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 Connection over perfection...its that simple.  We strive to connect with our clients finding beauty in those honest, real, & raw moments of their lives.  That is the story we want to tell.  We are in love with natural beauty & our images are simple & timeless.  



The name Esther Bloom is inspired from the book of Esther & her beauty & trust in the Lord during a very important time in her life.  Will you recognize the moment in which you are called upon to exercise your gifts? My name is Laura or as my family calls me Laura Beth or Lala.  I am a lover of Jesus, a chaser of the golden hour, collector of junk & antiques, a wife & mother, & an artist.  I like to fill my days with black coffee, old country & bluegrass, and my amazing family.  As a family we love to travel & enjoy the outdoors.  However, our favorite place to be is our quiet little place in the country.  

One thing I have learned in the past 10 years is that I was created to see God's beauty & to share this experience through my work.  Whatever you find here that is good, or beautiful is not to my credit, but to God's.  Within these photographs I want you to see the pure beauty & joy you share with your loved ones.  I want you to be able to carry these memories with you wherever you go.  

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We are sisters (in-law) who share the same joy in capturing moments people will cherish for a lifetime.  We love working together & are so blessed to have this special bond.  Every wedding collection includes both photographers.  We believe it is most beneficial for everyone to have both in capturing every angle of magic that takes place during a wedding & time leading up to that day.  Quirky facts about Laura & Tabitha...

L- has an Obsession with mexican cuisine (especially verde sauce)

T- while growing up she loved sleeping in the barn with her horses

L- believe that green is the most beautiful color God created

T- every movie should have a happy ending or its useless

L- prefers rainy days & gets excited about storms

T- grew up in Texas & often watched tornadoes from her front porch

L- dreams of having goats & extremely large dogs (great danes, mastiffs etc.)

T- prefers dark chocolate over milk chocolate

L & T- both grew up country & overuse the word Y'ALL

L & T- both prefer classic country & bluegrass over the new version of country

L & T- both are oilers & believe there is a natural remedy for most everything

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Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,

as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.  1 Peter 4:10




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Laura Rush is a wedding, senior, & boudoir photographer based in Southern Illinois. She is available for commissions in Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, as well as destination weddings! Specializing in unique & eclectic weddings + seniors, Esther Bloom Photography connects with those who love the outdoors & are adventurous. Esther Bloom couples seem to always have an organic, rustic, & laid back charm. If that's you, please contact us now to get on our schedule.