About this Vendor
Documenting Love Stories
Photojournalism meets art direction. We focus on capturing the details and story of your wedding day in a manner that is considerate, thoughtful and unintrusive. Our portraits are lighthearted and have a candid essence that we help cultivate with whimsy & merriment!
Artistic, Classic, Documentary, Lifestyle, Modern, Vintage
Bridal Portraits, Day After Session, Engagement
Getting Engaged, After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Online Proofing, Digital Files, Film Photography, Printed Enlargements, Printed Proofs, Wedding Albums, Photo, Same-Day Edits, Second Shooter Available, Social Media Sharing, Photo + Video
Laura was so incredible to work with, and her work is absolutely phenomenal. We found Laura on the Knot, and we were immediately in love with her work. Her style is so unique and captures the beauty of the details with the happiness of the people. In person, she is even more lovely. She's very easy going and calm. She helped wrangle all of our party into great group photos and always seemed one step ahead of us for important shots. We are so incredibly pleased with her work - she captured our wedding in truly stunning photos. She was also great to plan with - very accessible and flexible. She even fit in a bridal shoot for me last minute the week of the wedding. Can't recommend Laura enough.
It's taken me awhile to post this review because I've been thinking about the right words to say to let everyone know how special Laura and her team are and how you NEED them to photograph your wedding. We love her photojournalistic style. We wanted someone to capture all the little moments that might otherwise be missed. She not only captured those moments but truly captured the love between my husband and me as well as the love and amazing energy that surrounded us that day from our family and friends. She is not only just an amazing talent and eye she is super organized, thorough and kind. While our wedding was in Los Angeles, she came to us in Chicago to take our engagement photos too! It was a great way to get to know her and made our wedding day even more comfortable. I could go on and on about how amazing she is but her photos just say it all. You can trust that your wedding is in the best of hands if you are lucky enough to have her be part of your day.
Laura is incredibly TALENTED! She captured our day so beautifully and she made everything so enjoyable and relaxed not only for my husband and I but our wedding party and family. We are completely obsessed with our photos and so grateful that Laura and her assistant were a part of our day. We couldn't recommend her more!!! We love Laura!! - C&M
Laura is an absolutely phenomenal photographer and person! She was professional, punctual, responsive, and had such a friendly and welcoming demeanor. She is so talented at what she does and I could not have asked for a better experience! Thanks for everything, Laura! :)
It is impossible to overstate how much we LOVE Laura Ford! Photography was one of the most important parts of our wedding, so we started searching for a great photographer early in our wedding-planning process. We loved Laura’s photojournalism style: from her portfolio, we saw that she’s great at capturing fleeting candid moments that encapsulate the joy of the day. We also loved how her photos were not heavily filtered. Her photos looked fresh and modern, yet paradoxically also timeless and classic. We knew we wanted to have Laura as our photographer, so we set up a meeting with her before booking our venue. Within ten seconds of meeting her, we knew she was the one. She was so warm, fun, friendly, and approachable, but still extremely professional. Some wedding vendors can make you feel like you’re just going down a factory production line with no personal interest, but Laura wasn't like that at all. She showed genuine interest in us and made us feel valued. We did an engagement shoot with Laura so that we could get to know her style better and get comfortable posing for photos together. We found a somewhat secluded area of Griffith Park that had a variety of backgrounds, and spent two hours there. Laura immediately put us at ease when we began the photo shoot. By the end, we realized that we had been laughing a lot and having fun. She very promptly gave us a couple of sneak-peek photos, and then sent the entire set of photos soon after. We were so thrilled with her photos! Laura then asked us to tell her our favorite photos to give her an idea of styles to focus on for the wedding day, which was a nice touch. Before the wedding, Laura gave us a very thoughtful questionnaire, which reaffirmed to us just how organized and professional she is. The questionnaire asked for a range of information, such as members of the wedding party, vendor names, a list of requested photos (e.g., high school friends, individual shots with parents, etc.), the wedding-day timeline, etc. In keeping with our entire experience with Laura up to that point, she came to the bridal getting-ready location on time and completely prepared (her assistant, Todd, did the same for the groomsmen). Seeing her again on the wedding day was like seeing an old friend rather than a vendor. She was so personable with everyone and got straight to work taking photos without being intrusive. At the wedding venue, she continued to be impossibly present at all places, capturing all moments, seeing all opportunities for an interesting angle or background. We felt completely relaxed with her, and from the first few sneak-peek photos we’ve seen, we are so confident that Laura Ford was the best photographer for our wedding. Since we aren’t planning on having another wedding, we’ll have to think of other events to hire Laura for, because we just love her and her work so much!
