Laine Torres Photography, LLC: Blog http://www.lainetorres.com/blog en-us (C) Laine Torres Photography, LLC booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:57:00 GMT Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:57:00 GMT http://www.lainetorres.com/img/s7/v161/u715568856-o219196466-50.jpg Laine Torres Photography, LLC: Blog http://www.lainetorres.com/blog 80 120 Professional Headshots Event in Saint Louis Park - January 22nd 2018 http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/11/professional-headshots-event-in-saint-louis-park---january-22nd-2018 "laine torres photography" "professional headshots" "saint louis park photographer" "corporate headshots" "social media profile photo" "casual headshots" "brand photography" "professional photographer" "professional photo"

The new date for Headshot Mini Sessions has been set: Mark your calendar on January 22nd and get your professional headshots updated at this easy and convenient session!

I have photographed hundreds of professionals and offer headshot mini sessions once a quarter for those who want authentic high-quality photos with the budget-friendly group pricing.

Only 5 spots available* - 2 LEFT!

>> REGISTER HERE FOR JANUARY 22ND 2018

>> OR REGISTER HERE FOR NEXT OPPORTUNITY 

Includes:
- 1h Photo Session
- Studio setup with background and lighting
- Professional makeup on location
- 2 final edited images of your choice
- Tip sheet for outfits and accessories
- Print and usage release for personal and professional use

Featuring for a Limited-Time:

On-Site Personal Styling with Image Consultant Char Dobbs

 

What past clients say about this event:

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"I'm the type that normally runs from cameras, but Laine made this session super comfortable and really fun too. She is very professional and I love how my photos turned out. 100% recommend!!"

Zrinka Peters

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"For YEARS I had put off a new headshot - waiting for 'the right time' - a strategic point in my business development, weight loss, and other excuses. A trusted friend pointed me in Laine's direction. In one phone conversation, Laine gave me the confidence I lacked to get it done. What I had been dreading ended up being FUN! I'm so grateful that Laine found a way to help me express my life's joy through her photography!"

Brenda Moore

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"I was familiar with Laine and her wonderful work, and I needed to update my headshot. The set up was professional, relaxing and that made for some great photos! So many good ones to choose from! Thank you for the great service, great photos and a fun relaxing time Laine Torres (and team!)"

Rick Olson

 

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Regular price is $690 only $390: Register Here

*You must sign a Photography Agreement & Model Release and pay in full in advance to secure a spot.

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) branding photography headshot mini session laine torres photography minneapolis photo session professional headshots professional photographer saint louis park http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/11/professional-headshots-event-in-saint-louis-park---january-22nd-2018 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:28:39 GMT
Photo Session for Coach, Teacher and Speaker, Irmadene Hanson - Minneapolis, MN http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/11/photo-session-for-coach-teacher-and-speaker-irmadene-hanson---minneapolis-mn Irmadene Hanson is a veteran and nurse and brings ingrained qualities of trust and connection into her work with professionals in the healthcare industry. Her business, Magnify Your Influence, works with companies, teams, and individuals through leadership consulting, masterminds and coaching to help move people forward from a place of frustration to one of growth, connection, and clear direction.

The reason behind the photo shoot for Irmadene was to have images to use for a conference she was sponsoring at, as well as for her upcoming book. In preparation, she went shopping for the session, along with selecting specific clothes she already owned that fit her business image.

We shot at LikeMinds in Minneapolis (formerly The Study) utilizing all that the office space has to offer. We even got the administrator to kindly pose for a shot! Irmadene commented that she thoroughly enjoyed her makeup artist for the day, professional Sarah Elizabeth.

As the shoot got rolling, I found Irmadene to relax further and enjoy herself more. She was able to trust me completely, follow directions easily, and pose very naturally as she grew in her confidence throughout.

Here are some thoughts about the day, straight from Irmadene herself:

"Am I the only person that gets anxiety even thinking about doing a photo shoot? To me it, it's an uncomfortable but necessary evil of the Consulting, Speaking & Coaching business! Laine was AH-mazing! If you are looking for someone to make you feel at ease and relaxed during this weirdly awkward and almost embarrassing task of your business, look no further. Her fun and easy going way helped me to get into a place where she could get all the shots I needed and MORE! The only thing that surpassed her calming "way" with me was her knowledge and wisdom of photography. The more we worked together, the more impressed I was! Honestly, if you ... or she wants a certain shot, she'll work until she gets it. Thank you, Laine Torres Photography!"

It was truly a pleasure to get to know and work with Irmadene.  I wish her the best with her new book!  Take a look here to see the photos she selected:

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As Irmadene Hanson commented above, it can be an anxious task to get in front of a camera and get those needed photos taken. I invite you to look at the reviews from my business clients to get their impressions of how our photography sessions went. At Laine Torres Photography, I try to make everyone as comfortable and prepared as possible to take the stress out of the day. Let’s talk about the kind of photos you need, and how I can make that experience a positive one for you. Just reach out at (763) 218-7484 and we'll start planning.

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Interview with Laura Marie Host - by Laine Torres http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/10/interview-with-laura-marie-host

On your devoteddaily.com website you introduce yourself as “perfectly imperfect.” Can you tell us a little more about that and about your work?

Yes, I am truly so imperfect, which is why I am a Christian. I know that in God’s eyes I am perfectly made, but as we know, we are all broken and have our own issues. In today’s world it’s so easy to look on social media and feel like everyone has it so “perfect” when, in reality, their life is really a hot mess, ha, ha! So, I want my friends and audience to know that I am indeed imperfect, but I know that it’s exactly what I am supposed to be: Perfectly Imperfect!

