this time, she’s jumping! | just because

In case any of you missed my facebook update, Lauren is the one responsible for the giddy grin that has been plastered to my face for the past week!  The gift that she gave me cannot be measured by anything this side of heaven and that gift has made me a better person and a much better photographer.  Oh how I desire to give that same gift to each client that I am blessed to photograph.

While Lauren was busy photographing me and the little Miss, I also photographed her, well … just because!  She recently donated her gorgeous long hair to locks of love and is also sporting some new fresh “ink”. (I’m not nearly cool enough to say that, but I’ve always wanted too 🙂 ) Lauren is a kindred spirit and I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her for a little over a year now I guess?  I’ve lost track because it feels like we’ve been friends forever.  I am blessed by the greatest group of five photographer friends and Lauren is one of them. Of all of us, Lauren and I are the most alike in so many ways, except she is extremely fit and healthy and feeds her children things that only nourish their little bodies.  Unlike my poor daughter who loves cheez-its and chocolate milk, her twins think that a candy bar consists of granola.  lol.  I know, I have a LOT to learn from her!

She is a dreamer, she is selfless and patient, and she is outrageously fun! Her smile lights up the world … promise … just go see for yourself!

Within minutes of meeting her, Mia Grace now refers to her as “my friend” and she cried when we had to go home 🙂

blog1
blog2

my favorite i think. its just, well HER in all her perfectly imperfect glory~

blog3

Now tell me you don’t want to go outside and play with her?  So many of these had serious “camera shake” because I was laughing so hard.

blog4

I lied.  This is my favorite!

blog5

Hey girl … nice ink! And yes, she that is her handwriting!

blog6

Isn’t she GORGEOUS??  And can you believe she gave birth to TWINS.  That is two babies at ONE time in case you didn’t know …

blog7

love this next series … its just so symbolic and her and wonderful and can’t you just feel the air blowing through your hair …

blog8

love you friend xoxoxoxo

What a difference a year makes | Africa » Love, Me Blog: [...] Rachel, Joanna, and Paul, co-founder of Revive Africa, as well as my dear photographer friend, Lauren! The five of us have very specific roles to play on this trip, but I’d say we are all most [...] (Mar 10, 2010 at 14:11 pm)
i’m jumping - austin children’s photographer on the road, africa » laurenlesleyphotography.com: [...] you’ve been following along, I got a tattoo a while back, for me, it was a leap of faith, taking on radically different journeys in my life than I thought I [...] (Mar 05, 2010 at 11:31 am)
Crystal: awww ... thanks everyone! I just love Lauren and I am so thankful I got the honor of photographing her! Isn't she the cutest?? (Sep 08, 2009 at 16:25 pm)
lauren gauthier: wow. these are GORGEOUS. lauren is such a stunningly beautiful person, inside and out...and as everyone else has noted, you captured all of that to a "t." (Sep 03, 2009 at 07:42 am)
haley birkelbach: i love these! you girls are awesome - and beautiful! (Aug 30, 2009 at 20:27 pm)
Karen: i love all of these! so amazing...lauren, you are gorgeous, woman! :) (Aug 30, 2009 at 00:27 am)
kimbrali: lauren you are so beautiful and crystal so talented. these are awesome. love your ink. you need to get a sleeve. i think you would look great all tatted up :) i mean you just look SO HARDCORE :) such sweet women. (Aug 29, 2009 at 15:19 pm)
Cristina C: You captured her - she is so engaging and warm in person and it totally comes through in these images. Just wonderful!!! (Aug 29, 2009 at 13:21 pm)
Eliza: These made me smile so big. I love them. L is so gorgeous. I love her spirit. xoxo (Aug 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm)
Matt Nicolosi: Fun images. Great job of capturing Lauren's personality. I know that can be hard because she's obviously such a stick in the mud with no expression all the time [grin]. (Aug 29, 2009 at 12:16 pm)
Charmi: Awww!!! I love them!! Every bit a perfect expression of what a happy lovely person Lauren is :) (Aug 29, 2009 at 10:26 am)
Amy: These are gorgeous!! And no, I can't believe she had twins!! How does she do it?! (Aug 29, 2009 at 07:56 am)
april todd: these are beautiful!!!! (Aug 29, 2009 at 07:54 am)
Yvonne: How fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Aug 29, 2009 at 07:50 am)
carrie scruggs: These are such fun and great photos of Lauren!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE the new ink and your hair looks fab! (Aug 29, 2009 at 06:15 am)
haley: these pictures are awesome. Lauren is a beautiful person :) great images! (Aug 29, 2009 at 00:52 am)
Janna Selander: I love that I've met BOTH of you! Crystal, you did an awesome job! Lauren, you're just as adorable as ever and I love your new hair...very sassy! :) (Aug 28, 2009 at 22:37 pm)
rachel l.: love these! such great work....really love the three b&ws AND the shots of lauren's ink. i am inspired just from reading it! can't imagine seeing it every day on my arm! (Aug 28, 2009 at 21:11 pm)
Erin Carlyle: Oh my goodness...Jamie said it perfect - these are SO Lauren. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Crystal, you captured her so perfectly! I can't even pick which one is my favorite...I love them all! (Aug 28, 2009 at 20:43 pm)
Jamie Kutter: AHHH!!! I love it...these are SO Lauren! I'm so lucky to have both of you as friends...love, love, love! (Aug 28, 2009 at 19:01 pm)
Lauren: Just, wow. I love that you know the real me and didn't let me get away with less! I am such a lucky, lucky girl to call you a fiend! These are so fun and so me and I LOVE the ones of me and your sweet girl together. Thank you so much for helping me celebrate these changes. You getting to say "fresh ink" is about as priceless as when I got too! thank you so much for being the awesome friend you are and sharing your talent of seeing the "real" in the people you photograph with me. (Aug 28, 2009 at 18:23 pm)