I'm Lauriann Wakefield, a family and wedding photographer based out of Bear Lake. I'm married to the best man who understands my need for the beautiful outdoors.

I've had a camera glued to my hand since elementary school, and can never take enough pictures. I love the laughter between siblings and their inside jokes. I love seeing grandparents overcome with emotion because "everyone is together". I love a large group of cousins giving a group hug full of smiles. And I love two parents holding each other close. So many times I come away from these sessions just so grateful for family and memories and time together.

When I'm photographing your family, I will try to get those genuine smiles, and explore the sibling interactions that make us all laugh, and groupings that make grandma say, "I'm so glad we did this". Its true, there's a crier in almost every session, but sometimes it's the parent's tears overflowing with love.

If this sounds like something you want for your family when you come to Bear Lake, shoot me an email and we can make some plans!


5 reasons to hire me

I’m a college graduate with a Fine Art degree.  I worked for Disney as one of their lead animators for video games and understand professionalism.  I’m an award winning painter.  I know the ins and outs of Photoshop and use it as a tool to enhance my photos.
When you hire me, you’re not getting a hobbyist who likes taking pictures. You’re hiring an artist passionate about creating art.

I’m patient. I love kids, and I embrace the joy of childhood.

I love photographing the happiness in family life. Be it a mom and dad with their newborn, or a multi-generational family vacationing together. I want to photograph and document your family.

I am confident and efficient in directing large multi-family groups.

I’m constantly researching and improving my skills.  I’m always on the lookout for unique locations, and my camera gear is at the professional level.

Simply Perfect

Hannah wrote:

We can never thank you enough for the photos!  You have been a pleasure to work with from beginning to end and the photographs are simply perfect.  I love them all!  Our family reunion in Bear Lake really was magical and I am thrilled to have such wonderful pictures to remember it by.


Leslie Wrote:

I am seriously sitting here sobbing!
These are beautiful! I couldn't bet happier!

Thank you so much!

I Live Them All!

Amy wrote:

Oh Lauriann!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These are seriously BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Seriously I love them all!  Thank you so much!  Some tell a story and some are a portrait.

THANK YOU!  These are seriously BETTER than I even imagined!

What is in my bag?

For the shoot-

I bring double of everything to our appointments- two cameras, two lenses, a bunch of memory cards. 
All in case one of them malfunctions.

Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 5D Mark II as backup

Canon 50mm/1.2

Canon 24-70mm/ 2.8

Sigma 35MM/ 1.4 as backup


For Post Production-

I edit ACR files in Photoshop delivering the best possible quality for your images.

Clients who book package 1 and 2 will receive their images by digital download.

Clients who book package 3 and 4 will receive a copy of their images on USB drives from USB Memory Direct.


Contact Lauriann at starlingphotos@gmail.com | Bio Photo credit- Maci Bingham