Charleston Anniversary Session | Celebrating Life | Laura & Andy

Charleston Anniversary Session. This is what you call true southern love! Andy was born and raised on a small rural island in the suburbs of Charleston, me, a small nautical home-town on the central coast of California. Over 2,700 miles separated us for nearly four decades. We both experienced life in completely different ways, yet […]

Charleston Anniversary Session | Fenwick Plantation | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Charleston Anniversary Session | Rachel & Paul Celebrate Two Years

Charleston Family Portraits. If you would have told us a little more than two years ago, that we would be planning Rachel and Paul’s wedding, they would have a baby, build a home, and we all would move across the country, we would have called you crazy, but that’s exactly what we did. Makenna was […]

Charleston Anniversary Session | Sullivan's Island | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Makenna Rose Bench | Birth Story

It’s been a whirlwind of a few months, but we can say it’s been the most exciting, adventurous, and AMAZING time of our lives! Back in June we made two HUGE life changing announcements… First, Rachel was pregnant AND second, we were moving! Being pregnant in the midst of our craziest busy wedding season ever, […]

Makenna's Birth Story | Natividad Medical Center

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Carmel Valley Maternity Session | Big Sur Maternity Session | Rachel & Paul

This is one excited mamma to have the opportunity to photograph her own daughters maternity session AND that Inspired By This wanted to do a full feature of it! With the announcement only a few months ago Rachel and Paul we’re excepting, then the big news it’s going to be a girl, my Granna heart […]

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Breaking Ground on a New Adventure | The Bench House Coming Fall 2018

We thought it was quite fitting with the news coming today, national South Carolina Day! Just when you thought we didn’t have any more surprises up our sleeves, this has been the summer of life-changing announcements! First was there’s a baby coming, then we announced we are moving to South Carolina (still accepting weddings from the West […]

Breaking Ground on a New Adventure | The Bench House Coming Fall 2018

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We’re Having a Girl!

IT’S A GIRL!!! Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Baby shower plans are in full effect and we now know to doctorate with pink (rose gold to be more accurate)! Today marks 28 weeks and we’ve entered the third and final trimester. In only 12 short weeks we’ll […]

Laura & Rachel Gender Reveal

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The Biggest Announcement Ever | We’re MOVING to South Carolina!!!

Notice a theme in our t-shirts, low hanging magical moss, and huge smiles across our faces? Besides keeping the secret we announced last week that Rachels pregnant, we’ve also been holding in something else. As of the end of the year, we will be calling Charleston home! We’re MOVING!!! That’s right, we’re trading the west […]

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Baby Bench Arriving October 2018!

Oh baby, we have some exciting news… Laura’s being promoted to Granna, Rachel’s pregnant!!! This is definitely the most exciting time of our lives, Rachel and Paul are going to be parents! That’s right… PARENTS!!! Rachel is officially 25 weeks, due mid-October, and is feeling fantastic with her third trimester right around the corner. No […]

Pregnancy Announcement, Baby Announcement, Monterey Photographer, Charleston Photographer, Southern Girl, Southern Baby, South Carolina Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography www.lauraandrachel.com

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Red, White, & Blue Cheesecake | Perfect Festive Patriotic Dessert

If you’re anything like us, you’re spending Memorial Day barbecuing with family and friends, and for weeks you’ve had the intention of making a festive patriotic dessert to bring and share. In a blink of an eye it’s the day before and you panic. Join the club! This year it feels a bit like we […]

Memorial Day | Fruit Cheesecake | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Paris Anniversary Session | Paris Wedding Photographer | Paul & Rachel

A Paris Anniversary Session. We are shaking with excitement right now! Literally trembling as the adrenalin runs though us! Imagine us dancing and spinning circles around the room, fist pumping in the air, and blasting the music (and by blasting I mean wouldn’t disturb the neighbors). That could sum up what we feel like right […]

Paris France Anniversary Session | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Behind the Scenes 2017

Real life. Today is about the in between moment, the life pauses, to make pretty pictures come to life. From climbing along cliff edges in Big Sur to teaching our first workshop, 2017 is definitely a year we’ll never EVER forget! What you won’t see in this blog is behind the scenes of us in […]

2017 Behind the Scenes | Laura & Rachel Photography

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Wedding Chicks Featured Paul & Rachel’s Wedding

Wedding Chicks Feature. We couldn’t be more excited to share with you that Paul and Rachel’s wedding has been featured on Wedding Chicks,  a stylish wedding blog with wedding inspiration, wedding ideas, for the modern bride! From Amy & Jordan: We’d been looking forward to Rachel and Paul’s McCormick Home Ranch wedding for as long as we can remember; and, […]

The Bench Wedding on Wedding Chicks | McCormick Home Ranch Wedding | Southern California Wedding

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Showit United 2017 | The Best Conference Yet!