I am a lifetime entrepreneur. Since I was in elementary school, I have been pursuing my dreams and passions as an entrepreneur; from owning a brick and mortar store, to being a top leader in direct sales. I have a passion and drive to empower entrepreneurs to be who God purposed them to be.

You will be launching a new business community in the next few months. What brought on this idea and what do you wish for it to accomplish?

My big God Project now is launching a Christian Entrepreneur Community to empower Christian Entrepreneurs to be who God purposed them to be through an online private membership community named Key Community. God placed this idea in my heart 2 years ago and it’s been a work in progress ever since. There is plenty of content on the World Wide Web today on how to build a business, but I wanted to have a place where Christians could come together and pursue their dreams and passions, and also grow in their Faith. It’s going to be amazing to see how this community helps Christian Entrepreneurs around the world grow in the Business and Faith!

You went to Laine Torres Photography to have a lifestyle shoot. In what ways are you going to use the new photos to develop your new brand?

I have used the photos in a workbook, on lead pages, on my website and I’m sure they will be used in many other future projects as well!

You have had true success in developing your online presence. Will you speak to your process and the importance of creating online engagement by utilizing your voice and building relationships?

I know that God has placed an incredible audience in my path and it’s so fun to be able to engage with them. I find that being real and “imperfect” is what truly allows me to connect with my audience. I also have a true heart for helping others and seeing them have success. I am never afraid to share my love for Jesus and my love for people. I believe if you just love on your audience and be real, it will help them to connect with you and want to tune in to what you have to share.

You are living true to your personal side in your businesses. Has that been a challenge, a blessing, or both and why?

Being true to God first and giving God the glory is number 1. That allows me to step back and stay humble. I know that I am where I am today and I am who I am today because of Him, and all the obstacles and blessings that have been in my path; it’s all part of the process to experience success.

Is there anything else you would like people to know about your new venture?

We are here to empower you to be who God purposed you to be. Never feel alone. Never go through life wondering “why am I here…?”, instead, dig deeper, join our free Facebook community, connect with us, and we will embrace and love you in your process of finding your life purpose and who God truly purposed you to be.     

What is the best way for people to connect with you?

Find us online at:

www.DevotedDaily.com/home

Join our Christian Entrepreneur FB community:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DevotedDaily

Join our wait list to be the first to know when our Private Key Community for Christian Entrepreneurs launches:

http://www.devoteddaily.com/key-community

Not an entrepreneur but would love a daily dose of Jesus? Like our Devoted Daily FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DevotedDailyGodFirst

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To view photos from Laura's session and read more about her experience with me, click here.

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) christian devoted daily entrepreneurs interview laine torres photography laura marie host professional photographer ramsey mn http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/10/interview-with-laura-marie-host Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:54:47 GMT
Beth Riegger - Photos for an Elevated Brand in Brooklyn Park, MN http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/10/beth-riegger---photos-for-an-elevated-brand-in-brooklyn-park-mn I had the pleasure of meeting Beth Riegger through some mutual clients and friends. After being introduced, Beth and I got together for coffee and to learn more about each other. She had some fun vacation plans coming up, so we scheduled her session for right after her return. Beth is a very warm woman who really cares about everyone, especially her clients, and I was super excited to work with her and help her with the rebranding and relaunching of her business.

Keys 2 Success Marketing is a website development and online marketing firm that is all about understanding your business vision and translating it to the public in a way that will attract your ideal clients.

Beth wanted new photos for her website and new marketing materials. Preparation for the shoot day included brand consultant Dawn Stebbing, who was Beth’s personal shopper and helped her pull together an amazing wardrobe, and Sarah Elizabeth Artistry, who provided the hair and makeup services to ensure Beth looked beautiful and confident. 

We played some fun music to set the tone, which helped to provide a nice relaxed feeling to the whole day. And since we were shooting in Beth’s home in Brooklyn Park, we had the company from her 2 dogs, who sat in and watched part of the session. They definitely got their share of attention!

This is what Beth had to share about her experience working with me:

"I went to Laine to get my images updated. I've lost some weight and also shortened my hair. I didn't think the photos would make much of a difference but wow, they have sure elevated my professional look! I also wanted to make sure there was negative space so I could use the images in my marketing. Laine was able to incorporate this into our session and the results are amazing!"

For Beth, it was also important that we created dynamic shots she could use to write specific copy when marketing her services. She has since added some of the photos to her website. You can see more of the selected shots here:

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Let me introduce you to my professional headshot gallery of memorable entrepreneurs. These talented people probably felt the same way you do about getting your photo taken. Some even called it a “necessary evil.” That was before we worked together. At Laine Torres Photography I take the fear, insecurity and dislike out of the equation by making each and every shoot fun, efficient and flexible for your needs. Please give me a call at (763) 218-7484 or send a message and we can plan the perfect session to suit your business and the brand you want to share.

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) branding photos brooklyn park laine torres photography photo session professional headshots professional photographer rebranding http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/10/beth-riegger---photos-for-an-elevated-brand-in-brooklyn-park-mn Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMT
Laura Host Branding Photo Session: an Entrepreneur of Inspiration – Ramsey, MN http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/10/laura-host-branding-photo-session-an-entrepreneur-of-inspiration-ramsey-mn Laura Host is launching a new business focused on providing an online community for Christian business owners. This community will empower and provide them with resources, tools, advice, guidance, tips and inspiration through Faith. Laura needed photos to use on the new website, her social media and in marketing her developing brand.

Laura isn’t new to being a business owner. This bubbly and upbeat woman is busy with her own store, along with running a lot of online activities, such as selling jewelry and Modere health and wellness products. She does it all putting God first. Her new venture is called Devoted Daily.

