roses and hummingbirds, in photos.

location: front porch | | my kitchen | | hollywood | | los angeles | | california

shot with: canon xti | | tamron 2.8 17-55mm | | canon 1.8 50mm

la jolla beach and point loma, in photos

On Thursday night, the beautiful Alexa Kerouac came to stay with us for a couple nights! We drove her to San Diego on Saturday morning, and Max decided it would be a perfect adventure day. I’ve never been before. We had coffee at Bird Rock, and spent the day exploring La Jolla Cove, Sunset Cliffs, and Point Loma.

The first little row of photos are from my Instagram. I wish I’d brought my camera down to the seals in La Jolla! They were adoraabblleee. The rest of the photos are taken with my camera. ♥

“my love for you is more athletic than a verb” – sylvia plath

/ / / point loma, naval base / / /


trips to malibu & topanga, in photos.

Every Saturday is adventure day for Max & I. California is so beautiful. I’m still getting used to the flowers and plants here; visiting DC earlier this month felt like home only because I knew the flowers and trees there, hah. (Also, ten points of Lauren-love if you can tell me what kind of cactus I’ve photographed below.)

Wishlist: National Audubon Society Field Guide of the Western Region.

Below are photos from two weekend adventures: Malibu Creek State Park and driving around Topanga Canyon.


7 months traveling across the country: for your eyes and ears.

I’ve been traveling this massive country since April with Max. Tomorrow morning we leave Portland to head down to Los Angeles, stopping in Salem, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz along the way. I’m excited.

Max put together a slideshow of some of the photos so far, both prior to meeting me in Ohio a month into his trip – – and including our wedding on the top of a cliff in Colorado. Seeing these cities and these people has changed my perspective on what matters. Enjoy. ♥

MAD Across America: The Trip In Photos from Max Dubinsky on Vimeo.


My Life In Pictures + I Answer Your Questions On Sex, Dating, & Masturbation.

I feel like I owe someone (or many someones) out there an apology for not posting as much. I want to blame myself, but I’m going to blame Instagram, my new iPhone, and a new side-project for my brief absence. Oh, and just getting married. Turns out you don’t get as much alone time (I’m not even talking physically – I’m talking about mentally, haha) in your first couple months of marriage. BUT IT’S AWESOME. Most of the time. 🙂

Instagram can do a much better job telling you about my life for the last couple weeks, so I’m going to let it do the talking:

I’ve been trying oh-so-very hard to answer anonymous questions on AskLauren in a way that reflects not the rules and black and whites that we fall prey to, but rather the heart and character of God. If you’d like to read any of my answers to the latest questions, I’m glad to share them:

1. What does “submit” mean in marriage? Are men responsible for their wife’s sin like my college ministry leader said?

2. Is the birth control pill a form of abortion? What’s the best method of family planning?

3. Why do we get to control when we have kids instead of leaving it up to God?

4. Is it wrong for a Christian woman to masturbate?

5. Is it okay for Christian married couples to have anal sex?

6. What are good books of the Bible to read that deal with loneliness?

7. Where do we draw the line between expecting and praising men for their good behavior?

8. What are good books to read that deal with your value and worth as a woman? I keep comparing myself to other women and it’s so destructive.

9. How do I turn down a guy, tell him to leave me alone, or tell him I’m not comfortable with his sexual flirting without hurting his feelings?

10. I’m stuck in a very strict church and I struggle to decide if I want to spend the rest of my life this way in church. I feel like I have the life I’m supposed to live, and the life I want to live. What should I do?

11. I want to date this guy exclusively, but he doesn’t want to commit to be my boyfriend. He wants to still see other women without feeling like he’s cheating. Advice?

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Massive exhale. So there you have it. If you’re on Instagram, please follow me!! I’m laurennicolelove. Max and I are leaving Portland right after Thanksgiving to drive down the west coast and spend a little bit more time in Los Angeles before heading back to Ohio to spend Christmas & New Years with his family (!!!). I’m so excited to be traveling again, and to be heading back to the hot hot heat. Also, the pictures on Instagram will be awesommmee.

Oh and one more thing. It’s been an intense month leading up the Good Women Project. We’ve been sharing stories on pornography and our experience with it as women: our own addictions, our significant other’s, and how it’s affecting our lives. Please come join us.


