Favorite Photographs by Amazing Photographers!!

Robert Mapplethorpe:

“I don’t like that particular word ‘shocking.’ I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before … I was in a position to take those pictures. I felt an obligation to do them.”

Robert Mapplethorpe

Derrick Cross, 1985

Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, 1987

I have always been so interested in his photographs of flowers. There is the subtle sexuality that comes across in all of these photographs. This one is so intriguing. It’s like a forbidden love between two flowers. I feel so much energy from this photograph and I find myself wanting them to be able to touch each other. lol. I kind of wanna shout “you can do it”. lol

Edward Weston:

“Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it may be.”

Edward Weston

I remember the very first time I flipped the page of my Origins of Photography book and saw this photograph. At first I was like “what is it?”, then I thought “is that a naked body”, and then I read the caption and realized it was a bell pepper. This is Edward Weston’s pepper #30, and it’s his most famous pepper. His second son, Brett, always claimed that he ate pepper #30. Neil (third son) and I would say, ‘Oh, come on Brett, how do you know you ate Pepper 30.  We all were living with Dad at the time and anyone of us could have eaten it.’ Brett’s reply, ‘Well, it makes a good story.’

Pepper #30, 1930

The following photographs of the shell and the female nude are so beautiful. I love how he could see the sexuality in nature and I love that the female nude mimics the shell. It shows the tasteful way of being sexy.

Shell, 1927

Nude, 1936

Lewis Hine:

“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”

Lewis Hine

Who needs to eat lunch at a table when you can sit on a cross beam high above the city?? These guys are taking a break from working on the Empire State Building.

Workers, Empire State Building, 1931

In 1907 Lewis Hine became the photographer for National Child Labor Committee. These pictures were taken at the cotton mill.

This makes me thankful for the childhood that I had. This girl was said to be 11 years old and had already been working for a year.

Jerry Uelsmann:

“My creative process begins when I get out with the camera and interact with the world. A camera is truly a license to explore. There are no uninteresting things. There are just uninterested people.”

Jerry Uselmann

Jerry Uselmann did in the dark room what people today do with photoshop. Uelsmann is a master printer producing composite photographs with multiple negatives and extensive darkroom work. He uses up to a dozen enlargers at a time to produce his final images.


Oh, Italy!

Ciao! I was so lucky to have been able to experience Italy the summer of 2005. Traveling outside of the country had always intrigued me, but I never really thought I could actually go anywhere. My senior year at CMSU(Central Missouri State University) I had learned about the summer photography trip. Apparently the department takes one every year, and that year it was to Italy. I decided that, it was now or never, so I went. I didn’t even need the 3 credits that came along with it.

At first I was nervous. Not about going out of the country, but about not really knowing anyone else on the trip. I knew names, I knew faces, and I’d had a couple classes with a few people, but I wasn’t really close to anyone on the trip. I was so so so surprised how quickly that changed. Within the first hour of waiting at the airport I felt I already had new, lifelong friends.

This trip was just what I needed at the end of my college career. I learned that I actually can do things on my own. I can make the most of whatever situation I was thrown into. It gave me the confidence I needed to start my life after college.

Part of the requirements of the trip was to create a portfolio when we got back. Here part of mine:

Taken from the boat on the way to Capri, Italy.

Capri, Italy

I shot this one from my hip. I really loved how fast paced Rome was. Everything was at it’s busiest at night. People were out at 10pm having dinner and drinks. Here in the states most people seem to be home in bed at that time.

Rome, Italy

Just some weeds.

Assisi, Italy

It was her wedding day! Her and her groom went on a stroll through Piazzo San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). Below, she stopped to feed the pigeons.

Bride, Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

This guy was soaking up the rays while laying on a rock beach. That’s right, no sand. It was all rocks and people laid out on them like they were comfortable. My feet hurt from standing on them.

Capri, Italy

Capri, Italy

Venice is famous for the gondola rides! Our Gondolier was so hott. Until he took of his sunglasses that is and we saw his unibrow.  LOL.

Venice, Italy

In America we have garages, In Venice, they have canals.

Venice, Italy

First hand look on how hard life can be sometimes.

Assisi, Italy

We were also given daily assignments to photograph. Each picture is labeled according to the assignment:

We were totally spying on these guys from high atop the tower at Assisi.

Italians really know how to show they love each other. I don’t think anyone had a problem with PDA.

This assignment was to show opulence (wealth, riches, abundance) and poverty (no money, goods, or means of support).

The top picture, Laundry Day, was actually taken while I was on the bus ride back from our first day in Rome. Talk about timing. I loved how people did things there. She had no shame hanging her underwear out the window to dry. The bottom picture, Crate Hauler, I ran half way down the street to take the picture. You just don’t see things like that here.

So much live music! Being a music lover, this was such a great experience. We had lunch in Rome our first day and we decided to sit outside of the restaurant because it’s actually cheaper that way. Sitting inside you actually have to pay more just because you are inside. The perks about sitting outside: Not only was the weather beautiful, we got to enjoy the live music!

That little guy was so good!

We made it! Only 400+ steps to the top of the Bell Tower in Florence . You think you’re in pretty good shape until you have to climb 400 stairs.