Almost a year out from our wedding, we still can't believe how lovely our pictures turned out! Beyond delivering stellar photos, Laura was a pleasure to work with leading up to the wedding and the day of, too. She was organized, patient, able to handle the extended family (seriously, such a skill), and brought such a happy energy to the whole experience. Sarah, Laura's sister and assistant for the day, was also wonderful! Can't recommend Laura enough!
Laura Ford was a major factor in making our wedding absolutely perfect, and we can’t advise you strongly enough to allow her to do the same for yours. She is professional, creative, caring, patient, persistent, a joy to work with, really really smart and resourceful – and did we mention she’s an amazing photographer? Every aspect of our experience with her was perfect. Rather than provide a run-through of the day, here are some highlights: 1) She understands the nuances of the event. For example, next to our chuppah, we had a table with photos of our late grandparents. In several key moments, she pulled out just enough to include them, without our having to mention it. 2) She finds tiny details that others don’t see – whether an alcove in a wall, a pattern in a carpet or a view of a guest through the flames of a fireplace – that elevate the photos to the level of art, while avoiding clichés. 3) She provided two assistants, one of which was her very talented sister, Sarah! Sarah used an actual non-digital film camera to give us variety (only after making sure we were okay with that). 4) She covers everything and everyone. Somehow, she managed to shoot all our guests, most with shots that totally captured their individual personalities. 5) Before the wedding, we told her we wanted to replicate several staged photos from the groom’s parents’ wedding album. She stored the original shots on her camera, grabbed us throughout the day and directed us into perfect replicas of all of them. She even found a dial telephone that happened to be at the venue, which she used to replicate a photo with a telephone in it! 6) We are not the most photogenic people in the world, yet she was able to take shot after shot that captured us at our best. As the bride, I was very nervous about how I would look in the pictures, but Laura and Sarah somehow captured my personality and I couldn't have been happier with the end result! 7) We discovered that wedding photography involves getting mushy in front of the camera – something we weren’t used to. She made us feel comfortable and got us beyond our camera-shyness, giving us many great smooching and nuzzling shots from which to choose. 8) She was totally collaborative, brainstorming with us and making sure to ask us what we wanted before the wedding, and executing it during the wedding. 9) Her photos just pop; the subject matter, composition, colors, lighting and focus all coming together to create images that capture the emotion of the day. 10) We could go on and on, but we’ll end with one final point. We’re sure there are many talented photographers out there, but what stood out about Laura was this: Rather than create a slick by-the-numbers record of a typical wedding, she intuitively grasped what made our wedding unique and captured it on film, giving us and our family and friends the opportunity to relive the actual experience over and over again. Thank you Laura! Yolanda and Jonathan
Laura is an absolute pleasure to work with all around. Not only did our pictures turned out fantastic (she always managed to capture the most perfect candid shots filled with emotion which was exactly what we were looking for), she also made the entire process during our engagement shoot and wedding date really fun and laid back. Would highly recommend if you're looking for spectacular wedding photos from someone very reliable!
Incredible! My wife and I could not be happier with how well how photos turned out. On top of being 100% professional, courteous, and unique in her own style, Laura is what we needed most: someone we, as well as our guests, could be comfortable around. We decided our wedding photos would be one of the most cherished memories we would have for our future and with Laura, not only did we secure that, but the photos look kickass. Huge props to her team as well. Highly recommend booking an engagement photo shoot too.
