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    I'm Lauriann Wakefield, and through photography, I help vacationers at Bear Lake express their love and connection with this beautiful place. I serve family clients in the Bear Lake Utah, Logan, and occasionally in the Utah County areas. My work can be described as editorial, with complimentary composition and beautiful light. Please contact me for information or to book a session. You can also contact me through Facebook.

What children need

“…they need to be touched by grass, flowers, sunshine, and birdsong.  They need a pile of dirt and earthworms, clay for mud pies and dirt balls for target practice.  They need sticks and bare feet, stuffed toes too.
They need songs, stories, paints, and costumes.  And games that go on with no end.

These children are Life reaching out to discover itself.  What they touch must be vibrantly alive, that in growing they may learn to respect, to nurture, to cherish and protect, this is our task; it is urgent they thrive.

They are Hope itself, here, now, forever.”

                                                                                                                      -Heaven on Earth by Sharifa Oppenheimer

As family photography goes, few choose to have their pictures taken at North Beach.  Maybe because of the distance to get there, and the fee to use the park.
But I think it is a beautiful setting.  Clear of beach grass, and on certain days, clear of people. :)


Story behind the painting

Two Swans
oil on canvas

Mud Lake is where the Bear Lake Bird Refuge resides just north and connected to Bear Lake.  Bulrushes grow in abundance and surround swans, geese and pelicans.  Spring is a good time to see baby birds swimming around.  I’ve driven around the area once already, and I look forward to more trips.  Soon the bulrushes will green up and the water color will  intensify.

I forgot to take more progression photos but at this point in the process I let it sit and dry before adding the swans.

The photo reference I used for this painting originally had more birds in the frame.  I liked the two in the front so I decided to place them barely symmetrical.
I’m excited to go photograph more swans and hope to see more during my next trip.

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Weekend plans

Weekend camping plans always start on the road.  We left the blue of the north for the red of the south.
On our way, we passed my favorite mountain range.
Might Timpanogos.

But our final destination was Moab, the red rock of the south.

My only regret was not having more family photos taken.
Perry and I are long time Moab campers, and we are thrilled to bring our kids here and see them fall in love too.


“I’m the star of rock climbing.”    -Scotty


Me-  “Is this the biggest sandbox?”

Scotty-  “Yes, I want to live here.”


My favorite spot-  The Catacombs.
And the perfect spot for lunch, an egg hunt, and a rest.


“Chicken Corners”

A passing traveler told us to squeeze the chicken as we pass.  And me, a little afraid of heights, understood why it was called Chicken Corners.

Our camping mornings were pretty cold, but I’m a believer that a little bit of suffering is good for kids.

After all, throughout time most of humanity has suffered in the cold.

 Good Bye Moab,  until next time.



Bear Lake Marina

Over the years I’ve taken a handful of Marina pictures here at Bear Lake.  The following are some of my favorites.

All images are available to purchase for commercial use or prints.  Contact me for rates.


The Bear Lake Marina is a Utah State park.
WHY IS IT SO BLUE? Its beautiful and unique green-blue color is the result of calcium carbonates suspended in the lake.  And it is most blue at the Marina.