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I’ve started using the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville as my outdoor studio! It really saves on location scouting because everything that I love is at the gardens.  Water scenes, flowers with lots of color, whimsical gardens, and so much more. Of course I have no problem going to other locations if my clients have a favorite spot – but lately – the majority of my sessions have been here and its been awesome!   Here is a recent maternity session I photographed at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens – the couple is so lovely and are expecting their first child.  Mom-t0-be even brought along her family for a few special images before baby is born.

We captured Sara’s U.F. graduation session at a place she has spent so much time at in the last 4 years – the Architecture Building.  I love this place! We were also lucky that a there was an amazing field of yellow wildflowers around the U.F. bat house – now if only someone can figure out how to make them blue and orange!


2016 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


Mini Session Dates:
Saturday, April 30th: 6:00 | 6:30 | 7:00 | 7:30
Sunday, May 1st: 6:00 | 6:30 | 7:00 | 7:30

Private 60 Minute Sunset Sessions:
Monday, March 25th 7-8
Tuesday, March 26th 7-8
Wednesday, March 27th 7-8
Thursday, March 28th 7-8

Additional dates are available for 60 minute private sessions  during the week 

Mini Session –  $300 (plus tax) includes:

  1.  25 minute session includes 15-20 plus High Resolution Digital Images available via Download.
  2. 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.
  3. Private password protected online gallery hosted for 30 days.  You will be able to view, share, download, and have the option to order additional professional prints directly from your gallery.
  4. Custom HD Session Slideshow set to music & A Digital Album – both created for your smart phone/tablet
  5. Stunning 11 x 14 mounted art print of your choice.  Ships directly to your home!
  6. A pdf of print instructions and recommendations will sent with your download.
  7. $75 non-refundable reservation fee due to secure date, remaining balance is due on the day of your session.
  8. For sign-up information please contact me here

Session Agreement and $75 non-refundable reservation fee  is required to secure your spot – remaining balance due at your session!

  NEW FOR 2016
Private 60 minute Sunset Sessions – $495 plus tax
which also includes video capture added to  your session slideshow (see sample video below). These are perfect if you want a more relaxed and slow-paced session since there is no pressure of a family before or after yours. I only schedule one per evening during the Golden Hour – the best light of the day!

For sign-up information please contact me here

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.

Celebrating adorable baby “E”‘s first birthday at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville a few weeks ago.  She is simply a doll and I so enjoyed spending time with her.  During our session we even captured a few pictures of her very first steps!!!



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