Four years ago we were babies in the photography industry and wanted nothing more to attend a conference and surround ourselves with those we admired and looked to for educational and business expertise. The ShowIt United Conference was in southern California and in driving distance, so we talked ourselves into going because we had each […]

2017 Showit United Recap | Laura & Rachel Photography

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We’re so thankful for YOU! Black Friday Sale

 Today is Thanksgiving, a day of rest, to spend with friends and family, and to reflect. 2017 has been a year full of adventures and we love and feel honored you have shared so many of these with us! We want nothing more than to see you grow both in business and in life, and […]

Black Friday Sale | Black Friday Deal | You're the pumpkin to our pie | You're the pumpkin to my pie | Thanksgiving Quote | Table Setting | Thanksgiving Table | Laura & Rachel Photography

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The Bench Wedding | McCormick Home Ranch | Paul & Rachel

Planning. Budgeting. Executing. We’ve now been in our bride’s shoes (Badgley Mischka’s to be exact!), on the other side of the lens, planned and executed a wedding! It’s official (nearly 5 months official), Rachel and Paul are married!!! When our brides say planning a wedding is a full time job on it’s own, we now […]

The Bench Wedding on Wedding Chicks | McCormick Home Ranch Wedding | Southern California Wedding

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Channel Island Harbor Rehearsal Dinner | The Bench Wedding

A Channel Island Harbor rehearsal dinner. A year and half ago, I watched my now son-in-law Paul, ask my husbands permission for our daughters hand in marriage, and captured their Big Sur Proposal. From that day, leading up to now, I’ve watched them plan their dream wedding. After four trips to their southern California venue, […]

Channel Island Harbor Beach Rehearsal Dinner

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Bridal Shower Ideas | How to Plan an Amazing Bridal Shower | Rachel’s Bridal Shower

Rachel’s bridal shower was something I had thought about from the moment she said yes! I wanted something well thought out, details galore, with all our close family and friends, yet affordable. I wanted, well, everything. That’s not too much to ask, right? I’ll be the first to admit I put too much pressure on […]

Bridal Shower Ideas | Laura & Rachel

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A 2016 Recap of Dreams Made & Goals Reached

Each and every year, Rachel and I sit down and physically write out our dreams and goals for the following year. Goals are things we will accomplish in life and business, with devoted time, energy, and will power. Dreams are different, and we’re talking big dreams. Like last year we had dreamed of one day […]

Laura & Rachel | 2016 Dreams & Goals

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Cranberry Muletide Cocktail Recipe

The holidays are a fun, relaxing time of year. We love any excuse to host a get together, pajama party, cookie exchange, secret Santa… you name it! This year we had so much fun partnering with Pour Girl Bartending (and nearly a dozen other local vendors!), and created three signature cocktails perfect for holiday parties! This […]

Cranberry Muletide Christmas Cocktail Recipe | Copper Moscow Mule Mug | Christmas Drink | New Years Drink | Party Drink

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Our Brand New Website & Blog

We cannot believe this day is finally here! Cue the confetti and dance party! Today not only are we sharing our new website and blog with then entire world, we’re sharing our NEW NAME! The end of the year calls for out with the old, and in with the new! We are so very proud […]

Mother Daughter Wedding Photographers | California & Beyond | www.lauraandrachel.com

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TuesdaysTogether Monterey :: Glamology Beauty Lounge

I know I feel like I say this every month, but last nights TuesdaysTogether gathering was one of my favorites yet, probably because it was so near and dear to my heart. Aime Gruber, a very dear friend, shared a dream with me over a year ago, of someday wanting to own a mobile beauty lounge. […]

Tuesdays Together Monterey | Rising Tide Society

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Announcing The Workshop

  Oh, friends! Today is a day we’ve been waiting for! We’re announcing the workshop! We can’t put into words how ecstatic we are to finally announce the dates of our first-ever, full two-day, in-person photography workshop here in Monterey, California! If you’re anything like us, photography was a passion that grew into a business. We never imagined […]

Photography Workshop

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TuesdaysTogether Monterey Celebrates One Year

Want to know how to make Rachel and I cry? Put us in a room full of close friends, who over the past year we’ve shared our hearts with, celebrated success with, dreamed big with, and surprise us with a video like this. For an entire year now, each and every month, we’ve come together […]

