Gunne and a codependency on Amazon Prime. I love a perfectly placed bad word as much as the next woman. Wet earth in the spring is my favorite smell and I love Slipknot just as much as I love Joni Mitchell.

ITS AN INDESCRIBABLE FEELING, BEING CHOSEN TO DOCUMENT A BENCHMARK IN A LIFE

 

I START MY SHOOTS BY
TELLING MY COUPLES NOT
TO LOOK AT ME UNLESS I ASK

I like people to close their eyes. I like them to grab some tush or play tag. I like quiet moments, under the sheets, meowing like cats. I like hands in hair and lips parted and closeness. Comfort, intimacy  and authenticity above all things. Don’t worry about how you look, where to put your hands. Don’t spend days stressing about clothes or locations. Relax and be loved, as you are.  I set the scene, and you take the ride. I’ve got you. Trust me.

I DOCUMENT WEDDINGS WITH THE FUTURE GRANDBABIES IN MIND.
I’m not just for the adventurous.

I BUST MY ASS FOR ALL OF MY COUPLES BECAUSE I GENUINELY CARE ABOUT THEM AND WANT TO DO THEIR STORY JUSTICE.

I always cry when the groom has his first dance with his mother as a married man, because I am his mother and he is all of my sons.

I hug my couples hard at the end of the night and feel like I’m losing something when its time to go because I genuinely love them as humans. I want you to know that I will take care of you.

LIFE IS SO PAINFULLY SHORT

One day we wake up and the people we
love the most are gone.

Photographs keep them forever close, and that is something that I always have in the back of my brain when I’m working or photographing my own children and husband. They are mine. I want to remember them this way forever. I want to remember the mess of my house and the dirt on his chin, the look my man gives me when he’s doing something not because he wants to, but because it makes me happy. These are the things that make me who I am. Who are you? Thats what I ask myself when I look through my lens, into your life. What can I show you that you haven’t realized? What can I give you that you will look on with happy tears in your eyes in twenty years?

I DON'T WANT YOU TO CHANGE FOR ME.
I want you to be who you are, in all your glorious imperfection.

Laurken is the type of person that can walk into any room and make every single person in it feel like a fucking rock star. She captures moments that you don’t even know exist until you see the pictures. She makes magic and is generous enough with her talent that she always make you feel like it was your idea. . Through the wedding process, Laurken became a lifelong friend. We will absolutely be traveling as far as it takes to get photographed by her again. She is the greatest photographer that has ever lived, and you can do nothing to change our minds. The Harry Houdini of head shots. The Janet Jackson of JPGs. The Walt Whitman of white balance. The best.

The moment I found Laurken, I knew I wanted her to document our wedding. We settled the details, but as time went on we realized we wanted our big day a little bit smaller. She was very accommodating and understanding, and tackled the huge task of a courthouse wedding in a way I couldn't even imagine being possible, and with an attitude that matched. We had gotten to know each other in our engagement shoot, and in that short amount of time my husband and I grew so comfortable in front of her camera. It really shines on the photos from our wedding day. She captured such raw emotions from all that were involved. But most importantly through our journey with her, she reminded us how to stop and love again. To scoop each other up in your arms and just "cradle the crap outta that baby" as Laurken would say. The fact that we had such a small wedding means that we tell the story of that day a lot to the family and friends that couldn't be there, without these pictures I don't think I would be able to explain how beautiful our wedding was.

I would seriously give her the night sky. Laurken is everything when it comes to photography, talent, compassion, friendship, and will only add to the most precious moments of your life. She's no stranger- she keeps it real- which is something that we felt we needed in a photographer for our engagement and wedding shots. You'll see yourself in the photographs she takes because they're real, they're love, & they're you.

We were so busy enjoying our guests that the night flew by, and when it was over we noticed that we forgot to experience a lot of the meticulously planned details. And this my friends is where we made the best decision one can make; meet Laurken Kendall. Not only did her pictures capture details of our wedding day that we weren’t able to see, recall or even experience, but they are forever captured in the most beautiful, elegant, organic photos which we proudly have for the rest of time. Laurken was able to immerse herself in our wedding and chronicle our friends, families and the love we share for one another in pictures which are beautifully shot and tell stories of great depth and soul.

Laurken created not only memories but art that I’ll forever cherish to tell our love story. She made my husband and I comfortable to just be us in front of the camera. She goes above and beyond to not only be your photographer but also calm your nerves and make you and your partner feel so special. These images are priceless to me. Highly recommend! I hope she will be taking our families photos for years to come!

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I WILL GIVE YOU

A Piece of Myself

and preserve a piece of you

I will give you tangible mementos of your loves that will last a lifetimelong after your spouse has soft, wrinkled fingers, long after your memories of the day we took them have faded away into the depths of your mind.

HERE’S MY PROMISE

I WILL
GO HARD
FOR YOU

TRUST ME
WITH YOUR STORY.
I WON’T LET YOU
DOWN.

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