Choosing Laura as our photographer was such an easy choice for us to make. As an art director and former wedding coordinator, I already knew what to look for in a photographer: friendly, responsive, organized, bright & easy documentary style, and someone my husband and I could have a drink with. Moreover, we needed someone who could travel between Chicago and Orange County. We really wanted our engagement photos in Chicago, our beloved home and city, but we also wanted the same photographer to shoot our wedding in CA. We were so happy to find that Laura regularly travels between both locations! Laura's kind, laid-back demeanor immediately put us at ease in front of the camera. My husband and I are typically uncomfortable in front of the camera, but she helped us live in the moment and let our walls down—which made for much better photos (engagement and wedding)! During our wedding, Laura kept a close eye on our day-of itinerary and helped us stay on track without making us or our bridal party feel rushed. She was patient during our family photos, and was almost invisible throughout the day while she captured our wedding. Our family members and guests raved about how refreshing it was to attend a wedding where the photographer just let them enjoy the wedding. My husband and I loved working with Laura and we cannot recommend her enough. We will cherish our photos forever. She captured so many lovely details and moments that we missed on the day of. Thanks to Laura, we'll be able to look back on those moments for years to come. Do yourself a favor and book Laura right away. Take it from someone with high standards for photography AND wedding vendors—Laura is just the BEST.
Laura Ford...incredible! My husband and I could not be happier with our photos! Laura was very easy to communicate with, she met with us personally before our wedding to go over details, and was so easy to work with. As two people who are not used to being photographed, Laura made us feel so comfortable and the photos came out beautiful...we looked GOOD : ) She got so many great candid shots in addition to the posed family shots we wanted. Thank you Laura!
Loved our Photographer! Laura is a spectacular photographer. My husband and I eloped and she photographed us at the court house in Santa Barbara and in a ranch setting in Solvang. It was an intimate day and I felt very comfortable with her. She has a lovely personality and we highly recommend her. We love our photos and are relieved that we chose someone who is professional and very artistic. Thank you Laura for the lifetime memories.
We really cannot say enough amazing things about Laura, who did our engagement shoot and our wedding. A wedding is such a deeply personal thing that there are really two components to choosing someone to be such a huge part of such an important day, and Laura was absolutely the best choice on EVERY metric. THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Laura was extremely available and thoughtful even before we booked with her - we immediately liked her when we met her, because she was so easy to talk to, showed interest in getting to know us, and had such thoughtful questions. Laura fit in so easily to our wedding day. She was a total joy to work with and made the process totally easy and stress-free on a day when EVERYTHING else was stressful. Her amazingly positive and sweet attitude really helped calm me down when we faced some family drama, and that personal touch is what took her from being a great wedding photographer to a truly incredible wedding photographer. THE PHOTOS: I honestly cannot say this enough: I am absolutely obsessed with our wedding and engagement photos. For our engagement shoot, Laura captured our personalities in just two short hours, and the photos were the best we'd ever had of ourselves - UNTIL OUR WEDDING DAY. The thousand+ photos shared with us from our big day are stunning. Her careful attention to detail and her thoughtfulness show through in her photography style. The focus is on the PEOPLE, and most importantly, NOT just the bride and groom. There are lovely photos of almost everyone who attended our wedding (how did she even DO that?!) and it was so great to see moments I missed. She was so patient as we went through many different family formations, and we are so lucky to have such a stunning set of photographs. The photography is so beautiful, and I know that my family and I will treasure these photos forever.
Laura photographed our wedding this past August in La Jolla and she was incredible to work with. I am not a natural in front of the camera, and Laura was able to make me loosen up and feel comfortable with the entire process. She has a great eye and captured so many fantastic shots. Laura herself is very sweet and fun to work with. She is extremely talented, very responsive, and prices were reasonable. I would recommend Laura to anyone looking for a photographer. I was also on the fence about whether to do an engagement photo session. We eventually decided to go ahead and do engagement photos, and were so glad we did. We got to know Laura, have fun with her before the wedding, and get used to her shooting style. We have so many photos we loved from the engagement session, as well as the wedding. I knew we had made the right choice in choosing Laura as our wedding photographer as soon as the engagement shoot was over, and this was confirmed once we saw our engagement photos. It was such a relief going into our wedding knowing that Laura would capture awesome photos of our day.
