Gainesville Florida children's photographer: Laurel Housden Photography bio picture
  • Cheers and welcome to my blog! I'm Laurel Housden, a lifestyle family photographer in Gainesville Florida and I just love my job. Here on my blog things are nice and relaxed, so kick back, grab a cup of joe, and read on to learn more about me, pick up some photo tips here and there, and see small peeks into sessions for what I'm sure are THE most adorable and well-dressed kiddos in Gainesville! 

2014 Wildflower Mini Sessions are now being scheduled – gainesville family photographer

Wildflower mini sessions

Wildflower mini sessions

2014 Spring Wildflower Sessions are now being scheduled!

Wildflower Location is 10 minutes North of the Waldo Flea Market – directions will be sent upon completion of signup



Friday – April 25th: – 6:00 – 6:20 | 6:30-6:50 | 7:00-7:20 | 7:30-8:00

Saturday – April 26th - 6:00 – 6:20 | 6:30-6:50 | 7:00-7:20 | 7:30-8:00

Saturday, May 3rd: 6:00-6:20 | 6:30-6:50 | 7:00-7:20 | 7:30-8:00


Here are the details about the sessions:

Your Session: We will have approximately 20 minutes together as I photograph your child or family.  Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time with your child dressed (picture ready) and excited to play.  There will most likely be a session before and just after your session.  If you arrive late for your time slot we will only have the time remaining so please arrive early.  Mini Sessions are only offered on the dates above, if you have a very shy child that will take time to warm up or you would like a private session in the wildflower field (which will produce more images and a variety of poses), I am happy to send you my regular session pricing.  Immediate family only included per mini session (i.e. parents/child), sessions are not combinable.

Cost: All Inclusive Pricing: $275 (includes Session Fee)
15-20 High Resolution Digital Images available via Download.  Images come in both Color and Black & White with a print release; printable to any size.  Download will be available 7 days after your session.  A pdf of print instructions and recommendations will sent with your download.

Session Agreement and payment if full is required to secure your spot!

For sign-up information please email me at and make sure to include your name, who will be photographed, and your 1st and 2nd choice for Time Slot.

The Wildflower Sessions are by far my most popular sessions.  The field is just stunning and the images taken will surely be a family keepsake. Play the video below to see a sample of the type of images captured at the wildflower field.  Thank you to the McAfee Family for allowing me to share it!

The beautiful wildflower field from Laurel Housden on Vimeo.

Meet Heather – Class of 2014 | gainesville senior photographer

Heather is a senior at Buchholz and a member of the 2013 4A State Champion Golden Regiment Marching Band. She is super cool and I just love her – so much so – I’ve asked her to join me as my new assistant!  You will be seeing a lot more of Heather as she starts training and learning the ropes.  She is already proven to be a huge help – just with her big smile!!!


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3 week old baby H |Gainesville Newborn Photographer

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be” -Robert Munsch

Born during my holiday break – we finally got to meet on my first day back in the studio for the 2014 New Year.  I honestly thought that at three weeks old it could be a little tough – but he did just perfect!

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Heather | Gainesville Senior Photographer

“All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

I have been working on Heather’s senior session this week and just had to post this one today for her to see.  She is beautiful, smart, funny, talented, and plans on becoming a nurse.  You will be seeing a lot more of this Buchholz Senior – I can’t wait to share the big news!


Personal | Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville Fl

The highlight of the winter season has got to be the Hoggetowne Medival Faire. It is over two weekends – usually the last weekend of January and the first weekend of February. The weather is just gorgeous – 60ish (usually) and people travel from all over to participate. It’s the perfect place to people watch with so many colorful and creative costumes. Since I’ve been taking pictures for years at the faire – I wanted to make this visit more interesting – so I engaged my 11 year son to go on a little scavenger hunt with me. We wrote out a list of about 30 items that we had to photograph. Some of the items were: swords, fairy, armor, juggler, bubbles, artists, etc. To make the contest even more challenging – if you photographed the item in RED – you got bonus points! The winner got a stuffed RAT from the RAT MAN for pucking – if you don’t understand what I’m talking about then you must go to the faire. It is on one last weekend -Feb 1st and 2nd. Click here for details. Here are some of the pictures I took the first weekend – my goal was to capture RED and BLUE! I will be at the faire again this weekend. Huzzad!