Gainesville Florida  photographer Laurel Housden Photography bio picture
  • I'm Laurel Housden, a professional lifestyle photographer based in Gainesville Florida. I'm available for maternity and newborn sessions, baby and children sessions, family and high school seniors, as well as couples, head shots, and events. The majority of my sessions are scheduled on-location in and around the Gainesville Area. Please contact me at 352-870-8898 or for more information.

What happens when you mix a hedgehog with a rabbit – Gainesville photographer

Very rarely do I ask the assistance of my kids to fill in as models when I need to practice – its hopeless.  But  I wanted to practice a few new light patterns for a upcoming newborn session that got bumped up and asked my son if he would assist me – in return for some extra time to play Mindcraft.  He was not too happy. I think the baby creeped him out…..


this was not working – so his sister suggested that they replace the creepy doll with the family hedgehog – a wee bit better I think…


….and of course  then the bunny had his turn


….then some individual shots with the bunny…


…and finally you can’t have a newborn session without a cute hat!


Have a Happy Friday and hopefully this post made you smile!

First Ever – Extended Family Holiday Mini Sessions – Gainesville family photographer


For the first time, EVER – I’ve decided to schedule Extended Family Mini Sessions.  I get asked every year during the Thanksgiving break if I would be available to do these types of sessions and I’ve always had to decline – but  this year since I am staying in Gainesville during the holidays – I’m gonna do it!  For those of you that are staying in Gainesville over th Thanksgiving Holiday and hosting extended family this would be a fantastic opportunity to get the whole gang together for a Family Portrait – while everyone is in town!  You will receive the digital images in plenty of time to create awesome holiday cards and gifts for the holidays.  The session will be held at a local park in S.W. Gainesville and I will spend about 45 minutes with your family – taking a variety of groupings.  I will photograph your entire extended family and then photograph each family unit separately as well as siblings, cousins, etc.  I will have some Standard Session dates available during the holiday break at regular pricing.  I am only offering this Special on Black Friday and for 6 spots only!

6 Spots Available: 9:00 a.m. , 10 a.m., 11 a.m. 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

The Extended Family Session is $495 and includes both the Session Fee and the following:

  • 45 minutes of photography time
  • Your extended family – Grandparents, Siblings and their family, cousins – up to 18 subjects
  • All High Resolution Digital Images available via a download link within 7 days from your session – a minimum of 30!
  • Private online gallery hosted for 30 days to share with friends and family
  • Awesome 16 x 24 Art Print of your Extended Family Portrait – give to Grandma and print your very own at
  • Session Slideshow set to music & a Digital Photo Album  – both for mobile devices.
  • The convenience of purchasing additional professional prints and products directly from your online gallery at special pricing!

For more information – email me at and I will send you the sign-up details!

Here are some examples of the types of images captured!


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