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these are the days that must happen to you

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to live in this world.


To live in this world

you must be able

to do three things:

to love what is mortal;

to hold it

against your bones knowing

your own life depends on it;

and, when the time comes to let it go,

to let it go.

Mary Oliver, In Blackwater Woods

onto a vast plain.

I have been collecting poetry this year. Mostly from friends who sent a line in a letter, or a book shared via mail. The gift of poetry has sustained me and maintained my sanity during one of the hardest years I have ever experienced. Honestly, 2013 has been one of the most mentally challenging ones yet. It is the poems that have decided to stay in my heart that have gotten me through. A lot like music has done for me in the past, it was poetry that left its lines lingering in the loneliest of nights. Recently, I was in Nashville, TN and a few friends of mine shared poems they had memorized with me. It was a cathartic, almost holy experience that left me craving this ability to recite aloud. I spent the next week intent to commit the lines of a chosen one to my mind. It was a lot harder than I thought. And yet I awoke every morning with a dreamlike chant of these words in my spirit. When it came time for me to leave, I attempted to recite this poem to my friend and was so nervous I stumbled, kept repeating, apologizing awkwardly and completely blanked. His response was, “That was brave and I will treasure this one.” If only that was my response to all life’s shortcomings. I was so humbled by this practice and his response that I am committing to memorize a poem a week for the next year. I will share this poem on my blog every Monday and by Sunday of that week will have recited it to at least one other person, aloud and vulnerable. I am excited about the beauty this will reveal.



Jennifer - This was so moving and insightful to read. I have been wanting to read more poetry so I will be sure to keep posted!December 7, 2013 - 11:37 pm

Liz - compelling and passionate words. poetry touches the soul, leaves a mark on the heart. these last words "Be modest now, like a thing ripened until it is real,so that he who began it all can feel you when he reaches for you" gave me goose bumps.December 14, 2013 - 9:16 pm

kinfolk digital / summer swimming holes

As summer is coming to a close, I am finding myself with the first few moments of silence since it began. This is not to say that summer was noisy and chaotic by any means. However, it was a blur of beautiful experiences that began at this secluded swimming hole in upstate New York at the onset of June. I was lucky to start the season there, creating photographs and memories with some of my kindred friends. This was a moment that I will never forget, as it brought us closer through being present together in this place.



kinfolk digital / 10 tips for the black thumb

Over the past few months, I have been working on a series of photoshoots for Kinfolk Magazine’s new website. It has been refreshing to create with friends in the natural style that I am so fond of. This shoot took place at the home of my friend Jennifer Vitale, stylist extraordinaire. It was a simple documentation of indoor house plants and how to care for them. She has an aesthetic collection that includes many unique varieties. This shoot was accompanied by buttered toast with conifer sugar and pine needle tea, completing a perfect spring saturday.



petal and plume - so incredibly beautiful.. i wish i could have been part of it! xxJuly 26, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Amber Skye - Thanks for sharing it, Pics looks so beautiful...August 19, 2013 - 3:36 am

thecitygourmand - Just found your blog! Kinfolk has forged such a distinctive style which I'm such a fan ofSeptember 8, 2013 - 5:29 am

austin manuel / nashville, tn

It was an afternoon in late March when Austin and I met to create some photographs together. We had planned a few weeks earlier to spend some time on this project, yet various obligations continued to set us back from meeting. Our final attempt proved successful in that we had no predetermined location and limited time. What happened with this shoot, is one of the reasons I fell in love with Nashville many years ago. Austin took initiative to provide a location that meant something to him, someplace special, part of his childhood in Tennessee. This is my favorite kind of shoot, as it takes the creation to an entirely new meaning for both the artist and myself. Here are some photographs captured at dusk in a hidden wood scape outside of Nashville.



Elizabeth - Such an incredible location! Amazing photos!June 4, 2013 - 7:04 pm

rebecca caridad - stunning, love the colors of the leaves with his colors.June 21, 2013 - 10:53 am

performance-n - I like it . Beautiful landscape, and styling model. welcome to my blog! NicoleJune 24, 2013 - 8:35 am

