Hello! I'm Laura, the face behind the lens and lead photographer. Capturing delightful chaos, romantic love, and joyous tears, I freeze the large events, but also the moments in-between.
In 2003, I joined the United States Navy as a Photographer’s Mate in search of adventure and the desire to tell a story through photographs. While being trained in old-school film and photojournalism, I fell for the greatest story yet—capturing love.
That was fifteen years, college, and countless weddings ago. A dream that stared with the desire to capture a story, is now a business called Cherrybrook Photography. Currently a MBA candidate, I’m an eternal student of learning things that can help make the experience even better for my clients. Always learning, striving for more while appreciating the small, and always smiling—I’m thrilled to be part of a story. I hope to hear about yours!
What’s in a Name?
It was my fourth deployment en route to Japan deep in the bottom of am aircraft carrier named the USS George Washington (CVN-73). Months into the deployment, in coveralls and surrounded by the smell of jet fuel, we dreamed to keep from going crazy. One day, my best friend Bobby asked me what I was going to do when it was all over. I told him I didn’t know, “… but I want it to be something that reminds people how much they’re loved, of happy times, and places that bring a smile to their face.” He told me of a time in his life that he lived on Cherrybrook Lane. I hardly remember what he said because of how his face lit up, eyes sparkled, and voice changed. Listening to him, I realized THAT was it! I wanted to produce something that took people to the place he had just visited. I wanted to produce tangible memories for people that made them smile and took them to a beautiful place in their memory. Originally planning to capture important events and historical milestones through photographs, I was partially right. I just wanted to capture it for an individual, not the world. Later that night he printed me a business card with the name and told me now I had to do it. I keep the name so I never forget the “why” behind the the work.