New Shop Launch!

Soooo those of you who have known me for awhile know that I used to have a cute little online shop that I loved – but it’s been down for awhile.

And now it’s back! I’ve quit my 9-5 job & am 100% freelancing, so the shop is quite necessary. Plus, I love it. 🙂

Come take a peek ♥


Selling Photography From The Trip To Get Back Home!

Please come peek around at the online shop, and spread the word if you’d like to help us out. 🙂

We are in North Carolina at the moment, next stop is Nashville-ish & then making our way to Dallas. If you’re anywhere between here, there, and LA (the final destination), get in touch with us! We’d love to meet you.

Oh, and Max wrote this on Wednesday & I think it’s awesome: What Men Really Want.



Right now we are in Harrisburg, and headed to Philadelphia today — and DC next. Let me know if you are there. ♥

New Photography, Calling All Cool Moms, Pittsburgh & Ephesians.

The past couple days I’ve been near Youngstown, Ohio, visiting the boyfriend’s family. I got some awesome pictures of Julie & the kiddos, and Max’s feet. I also just re-designed Julie’s blog, Calling All Cool Moms (!!!!), which you should definitely check out. That woman is hilarious. And super hot. You can follow her on twitter too, at @juliannegulu.

Tomorrow we are headed to Pittsburgh and I am SO excited to see Laura (SecretAgentL) and find out whatever God is doing there. If you’re in Pittsburgh, let me know!

If you want to change your life, decide to read the book of Ephesians every day for 7 days. The whole thing. There are only 5 or 6 chapters, and every time I’ve done this, my life has turned upside down. We forget so easily what following Jesus is supposed to look like, and how simple our faith is — Ephesians is an incredible reminder of this. Seriously, please do it. And if you do, leave me a comment or email me to let me know. And tell me what changed for you. I’d love to hear.

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But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were useless and in the dark — it is by grace you have been saved. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that you cannot say, “I have done this on my own.” – Ephesians 2.

Pictures from a Rainy Day & Stubbornly Holding To Blind Belief.

It rained today. I’m tired of the rain, so very tired. But all things are pretty, and I have decided to see them as such. So I took pictures on my front porch.

Also, I realized today, yet again, that I’m only a child. But that I have the best Dad. And that when I revert back to the heart he originally placed in me, stripped bare of all questioning, fears, guilt, concerns, and a forever of et ceteras, life is a thousand times more beautiful. More thoughts on that below.

You know when you were a kid, and your dad told you that the tooth fairy only comes on Tuesday nights, that watermelons grow in your tummy if you eat a seed, and that the birthmark on your mom’s leg was where she spilled her coffee, every morning?

You know all the things your dad told you about your family that you accepted without question?

You know when your dad said he was proud of you, and that took up 103% of your heart and brain space – so much so that you couldn’t even comprehend caring about anything else in that moment?

You know when your dad told you that you did something wrong, and the whole world broke and stopped until you put the pieces back together exactly the way he wanted them to be?

You know when you heard the car pull up and the garage door open and everything fell out of your hands as you screamed, “DADDY’S HOME!” and ran to hug his leg?

You know when you asked a question and he said “it doesn’t matter” and you didn’t give it another thought, just because he didn’t?

I want that with my Daddy. With my God. My Father.

I want to stubbornly cling to the most outrageous things with a blind belief simply because those words fell from His lips and there is no possible way that my Daddy is ever wrong.

I want to believe every single thing He tells me about my family – the one He’s given me – because His truth is my new truth.

I want 103% of my mind and heart to be flooded when He says is proud of me, and to not be able to even fathom caring about what anyone else thinks.

I want to have my priorities in order so that when my Daddy tells me something is off, I throw my heart and my soul into having them exactly the way He wants them to be.

I want to scream to my Daddy and everyone else that He’s home. MY HOME. Whenever I hear Him, see Him, feel Him.

And when I go to my Daddy with a painful question, and he says, “Don’t worry about it, because I’m not.” – I want to know with every cell of my body and every fiber of my heart that if He isn’t worried about it, I don’t need to be either.

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And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:10

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” Matthew 11:25

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. I Thessalonians 5:5

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4.