Laura was amazing from start to finish as our wedding photographer. She listened to us and understood what we were looking for from the very first consultation, through our wedding day and the delivery of the photos afterward. She was always professional but also extremely kind and genuine throughout the process. On our wedding day Laura did an amazing job of organizing everyone for photos and directing us to get the best shots. She was not at all intrusive, but captured every aspect of our wedding day beautifully. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for amazing photos and the best possible experience.
Laura is absolutely fabulous! She's super professional and always responded quickly to my emails/texts. She's passionate about and loves what she does, and pays such close attention to detail-- and it shows in every photo. Not to mention she's incredibly sweet and friendly! Me and my husband are not photogenic people and he HATES having his pictures taken, but she worked great with us and we both looked great in all the pictures :) All of my family and friends kept commenting on how great of a job she did--and how sweet she was to everyone at the wedding!-- I could go on all day about how great she is. Worth every dollar and MORE! Definitely going to recommend her to all my friends who are getting engaged and married =) Thank you, Laura!!! <3
Laura is a wonderful photographer. She has a knack for capturing the most beautiful moments and for making you look your best. We truly enjoyed working with her at our wedding and for our engagement shoot. She is easy to work with, never intrusive, and such a sweetheart. She'll put you and your friends and family right at ease with her thoughtful and gentle approach to taking photos.
Our friends had Laura Ford photograph their wedding and the photos were absolutely stunning! So when my now husband and I got engaged, it was basically a no brainer. We had to meet her! From the moment we first met her it was basically love at first sight. Not only is she extremely talented with the camera, but she is also very professional while at the same time being very down to earth. You can tell she is very passionate about what she does and that was very important to us. She captured our special day just perfectly. She made sure we got all the posed pictures just right, but she also captured the most beautiful candid moments (which were personally my favorite out of the bunch) She just nailed it! With all the stressful things that come with planning a wedding, choosing Laura Ford will not be one of them. I guarantee it. I challenge you to look up her work on her website. The pictures speak for themselves :)
An AMAZING PhotographerReviewed on 11/30/2015
My daughter, the bride, found Laura, although I interviewed her and number of other photographers. I am so glad we chose her. First, her pictures are AMAZING! (Both families agree!) She also is extremely easy to work with, very mellow, which is what you want. In addition, I barely saw her at the wedding and yet we have over 1000 photos - she was never in anyone's face. She gives you ALL your digital files and she will print photos for you, or you can do it yourself. I have printed a few for family members and they come out great. We also are in the process of putting together an album for her to do for the bride and groom. One of the best people I worked with throughout the whole wedding process.
She's amazing.. Look no further!Reviewed on 11/16/2015 Priscilla B
Laura made our wedding day flawless. She was wonderful to work with and super responsive to any requests. Absolutely loved her style and the turn around was super fast. Her style was so unintrusive and subtle that you hardly noticed anyone was taking photos the whole day. We loved the final product and would highly recommend her!
5 star + experience!Reviewed on 11/16/2015
My husband and I used Laura for our wedding photography and we could not have been more pleased! She was professional, reliable, easy going but directive. She had our pictures back to us SO QUICKLY! We had a few by the next day. It was incredible. And all of the photo turned out so good. We have pictures we will cherish forever thanks to Laura. I do not hesitate to recommend her to anyone and have already passed her name along to my friends. She is great and I strongly encourage anyone to use her services.
Simply the Best!Reviewed on 11/10/2015 Kalie G
There are way too many amazing things that I can say about Laura and her photography but if I were a bride deciding who to choose to take my wedding photos I think these would be the most important things and they were ultimately why we decided to go with Laura. First impression, she is super personable, she makes you feel very comfortable and really walks you through the process so you are not confused or overwhelmed with everything you are planning. She is very flexible when it comes to timing and really makes the moment about you. She cares about her clients and wants you to have fun and enjoy yourself. My now husband and I did an engagement shoot with her and it was amazing. We had no idea what to expect but we couldn't have asked for a better experience. We did 3 outfits which is a lot and she was always patient and had a ton of fun with it. On the day of the wedding I was so excited to have her there because I felt like she had invested herself in our day and it made it that more comfortable. She really goes above and beyond for her clients and is one of a kind! I would not hesitate referring her to everyone I know because the quality of what she does is really outstanding.
