Arizona + Saguaro

The Saguaro National Park has been the at the top of my “bucket list” places to visit. You see, for a long time I did not have much of a desire to travel. I take that back, I had to much anxiety that any desire to travel I immediately shut it down ( I know, shocker! I am human too) Anyways, I decided enough was enough and created this pretty awesome bucket list, and it just so happens that I know a incredible amount of beautiful people that I would love to photograph. One’s I have photographed for a very long time and then distance stopped that from continuing. So anyways, without further a due’ here is some of my favorite people, in one of my favorite places (It quickly became a favorite)

If you haven’t been to the Saguaro, please do yourself a favor and go. Pictures don’t do it justice.


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I also may or may not have convinced my friend to bring her daughter and road trip with my son and I, so heres some of them below ūüôā

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Hope you enjoyed some of my favorite travel photos. I somehow wrangled all of these children and got successful pictures of them all together, so if you had any reservations that I couldn’t possibly photograph your family, you’re so so wrong ūüôā

Why I value photography.

I know it seems a little biased to say that I value photography, since I am a photographer. I don’t just value it, because it’s a source of income for myself and my son. I don’t just value it because it puts dinner on the table, or money in the account for bills. Though, those things I obviously do value. I value photography purely based on those memories you’ll never get back. I think we all know how fast time goes by. When you become a parent those days go faster. One minute you’re pregnant, the next you’re celebrating your babies first birthday. You just don’t fathom how fast it goes until you blink and realize how grown up you babies are, how one point in life YOU were a teenager so oblivious to society. There are pictures in my personal life that I wish I would have gotten, ones that I regret not getting but more photos that I cherish so so much. I have gotten pictures done at least one time a year with my family and now just my son and I. Becoming a solo-mom, I realize that those photos will be harder to achieve since income significantly reduced and I have been so fortunate to connect with other photographers since becoming a solo-mom, one income household. I value those photos even more so, because our lives are so incredibly busy and chaotic.

One of the biggest moments of why I value photography so much is when a dear friend struggled with infertility for years, finally got pregnant with her miracle baby, lost that baby and a year later found herself pregnant with her rainbow baby. I photographed that beautiful baby girl coming into this world, then followed it with a newborn session and photographed her throughout her first year, which unfortunately came to a tragic end when I photographed her funeral. As I sat in the room, listening to everyone mourn the loss of this beautiful girl as a slide show of all of the images I took played I realized… I DID THAT. I gave this family images they can hold onto for a lifetime, I gave them memories that may get fogged from all the pain and suffering, or just life in general.. I gave them reminders of how beautiful and perfect their daughter was. I will forever be thankful that God picked me, to shine my light as a photographer onto others and to provide them with beautiful, heartfelt images of their greatest joys in life. I want you to sit down and really think about what you value out of life and then make a list on how you are captivating those for later years. How are you cherishing those memories? When you’re gone, what legacy will you leave behind and will you have photographic proof of your existence? If the unthinkable happens, what will you have to remind yourself of the beauty in all the darkness? Will you have quality images that will sustain societies evolving technology? Do you just take pictures with your phone? What if that phone is gone one day? Or the computer you save them too? I encourage you to seek out a professional photographer once a year (not just because I am a photographer, but because I am a mom) and get professional pictures once a year. I know we can be expensive and that’s because we value ourselves and you enough to provide you with quality and professional images. Budget for it guys, once a year broken down to 12 months. It IS possible, you CAN afford a high-end, professional and quality photographer.


God Bless You,

Laura Thornhill, mom first photographer second ‚̧

Brianna + Portraits | Austin Tx photographer

While I was visiting Georgia, I photographed this beauty. I have known Brianna since she was 5/6? I can’t remember exactly, but lets say I was the one in the yard with her while she was just starting cheerleading yelling “higher” when she was doing her toe touches (like I really knew what I was talking about, haha) .. I babysat her, curled her hair, and ultimately¬†watched her grow into a young adult. I still cannot believe I am photographing her in a adult way. I remember when I grabbed my dads gigantic digital point and shoot camera, you know the huge ones when digital point and shoots just became a “thing”? We snuck around the corner of the house where there were over grown shrubs and trees and had a little photoshoot. Gosh, I think I was 10? Crazy how life turns out and here I am photographing her as a professional photographer.

Enough talk, more looking at this gorgeousness.


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Hello, hello, hello, 

Happy New Year. Every year, I try and make a effort to blogging more being more¬†transparent with you guys, and every year I feel like I fail miserably. You see, I have good intentions but 90% of the time I am so consumed by everyday life and being a single mother working two part time jobs, plus running this photography business (which I often feel like I am failing at) I will admit though, 2016 was a huge step in the right direction for my business. When I moved to Austin my intentions were to grow my business, build a clientele and let it be my main source of income in my new “single” lifestyle. Unfortunately I got so overwhelmed with a full time job that wasn’t worth my time, and I couldn’t even focus on my¬†business because by the end of the day, I was exhausted. So in 2016, I went to a part time position and I was able to breath again, and now that I work two part time positions (one being a job that forces me to be at my computer 3 days a week, I have finally been able to focus on posting a little bit more on my business page, blog a little more and I’ve been booking more sessions) I am not as busy as I would like to be, and my work is always evolving, so here I am. Ready to TRY and be a little more transparent with you, share more of the incredible images I produce (outside of booked sessions) and just speak.¬†

What would you like to read about? Comment below with your suggestions. 


New Year’s “Goals”¬†

  1. Travel for sessions more
  2. be more transparent
  3. blog more
  4. shoot for “me” more
  5. put together styled sessions (both children and couples)
  6. start a photography project and complete it be 2017
  7. take a workshop

Here are a few personal images I’ve taken this year so far.


Austin + Maternity | Austin, TX Photographer

You would probably never guess that it was 30 degrees outside & we were suffering from hypothermia, ok I’m being sarcastic…. slightly. They were such troopers to fight the cold with me, only for it to warm up the next day. Thankfully they braved the cold with me because their little guy came not to long after our session. ‚̧