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.

Megan’s Family | Gainesville family photographer

Megan contacted me from Alexandria, Virginia to schedule a family session with her parents that live in Gainesville along with her two small daughters.  Our goal was just to capture a few  fun and relaxed portraits of the entire family – especially these adorable little girls  with Grandma and Grandpa! I just LOVE how the session images turned out – it really captured the personalities of these cuties!

UF Graduation Photography Sessions in the Swamp | Gainesville, Fl photographer


University of Florida Graduation Season | Photography Sessions in the Swamp

Now scheduling a limited number of 30 & 60 minute sessions.  Also available on Graduation Day for your Gator Party and Graduation Family Pictures! 

*Cost: All Inclusive Pricing: $275/half hour or $475/1 hour (includes Session Fee) & the following:

  • Private Online Gallery for 30 days to share with friends and family
  • All High Resolution Digital Images  (on average between 15-20 for 30 minutes – 30 plus for 60 minutes)  available via Download within 7 days from your session
  •  Images come in both Color and Black & White with a print release; printable to any size.
  • Stunning 11 x 14 Art Print of your choice!
  • Custom Slideshow set to music & Digital Album for mobile devices
  •   The convenience  of purchasing additional professional prints and products from your gallery at special Gator Grad Session pricing!

*30 minute sessions are only reserved during the week Monday-Thursday and are up to 4 subjects.  60 minute sessions are reserved any day of the week and can include all your best buds (up to 12).

Gator Graduation Party Special – $575 

  • Up to 2.5 hours of photography time
  • Private password protected online gallery hosted for 30 days.  You will be able to view, share, & download all the digital files for your party.
  • Custom HD Highlight Slideshow set to music for your mobile device
  • 11 x 14 Art Print of your choice

For sign-up information please email me at and make sure to include your name, who will be photographed, and what type of session your are interested in!

Photo Walks | La Chua Trail Paynes Prairie Gainesville Fl

One of my goals for 2015 is to go on a photo walk at least once a month.  Three purposes for this goal – 1: get out and find new locations 2: exercise my eye (composition) and equipment, 3: more exercise! I’m embarrassed to admit that after living in Gainesville Florida for 15 years – I have never visited LaChua Trail in Paynes Prairie.  I hear the stories of people seeing alligators, wild horses, and bisons.  I just had to finally see for myself.

There is a $4 per car park entrance fee.  The first part of the walk is on a raised boardwalk that overlooks Alachua Sink.  There are a couple covered observation areas to take the view in and relax.  At the end of the boardwalk you have a choice to go back to the car park – and you can proud of your 1 mile round trip walk.  But…..most people get off the boardwalk and walk to the observation tower almost a mile ahead.  Here is where you really get up close and personal with nature.


On the weekends there may be a information booth set up  by the Friends of Paynes Prairie Organization at the end of the boardwalk.  The kids can see a stuffed alligator and ask questions about the animals they will see on the trail.


You are totally on your own beyond this point – and there are signs that warn you to stay on the path. But this is where the fun is! If you go on the weekends – you really aren’t totally on your own – its a very popular walk and there are many people that visit.


On the day that I went it was very sunny after a week of cloudy and rainy days so the alligators were all out and basking in the warm sunshine along the banks of the canal – and – on the edges of the trail.


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We finally reached the observation booth and took in the view from the top!  I can’t tell you how proud I am that I finally was able to visit LaChua Trail.  Now that I’ve been there – I feel comfortable coming back by myself – especially around sunset. This place would make an awesome backdrop for a photography session – especially for graduating Gators!! Get it – Gators with Gators!  Below is my handsome hubby who came with me on my expedition.


The view from the top.


You can get more information on LaChua Trail and Paynes Praire here and here.

Introducing…. | Gainesville Fl newborn photographer

Introducing 6 day old baby boy “N” – so precious and new! I did his parents maternity session in the fall and really got to love them! As most of you already know – I always have fellow professional newborn photographer – Robin over at Heartstrings Photography assist me in all my studio newborn sessions.  We work so well together and are able to create heirloom images of your baby’s first professional session. I just absolutely LOVE how these images came out – not to mention that baby N was just perfect!

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