We shot at her beautiful home in Ramsey, then moved to downtown Anoka for some extra special shots. Our makeup talent who prepared Laura beautifully for being under the bright lights was Jody Winter, of Winter Artistry, who calls herself “makeup artist and champion of small businesses".     

Laura's vision was so complete! She had an inspiration board that was full of ideas, which gave me clear direction. She also went out shopping using my instructions, focusing on the clothes that made her feel beautiful. In keeping with her spirit, we managed to slip in some fun by stopping for some ice cream at Two Scoops, in Anoka. Her dog Pierre was present in a number of photos and turned out to be a great model!

With a full library of her images, Laura is more than ready to take the action she needs to launch her new business.

Click here to connect with Laura Host on Facebook.

Here's what Laura had to say about her experience working with me:

"Most professional experience EVER and FUN!! I had a lifestyle photo shoot done for my website and Marketing for a new business. Laine made this experience PRICELESS from the first phone conversation! Highly recommend!! A++"

To learn more about Devoted Daily, watch for my in-depth interview with Laura in an upcoming blog post - and here are just some of our favorite shots:

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Fall is the perfect season to capture great, personality-driven, branding photos in both inside and outside locations. With my mobile studio I am free to come to you and we can be flexible to shoot in multiple sites. I have also recently acquired a studio space that can be used if that would be a fit for your brand. Let's work together and get others to notice you and your special business by getting new branding photos taken. Contact me today and we'll chat about what would help you stand out and give your work a visual and professional boost. Talk soon!

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Connecting Cathy McLane to Her Personal Brand - A Custom Photo Session in Maple Grove http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/9/connecting-cathy-mclane-to-her-personal-brand---a-custom-photo-session-in-maple-grove Cathy McLane was ready for creating her personal brand and what better time than while she is moving to the next level with her business Cathy Connects, LLC. Cathy possesses long-term experience as a marketing and communications leader for prestigious organizations. As a communications expert, her services include employee engagement, multi-channel marketing, milestone marketing and digital strategy.

We met prior to the session for a style and concept consultation. She is very lively and spontaneous, speaking with hand gestures and a smile. We decided to forgo the studio and use her home as the backdrop. I was so pleased to go to Cathy’s home to do the photo shoot where I was met by her very sweet and social Vizsla dogs, and a house full of art created by her relatives. It was a great location full of different angles and personal meaning. 

Makeup was done by the talented Meg Hume from Humen Nature. We had a super time setting up the shots. For Cathy it was important that the photographs reflected the business side and celebrate her personal side by including her dogs in the shots.

This is what Cathy had to say about the session:

“I did a package with Laine where she (and a fab make-up artist, AND assistant) came to my house for a custom photo shoot: I wanted a variety of headshots for bios, my website, and more. She did an amazing job and I absolutely love my images. She is a joy to work with, and has a great attention to detail - and to ensuring client comfort. I highly recommend!”

You can see here some of the poses she selected: 

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If you know someone who is taking their brand to the next level and would benefit from professional photos, please connect us. Custom photos are one of the best ways to elevate the professional image for a business owner and allow them to confidently market their products and services.

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A Brand, a Book, and a Smart Businessman - Paul Fisher Photo Shoot in Minneapolis http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/9/a-brand-a-book-and-a-smart-businessman-paul-fisher-photo-shoot-minneapolis Paul Fisher is a professional who is watching out for the future and giving guidance through his new book, Beyond the Days of the Giants: Solving the Crisis of Growth and Succession in Today's CPA Firms. Being a forward thinking entrepreneur, he also thought about having great photos for the book and his business brand – this is how I got the privilege to meet and photograph him.

Paul has practiced as a CPA for 27 years and is also known as a very engaging speaker on the keys to driving growth in the 21st Century. He formed his business, New Giants Consulting, LLC, to help new and upcoming accountants establish a value-based culture as they develop their firms.

Our shoot was held at BerganKDV in Minneapolis where Paul has partnered in the business. Talented Meg Hume did his makeup, and it was special to learn from Paul that his clothes were picked by his daughter Anne.  

After coming all the way from Chicago for the photo shoot he looked very sharp and confident. You could see Paul's professionalism in our session.  He was calm, trusting, a great listener, and took direction very well. The overall shoot was a collaborative effort as Paul came up with his own creative ideas for shots. We even did some fun detail shots of his lapel, hands, cell phone and more that are valuable for using with website branding.

You can take a look at some of Paul's selected photos here:


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Mark your calendar on September 26th and get your professional headshots updated at this easy and convenient session!

I have photographed hundreds of professionals and offer headshot mini sessions once a quarter for those who want authentic high-quality photos with the budget-friendly group pricing.

Only 5 spots available* - 3 LEFT! >> SOLD OUT

REGISTER HERE FOR NEXT OPPORTUNITY 

Includes:
- 1h Photo Session
- Studio setup with background and lighting
- Professional makeup on location
- 2 final edited images of your choice
- Tip sheet for outfits and accessories
- Print and usage release for personal and professional use

What past clients say about this event:

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"Wow! Thank you to Laine Torres for the great photos and experience. The whole process from start to finish was well organized and Laine made the photo shoot session experience comfortable - she gave great direction as to how to stand and how to tilt the chin, head, etc. - loved her attention to detail." Cari Nelson-Spears

"Laine has a gift for bringing out the best in her clients, and she captures it effortlessly. Everything she does is with the utmost professionalism and genuine skill. She truly knows her craft and she's a master of it!" Rachel Madrigal

"Laine combined professionalism, flexibility and fun into our photo shoot. I am proud to use my headshots and I would definitely recommend calling Laine Torres Photography to my friends and colleagues." Susan Murphy

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Regular price is $690 only $390: Register Here for Future Date

*You must sign a Photography Agreement & Model Release and pay in full in advance to secure a spot.

