HEY THERE! I'M LAUREL!
I've had the fortune of photographing hundreds of families in the Gainesville and North Central Florida area for over 10 years. When I'm not photographing fun families, you'll find me traveling to historical locations. Check out our travel blog here.
Before we meet, here are some tidbits about me:
I am originally from Annapolis Maryland where I grew up in a household of professional musicians – both my parents were in the Naval Academy Band for 20 plus years!
Much to the surprise of my parents – I became a professional Disc Jockey at 18 and did that for 10 years – you know – when they actually had things called vinyl records!
I’m a huge U2 FAN! In fact, I met my husband at an Irish Pub in Baltimore and when we later married – we moved to Dublin!
I’ve been married since 1995 and have three kiddos (Madison 23, Rowan 21, and Aidan 16 - currently enrolled at EHS)
Did I mention my husband is originally from England and has the coolest accent!
I started my photography journey while living in England and Ireland – the landscape is so spectacular. When I started having children – I thought they were pretty spectacular too!
I’m hooked on Netflix and enjoy binge watching. I'm currently watching The Ozarks, The Crown, and The West Wing
I also create Fine Art Prints from my travels as well as funky coasters inspired by my Instagram feed. You can find me at local Art Markets as well as The Gallery Under the Oaks in Micanopy.
Some of my proudest accomplishments:
I was the official photographer for the Buchholz High School Golden Regiment and Music Program - and now I take photographs of the Eastside Ram Band!
My photographs have been featured in the City of Gainesville calendar
My photography has been featured in Local and National magazines including: Hallowed Ground, Cape Cod, Trend & Tradition, & Giggle Magazine
I’ve studied with Award Winning Photographers, including Scott Kelby, Joe McNalley, and Nichole Van
I was a frequent host on the popular Digital Photography Show podcast
I was the lead photographer for Giggle Magazine – where my commercial work was seen frequently on the front cover!
I volunteer my time and I’ve donated artwork to local charities including Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, The Children’s Home Society Heart Gallery, The Sebastian Fererro Foundation, and Little Bits of Honey
My memberships include PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
I use all professional Nikon equipment
Laurel Housden Photography, LLC is a Limited Liability Company and is licensed and insured.
12 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME
Halloween is my favorite holiday. We start decorating on Labor Day!
My husband, Stuart, is from London.
I adopted a kitten this year named Abigail Adams.
Colonial Williamsburg is my Happy Place!
I love visiting colonial taverns and collecting menus.
We made a Hamilton Monopoly Board for Lin - and he tweeted back that he loved it!
We follow the Tottenham Hotspurs!
I have a passion for anything Irish and used to live in Dublin.
I started a travel blog with my son, Aidan, all about American History called The Trail of the Lonesome Pine.
I have an ancestor that fought in the American Revolution.
You’ll find me at local arts markets and the Gallery in Micanopy.
The loves of my life are my three kids, Madison, Rowan, and Aidan.