HELLO FRIENDS

My name is Laurel Harrish and I specialize in on-location lifestyle photography in Philadelphia and the surrounding
areas. My goal is to capture the subtle moments in everyday
life that make lasting memories. Whether it's the way your newborn baby's hand curls around your finger, the chaos of family snuggle-time in your bed on a Sunday morning, or sharing a late afternoon walk and a cocktail at your favorite
dive bar with your partner, I want to document these moments for you with the people, things and surroundings you love. 

I'm a sucker for details, sentiment, laughter and good lighting.
I believe everyone has a unique story that deserves to be told in an honest and creative way. 

As a child, I would beg my grandmother to look at her countless family photo albums stored on the top shelf of her closet. I adored skimming over every page and staring at all of my loved ones immortalized in those books. Even then, I knew how important these photos were to her and to the history of my family.

On my 10th birthday, she gave me my very first camera (her used Kodak Instamatic X-35 with GE magic cube flashbulbs!) and I've been hooked ever since. The need to document my memories, and now the memories of others, is as strong as any other desire I have.

My style of photography has been described as modern, vibrant, easy-going and fun. As a graphic designer, art director and illustrator, I have
a passion for composition, texture, pattern, color, portraiture, beautiful lighting and the small details that make something extraordinary. I love meeting new people, learning their stories and sharing in their love. I hope to meet you soon.


THANKS FOR STOPPING BY.

Like most photographers, my love of photography started at an early age. 

My name is Laurel Harrish and I specialize in on-location lifestyle photography in Philadelphia and the surrounding
areas. My goal is to capture the subtle moments in everyday life that make lasting memories. Whether it's the way your newborn baby's hand curls around your finger, the chaos of family snuggle-time in your bed on a Sunday morning,
or sharing a late afternoon walk and a cocktail at your favorite dive bar with
your partner, I want to document these moments for you with the people, things and surroundings you love. 

I'm a sucker for details, sentiment, laughter and good lighting. I believe everyone has a unique story that deserves to be told in an honest and creative way. 

BUT ENOUgh about photography

Here's some random stuff about me

+ I'm a mom to two young daughters, one adult stepson, and a Puerto Rican rescue mutt puppy who won't stop chewing on everything we own.

+ I'm the lucky wife of a man who can always make me laugh whenever our life flies off the rails.

+ I'm originally from Ohio, but have also lived in Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and now Pennsylvania and multiple cities and towns within these states.

+ We discovered Philly 12 years ago and never looked back.

+ I have a BFA degree in graphic design but also studied illustration, black and white photography
and darkroom editing.

+ I've spent most of my adult life working as a graphic designer, photographer or creative director.

+ I also worked as a bartender for 10 years, so I'm really good at dealing with chaos, mixing a good drink and listening to people's problems. This has also served me well as a mom.

+ My first photography job was in 2000 when I worked as a daycare and school photographer in Memphis, Tennessee.

+ To date, I've run 11 marathons, 25 half marathons, and various other races. I'm still hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon one day (running fast is hard, getting old is easy), and have goals of attempting ultra trail running in the future when I have more time, which means it will probably never happen.

+ I probably had the biggest bangs in my high school. (1989-1993)

+ I love to travel with my family. Japan has become a home-away-from-home for us.

+ The Beatles, Beastie Boys, Black Crowes, Jane's Addiction and Pink Floyd are my legacy bands, but indulging in 70's soft rock, new wave and late 80's monster ballads is my not-so-secret musical guilty pleasure.



COURTENAY K.

I was a total mess this morning looking at your beautiful photos. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful gift. You've captured them like no one else. So touched, I can't express it.

@laurelharrishphotography

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