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Glamology Beauty Lounge

Glamology Beauty Lounge. Monterey Peninsula’s first mobile beauty bar is HERE and AMAZING!!! Let me back up for a moment and tell you why this is so near and dear to our hearts. Nearly five years ago, I met Aime working behind the counter of a beauty salon. My hubby being the talkative one, mentioned […]

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The Rising Tide Society Collaboration Project

The Rising Tide Society Collaboration Project is something we’ve been planning this day for months! Back in April, we were challenged by The Rising Tide Society, as a local Tuesdays Together group, to come together and create a collaboration project that would involve all the different creative fields. From photographers and florists, to personal chefs and stylists, makeup […]

Rising Tide Society Tuesdays Together

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Fourth of July Safety | Voltage Visuals

Happy Fourth of July everyone! My name is Paul with Voltage Visuals and I am taking over the blog for today! Laura and Rachel wanted to share some different this year; a perspective from someone inside the event production/safety industry! I have put together a couple of short and handy tips to help you have a safe […]

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Stanford University Classic Hayley Paige Ballerina Session | Bethany

Along the steps of Stanford University, we dreamed in blush Hayley Paige, point shoes, and tutus. Watching a ballerina session come to life right in front of our eyes, is a dream we’ve had for years! It was so elegant and beautiful, and completely took our breath away. We left the stunning Stanford campus with our creative passion […]

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TuesdaysTogether | Epiphany Bridal Boutique | Carmel by the Sea, California

Yesterday was INCREDIBLE! The amazing Christine Dilullo, owner of Epiphany Boutique in Carmel-by-the-Sea, opened her doors to host one of the BEST TuesdaysTogether meet up’s to date! Each and every gathering is unique on your own, but with last nights topic of pricing, everyone had something to contribute. Our meeting went over the 3 hour mark […]

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Hello New York! A glimpse behind the scenes

Take two girls from a quiet California coastal town, and throw them in the midst of commute hour in New York City. Have I painted a pretty clear picture? Horns honking, no such thing as traffic laws, tolls every 10 feet, and we were pretty sure everyone was out to mug us… Yup, that was […]

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Here We Go! Updated Travel Dates for 2016

Don’t let distance keep us apart! We may be based on the coast of California, but we LOVE to travel to capture your important moments, and offer mentoring from the comfort of your hometown. If we’re coming to a city near you, let us know! We’re looking to book sessions all across the country during our travels. Texas, Connecticut, […]

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PR & Marketing | TuesdaysTogether at Monterey Yoga | Monterey, California

Yesterday was our favorite Tuesday of the month! It’s the day our #TuesdaysTogether group meets and this month was quite like no other. We gathered at Monterey Yoga, where there’s no shoes allowed, and yoga apparel highly encouraged. A meeting in yoga pants… BEST IDEA EVER! (Thank you Carol & Rachel!) We were so excited […]

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Photography Conference for Women Who Desire His Glory: The Inspired Story | Dallas, Texas

It happened. It really, REALLY happened. To us. Little ol’ us. You know when you’ve dreamed of something for so long, not sure when or if something will ever come of it, and then BOOM, God just drops in your lap. This was one of those moments. We love to help other creatives succeed in their […]

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How to be a Creative & Healthy Entrepreneur | Rising Tide Society Tide Walks | Monterey, California

Being healthy, both mind and body, has been my biggest struggle as a creative entrepreneur and small business owner. The past two years we’ve poured everything we had into our business to reach our goal of going full time. After reaching that enormous milestone just six short weeks ago, reality set in. Where had this […]

Rising Tide Society Tide Walks

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Will you be my Bridesmaid? | Natalie Franke | Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston now holds a very dear place in our hearts. We were invited by the founders of the Rising Tide Society, to attend a retreat that was to motivate, uplift, and re-energize us as group leaders. If you didn’t catch the blog last week, Rachel and Paul surprised Amy and Jordan, but asking them surprise style, to […]

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Will you be my wedding photographer? | Rachel & Paul Pop the Big Question | Charleston, South Carolina

Oh my goodness, we’ve been SO excited to share the big news! If you didn’t see the announcement, a month ago Paul proposed to Rachel along the gorgeous cliffs of Big Sur you can see here. Little by little, wedding plans are beginning to unfold. Last week a girls day to San Francisco, ended in […]

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Saying Yes To The Dress | Kinsley James Couture

  Hello San Francisco! After my last day of the corporate world, and traveling over 5,000 miles from coast to coast this week for an AMAZING wedding you can see here, we were in desperate need of some downtime. We took a complete girls day and headed to San Francisco to focus on nothing else but […]

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