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Photographing Author and Business Coach Alissa Daire Nelson - Shoreview, MN http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/6/photographing-author-and-business-coach-alissa-daire-nelson---shoreview-mn Alissa Daire Nelson has many talents which she applies to her work as a Certified Strengths Coach, Author, Podcaster, and Speaker. Alissa is the owner of Daire Success Coaching, where she helps clients unlock their strengths and develop those strengths to elevate their business and personal lives.

Alissa recently launched her first book, rebranded her website, and revamped all her marketing materials. This exciting quest for fresh branding brought the two of us together for a full-blown photo session, including creating the image that would be featured as the cover of her new book.

Prior to our session, we discussed the shot list with her branding manager Heather Coughenour, of Rebel 42. With a clear plan in hand, I brought my portable studio to her home in Shoreview and directed her session to fulfill all that was requested. Meg Hume, with Humen Nature Professional Makeup Services, created a polished, natural and flattering makeup, so Alissa looked flawless even before any edits were made to the photos.

It was so gratifying that Alissa was completely in love with her photos when she saw them and shared them on social media right away! Her branding and design team helped choose the perfect image for her book cover, which you can see below. You can purchase it on Amazon or through a link on her website.

Alissa kept all the images we created at her session and you can see how she used several of them on her new site. To see some of my favorites, just scroll down!

Last but not least, here’s what she had to say about her experience working with me:

"I decided to work with Laine because she was recommended by a friend of mine and her portfolio was great. I knew my decision was the right one when she prepared me for my shoot SO well. All the important details were covered and I was set up for total success! Thorough, masterful with light and angles, drew my true personality out (sometimes hard to do when you're uncomfortable in front of a camera!). The whole shoot felt luxurious! I literally receive compliments EVERY day, but the one I get the most often that means the most to me is, "Wow! These pictures are so YOU!" If you are considering working with Laine, just do it. You won't regret the investment. Your brand deserves GREAT photos."

Click here to connect with Alissa Daire Nelson on LinkedIn.

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As a professional photographer, I work with personality-driven businesses to create branding photos that showcase their confidence and expertise. The result is an array of images they can use in the upcoming years to market their products and services. Professional photos communicate that their businesses are thriving and that they themselves are worth the investment. If your business would benefit from a rebrand, let's chat about how custom photography can give you the differentiator you need to stand out in your market. Contact me today!

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Complete PR Photos for Best-Selling Author and Sales Coach President Ursula Mentjes http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/6/complete-pr-photos-for-best-selling-author-and-sales-coach-president-ursula-mentjes I would not be surprised if you have already heard of Ursula Mentjes.  Ursula is an amazing entrepreneur, best-selling author, and the president of Sales Coach Now.  She is getting ready for a new book launch, graced the most recent magazine cover for savibizmag.com  and needed an array of photos for a speaker sheet, a website re-do, and different social media platforms. We had a long shot list!

This exciting photo shoot happened at Hotel Ivy, which is a regular business spot for Ursula. It is important to feel comfortable during a photoshoot, and this was a familiar place with familiar faces for her. It also allowed us to use their beautiful furniture in our shots, especially after their recent renovation.

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Ursula's makeup was done by the sweet and talented Meg Hume, who ensured she looked even more beautiful.  Another invaluable assist came from my husband, Chris, who helped me set up my lighting for the shots.  We tried a new lighting style with a ring light which is very flattering and even, and produced beautiful round catchlights in Ursula’s eyes. Check it out:

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Our choices for clothes were sophisticated and soft, with colors that Ursula is naturally inclined to wear.  Our main focus was to show the real energy she brings to her work.  With our whole group working so well together, there was a lot of positive energy in the room, and the day went quickly. We made the most of the clothing changes and the beautiful location where we were shooting, but, of course, the real star of the day was Ursula: she looked gorgeous as always!

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We photographed the potential cover for her new book, which is not out yet, so I am unable to share it, BUT here's the magazine cover we shot, which has been released:

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I was touched by the following comments Ursula made when she got to review the photos:

“Laine is a #rockstarphotog! I loved working with her and the photos exceeded my expectations. Laine is super gifted and has a way of drawing out the VERY best version of you. Plus, her team is phenomenal and made everything run smoothly and easily. I highly recommend Laine as a photographer for your next photoshoot or event!”

Thank you, Ursula, for your wonderful words. I really enjoyed our photo session and I wish you all the best!

-Laine


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London Photos by Professional Photographer Laine Torres http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/5/london-photos-by-professional-photographer-laine-torres Chris and I recently returned from our vacation. We went to visit my brother who is currently living in London and loving it.

Have you ever been?

If you have, you know this, but even if you haven't, you can imagine that there are people everywhere you go, and from every single corner of the world, seriously. And each group of people seems to have at least a couple cameras on them (not including their phones). I don't say this with annoyance but truly as a mere fact.

So, as I visited the popular landmarks, and fought for a spot to photograph them, I realized I was creating the same photos that hundreds of thousands of people create when they're there. The very same. I was in auto mode, just view, click, move. And I honestly thought to myself that I didn't want to have those images. I can easily google them and they will be far more beautiful and artistic than what I was creating.

With that in mind, I decided that I wanted to capture the things we kind of see but don't register. The things we notice but may not remember.

