Hi, I am Laurie (Laurel) Mitchell.
I became interested in photography at the age of ten when I was given my first horse and camera. I envisioned capturing images of my filly that resembled the enchanting equines that covered my bedroom walls. I was very disappointed when the photos I took lacked any resemblance to the images that I took in my mind’s eye. Thus, began a life long education in the art of photography. This eventually progressed to my receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from Washington State University.
While in college I also developed a love for creating graphite equine and western art. The unspoken bond between horses and the romanticized working partnership between horse and human fuels my artwork. As a young adult, I spent many years studying the anatomy of the horse and developing skills in natural horsemanship training with horses rescued from abusive or neglectful situations. These early informal learning years have greatly contributed to my intimate knowledge and respect for wild and domestic equines.
My husband and I share a great love of travel, adventure and landscape photography. Our first date was the first of many adventures; we scrambled over logs and waded waist deep up a creek to photograph a hidden waterfall. Our passion for landscape photography and adventure drives us to spend much of our free time hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, kayaking, traveling and exploring. Our little adventure Aussie dog, Lady, often accompanies us on our travels.
Photographing weddings and elopements is another love of mine. Marriage is one of the greatest adventures in life and I feel so honored to document one of the most important days in a couple’s life. Marrying your best friend is the best feeling in the world and I strive to create timeless photographs that someday your children and grandchildren will look back on and witness the love and excitement of that special day. I love photographing intimate outdoor weddings, elopements and engagements in natural settings.
Enjoy life's adventures!