Hey friends, I'm so humbled you're here. I'm Laina, an East Coast wedding photographer nestled in the heart of Jacksonville, Florida. My husband Austin and I are both South Carolina born and currently living life in Jacksonville, Florida. We've been married for two years now and he's simply my best friend and greatest gift from the Lord. It's been a joy doing life together. We love spending our free time amidst the outdoors: hiking, rock-climbing, traveling to foreign countries, trying new coffee shops, and watching peachy colors form at sunset. We spend lots of time with our goofy little Siberian cat, Caspian. And last but certainly not least, we are here on this earth to bring glory to our Savior Jesus!
I love || morning light hours, finding kindred spirits, the color blue, anything & everything C.S. Lewis, seeing people smile with their eyes, finding out peoples' myers-briggs personality type, a good concert with raw acoustics, art museums, taking time to relish a moment, finding identity and worth in the power of Christ alone, old black and white prints, reading classics, people-watching at airports (but really who doesn't?), when people feel like home, poetry of the heartfelt kind, late night kitchen-floor convos, tight hugs, music played from the heart.
That’s a little sneak peek into my life and a few of my favorite things. No matter who and where we are, we’re all souls wandering this beautiful earth, with a different story to share. No tale is one and the same. And that’s why I LOVE documenting love stories (and hopefully yours too!).
I'll arrive at first light and show up excited and ready to shoot your day - without missing a beat. Whether it's spending the morning with the mother-of-the-bride and the bridal squad helping you get ready or with hanging with the groomsmen as they spiffy up, I'm in. I will be on all day watching out for every special moment so that you can simply enjoy the day! I'll be there to help ensure things flow smoothly while documenting the getting ready prep through to ceremony, reception and hey, maybe even that afterparty. I'll be there in the centre of it all photographing moments and details that you're right in the midst of or little moments you might’ve missed.
I'm about capturing something that truly reveals you, your personality, and your story. I want to get the know the little quirks that make you you. Let's create something together that reflects this chapter of life in a genuine and personal way.
"Absolutely the best. We had very high expectations and yet were still blown away! Laina was such a delight to work with and perfectly executed all our specific requests. She has such a great way of calming and making you and your wedding party feel comfortable and at ease, which really comes out in the photos. Very reasonable pricing too, especially considering the quality is really as good as it gets. Cannot recommend Laina highly enough!"
"Beautiful, professional, and overall, the best in the business. I cannot recommend Laina more. Laina made our wedding so special and stress free. Before the wedding, she was extremely communicative, knowledgeable, warm, and made the whole process simple and enjoyable. During the wedding, Laina shot our whole wedding from start to finish. She was able to capture our most important moments all the way to the tiniest, yet delicate details. She caught moments that I wasn't able to see, which looking back on the photos now, I am so grateful for. Laina is intentional to learn their clients - their passions, values, and personalities - and it shows in her work. She is experienced, knowledgeable in her art, and professional. Thank you, Laina for being our photographer!"
"The best in Jax! I can't say enough good things. She was a joy to work with from start to finish. We hired her for photo and were so thrilled with the results. She perfectly captured the mood and personality of our wedding. One thing I really appreciated was meeting with her well before our big day arrived and talking through our story as a couple, our vision for the wedding and the aesthetic we were looking for in our photo memories. She was so responsive and accommodating and gave us exactly what we were looking for and more. Super flexible. Super professional. Super talented. Loved working with Laina!!"