New Blogsite Awaits!! | Toronto Family Photographer

I’ve been very torn over what to do with this blog. It’s been good to me, but I finally decided that it’s time to say, “so long, farewell” to it! One of the reasons I was hesitant to give it up is because I have so many amazing followers on here!! But my style has changed and therefore so must my blog…into a fabulous new Blogsite!! So before I get an even bigger following on here, it’s time to move. I’m SUPER excited about my new blog!! It really reflects me and my current photography style! Plus it is everything all rolled into one – website, blog, client viewing area, social media buttons…it’s really quite awesome! I also have a new logo to match my new “Photography Personality”.

I have just one teeny tiny favor to ask of all of you…


(pretty, pretty please)

Go over to, click on the “Blog” link, and show me some love by entering your e-mail address in the “Subscribe by Email” field to the right to follow my new blog! I promise I won’t disappoint 🙂

It’s been quiet on this blog recently because I didn’t want to post anything new until I could post it on my new site! I did manage to transfer over some of my existing blog content, so I’m happy about that. But you know what that means…LOTS OF BLOG UPDATES TO GET CAUGHT UP ON!! Head on over to my new stomping grounds and sign up for those updates ASAP! If you’re looking at my new Blogsite from a mobile device, it may look a little different, so definitely check out the awesome desktop version when you have a spare second!

Thanks in advance for being the most amazing blog followers a photographer could ask for 😉

Oh yes, and I can’t forget to mention – all the design work for my Blogsite was done by Aniya Jade Design! Head over to check her out as well – she is VERY talented, as you can see!


First Real Ouchie = Traumatized Mommy

Black and white haze photo of child watching movie

WARNING!!! THIS POST MAY NOT BE FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!!  Last Saturday I took my 3-year-old, Paityn to her best friend’s birthday party. Paityn had been talking about this party for MONTHS…I kid you not! Anyway, we were driving there, … Continue reading

Spring and Easter Photography Shoot With Live Animals – Bunnies and Chicks!!…and why I do not use them.

Live animals in portrait photo sessions

As Easter/Spring mini session time rolls around, you will notice that there are many photographers out there who offer live animals in their photo shoots – mainly bunny rabbits and baby chicks. I am not one of those photographers – … Continue reading

My little one’s Charlotte’s Web Farm Party was featured on Kara’s Party Ideas!!!

As some of you may have remembered me mentioning in a previous post, I may have gone slightly overboard planning my one year old, Charlotte’s first birthday party. Kara, from the website, Kara’s Party Ideas, apparently agreed with me because … Continue reading

Sneak Peek at my little baby’s 1st Birthday Party – Charlotte’s Web Party – Toronto Baby and Family Photographer

I have to admit – I’ve gone overboard… my daughter, Charlotte turns ONE on November 1st and I’m throwing her a Charlotte’s Web party. How can you not go overboard when throwing a Charlotte’s Web party for an adorable baby … Continue reading

SEO (aka Search Engine Optimization) is driving me up the wall!!!

When I started my photography business in LA, with very little effort I managed to rank at the top of Google search results. I have no idea how, but I did it and it was “easy”. Fast forward to June … Continue reading

Where do you call home?

I was recently approached by Kendra Thornton, Chicago resident, mother of three and former Director of Communications at Orbitz, to participate in a project where we would each discuss our favorite things to do in our home cities. For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I recently moved with my family from Los Angeles, California to Toronto, Canada. Here are just a few of the reasons we moved to Toronto, followed by Kendra’s write-up on her hometown, Chicago.

Toronto is a city full of culture and many interesting things to do. It’s so hard to pinpoint a few select things about what make Toronto so fabulous, when there are so many to choose from!

Anyone who ever visits Toronto is told they must go to the CN Tower. Not that the CN Tower isn’t an amazing landmark (it is!) and a great place to visit, but there is so much more to Toronto than the western hemisphere’s tallest tower.

In addition to the CN Tower, when visiting Toronto, you should definitely check out Centre Island, The Science Centre, The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), The Toronto Zoo, The Canadian National Exhibition, Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario Place and many, many other fun and interesting places.

If you’re into theatre and the arts, you’re in luck – Toronto’s arts and cultural scene can’t be beat! In June, the LuminaTO festival kicks off the summer. You can go to the festival’s hub – David Pecaut Square for live performances, food tastings and so much more.

