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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.



Family Reunion in Bear Lake

It’s getting close to reunion time in Bear Lake, and I am already getting July days booked, and also receiving inquiries about August.  If you’re on the fence on whether to hire a photographer or have a family member photograph your family, might I suggest the benefits of hiring a local.

She will be the most familiar with locations perfect for large family sessions, and will know what time of day works best for those locations.   She may even have access to private spots not available to the public.  I have a handful of private properties around Bear Lake that I have permission to bring families for photos.

Another reason to hire a photographer is that they are used to posing and directing families, especially children.  A photographer will have suggestions on how to stand the most flattering, and will arrange your group in a balanced, pleasing composition.

A local photographer will also be aware of the popular rental cabins, and if your cabin makes a great spot to have a session.  The beach photo below was taken on the beach just below the Grizzly Bear Cabin.  It was easy for this large group to gather and have some beautiful shots on the beach.  And because there are no homes near by, we had the beach to ourselves.


Here are some of my favorite moments from last summer:

This was one of my largest families I met with.  One of the sisters wanted a jump photo.  I love when a family wants something fun.

This family had the best uncle.  He made us laugh the whole time.  And while photographing these grandkids, he was doing cartwheels behind me.


Even though I specialize in large families and formal groupings, I love a chance to tell a story with your family and break away from posing portraits.  This mini family session has been one of my favorites.


I’ll never forget this moment when I asked the grandkids to squish hug their grandma and grandpa.
And the moment when this grandma got teary eyed.

This moment was another  favorite.  The young couple on the right wanted to surprise the whole family about their pregnancy by showing the ultrasound photo in a group shot.
This family showed so much love, it was a pleasure to meet and photograph their special time together.

I meet so many wonderful families that give me the privilege to document how their families are right now.   Many tell me of future changes, like missions and babies.  Many tell me they haven’t been all together in years.  And many come from all over the country to be together at Bear Lake.
I love seeing sibling laugh together.  I love meeting proud grandparents with all their children gathered.
I leave each session with the deep impression that family love is what makes life so valuable.

I’m looking forward to meeting my 2015 families.