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favorite place visited: Italy
Favorite lens: 50mm
Favorite movie: dirty dancing
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Favorite Place Visited: Yosemite
Favorite Lens: 35mm
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
We believe that marriage is meaningful, and so is what we do.
At our wedding more than 10 years ago, we looked around the room and saw family, friends and loved ones from all different walks of life gathered together for one reason: to celebrate us.
In that moment we felt more loved, supported and cared-for than ever before, and that’s our mission for every L+L Couple: to elevate your entire wedding experience so that when you look back at the images we capture you don’t just remember how it looked - you remember how you felt.
Litters of kittens fostered (and 2 foster fails)
National Parks visited
Couples who inquire with us each year
The number of clear umbrellas we bring along just in case it's a rainy wedding day
The number of images we've delivered to our happy couples (and counting!)
Client galleries delivered (and growing!)
The year we launched our wedding business
When we’re not snapping photos of couples in love, we’re probably watching a new show on Netflix (or re-watching FRIENDS for the ten-thousandth time). We’re also parents to the greatest kid on planet earth, Judah James Bortner. Fiercely competitive over board games and compulsive quoters of movies and TV shows, we seem to have a magnet on us that attracts stray kittens who need love. We believe heaven is a long hike through Yosemite National Park, and that every vacation needs a theme song. Equality, Unconditional Love and Minimalism are our jam.
April k, Bride
"I don't think I could have found a more perfect photography couple to capture our special day! Lacey and Lee are so sweet and funny, we got along very well throughout our wedding process! I am absolutely in love with all our photos."
We’re all about those beautiful timeless images, but wedding photography is so much more than that. You’ll spend more time with your wedding photographer than any other vendor on your wedding day, so you need a true pro - someone who supports and encourages you, who treats your family members with kindness, someone who knows when to step back and be a fly on the wall, and when to step in and take charge.
Someone who feels like an old friend that just happened to have a camera on the wedding day. That’s where we come in.
Lee leaves his day job to join the business full-time. We find out Baby Bortner is on the way. We find a terrified kitten under the hood of Lee’s car. Rocket (aka Rocco) enters our lives.
We reinvest in our business and rebrand to Lacey + Lee Photography. Wedding inquiries start rolling in like never before.
We foster 3 litters of kittens in the space of a year. One of them is a foster fail. Tiger Lilly (aka Tootie) enters our lives.
Lacey Nicole Photography is born. We photograph our first wedding in June. Lee is floored by how fun and how hard shooting a wedding is. He’s hooked too.
Lacey enrolls in Austin School of Photography. We visit Yosemite National Park and nothing is ever the same.
Lacey and her mom decide to sell their insurance business. Lacey gets to decide what comes next.
Lee graduates from business school. We visit a national park together for the first time: El Yunque in Puerto Rico.
Lacey starts an independent insurance agency with her mom, and gets a taste of what it’s like to be your own boss (the best!).
Lacey meets a kitten she has to have, and Blue Beauty (aka Kiki) enters our lives.
We buy our first house and take our first trip out of the country (to Italy).
We get married on September 24th and fall in love with weddings.
Lee proposes to Lacey on a beach somewhere in California. She says yes (thank god!).
Lacey sends Lee a message on Myspace. It’s love at first DM. We’re instantly inseparable.
Kittens, National Parks, and Us