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.

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.

Fall Mini Sessions – Gainesville family photographer

My Fall Mini Session dates have been announced and I have 12 spots available this season.  I’m still reserving my regular Full Sessions if you would like a private session, want extra time, a custom location, or need a different date.  I will also be around this Thanksgiving Holiday too and will be available for Extended Family Sessions – this is when we photograph your entire extended family – grandparents, siblings, cousins, and friends.  These go very fast!! Send me an email if you would like more information on those sessions too.



Fall  Mini Session Package: $300 plus tax and includes:

  • 25 minute session
  • All High Resolution Digital Images (on average between 15-20) available via download within 7 days of your session
  • Images come in both color and black and 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 ordering additional professional prints and products from your gallery

Fall Mini Sessions are for immediate family only (Mom & Dad & children). If you have 4 or more children – you will need to reserve two mini sessions so we have enough time to capture everyone!  You also have the option to reserve back to back mini sessions if you want additional time, more images and/or an outfit change.

Session Date and Times are:

Sunday September 27th 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 | Sunday October 25th at 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 | Sunday November 22nd at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30

Location To Be Announced:  I’m still working on finalizing several different locations within the Gainesville area.    I will notify you within a week of your session with details and instructions to the location.

Session Agreement and payment in full is required to secure your spot! To Sign up – Click here

For more information please email me at

Sibling Session – Gainesville wildflower photographer

Many of you have met my assistant, Heather.  She is lovely and wonderful and I so enjoy working with her.  Over the summer – we took her niece and nephew into the wildflower field and did a session with them as a surprise for their mother – Heather’s sister.  I totally forgot to blog about them  – forgive me Heather!  I only wish this wildflower field was like this forever – but unfortunately – it only stays in bloom for a couple of weeks – the last week of April.  However, I will be doing sunflower sessions in the Micanopy area! Email me at for details!

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