Alpaca your bags! Fashion goes to the farm!

Greetings from De Peres own, Sabamba Alpaca farm! 

you may have recently seen me spam my Instagram and Facebook with photos of Alpacas, and thought, 

"well, we all knew Laura was weird, so this seems fine" 

And you wouldn't be wrong, my fascination with all things kitch has ever expanded to include these enchanting and gentle giants, who, by the way are not to be mistaken for their cousins, the Llama. 

The difference between Llamas and Alpacas is vast. 

Llamas are roughly the size of dinosaurs, they carry knives in their fur, and only listen to Black Metal. 

I joke (Quite often) but Alpacas and Llamas have been bred for over 5 thousand years, originally thought to be in Peru. 

The size difference between Alpacas and Llamas is noticeable when side-by-side, with llamas averaging upwards of 400 pounds, and being more of a guard animal not bred for their fiber, where as Alpacas are around 250 pounds, are a prey animal, and are known for producing generous amounts of fiber. 

And why am I telling you this? 

Because Its my God ordained duty to pull the Fiber from the peoples eyes, thats why! 

And because in my new found life as a single Mom of 3, I hang out at Alpaca farms..... and that part, is 150% truth. 

This whole thing started when my family was going through a rough time last year, and in order to bring some cheer into my kids life, My Mother randomly brought them to a local Alpaca farm she had heard about. 

My kids were hysterical upon entering this barn, looking at these curious bucktoothed creatures. My oldest Son had his phone out taking pictures, and captured what would become legend within our family. 

Bijou, the cross eyed, slack jawed Alpaca. 

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Whenever any of me or my kids were sad, we would continuously pull up this Alpaca, and laugh hysterically. It was a irreverent point of solace, during some rough times. This snapshot in time became an obsession of my youngest daughter, Bea. She requested an Alpaca themed 4th birthday, and even received a painting of Bijou for her room. 

My relationship with the charming and docile animals about the Sabamba farm have become a place my kids look forward to going to often, and has become a fun quirky thing to bond over, in my already unconventional life as a creative, and new life on my own with my kids. I cannot offer them much, but I can give them once in a lifetime experiences, that bind us together in our new life. My kids look forward to these hands on experiences, and have been fortunate enough to accompany me to meet the newest baby Alpacas as they are being born. My Middle daughter has even had the honor of having a Baby Alpaca named in her honor, Guinevere! 

 

 

And consequently through a number of events, I came to be contact with the ever gracious and lovely owners of this Alpaca farm, Sabamaba (Which is aptly named from each of the owners children initials) Alpaca Bed and Breakfast. 

Sally and Tom have owned and bred Alpacas at their gorgeous 1890's Home that double as a Bed and Breakfast since 2006. 

Their passion for their work, is simply infectious. I found myself often heading out to the farm, because there is always something going on! I even found a way to incorporate my work with The Best of The Bay boutique, Apricot Lane into a huge styled shoot, right on the farm! Myself, Sabamba,  Kim Verheyden of Apricot lane, and lighting director Nathaniel Haban have been dying to share these images! 

I cannot say enough kind words about the opportunity to pull together this shoot with the models and owner of Apricot Lane, whom are family to me. It was so special to bring things I loved and cared about so much, all to one place and make magic! 

If you're interested in seeing this place for yourself, Sabamba is excited to have you! 

Visitors are welcome weekly, Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4.

You can meet the Alpacas, and visit their gift shop! 

Oh, and uh, because we can, we are pleased to announce a Fall fashion show at the farm, featuring Apricot Lane, this October 6th! 

Get Al-Pacc-ing, ya'll! 

Xo Xo 

-B.L. 

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Paul+Dustin; Engagement session

Hello all! On Todays blog, I am featuring an engaged couple, Paul and Dustin, who became both my clients, and people whom I call dear friends! 

I initially met with Paul and Dustin at my home for a wedding consult earlier this year. We hit it off so well, Paul ended up throwing his debit card at me (no joke) and booking me to be their Wedding Photographer on the spot! 

It was easy to become smitten with this power couple, who both exude such compassion, and sincerity in their love for one another. 

Paul and Dustin live on the West side of Green Bay, along with their  Dog-child, Emma. Paul through himself into wedding planning with plenty of time to spare, and has integrated both he and Dustin's interests into every aspect of their wedding. 

Paul, being a lover of all things whimsy, and all things crafty, booked The Wedding ceremony to take place at Heritage Hill. In taking consideration into Dustin's love of Comic books, super heroes, and namely The Green Lantern, Paul found ways to work superhero themes into their wedding day, and into their wedding parties outfit selections. 

When summer came around, we discussed doing engagement Photos at Heritage Hill, which ties in wonderfully to their wedding. But with me on the helm, I suggested we have a 2 part engagement session, and head to Powers comics in Green Bay. Powers Comics is a locally owned comic book store that has been around for over 10 years now, and has been a family favorite for so many different families. 

We made an afternoon out of taking photos, gossiping, and creating memories at Heritage Hill, and Powers. I love the genuine chemistry Paul and Dustin share, and the photos truly speak for themselves! 

 What I cherish even more, is the spirit of adventure Paul and Dustin have! It is such a beautiful thing, when I get to integrate my passion for working with local businesses along with my clients. It was so much fun to make this connection, and I am totally geeking out about how much fun it was to make photos in a comic book store! 

Without further ado, the photos! 

