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Sticky: Takin’ it Easy | Gone Fishing Summer 2018

“We may lose, and we may win. But we will never be here again.”

Where have I been? What have I been doing? Maybe you’ve been wondering. Maybe you haven’t. Anyway, I’ll tell you — I’m taking it easy for the summer.

LYYP will be mostly closed for the summer months. You can still keep up with me here on the blog (just keep scrolling to see the latest), where I’ll be getting back to sharing about a gajillion spring sessions, and possibly penning an occasional thought on life and photos and whatnot now and again. (If you’re having a baby in August, don’t be shy about contacting me, as new life is my one exception to the “Closed for the Summer” policy. And be sure to check out my LYYP Baby Plan). Summer, for me, is a time for catching up, recharging the batteries, working on the business side of things, and spending good quality time with my family and friends. I’m meeting one Gold Hope Project family later this month, and after that I’ll be back in late August, ready to hit the ground running for a crazy fall.

It’s another summer of lasts here in McLaughlin-land.  While I’m still sort of reeling from my oldest child having left the nest last fall, another one is leaving for college in August.  Which brings me to another topic I should probably stay brief about.  She left.  Now he’s leaving.  My babies are growing up and leaving me and yours will too!  Don’t wait to make and cherish and capture those memories!

Sigh.  Back to the business at hand.  Part of what I’m doing is starting to plan things out for a fall that’s already promising to be even crazier than autumns past.  Details of my fall Weekday Mini Sessions will be announced soon in the LYYP summer newsletter — you’ll want to sign up for that, if you haven’t already, to make sure you get your chance to book one before they’re gone.  My annual LYYP Christmas Card Micro Mini Session event will be back this year, and clients who have already booked a date for 2019 will get first dibs on those slots when they’re announced in  September.

This fall will bring something really crazy and new and completely outside the box.  For the first time ever, I’ll be bringing that LYYP special sauce into school photography.  Yep, through my new venture, LYYP Schools, you could see me in your very own local preschool, doing my thing and hopefully creating some magical photos of your child that capture who she really is.  More info on that is HERE – drop me a line if you’d like to see some more personality in your child’s school photos!

Can’t get enough of my LYYP ramblings and this summer pace just isn’t doing it for you? Well, if you’ve got travel plans, you’ll definitely want to have a look at this article I wrote for the National Association of Professional Child Photographers about how to take photos on your trip that you’ll treasure forever. And you should also check out the free dowlnoadable guide I wrote for taking better photos of your kids, “Freeze Ray Basics.”   If that whets your whistle for some more in-depth photography instruction, check out the workshops I offer during the winter months and get on the list for info when dates are announced.  If organizing and printing your personal photos is on your to-do list for the lazy days of summer, you might enjoy my  “Cobbler Series” on the blog.  And whether you’re traveling or staying home, take a second for a refresher on my favorite crazy-time-of-year advice — It’s become a bit of an LYYP tradition for me to share this twice a year at Christmastime and every summer. So many people have told me they’ve enjoyed it and taken it to heart, I’m continuing the tradition. (You know you’re curious. Go ahead, click on over. You won’t regret it. Promise).

That’s all for now, friends.  If you’d like to book or to chat about anything at all, be sure to use the “contact” button above or shoot me an email.  I may be a bit slower to reply, but I promise I’ll get back to you.  And one more thing! My personal photo-diary of sorts lives on Instagram — come on over and follow me there for a behind the scenes peek at what McLaughlin summertime looks like in 2018.  Exciting stuff, I tell you.

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. And in case you’re taking me literally and are  puzzled by the title of this post, I haven’t actually “Gone Fishin'” – it’s a figure of speech.  I’ve gone beaching and biking and sailing and swimming and “squeezing six people into a tiny 600 foot beach bungalow for the sake of un-plugged-ness and family togetherness” for the summer.  With a side dish of road trips and nibbles of NYC culture.  You know, summer stuff.

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In Their Words | Story of a Stylist

Welcome to another installment of my newest blog series, “In Their Words” in which my super-fantabulous clients guest blog for me here at LYYP!  Today’s post comes from Stacy, who’s been an LYYP client for five years now.  Stacy’s daughter is one of my favorite, favorite faaaaaavorites.  She is fun. She is funny. She never fails to come up with something during her sessions that have me cracking up laughing.   And, as you’re about to witness, she’s got incredible style – no doubt learned and inherited from her super stylish mama, the talent behind Styling By Stacy and First Seven Consulting.  Check out Stacy’s fab work and see what she can do for you, but first … check out her amazing family, captured LYYP-style. 😉


I regularly blog for my personal styling and consulting businesses, so when Jaye asked If I’d like to guest blog for LYYP, of course I eagerly agreed.  

I have so much to say about our LYYP sessions – we’ve been working with Jaye for five years now and and I consider her photos and albums to be among my most treasured possessions – but when I first sat down to write this post, I honestly didn’t know where to start. So, I headed to my family room and took down all my albums.  Then I went to get a box of kleenex. I was only about 2 pages into my first album when the waterworks started! I saw my baby, I saw my house when we first moved in, I saw our beloved dog, Chester… I glanced at a photo from 3 years ago and could imagine what my daughter was saying, or what song she was singing. I could literally hear her magical giggles through the pages.

I’m a stylist and Jaye’s photos capture that aspect of our lives.  I actually didn’t even realize how clearly it came though in our sessions until just now, when I looked through all my photos. It’s so ‘us’ that in some sessions we start out casual, (with Chester wearing a coordinating bandana), then do an outfit change (into twirly dresses of course).

I love the pictures of my daughter choosing her favorite shoes, or trying on mine.  She loves to spend time in my closet and has a strong opinion on accessories.

Jaye captures this perfectly and organically. Most sessions seem to end with my daughter doing some serious posing!

Jaye’s photos tell our story and as long as my family is into it, I’ll keep asking Jaye to record more chapters!


Thanks for looking!



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Dab and Floss | Lifestyle Kids Photographer

I made an observation this spring.  A few years back, every single little girl in front of my lens would sing “Let it Go” for me.  Now, boys an girls alike are dabbing and flossing.  And doing a bunch of other video-game inspired dances that make me so happy, I’m willing to overlook the shady source of inspiration.Never a dull moment here in LYYP-land.

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