Meet Laurel

Laurel with her kiddos

I am a self taught professional photographer and I’ve had the fortune of photographing hundreds of families all across the Gainesville, Florida area for over 8 years.

Before we meet, here are some tidbits about me:

  • I am originally from Annapolis Maryland where I grew up in a household of professional musicians – both my parents were in the Naval Academy Band for 20 plus years!
  • Much to the surprise of my parents – I became a professional Disc Jockey at 18 and did that for 10 years – you know – when they actually had things called vinyl records!
  • I’m a huge U2 FAN! In fact, I met my husband at an Irish Pub in Baltimore and when we later married – we moved to Dublin!
  • I’ve been married since 1995 and have  three kiddos (Madison 22, Rowan 20, Aidan 15)
  • Did I mention my husband is originally from England and has the coolest accent!
  • I started my photography journey while living in England and Ireland  – the landscape is so spectacular. When I started having children – I thought they were pretty spectacular too!
  • I talk too much – I love sharing stories and hearing about other people’s experiences – you may have to tell me to shut up! Hey – the kids love it!
  • I’m hooked on Netflix and enjoy binge watching entire series – currently I’m watching Doc Martin, House of Cards, and soaking up all those PBS Documentaries!
  • I drink way too much coffee – thanks to my Keurig machine.
  • I love to travel!
  • I’m in love with photography and so happy that everyday begins a new story to tell!
Some of my proudest  accomplishments – now I’m blushing……:
  • I’m an award winning photographer!
  • I was  the official photographer for the Buchholz High School Golden Regiment and Music Programn- and now I take photographs of the Eastside Ram Band!
  • Two of my photographs were finalists in the 2nd annual City of Gainesville Photography contest and are currently featured in the City of Gainesville’s 2011 calendar .
  • I’ve mentored with Award Winning Photographers including  Scott Kelby, Joe McNalley, and Nichole Van
  • I was a frequent host on the popular Digital Photography Show podcast
  • I’ve been a contributing writer for North Florida School Days and Giggle Magazine
  • I was the lead photographer for Giggle Magazine – where my commercial work was seen frequently on the front cover!
  • I volunteer my time and I’ve donated artwork to local charities including Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, The Children’s Home Society Heart Gallery, The Sebastian Fererro Foundation, and Little Bits of Honey
  • My memberships include PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
  • My business is a Limited Liability Company  – it’s called: Laurel Housden Photography, LLC

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