Xo Xo

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The Rising Tide Society| Styled shoot

I've spoke before about the amazing group of Creatives I am a part of, called, The Rising Tide Society. 

A few weeks ago, a large number of us Creatives, gathered in  on a darling Farm, in Whitelaw Wisconsin, among Numerous Vendors, models, Photographers, and small business owners of all walks. 

Together we put together a creative showcase of all the great things our community has to offer, whether it is the numerous Photographers, models, bakers,  Jewelers, or even painters, we all contributed something unique.

I woke up the next morning, almost in a fit of joy, because I recalled the night previous, almost like a 1970's daydream. It seems surreal, that there are facets of my life as a adult that include the types of collaborations that I have had the joy of being a part of.  

I cannot speak highly enough of the crazy Sisterhood I have with the Women of this group. We are a generation of  Strong Minded Women, making our visions a reality, and empowering others to do the same. 

I'll shut my trap for now, and let you oggle over just a few of the great photos I got while on location. :::::swoon away:::::::

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A Starry wedding at the Meyer

What I am about to share with ya'll, is surely a work of staggering Genius. 

I recently was invited to a up-and-coming Venue in Green Bay, called, "Backstage At The Meyer". This Venue was built onto Green Bay's historic Meyer Theatre, and is nestled right in the heart of Downtown Green Bay, making it a very desirable, and exciting location for special events! I decided after touring the Venue, that it would be an ideal location to have a Stylized shoot, that would demonstrate the many different opportunities the space has to offer to potential Patrons. 

I am sure you are wondering what a Stylized shoot is, and simply, it is a term "Creatives" use to describe a type of photoshoot that was born of a concept, and essentially is acted out, either with models, products, or locations. Stylized shoots can benefit parties in numerous ways, and in my particular case, it was ten fold. The Main goal for this particular event was to showcase the talents, and products of business owners, and really shine a light on a new Venue that we really felt passionate about. Additionally, great photo sets can easily be picked up by local and national publications, giving all parties involved great exposure to new markets. 

Once the opportunity arose to put on a stylized shoot, I decided to resurrect a concept I have been kicking around since age 10, that involved turn-of-the-century Paper-moon Photo-booths, stars, and a touch of romance and drama. This concept had evolved over the years as my own love story with my Husband unfolded, and it began to include our shared love of all things Cosmo's related, and antiques.  

With Venue, and concept afoot, I began seeking out local Vendors, one at a time, sharing the gospel of my weird ideas, and somehow getting everyone to agree to make those dreams a reality. 

As my 2nd in command, both for Photography, and lighting, I had Mitchel Vincent, who specializes in, "being better at everything", and thank goodness, because we created something truly unique to both of our styles. I assumed my always diligent, and ever talented Hair and Make-up artist (Victoria Stencil) would be on board, because frankly, I never give her the choice. The only obvious choice for Models to act out my dream, was my own Husband, and our two oldest children. Because I couldn't both direct, and star in this production, I basically found a prettier, skinnier, cooler version of myself to stand-in as bride. And if you're going to ask, directing my Husband with another Woman was not weird, in fact it was hilarious.

I always had dreams of all things Vintage, and Antique for a more Formal wedding, and I loved the idea of simply using real Antiques instead of new items meant to look old.  I asked American Antiques and Jewelry to lend us a hand with Diamonds, and other accessories, and also was able to rent Antique Silver platters, flatware, and Champagne buckets that would act as Vases for our Floral arrangements. The Diamonds we got were such a unbelievable touch, mixed metals  ranging from rose gold, to platinum, and dates from 1850-1930. 

I worked closely with Enchanted Floral, who helped me tie in many of the somewhat Masculine themes, in the most delicate, and feminine way, with their custom floral arrangements. They even made sweet little Boutineer, and a Floral Crown for my darling Flower girl! To tie in all of these vintage and floral elements I asked a fantastic new Special event Rental service, Ruby designs, to assist on Linens, sashes, chair covers, and table arrangements. Next I paired with the creative Guru's at Creations Galore, to put together Place card settings, Menu's, invitations, and sweet little card holders. My Obvious choice for Cake, was Monzu Bistro, who has cake so good, I'll eat it. That sounds lame, but you guys, I don't like cake. I only like Monzu cake! One of my most difficult tasks proved to be picking out a Bridal Gown, among the muriate of choices at Elaine's Bridal. Fortunately Their staff was able to pick up my mumbling, jello-y, body off of the floor, and find what would prove to be, truly the Element that tied everything together, the dress! 

With these Elements in place, I focused on Detail that would wow, and leave the viewer feeling like this was truly a custom experience. I asked a near and Dear friend of mine (Black Heart Knits and Craft) to whip up, what I am sure will be the most popular wedding favor of 2016, Mini Cross stitch Constellations.  We also had craft Cocktail connoisseur and owner of the Libertine, and Proof, on board to make some custom cocktails at The Meyers lovely Bar. And as if that isn't enough out of this already killer Venue, we had Chef Nicole Hoida, whipping up just small samples of the phenomenal catering services this place has to offer. And for the Record, I definitely Ate and Drank, duh. 

So, with all of the details out of the way, this was such a great time, each Vendor I worked with was integral to the shoot, and I would highly recommend any of these Vendors to my own clients, especially having been somewhat of the "Stressed out Bride", planning a giant ceremony. I felt such ease with everyone, they truly made it a masterpiece, all while supporting each-others arts. 

Cheers! 

 

 

 

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