Yes, I got some cliche/expected/overdone photos as well, because, after all, I was still a tourist, but, as I sat here to write this and share some photos with you, I decided to select just very few of the very few that I took. Oh, and, of course, if you follow me on Instagram (@lainetorres), you got to see more of the touristy shots, with selfies and goofy filters and what-not's - you know, the fun stuff.

Here you go - the British details you may or may not have noticed:

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doTower Bridge in the background. This photo was taken with the Tower of London behind me.

Tower Bridge in the background

This photo was taken with the Tower of London behind me

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doMy brother Hugo (left), his wife Aline and my husband Chris, crossing the Tower Bridge.

My brother Hugo (left), his wife Aline and my husband Chris, crossing the Tower Bridge

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doDaniel & Suzie's love, celebrated on April 4th, 2017, and attached to Tower Bridge.

Daniel & Suzie's love, celebrated on April 4th, 2017, and attached to Tower Bridge

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doOffice buildings and their modern architecture sit on one Thames River bank, opposite the Tower of London and all it's history. london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doMore modern offices overlooking the Thames.
london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doSaint Paul's Cathedral - no photos allowed inside. london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doTrafalgar Square with Big Ben in the horizon and The National Gallery behind me.

From top left:

1. Modern architecture buildings on one side of the Thames River bank, opposite the Tower of London and all it's history

2. More modern offices overlooking the Thames and the Tower of London

3. Saint Paul's Cathedral - no photos allowed inside

4. Trafalgar Square with Big Ben in the horizon and The National Gallery behind me

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doArtist using chalk on Trafalgar Square.

Artist using chalk on Trafalgar Square

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doA candid shot of my brother and his wife, next to The London Eye, opposite Houses of Parliament.

A candid shot of my brother and his wife, next to The London Eye, opposite Houses of Parliament

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doTouring the Tower of London.

Touring the Tower of London

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doThe British Museum - an infinite world of historic artifacts.

The British Museum - an infinite world of historic artifacts

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doPoliceman in charge of traffic at the changing of the Royal Guard.

Policeman in charge of traffic at the changing of the Royal Guard

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Victoria Memorial, across from Buckingham Palace

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doArtist drawing at the National Gallery.

Artist drawing at the National Gallery

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doAntique store meticulously arranged.

Antique store meticulously arranged

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doDancewear store - can you find Chris?

Dancewear store - can you find Chris?

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Carousel by The London Eye

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doDay shot of Big Ben <3 london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doAnd when the lights come on.

Left: Day shot of Big Ben <3

Right: When the lights come on

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doEarly evening overlooking Houses of Parliament

Early evening overlooking Houses of Parliament

 

Some of the things we did (and that I recommend):

 

I would like to give a big thanks to my client and friend Stacy Mueller for sharing so many wonderful tips and recommendations prior to us leaving. Thanks, Stacy! Your suggestions were very much appreciated.

How about you? What's your favorite thing to see/do in London? What else would you add to the list? Comment below and I will make sure to check it out next time.

-Laine

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Professional Headshots Event in Saint Louis Park - June 14th http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/5/professional-headshots-event-in-saint-louis-park---june-14th professional headshot event laine torres photography june 14 saint louis park photographer social media profile photo

There's a lot of information out there about how the right online image can actually help your business career.

I often work with small business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as professionals of the most varied industries, to provide photos that are current, flattering and that show their confidence and worth. it's actually what I am known for, and definitely something that I love to do.

If you (or someone you know) would benefit from a new professional headshot, my upcoming Headshot Event on June 14th is meant to be the place to get that professional look. The full day is a series of mini photo sessions for busy people just like you, set in an easy and fun environment.

Here's what's included with your registration:

  • Up to 1h photo session allowing for multiple outfit changes
  • Professional Makeup with pre-session consultation
  • Studio setup with different backgrounds and lighting
  • Tip sheet for outfits and accessories so you come in prepared and looking sharp
  • 2 final edited images of your choice selected right after the session*
  • Print and usage release for personal and professional use

*Additional photos available for purchase for a discounted rate.

 

Want to see some samples of what you can expect when we work together?

Here's a link with more details and photos taken at a previous Headshot Mini Session.

Here's a link to my FULL headshots gallery.

 

Here's what previous clients had to say about their mini headshot session:

"Wow! Thank you to Laine Torres for the great photos and experience. The whole process from start to finish was well organized and Laine made the photo shoot session experience comfortable - she gave great direction as to how to stand and how to tilt the chin, head, etc. - loved her attention to detail." Cari Nelson-Spears

"Laine has a gift for bringing out the best in her clients, and she captures it effortlessly. Everything she does is with the utmost professionalism and genuine skill. She truly knows her craft and she's a master of it!" Rachel Madrigal

"Laine combined professionalism, flexibility and fun into our photo shoot. I am proud to use my headshots and I would definitely recommend calling Laine Torres Photography to my friends and colleagues." Susan Murphy

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Regular price is $690 only $390Register Here or contact me if you have any questions.

You must sign a Photography Agreement & Model Release and pay in full in advance to secure a spot.

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This is what Mini Sessions for Professional Headshots are like http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/4/this-is-what-mini-sessions-for-professional-headshots-are-like This event was so memorable!

I had a full day devoted to a series of 30-minute headshot sessions for busy entrepreneurs. Many of the professional women who came in were friends and colleagues of mine, or we have done work together, so there was a real ‘family feel’ to the day.

What made it even more special was the help I had for the day.

