About

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Hello! My name is Laura Schaefer and I’m a wife, mother, and photographer. I work primarily in the eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania areas, but my family loves to travel so I’ll happily travel elsewhere for photo shoots as well! I love capturing moments and emotions, and I specialize in natural-light lifestyle photography. Some of my favorite subjects are: families, weddings/couples/engagements/anniversaries, children, newborns/babies/fresh 48, birthdays/cake smash, baptisms, senior photos. Check out my full list of sessions and packages, and please reach out if you'd like to work together!

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The story behind Fire & Gold

When I was thinking about starting a photography business I knew I wanted it to be named after my first child, whom we miscarried. We named her Seraphina after the seraphim, the angels closest to God who burn with love for Him; whenever I see a flame or fire I am reminded of her. The miscarriage was a very difficult time for my husband and me, but I know we are stronger and closer because of it. I am reminded of the many passages in the Bible that describe gold as being refined by fire. It is used as an analogy to describe how our faith can be tested by suffering but, as gold is refined in fire, we are made stronger and hopefully holier through it.