When Laura’s friend offered to take hundreds of photos at her daughter’s birth almost seven years ago, Laura had no idea how important those photos would be. The kids reach for them on days when they wish to feel extra special, when questions arise about where they came from, when a baby is about to be born. Of course, Laura enjoys a good dose of nostalgia now and then too; she ended up cherishing the photos as one of most important events of her life and the marker of stepping wholly into creative expression as her mainstay, and falling in love with doula work.
Since then Laura Elie has been evolving her work as a photographer and doula in the Okanagan valley. It was seeing the images of herself as a birthing mother inspired her to rekindle her long-time love of powerful images. After being wonderfully supported through pregnancy and birth, she decided to draw upon her yoga and belly dance practice and combine it with her doula and photography training to support one of the most creative times of life. From there, Laura's business grew into other exciting aspects of photography, from boutique weddings to product features. Philosophically, Laura believes in the power of art in daily life and the integrity of being in the moment. Laura feels privileged to offer photography and doula services as a way to hold up a mirror to the incredible beauty within and about us.
Laura moved from the big sky cornfields of Illinois to big city to study Anthropology at the University of Chicago. From there, she tackled the nuances of French and black and white film photography at Nanterre Paris X, while she painted oils in weekly ateliers with artists Istvan and Eva Fisch; she continued on to Belize, Shanghai, Beijing, Phoenix, Calgary, and Kelowna, photographing as she went. Laura learned to express herself (even more) with a MA of integrated creative expression from Athabasca University. Along the way, she and her partner have designed many creative spaces and projects together.