One of my favorite makeup artists, Meg Hume, was in the room helping each client look and feel amazing for their shoot. My husband Chris was busy at the computer, helping clients review their shots and make selections. And my new assistant Katie was there getting her first experience with the process, the equipment and me! (I will be writing a blog introducing Katie soon after she has had a chance to settle in.)

So it was a big day!

My main goal was to put everyone at ease with the process, take headshots that show these beautiful people at their best, and do this in a short amount of time so they could move on with their busy schedules. 

I appreciated how everyone came with their wardrobe selections ready to go and took my consultation on what might work best. Meg also did a great job getting each client in and out of the makeup chair looking polished and professional.

The photos that each client selected show how wonderful of an experience this was. Thanks to Cari, Sue, Shanna, Susan, Deb and Rachel for your patience and positive attitudes!

Here you can see some of my favorites:

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If you are ready for new and flattering headshots, I will be holding my next Professional Headshot Event on June 14th. You can get more information here or register here. Or you can contact me directly if you have any questions or special requests.

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Stock Photos for New Call Center Company in Minneapolis http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/4/stock-photos-for-new-call-center-company-in-minneapolis Janet Livingston is one of those people you say “wow” when you hear about her skills and business accomplishments.  She is currently the President of Call Center Sales Pro, in Minneapolis MN, where she helps businesses become more efficient and reduce costs.

If that isn’t enough, Janet is starting up another business called AS1, or Answering Service One, which is the reason I found myself working with this wonderful woman again.

AS1 is a premier, HIPAA-compliant, medical answering service specializing in 24-hour doctor and patient support.  With the launch of the business scheduled for this Spring, Janet wanted custom stock photos for her website and other promotional materials.

We were already acquainted because I had the pleasure of doing her and her husband Jeff’s headshots a few years ago.  For the AS1 session, we photographed at OffiCenters in Minnetonka, which is where Janet offices. The goal for the session was to create an authentic look in the stock photos that would truly reflect their brand.

We worked with 4 models: Jessie, Karissa, Corinne, and Jordan. Meg Hume did their makeup to ensure we stayed true to what Janet's vision was for the photos. To my surprise, 3 of the models were siblings! It was fun to see how well they worked together.

Thanks to the fantastic job by Jill Lane, our Project Manager, the session was relaxed and easy. She followed Janet’s shot list and kept us all moving forward and on time.

Here are some of the top shots we created:

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I love how the new website turned out! You can check for yourself here. Best of luck in your new venture, Janet!

If you would like to learn more about AS1 and the launch of their services, you can like their Facebook page here.

-Laine

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Capturing the Heart of Carol and Scotty Morgan - a Couple's Photo Session in Blaine http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/3/capturing-the-heart-of-carol-and-scotty-morgan---a-couples-photo-session-in-blaine Carol and Scotty Morgan are the winners of my Valentine’s Day Mini Photo Session Promo, but I see how they are winners of so much more because they have found each other. And me, I am SO happy that I got to capture their love and special relationship in photos!

The day started off with the couple dropping their kids, Mia and Drew, off with Scotty's parents, and joining me at Springbrook Nature Center in Blaine. The session was short and fun, and I had NO idea Scotty would be so funny! He had everyone laughing for the whole session, especially when he pranked me with leaves (I made the mistake of telling him I am terrified of bugs, so imagine how I freaked out!).

They told me that the last time they had professional photos done was at their wedding, 17 years ago. Carol also told me she just knew their story would win the Valentine's Day Promo - talk about setting the intention! When I asked what she would like me to capture with the photos, she requested that the images show the love she and Scotty have for each other.  As you will see by the final photos, that was not so hard.

Carol is one of those people who just radiate warmth when they enter a room. She contributes to the world through her business, Live Pure Vida, where she is a Healthy Living coach. Scotty gives back through his profession as a police officer, but on this day, they were there just to relax and have fun.

The weather at the park was warm, even though it's March and the sun was not out. I would like to think because the Morgans brought their own sunshine! I had a great time getting to know them a little better, and I hope you will join me in wishing them many more happy years in their life together.

Be sure to take a look at the playful and loving photos from the session and click here to read the story that helped them win the Valentine's Day Promo, including a $50 gift certificate for Fogo de Chao!

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Professional Headshots Event in Saint Louis Park - April 5th http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/3/professional-headshots-event-saint-louis-park-april-5

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I am very excited to offer this event where you can easily get your headshots updated!

Come join us and get a set of fresh, modern and professional photos that will help you look your best.

 

Consider this:

  • What photo are you using for your LinkedIn/Facebook profile right now? Does it show your best self?
  • What do your colleagues and future clients think when they search for you? Are you happy with the image they see?
  • Are you still professionally in that same place? Or how different are you personally from when they were last updated?
  • How can you use new photos to help maximize your online exposure and connect with more people?
  • How would you feel if you had a photo that collected compliments left and right?
  • How helpful would it be to have your photos taken by someone who coordinates all the details for you, such as what to wear, how to pose, what photos to choose, etc.?

 

This event is for:

  • Busy and successful professionals that know the power of a good headshot
  • Writers and authors who are finishing up their latest book and have upcoming interviews and events
  • Expert bloggers who create a world of content and whose photos travel the globe
  • Executives who are passionate about the companies they help run
  • New business owners who are starting out with a bang and making an impact in their industry
  • Past clients who need an easy and fast option to get new photos
  • Mission-driven business owners who are changing the world and celebrating how far they've come

 

There are only 10 spots available to ensure enough time and attention are dedicated to each client: Register Here

 

Here's what you get:

- 20 min session
- Studio setup with different backgrounds and lighting
- 2 final edited images of your choice*
- Tip sheet for outfits and accessories
- Print and usage release for personal and professional use

*Additional photos available for purchase. You can also book a professional makeup artist and bring your photos to the next level.