Juxtaposition (side by side). This was on the way up the bell tower in Florence, Italy. This served as a nice resting place on the journey to the top.

More pictures from the trip!

New friends! Group shot in Venice!

Our tour guide Stefana!

Happyzz was responsible for my first Italian meal! The other group that we were meeting for the same tour had a delayed flight so they took us to a nearby town called Arona. We were hungry and we could read Pizza 2 Euro, so why not eat pizza. lol. Notice how the sign says coca-cola and pizza 4.3 Euro. That means the coke was 2.3 Euro which is about 3 american dollars. I refused to drink any type of soda while we were there. I’m pretty sure I had pizza every day while i was in Italy.


Piazzo San Marco (St. Marks Square) is the most famous square in Venice. People love to by the bird seed and stand and let all the pigeons land on you! I think James is trying to dodge a few of the pigeons. lol.


Blair & Me on the top of the Bell Tower in Florence.


A medieval town. Best know for St. Francis of Assisi.

Basilica di San Francesco

His outfit was just so cute.


If you don’t remember the story of Pompeii, this was the civilization that was devastated after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a volcano. Roman life was frozen as soon as it was burried on 24 August 79, and remained very well preserved until an accidental discovery in 1748. I remember watching a video in grade school about the story of Pompeii and I’ve since then been intrigued about it. This was my favorite part of the whole trip.

This map shows all the streets of Pompeii

The best tour guide when had! He saw that we were photographers, and respected that we were there to take pictures. He would yell at people down the street to move out of the way so we could take our pictures. When he took us into one of the bath houses, he stood at the door so only our group was in there, so we could get our pictures. He was great!

These are stepping-stones in the streets. Why? Well, how else are you gonna get across the street if there is water in the street after a big rain?

Bigger stones for a higher street.

A mummy. Scary to think that’s exactly the position he died in, mouth open at all. He must have been screaming. So so sad.

More ruins.

The culprit. That’s Mt. Vesuvius in the background.


The water is such a pretty blue like this because the light is reflecting off the coral.

We went through this cave on the boat.

More sunbather!!!

Who needs a beach chair when you have a nice comfy rock??


Trevi Fountain. It is believe that if you throw a coin into the fountain you are ensured to return to Rome, throw two coins and you are going to find a new romance. I think I only threw one. I’m still waiting to go back.

The Vatican.

The Roman Coliseum.



How it all began: OME

What happens when a good-looking R&B singer walks into the camera store you work at? For me, it was the beginning of my journey to doing the kind of photography I love. This was my first true test as a photographer. Every other shoot I had done had been for a class assignment. Now, I was out of school and on my own. I knew that this shoot was something I needed to do. I needed to prove to myself, and others, that I’m the real deal & I’m good at what I can do. I was still nervous. There was a constant thought of “what if i fail at this?” running through my mind. But i did it. I was proud of what I had accomplished. I finally felt like a Photographer!

OME had given me a few samples of his music. After listening to it I knew that a plain black background with extreme side lighting would be perfect for the shoot!

During my fashion photography class that I had taken over the summer my teacher introduced me to the West Bottoms of Kansas City. I LOVE this location and this was also a must for this shoot! 

After the shoot, I still felt that there was more that I could contribute. I wanted to make the CD cover design. I had a few classes in school on design and I knew that I loved it. I saw this as my opportunity to expand my skills. It was most defiantly a learning process for me.

Here’s how it turned out:

On my Own – CD Cover

On My Own – CD Back

Little did I know that this was the jump-start to music photography and design.

My first Battle of the Bands

This was my first attempt at shooting live music. I was a little nervous at first, also a little scared to just get right in there.

Product shots from my college days.

These are a few of my favorite product shots I did while in school. Only one of them was for an actual assignment, all the others I shot because I wanted to do new things.

The Shoe. This has to be the most simple shot I’ve ever taken but also one of my very favorites. I took this in my dorm room on top of my microwave that sat right by the window. Lol. Can’t get much more simple than that.

Tequila! This was a tiny bottle of tequila that I found at a gas station. I loved the bottle so why not take pictures of it! This was shot with the tequila bottle submerged in a fish tank. The bubbles came from water being poured in while the shutter was clicked.

Same bottle, two more variations. And the end of the dorm hallway was a wall that had colored glass blocks that are recessed. Perfect place and size for the bottle!

Creative  filters are fun! That’s right, no Photoshop on this one, just a filter on the lens.

Another fish tank shot. During this shot I found out that strawberries float. I tried just dropping them in but that created way to many bubbles and I couldn’t see the bottle or the strawberries. Solution: pouring water on top of the strawberries will make them sink and also give the desired water bubbles i wanted!

A glamorous view of cigarettes.

Hello world!

This is the launch of the Laura Love Photography blog. I not only want to share my photographs to the world, I also want to share my my ideas, thought process, favorite links, and upcoming adventures. I’m passionate about what i do and I’m just as passionate about learning new things. I love to hear about new tips and tricks of my trade. I also love feedback. Feedback helps me learn and therefore makes be better. Feel free to leave comments. Tell me your ideas and if you have any suggestions, please let me know!


~Laura Love