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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.

Bear Lake’s resident Artist, Lauriann Wakefield

A little about myself-

I’m Lauriann Wakefield and I can’t believe I get to live here!

I think it all the time.
Four years ago I moved to a rolling hill in view of the beautiful Bear Lake on the Utah/Idaho border.  If you’ve been there you’ll understand the magic of this place, and the beauty of the mountains and the brilliant blue water.  Locals call it a little piece of heaven, and I’ve found that it is a place that feeds my soul.


Professionally, I am a portrait and lifestyle photographer and I meet families vacationing at Bear Lake all year round.   But painting and being an artist, have always been a part of what I’m passionate about.   I’ve had extensive art training, from when I was very young through to my college years at BYU.   Although I’ve tried most mediums and subject matter, watercolor was my medium, and still life setups were what I loved most.   There was nothing like getting lost for hours in paint and wondering how did the time go by so quickly.  I thought painting would always be a front runner in my life.

Somewhere between college and career I lost that need to paint.   Life was busy in the world of being a video game animator and hours spent on the computer.  Traditional art, was benched.   If I was a writer, I would have had writers block.  I needed new inspiration, new subject matter, but for years nothing motivated me to stir the paint.
Till Bear Lake.


When did you start painting oils and what do you paint?

Before I could really appreciate them, I had oil painting lessons when I was young from a very talented painter, Stuart Heimdall.  I always wanted to get back into painting oils.  I thought it would be when I was much much older.  I had it all planned out.  I was going to be that eccentric lady, with a handful of wind chimes on my porch, and the luxury of painting all day in my messy studio.

Now when I drive around Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains, I see paintings.  I see colors and I see how I would put them on canvas.  It’s as if the land is begging me to paint it.   I’ve never had that experience before.   So I listened to the wind, drove to the nearest art store an hour away, and with a little bit of fear invested in the gear that I would need.

Bear Lake has so much to inspire the artistic eye.  There are farmlands and pastures, beaches and blue water, mountains of color and snow.  Sailboats and cloudy skies.  I have so much to explore.
It’s thrilling to be mixing the paint again, like a refreshing breeze.  There must be something in this mountain air.


Who inspires you?

At the moment I am captivated by the landscapes of Mary Gilkerson.  Her work is abstract but very readable and beautiful.  You can feel the light hitting the land, it’s warm and full of rich color.  Her work is also simple, yet well designed.   She has a confidence of brush stroke that I hope to achieve.


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I am grateful for the art supporters who have invested in my work, and cheered me on.  I feel I have so much to explore and accomplish.   I want to paint loose, more abstract.  I want the viewer to feel the brush strokes,  feel the wind in the hills, and see the movement. I want to show off the light at sunset as it hits the hills.
And ultimately,  I aspire to be a gallery painter again.

A quote that keeps me motivated:

 “An artist is typically a being that is filled with so much passion, love, or pain for certain lands, people, ideas, or images that all they can do with that overflow is bleed it out by creating.  And with this type of art, the energy will be shifted from the depths of them and into the depths of the audience to be felt.  It is a dance.  A transference.  An intimacy.  It is to touch and awaken another human in a place they hadn’t known was aching, or sleeping.  Both are opened.  Both are nourished.  Both are transformed.”   – Victoria Erickson


To see Lauriann’s photography work,

To see her oil paintings and work in progress visit

Portrait credit:  Kirstin Roper.



Ice shards

Two years ago at Bear Lake, the weather was unusually warm for March.  We took a drive around the lake and stopped on the east side to watch the sunset.  Most of the snow had melted, but we were fascinated by the piles of ice at the shoreline, like magnets pulling at my kids to explore.  We soon realized the mounds were unusual ice formations.  Every bit of ice broke apart into straw like shards, or needles about 3-4 inches long.  I had never seen anything like it.   And as you can image we couldn’t resist breaking them apart.   I’m assuming these were what was left from the ice sheets that freeze over the lake.
I hope you’re persuaded that even in the winter months, Bear Lake is worth exploring and discovering.
Get your boots on, and get out there!







Photo-a-day | Day 31

Day 31.
The last day of my project and I wanted to end in the mountains.

Who knew the mountains would have such a place in my heart.  They speak my language in all their changing colors, and I love sharing and exploring them with my boys.

So I end my project in one of my favorite settings among the pines and snow with some of my favorite mountain quotes.

know the secrets
we need to learn.
That it might take time,
it might be hard,
but if you just
hold on
long enough,
you will find the strength
to rise up.”
–  Tyler Knott Gregson


“Although I do love the oceans,
deserts, and other wild landscapes,
it is only mountains
that beckon me with the sort of
painful magnetic pull to walk deeper
and deeper into their beauty.
They keep me continuously
wanting to know
more, feel more, see more.
To become more.”
–  Victoria Erickson


“I go to nature
to be soothed and healed,
and to have my senses
put in order”
~ john burroughs


“I love you to the mountain and back.”


“Of all
the paths
you take in life,
make sure
a few of them
are dirt.”


Thank you for your sweet comments and for following along.

(I can totally see a family session here.)