Ravyn - Beautiful photos ... With the heat wave in Portland, it's so lovely to see the 'cool' photos. Heading to check out his music now!!July 3, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Tori Lubbers - You make a cloudy day cozy... beautiful tones. I just found your work this morning and went through your archives and I think I've found a new favourite photographer! I loved every image, they are simply beautiful and inviting to look at.July 11, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Ryan - Beautiful images. Love the soft subtle colors. Thanks for sharing.October 8, 2013 - 7:29 am

go to the limits of your longing

I was doing some spring cleaning today and found this poem handwritten by a dear friend on a piece of parchment, hidden behind a stack of books on my fireplace. I was brought back to last summer when she gave it to me. I read it a dozen times that night, crying harder than I ever had and letting go of a love I had clung to for longer than I should. It was a moment that I will always remember as being an intense time of brokenness, conversion and humble submission to the one who saw me, made me and knows my deepest desires. Later on today I was going through my phone deleting unnecessary data and I came across a text message from another friend that included a line from the poem. I was once again taken back to a moment late last fall in a beautiful home, reading poetry by candlelight. I can hear the voice of a friend reading it to me. His voice is something I cherish as a gift. A gift given in a time of vulnerable openness, and when this poem was read by him, I felt myself healing. As I read it again today, I was reminded of all the ways God has been working and is working in my life. Although I am a sinner and fail every day to be a true representation of Christ in me, I needed to read these words again, and again. Knowing that each season, each person in that moment is the present tense gift from God to me. Embracing these moments as sacred, while not holding onto them too tightly is what I am learning. I am entering into a new season of deepness with my creator and I felt this beauty was something I wanted to share. While this is a small moment in my daily life, it is one that is influencing everything I do, say, and create lately. It feels right to take time to embrace this change and share it with whomever is present in this place.



Lili - Hello there! I'm a huge fan of your work, Laura! And this poem... just speaks to my soul! Sending you regrets, from Brazil! xApril 29, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Ella - Beautiful! I am such a fan of poetry-this is gorgeous~ Your photo captures the illumination of the ordinary and everyday, and how we create and shape our lives~ Thank you for sharingMay 22, 2013 - 8:23 am

rebecca caridad - I know this feeling well. I love when poetry and spirit heal you and take you through the hardest of times.June 21, 2013 - 10:51 am

odessa rose / black + white



odessa rose / nashville, tn

Every photographer desires a muse. Odessa is mine. We met on a 5am photoshoot three years ago in Nashville and have been friends ever since. A shared apartment, European travels. I moved across the country, she travels the continents, we seen one another in the cities that we share present tense with, and we return home to Nashville once in awhile and practice yoga together. I have truly never known another woman like her, and our friendship only deepens over the years. Not only is she a talented musician, but a beautiful soul who has shown me more kindness and love than I could imagine. She is about to release her long awaited debut album and it will inspire you immensely.



Stonestreet Creative - Beautiful work.March 13, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Grace - Holy smokes - what a beautiful face. Second frame is wonderful.March 13, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Shannon Wolf - Wow! She is absolutely stunning. I love the third photo where her hair is straight up and down, amazing!March 24, 2013 - 2:43 am

kara marie riley - Ever so lovely, I feel inspired :)April 3, 2013 - 8:25 am

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Lands End Canvas / Holiday 2012

Last August, I gathered a group of Portland friends to be a part of the Lands End Canvas holiday campaign I was hired to photograph. We packed up Amos Lanka’s wagoneer and headed to the mountains for a weekend of winter wear, canoe carrying and dinner parties. Although it was still summer, we got into the holiday spirit quite quickly!



Peakbagger - My, what photogenic friends you've got! I think I've seen that wagoneer about town, too. May I ask, whereabouts that bridge is? I have not seen it before...March 16, 2013 - 10:03 am

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Kinfolk vol 7

The latest issue of Kinfolk magazine was released this week and I had the pleasure of shooting a feature on a dairy farm. I am always thrilled to explore outside of Portland because there are so many hidden treasures in the Oregon countryside. Pick up your copy of Kinfolk Vol. 7 to read more about this ice cream story!



Kristy (Wreckless) - Beautiful. I've spent a lot of time learning on Netflix lately, it's good to feel some comfort and kindness in farming again. Is that child up for adoption? I get dibs.March 6, 2013 - 9:53 pm

Staci - I was so excited when my copy came on Tuesday. I was home sick, so it was the perfect excuse to lay around on the couch and read the magazine at a nice slow pace. I loved your images right away, but this look at all the ones that weren't printed is especially wonderful to see! I love the image of the dog and the one of the bottles for the calves. A great set! Thank you for sharing!March 7, 2013 - 11:18 am

Peakbagger - I just love the authentic feel of your photography. I'm embarrassed to admit that I have only just recently discovered Kinfolk. I will pick up a copy shortly!March 16, 2013 - 10:11 am

tracey - Oh, I loved this portion of Kinfolk. These photos are timeless.April 16, 2013 - 4:53 pm

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