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.

2015 Year End Review Video – Gainesville family photographer

I truly love that I get to photograph the coolest people in Gainesville for a living! 2015 was the year of interactions – I really worked hard coming up with silly jokes and games to get those “authentic” crazy smiles and giggles – and from this slideshow it seems to have worked.  Thank you to my clients that keep coming back and trusting me to capture their precious memories – I do so enjoy watching your children grow year after year. Thank you to all the new faces that I photographed this year – I hope to see more of you in 2016 – and you keep the tradition going.  Soon it will warm up again and I will be scheduling wildflower sessions, prom portraits, and UF Graduation pictures.




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Decorating the Christmas tree – Gainesville kid photographer

I visited little “O” this week to photograph her in her special Christmas holiday dress. Mom made it even more special by having her decorate this lovely vintage Christmas tree. We are so lucky that the weather in Florida allows for outdoor sessions in the December month while our friends in the North are just a wee bit colder. But, I would trade any comfortable Florida day for a white Christmas. Hoping everyone is having a lovely Holiday Season so far!

The “M” Family – Gainesville Florida family photographer

I so enjoyed photographing this lovely family.  The little girls reminded me so much of my own girls that are also two years apart – but instead of 3 and 5 – they are 18 and 20! The sun is setting a little earlier, the wind is a we bit cooler, and everyone is talking about pumpkins and crockpots! Love it – it must be Fall!


3 of my favorite Gainesville fall locations!

Three of my favorite activities to do in Gainesville happen in October – Gator Football,  Coon Hollo Corn Maze and the Alachua County Fair!  It’s finally starting to cool down and is much more comfortable for family photographs.  These  locations are perfect for capturing fun and unique family lifestyle photographs – that will truly show off your family’s spirit and personality.

Looking for fun, color, excitement – the fair is the place! I photographed photographer Shannon Whitaker’s family at the  Fair and we had a BLAST! I just love how these images show off the wacky personalities of this great family.  The Alachua County Fair is going on from October23rd through the 31st.   Ideally – the best time to schedule is about an hour before sunset – the light will just be gorgeous!



If Fall is your thing and you like vintage farm trucks, hay, pumpkins, and lots of orange – then Coon Hollo Corn Maze is the place to be.  I just love this place – I go every year with my family and I’ve done a few sessions there. I am scheduling Full Sessions Monday-Thursday for the month of October only.  We get the place to ourselves – and this year Coon Hollo will have a sunflower field!


If the Gators are your thing – let’s visit the Swamp!  Dress in your Orange and Blue and show off your Gator pride!! These will make great family portraits for the family that loves Florida football!  We’ll take a few in front of the stadium too – and of course at Albert and Alberta.  I only have graduation pictures to show you examples – but you get the idea – just imagine your family under the Gator sign!!



A private 60 minute Full session at either one of these locations is $495  and include all of the digital files plus a 11 x 14 matted art print of your choice. If you have had a session with me before – you get to take $45 off! The turn-around time is 7 days – plenty of time to get your own prints and gifts ordered.  I highly recommend getting your photographs printed  over at – they  offer amazing holiday cards, books, and unique photography gifts – and their turnaround time is usually within 24 hours!

Dates are limited and are paid in full to secure your spot.  If you are interested in having a session just send me an email at  and I will send you all the details.

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