 

Want to see how I photograph?

Here's a link to my FULL headshots gallery.

 

Here's what previous clients had to say about working with me:

"I enjoyed our photoshoot!! That is probably the first time in my life I can actually say I enjoyed getting my picture taken. Laine, you made it easy and fun for me, and I was able to fully trust you and your process from the start. You were professional and I enjoyed seeing you work your photo magic AND we laughed and had a great time!! When you sent the photo link to me -- I was thrilled to have so many wonderful photos to choose from! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Julie Jacky

"Laine is that unusual combination of a person who can be professional and fun at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being photographed. I could relax and let the real me out! The resulting photos captured my personality and will be quite effective portraying who I am on my website, book, and collateral materials. I recommend her of any occasion without hesitation!" Leslie Shore

Thank you Laine for making my experience wonderful and making me look my best. You had the perfect make up/hair artist to prep me and you were professional and fun to work with. You put me at ease... let's face it, posing for a photo can be a little awkward. I especially appreciated your speed in getting the photos to me. I couldn't be more pleased. I recommend you to any other professional looking for their first professional headshot or an updated one. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Laine! Jeannette Grace

 

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Regular price is $644 only $247Register Here or contact me if you have any questions.

You must sign a Photography Agreement & Model Release and pay in full in advance to secure a spot.

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Headshot Photography for Laura Brandt as she prepares for a New Adventure http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/3/headshot-photography-for-laura-brandt-as-she-prepares-for-a-new-adventure It is no secret that I love when my clients invite me into their lovely homes for a photo shoot. I can really get a feel for their personality and it keeps my job ever interesting when I shoot at all kinds of different locations! For Laura's session, we photographed in her beautiful Plymouth home, right in her living room.

Laura Brandt thrives when working with nonprofits on donor engagement strategies. Our photo shoot, however, was to create exciting pictures for her new business venture, where she will be helping these organizations to maximize their online presence by building valuable connections on LinkedIn. Laura shared with me that she will be writing content and providing consultation and training to her clients.

One thing that was so fun about working with Laura was her openness to trying all the clothes and jewelry I requested. She was easy to pose and the camera loved her. Her makeup was done by Meg Hume, one of my favorite makeup artists here in the Twin Cities.

Laura knew exactly what she wanted, and we collaborated to create a shot list prior to us shooting. This step really helped things move along smoothly during the session.

When Laura was deciding on which photos to choose she looked to those who knew her well for help. Sometimes it can be challenging to look through all the shots and zero in on the best ones, so it was a great idea to get outside help from those who really know her. I was so pleased when she shared that she didn't know she could look like this, and that her friends all thought the pictures were beautiful!

I really appreciated working with Laura because she values quality and wanted a photographer who would give her direction on how to pose and what to do; someone who would pay attention to all details. It is truly rewarding to work with people who trust me to deliver what they need, so, THANK YOU, Laura! I appreciate you.

I wish Laura the best in her work and I am so glad I had the chance to photograph her. Here is what she shared about her experience working with me:

"It was fun converting my living room into a photo studio. No going outside after getting my hair just right. Having a fabulous artist (that is right - artist) do my make-up was wonderful. Ask any of my friends - I hate having my picture taken. Laine's passion for her work set me at ease. There was plenty of laughter and best of all - they made me feel like a star. Thank you!" -Laura Brandt

Check out some of both hers and mine top shots:

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I LOVE her photos! Doesn't she look great??

-Laine

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I am on a search for a Photography Assistant! http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/3/i-am-on-a-search-for-a-photography-assistant professional photographer in andover mn looking for photo session assistant

I am looking for someone who will add a positive presence to my clients’ experience!

If you are the type of person who doesn’t want to be desk-bound, I guarantee you will be active physically and mentally, and get to meet some really special people.

 

So, here are the job requirements:

- Very professional and punctual

- Responsible, friendly, discreet and patient

- Must drive and/or have own form of transportation

- Able to lift 30-50lbs

- Able to easily follow direct instructions and anticipate needs

- Able to stand for extended periods of time

- Responsible for setup and teardown of mobile studio

- Responsible for audio equipment setup and control

- Loading and unloading of vehicle, sometimes parking/moving photographer's vehicle

- Handling all photography equipment

- Providing lighting support as requested

- Basic knowledge of photography preferred but not required

 

And, of course, these are some of the benefits:

- Receive hands-on training: photographer or former assistant will train you at an upcoming session

- Flexible schedule: sessions are 1-2 times per week (not every week), sometimes on weekdays, sometimes on weekends

- Starting time, duration, location and setup vary greatly

- Dynamic and fun atmosphere: photo sessions are always different and interesting!

- Learn creative lighting setups and different posing and coaching techniques

- Learn how to communicate to clients to make them feel at ease

- Rate is negotiable and varies depending on length and type of session

 

Here’s how to apply:

Send me an email with your introduction, schedule availability, and any prior/relevant experience. If selected, I will contact you for an interview.

 

Let’s make some beautiful photos together!

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Brand Photography for Stand-out Personalities in the World of Realtors http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/2/brand-photography-for-stand-out-personalities-in-the-world-of-realtors It was tons of fun doing a photo session with real estate agents Karen Rue and Paula Gulliford of Edina Realty, along with their team of Jessica, Noel and Deborah.  These talented realtors have offices in Saint Paul and a great history connecting people to the perfect home. My job was to connect them to the perfect photos.

They wanted photos that would stand out from the many faces of realtors in the area. Jen Jones of Whip-Smart Marketing Communications is their website designer and arranged the shoot to get some special images of the team for the new website they are launching.