Laura is absolutely incredible! I was initially drawn to her photojournalistic style, and when I found out that she splits time between California and the Midwest, it felt like a sign -- my now-husband and I are both originally from Southern CA, but have been living in Chicago for the past 5 years. I figured she would "get" us. I was right! From the moment I first contacted Laura, she made me feel totally at ease. There was a lot about our wedding that was up in the air -- we were only having 10 guests, and while we had a dinner spot booked, we were treating our ceremony as more of a guerrilla wedding type thing, since we didn't want to spend money on a venue when our ceremony would only take 10 minutes. Laura listened to our ideas and concerns, and answered all of the questions we had. She has an amazing "go-with-the-flow" attitude, while also being supportive of the decisions you want to make (and providing honest feedback and insight along the way). Her communication with us during the planning and execution of our wedding was fabulous -- she always responded promptly and thoroughly. On the day of our wedding, we had rain, trouble getting cabs, traffic etc...Laura remained positive and encouraging throughout. She is professional, but still friendly and fun to be around. She was adaptable, and thoughtful with regard the the photos she took. Our ceremony was maybe 5 minutes long, but she still managed to get a wonderful array of photos without us even realizing it. Because we only had 10 guests, I was worried that a photographer would be the odd-man out, and make it a little awkward. That was definitely NOT the case with Laura. She was respectful, kind and engaging with our guests, while also making sure plenty of photos were taken. She pretty much blended right in to our party, and we loved having her there. She has a really fun spirit about her. She also makes the process of taking the more "staged" photos easy and smooth. At no point did my husband and I ever feel awkward or uncomfortable -- we felt like we could truly be ourselves in our photos. Laura was also timely in editing and getting our photos to us after the wedding. She even posted a little sneak peak on her facebook page so we could see a photo, which I really appreciated. Many of our guests commented to us after the fact that she was a joy to be around, and that we "lucked-out" with such a good photographer. They all loved the photos she took. We would HIGHLY recommend Laura to anyone looking for a wedding or engagement photographer. You will love her!
I have traveled a lot and photography became one of my hobbies long time ago. That's why choosing a photographer for our wedding became a great challenge to me. I wouldn't say that I am very critical but I wanted all the details of the wedding to show our individuality and our own style. Most of my friends' wedding photos (hope nobody will be offended) were very similar and standard-same poses, ideas. Moreover, two months before the wedding I moved to LA and didn't have anyone to give me an advice. So I just started to search online. Tons of galleries were visited before I found Laura Ford. The first thing that I noticed was her use of light and tenderness of subject all combine to make some of the most breathtaking images I have ever seen. She doesn't follow always the rules of composition which add some fun and her own style to her photos. So when I saw her gallery I didn't have any doubts, I realized that this is what I had been looking for. I showed my husband and his eyes started to shine looking at her pictures.. We met this talented girl in a coffee shop in LA downtown. I feel people and understand if we can or can not work together very easily and Laura appeared to be a very open, friendly and easy-going person. After a couple of her questions, I understood that we have the same goal to make photos which will reflect our love and nature. The engagement photo shoot was included in our package. To me the result is the most important part. The photos from both our engagement and wedding were returned in an extremely timely manner and very high quality. But I also want to add how comfortable it was to work with Laura. She is such a sweet girl, very helpful, patient and understanding! At the end I had lots of requests about the pictures she published and sent to us and she did everything to make us happy. I hope my review will help you in such a difficult and very important decision! Because these pictures will be with you forever and are memories for you, your guests, your families, and anyone who maybe wasn't able to attend.
Laura Ford is amazing !!Reviewed on 4/22/2015 David A
Laura was this smiling, stealth, incredibly helpful amazing photographer who made our wedding day so memorable. We were both so happy with the photos and it was wonderful that Laura just got what we were trying to capture. She was one step ahead of me the whole night and we cannot recommend her enough! If you like her shooting style then you will not be sorry. She is so sweet and a sincerely great person!
Meet The Owner
Hello! I’m Laura, a documentary style photographer who specializes in shooting weddings. I like to focus on candid moments, details of the day and portraits. My clients tell me that I am very approachable and fit right into their company. I have a very detailed yet relaxed approach to my photography and capture the essence of the day naturally, with being open to any and all requests. :-)