The Beaches International Jazz Festival follows LuminaTO in July/August and is not to be missed.

If you’re thinking that there’s no way you can pack any more culture into your summer, think again! The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) rolls into town as the summer comes to a close, bringing with it the best new movies and tons of celebrity sightings.

But just in case LuminaTO, The Jazz Festival and TIFF do not fulfill your need for arts and culture, you can always find tickets to a Broadway show. One of my all time favorite musicals, Les Misérables is now playing at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

If you plan to visit Toronto in the winter, you MUST go to a Toronto Maple Leafs NHL game and get ready to experience a culture shock like never before! Leaf fans are diehard, and that is not an exaggeration! If you would prefer to air on the less aggressive side of winter festivities, head on over to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for some good food and horse shows.

The less touristy aspects of Toronto should not be overlooked. The Brickworks farmer’s market is one of my all-time favorite places to visit on Saturday mornings. At around 9:00am, I head out to the Brickworks with my family to buy some delicious, organic produce for the week. Being a photographer, I also tend to stop and admire the scenery at the Brickworks – it’s a great place for photo shoots.

Combine all that there is to do in Toronto with great public transportation, neighborhoods with amazing parks right in the middle of the city, the most amazing restaurants with every kind of cuisine imaginable, top-notch public schools and public health care, and Toronto ranks as number one on my list of places to live and of course, to visit!

Toronto Family Photographer

Now here to discuss a city also known for its hockey is Kendra Thornton! She is a Chicago resident, and truly loves her Midwest city.

There is often a misconception that big cities are no place to raise a family. I reside in Chicago with my husband and children, and there are so many aspects that have caused us to love it. When people talk about seeing the sights, and enjoying modern day architecture, Chicago is one of the places they are referring to. It has stunning buildings and bridges, and some of the best outdoor parks of any city in the world. It hosts spectacular musical performances, theatrical entertainment, and sporting events. Delicious food is available in every nook of the city — gourmet meals as well as irresistible pizza slices and even—gasp– hot dogs! To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, a person who’s tired of Chicago is tired of life.

When I am finding myself with spare time on the weekend in Chicago, I will begin my day by attending Field Museum on S. Lake Shore Drive. This science museum boasts anthropological artifacts from every inhabited continent, and a wide variety of plant and animal species. As such, it provides a compelling overview of the Earth’s history. While the Field Museum appeals to people of all ages, it holds special allure for children. The exhibitions just have a way of capturing curious young minds; it is the perfect place to bring my kids.

Perhaps you have a dilemma. Maybe you want to travel to Chicago this year, but you also want to see a Broadway show. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between these two options thanks to the production company called Broadway in Chicago (BIC). In July 2000, the Nederlander Organization, one of the largest theatrical companies in the United States, founded BIC. BIC now owns five theaters in the city and stages performances every bit as elaborate as their Manhattan counterparts.

After a day of museums and shows, you might wish to sit back and unwind. Imagine doing so amid the splendor of the brightly lit Chicago skyline. Downtown Chicago is truly awe-inspiring at night. For that reason, it’s wise to stay at a downtown hotel so you can enjoy these views every evening during your visit. Plus, it’s easy to find deals at such hotels. All you need to do is search a website like gogobot, which offers great user-reviews and extensive information on Chicago hotels and restaurants.

Almost as exciting as the skyline are Chicago’s hot dogs and sausages. And one of the best places for such a delight is Hot Doug’s. Hot Doug’s serves more than plump, crackling-hot dogs and sausages; it offers a range of unique items. Also, besides being one of Chicago’s well known destinations, it is affordable and a fun trip for my whole family every time!

Finally, be aware that Chicago is an easy city in which to get lost. Fortunately, it’s also a fun city in which to get lost. Whenever you turn a corner, you’re likely to stumble into something splendid. It might be a fancy restaurant, a one-of-a-kind bookstore, or a historical landmark. In fact, the only painful part about coming to Chicago is knowing that you’ll have to leave at some point!

Chicago Collage

The Official Opening of Lauren Lawrence Photography’s Etsy Shop!

I’ve been thinking about opening up an Etsy shop for a while, but never had the time. Not that I’m swimming in time now, but my photography business is not fully set up in Toronto yet, Paityn is at preschool … Continue reading