A friend of Karen’s lent them her lovely home in Burnsville for the shoot. Karen and Paula specialize in mid-century homes and we included the beautiful aspects of the home in the session to showcase their experience with this type of residence.

Another special reason for this shoot was that Karen and Paula, who have been business partners for the past 13 years, are expanding their team and rebranding, and the photos will help introduce everyone. Jen was really the bright mind behind the session because she was ready with a strong concept for the photos and helped to coordinate the details and the shot list.

Right after the shoot was over I received an email from Jen that read:

“Laine, What a day. Such fun! The clients seemed at ease and the photos I saw were fantastic. Thank you. Delightful to work with you, Chris, and Meg. I can’t wait to see all the money shots you captured.”

I think back on how the whole group was relaxed and prepared, letting their warmth and personality show through in the shots we took that day. The resulting photos look fantastic and they have finalized their selection.

Check out the photos that they have selected for their new website:

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I think they really show the lovely people inside that I saw and got to know better on the day of the shoot.  Good luck to you all with your special team and your new website!

-Laine

>> Makeup by the talented Meg Hume - Humen Nature Artistry

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How We Met - An Unlikely Love Story http://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/2/how-we-met---an-unlikely-love-story Chris and I have met online.

That’s pretty common nowadays, but it was not that ordinary 12 years ago. It was especially extraordinary when you consider I was in my early 20’s and a student attending Advertising college in Brazil. That’s right. When we met, I was all the way down in Brazil, and he was way up here in Minnesota!

One day we started chatting online through an international dating website, all because of a cute photo he had posted with his nephew. I messaged him first. I literally said “nice photo!” and BAM, he was in love with me.

Not really. LOL

Ok, so while we were still just getting to know each other, we started chatting and within a short period of time progressed to very (unbeknownst to us) expensive international phone calls (ouch!). We did all the late night calls, downpour of back and forth of emails and video chats that were scheduled as allowed by our different time zones.

One day, out of the blue, I asked him out. Truth be told, I had no expectations, no plans, I had no idea what would happen. I mean, this guy was all the way up in Minnesota, and I had my whole life shaping up in Brazil, so what COULD happen, really? Still, I asked him out. And he said yes. This was about May 2005.

In August of that same year, he flew to Brazil for the first time, and we met face-to-face. Without knowing a word of Portuguese, without even being sure I was 100% honest, he bought a plane ticket to come see me, almost driving his parents crazy! I used to think that was brave, now I just think it was madness…

Back then we were just two kids, quite different in many aspects, living so far away from each other and simply connected by technology. But somehow he thought he should make the trip. And I’m glad he did.

laine torres photography professional photographer personal love promotion valentine's day storyThis photo was actually taken in 2005, but we really like it. It was taken during one of Chris' many trips to Brazil while we were dating long distance.

This photo was taken after a party at a friend's house, during one of Chris' many trips to Brazil while we were dating long distance.

At first, things did not go so well. We were awkward and nervous around each other. Plus he arrived wearing boots and high waisted pants and I was NOT attracted to that (to this day it’s still unclear how he felt about my hippie clothes… I know, one look at 2005 me and you would agree that I really had no right to judge ANYONE’S style…).

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A sample of our trendy styles for your personal amusement. You're welcome.

FYI: This is Chris AFTER I took him out shopping for "Brazilian" clothes. Yup, I know.

And so after the first few days, when he acclimated to the scorching weather and the humidity level only the tropics can offer, things started to make sense for us. We both were who we thought of each other. We both recognized that person we had been talking to over the phone for so many nights in the past few months. And our first kiss happened in the kitchen of my mom’s old house. I remember his heart about to beat out of his chest. It was really sweet. <3

We dated long distance for about 2 and a half years, travelling here and there, exchanging letters, photos, gifts and even breaking up a few times.

I moved to the U.S. in 2007 and we got married in Vegas in 2008.

Us kids, lathering on sunscreen before baking bathing in the sun.

It still personally amazes me how we were so far from each other, and yet were able to travel great lengths to be together,  to grow together, and commit to one another, through different upbringings and the obvious challenges posed by any long-term relationship.

How about you? Do you have an inspirational, unique, weird, funny story about how you met your significant other?

Check out this promotion I am running on Facebook for this Valentine's day and share your story for a chance to win a mini photo session with me and a $50 gift card to the restaurant of your choice!

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Quick rules to enter for the promotion:

1. LIKE Laine Torres Photography, LLC on Facebook AND the **ORIGINAL** post with the specific photo you see above
2. WRITE in the photo comments how you two met (include all the awesome details!)
3. SHARE the original post with your family and friends

 

The prizes:

- (1) 30min Valentine Mini Session worth $447
- (5) fully edited digital files
- 20% discount on any additional purchases
- $50 gift certificate to a restaurant of your choice

 

The fine print:

Limit 1 entry per couple. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Both people must be at least 18 years old to participate. Winners must sign a photo agreement and model release. Session will be booked directly with you at a date that is convenient for both you and photographer, however you must book and redeem your free session no later than March 15th. A $50 gift card to a restaurant of your choice will be gifted to you when you receive your photos, after the session is complete. By entering this contest you agree with all terms and grant Laine Torres Photography, LLC permission to share your name and the information you submitted at the time of entry. You also agree to receive future offers and promotions by Laine Torres Photography, LLC. You may unsubscribe at any time. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Inquire directly for more info.

 

PROMOTION ENDS ON VALENTINE'S DAY - FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED THE DAY AFTER, ON FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017

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