Our story began in the summer of 2005. We were serving together in the children's ministry of our church and became fast friends. But neither of us could have possibly dreamed where that friendship would lead. In 2011, some unfortunate circumstances left Hannah ready to give up on a video production business she started after college. Laura refused to let Hannah give up on her dream and even offered to join the business. Together we discovered a passion for serving others through photography and decided to give it a try. After a lot of studying, networking, and learning from other incredible photographers, ShutterLeaf Studio was born.
Over the years we've shared apartments, dreams, and a passion for telling stories through photography. We've stood by each others' side as we each married our loves. We've walked through endless life highs and lows. We've traveled the world together. And more than anything, we've shared a uniquely powerful bond of friendship. Our journey certainly hasn't always been easy, but it has given us more than we could have ever imagined, and we are always ready for a new adventure!
I love making people laugh. I grew up with a dad who could turn any situation into a punch line, and I think that really shaped who I am and how I view the world. I’m quirky, crafty, and my idea of a perfect night is cuddling on the couch with my love, Elliot and our two kitties, Jude and Eleanor (named after Beetles songs, of course). I’ve always had a passion for creating and telling stories, which explains why I fell in love with photography. I love providing an experience for the people we work with that allows us to truly connect with them and hear their beautifully unique journey. I am so inspired by the people I meet and the stories I get to tell through film. My passion is to bring those stories to life and keep them alive for years to come.
I’m definitely a dreamer. I’m pretty sure I always have been. My mind is a constant pool of new ideas and things to learn or do. I recently married the love of my life, Rick, and we are loving life together. I love making people happy; its both my greatest trait and worst flaw, but it's a huge part of what makes me who I am. My passion is to capture the happiest moments in life, whether it’s a couple starting their lives together, parents welcoming their child into the world, or somewhere in between. I’ve always known I belonged behind a camera, and I have spent my life pursuing that passion from getting a degree in video production to starting my own company right out of college. I can’t say the journey has always been easy, but it has led me to this point and for that, I am so grateful.