We met in a coffee house in the heart of San Francisco.
First Laura told me about her life, which led her to different countries,
enriching her photographic experience. In high school she already was taking
pictures and selling them. Then she attended photography classes at the Napa
Valley College. A trip to France made her fall in love with that city and
for work there. It did not take long for her to become the Production Assistant
to Peter Turnley, a contributing photographer to Newsweek
. She organized his photo library, and was responsible for assignment
During the first part of her stay in Paris Laura did not touch her camera at all. She soaked up
the art around her: from the stimulation of her work to the paintings and
sculptures in the many fabulous museums. Than she began to see again, with new
eyes, and picked up the camera once more. To support herself and to learn more
she found other interesting jobs:
Assistant Studio Manager for Peter Menzel, who is famous for his book Material
World, and photo editor for renowned Napa Valley photographer, Charles O'Rear.
All these experiences left a mark and made her into one of the truly great
wedding photographers in our area. Her pictures are very distinctive; many are
comparable to the paintings of the Impressionists. She has a great eye to see
and capture wonderful romantic compositions like that of a wedding party under
a wine-covered trellis; in another picture she uses the graphic lines of a
staircase to off-set bride and groom. I loved browsing through the different
photo albums she had brought with her. The pictures were so vivid that I felt
like a guest, standing right next to her.
Her clients describe her and her work as "really wonderful," "very
creative," "she is a true artist and got these beautiful, unique shots."
Custom black and white prints are hand-printed and presented together with
the colored photographs in handmade leather albums. Laura also
speaks Spanish and French.