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With coffee in hand, I provide a range of photographic services, from weddings & unions to headshots and small business branding. As a stage performer turned photographer, I give special commitment to being intentional, and making you feel seen and comfortable throughout the entire process.

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mom and dad embrace kids in fall at abingdon vineyards

Abingdon Vineyards Fall Family Session

couple holds hands with kids against fall leaves at abingdon vineyards abingdon virginia

Southwest Virginia Family Photographer Sarah Laughland at Abingdon Vineyards

Fall is a special time of year, and not just for the leaves. As a photographer in her first official year of business, I’d always heard about the “busy season”. I finally got to experience it for myself and honestly, I loved it! Even during a pandemic, it felt safe to meet families and couples outdoors and document their lives. Just because the past year feels like a blur doesn’t mean it won’t hold importance in our lives when we look back.

Abingdon and Southwest Virginia feel like my second home. I lived in Abingdon proper for almost 5 years, and I guess you could say it’s my first “adult home”. By that I mean, I’ve been a part of communities, but never ones that I joined without the help of family or friends. Abingdon is the place I grew up during my twenties, and I still make a point to keep one foot in the door at all times. The close-knit community is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and I refuse to take that for granted.

One of those special places is Abingdon Vineyards, a little wooded oasis hidden among the mountains. Even when bigger musical acts come through, it remains a small town affair. The wine is fantastic and if you go often enough, you’ll find folks to hang out with, dance with, all the good “day off” things! There’s a creek for kids to play in, and it’s connected to a river where they offer kayaking during the summer months!

Cameras for a Cause

As part of a fundraiser for continuing their pandemic programs, I partnered with the YWCA of Southwest Virginia & Northeast Tennessee to hold Fall Mini Sessions at several locations around the area. Kim and her family signed up for a slot at Abingdon Vineyards! It was such a treat meeting their family, and the richness of the fall colors suited the generational love so well. Their daughter didn’t hesitate to oblige when I asked her to play in the leaves!! We recreated an image from their wedding, and added the kids in the following image…these moments are so special. They represent the passage of time and the way we learn how to make room in our lives for others. I learn from each client in not only photography, but life. Ok…cheesy moment over 🙂 Enjoy!!

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mom and dad embrace kids in fall at abingdon vineyards
couple holds hands with kids against fall leaves at abingdon vineyards abingdon virginia
couple holds hands with kids against fall leaves at abingdon vineyards abingdon virginia
grandmother kisses grandson babies head at abingdon winery
family poses against fall leaves at abingdon vineyards abingdon virginia
family poses against fall leaves at abingdon vineyards abingdon virginia
kids with grandmother at fall mini session
kids with grandmother at fall mini session in abingdon virginia
kids with grandmother at fall mini session in abingdon virginia
girl falls into fall leaves
little girl throws fall leaves in abingdon virginia
mom holds daughter against her in fall leaves abingdon virginia
mom and dad embrace kids in fall at abingdon vineyards
mom and dad embrace kids in fall at abingdon vineyards
mom and dad embrace kids in fall at abingdon vineyards
mom and dad embrace kids in fall at abingdon vineyards
mom and dad embrace kids in fall at abingdon vineyards
mom and dad embrace kids in fall at abingdon vineyards

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-audrey & David

"Sarah is a true artist and did a beautiful maternity shoot for us. She set up beautiful shots with perfect coloring. The direction she gave to us was so helpful. Sarah is responsive and easy to work with. She made everything easy and is warm and kind -- I couldn't recommend her more! So glad I found her and looking forward to using her again soon!"

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"She made everything easy and is warm and kind..."

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"Had the honor of hiring Sarah to do my headshots! She was so positive and helpful through the whole process! I can't wait to get them uploaded on my website. Extremely happy!!"

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