The Smile House – Photography by Laura Kay Wootan » Welcome to my photography blog where I share clients sessions and my life experiences on my little corner of the web.

I hate goodbyes!

Now that I finally have internet I can really make a blog post about all the big changes that have happened.  The big news is….  We have MOVED to the beautiful state of Tennessee!!  It’s kind of a long story but in short a great opportunity came our way so we decided we had at least one more adventure in us.  The hard part was leaving my business of 13 years behind.  I’m so honored to have documented so many amazing children and families.  I feel blessed to have shared so many wedding days and happy occasions and celebrations with my clients.   It’s hard to say goodbye… it really is.    Please know that I have always appreciated being chosen as your family photographer.

I have been asked many times what my plans are in Tennessee.  To be honest, I’m really not sure yet.  I want to take at least a few months off and enjoy being a mommy to my baby girl and hanging out with my teenager.  There’s so much to explore and see here… so many AWESOME locations.  I’m actually really dying to photograph some seniors right now! Seriously beautiful here!!  LOL However,  I’m not rushing into anything. I remember all too well how hard it is to start a business!  My plan is to just chillax and see what feels right!

I will be back to visit!  My mother still lives in San Marcos and I do have a list of clients who want to know when I’m back! So if you want to be on that list please let me know!  and… I know I’ve neglected my blog here (I usually share on facebook) BUT since blog posts without photos are lame… I’ll share some one year portraits of my daughter Lily.

With much love and gratitude,


Holiday Mini Sessions!

Each year The Smile House offers holiday mini sessions and I donate your session fee to a deserving organization or charity.

Once again I’m proud to support the Diamond Line Dance team. These national champion dancers are amazing. They’re incredibly talented and work very hard year around. I think it’s so important to support the arts in our schools.

The fee for these sessions is only $50. That session fee will be donated to The Diamond Line dance team!

You’ll enjoy special print collection pricing for this event with packages starting at $150 and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped these great kids reach for the stars!

Holiday mini sessions book up very quickly. If you have more than two children you may want to book two time slots. Sessions are 30 minutes long and will take place Nov. 20th & 21st 2015

Call now to reserve your spot!


Peeks for the Vega Family

Meet the beautiful Vega family!  It’s always fun to photograph families and neat to see who looks like who.  I’m so glad that we finally were able to complete this session. We tried outdoors but mother nature had other plans!  I love having a studio for this very reason… Bethany’s dress is WAY to pretty to bring outdoors… especially outdoors that have been raining!  Just a few quick peeks!  See you guys soon!

Pumpkin Patch Mini Sessions

It’s that time of year again!  I am SO ready for Costumes and Cuteness, Candy Corn and Chocolate! I’m pleased again to offer our Fall Pumpkin Patch Mini Session. I so love babies and kiddos in costumes and fall outfits! There is nothing cuter!! The sitting fee for these mini session is $35. Collections begin at $75. We only have a few spots still available! Call today to reserve your session! 512-396-2001 Our set is perfect for babies sitting up to 10 year olds! Sessions will take place October 24th and 25th.  Yes, this picture is of my sweet Lily!  She’s going to be a cabbage patch kid for Halloween!


Long Time No Post! ~ I’m Back!

Wow! Where to start?? My blog here has been sadly neglected… but I have a wonderful reason why! On May 5th I gave birth to our daughter Lily! She’s beautiful and amazing and we’re very much in love with her. I took the last four months off so I could be with her… and I really actually took off the time… (which if you know me… I’m the kind of person that works on vacation, so this was hard for me!)  I didn’t want to miss a moment with her! I’m so glad I took off the time but I feel bad leaving anyone hanging… So, if you called I have a huge list I’m going down the line to call you back… and if you sent me email I tried to respond. If I missed it please email me back!! I’m sure in my lack of sleep I may have thought I replied but didn’t!! Please forgive me.

I’ve started booking sessions again!  So if you’ve been thinking about having portraits made give me a call!  The holidays will be here before you know it!  512-396-2001

Here are some portraits of my baby girl and a few with her big brother.  I have to say I absolutely LOVE that she has dimples!  Proud to say she gets that from me!

Sweet Reagan & Sophie

Just wanted to share this slideshow of these sweet little ladies.  They’re the daughters of Tom and Dara.  They’re such pretty babies!!  I got to hold them too… *swoon*  These little ladies even though they’re not identical, they sure look alike!!   It was a great session!  I know the session was a little rough on Mom and Dad but it really does get easier… until they’re one… LOL and then all bets are off again!   Thanks so much for coming in!  It was a pleasure to spend time with your family.

Peeks for beautiful Kate and Hailey

My poor blog has been so neglected! Things are a wee bit crazy right now to say the least! I’ve been cramming as much work as I can into the next two months… and so I’m behind on blogs and peeks but sometimes you just HAVE to stop and share especially when you go somewhere awesome and cool and today was that day! I just got back from the Houston Rodeo where I photographed beautiful twin sisters Kate and Hailey. The carnival was amazing! Such a cool awesome place for photos! I had no idea how popular and packed the carnival would be!  Apparently the Houston Rodeo is the bee’s knees of livestock shows!  I still can get over how many people were there!!  We had a great time and did I mention the funnel cake?? LOL  As a pregnant woman… the funnel cake totally rocked my world!!

Anyway… just had to stop and share a few peeks!!   Thanks so much ladies the session was so fun!!

Sneak Peeks for beautiful Maci ~ San Marcos High School Senior Portraits

I know I know… I’m behind on blogging!  BUT I had to stop and share these images of beautiful Maci.  Just love her style and she loves sparkles too!  Maci is a senior at San Marcos High School.  She’s still deciding where she’s going to collage. She’ll either be at Baylor or UTSA…  *sigh* So jealous of all these kids!  The best part of their lives is about to start… college was so fun! I miss it.  Oh to be young and gorgeous!   Thanks for choosing me to do your portraits!! I had a great time getting to know you!!

I’m still booking seniors for this next month!!  Just a friendly reminder… if you want the best in Senior Portraits you must get on my schedule NOW!! I’ve got a baby coming in May and I can only accept a limited number of sessions!  512-396-2001


Guess What?? We’re having a baby!

I hope everyone had a great holiday!  Things here were wonderful!  I have to admit… I’ve been neglecting my blog a little…  I do try to keep up with our FACEBOOK page… but in-case you don’t follow us there…  We have some BIG news.

We’re having a baby!  We’re expecting our daughter to arrive in early May….  So what does that mean??  It means DO NOT WAIT to get on my schedule for the spring!   Especially my High School Seniors!!  We’ve already started to book out so… Please please don’t wait… it always kills me to have to tell a client I’m booked… and this time I won’t be able to make any exceptions because I’ll have a newborn! So if you want the BEST in senior portraits… and I KNOW you do call the studio to set up your complimentary consultation!!  512.396.2001  You only graduate once! How do you want to be remembered?


Katherine, Ray & Corey

I love when clients are open to trying anything!  I especially love when the idea is a little crazy!  Whenever I have an opportunity to introduce juxtaposition into portraits I jump at the chance! For instance… I love to put a girl in a prom dress in a alley way… or a ballerina in a Forrest…. I love that we did Salon Mink’s Christmas session at a laundry mat!  How fun is that?? Totally fun!!!   They have so much swag… LOL no matter where we would have photographed they would be fabulous!

Here’s a few favorites from our session….

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Sneak Peeks of Beautiful Jenna!

Oh to be young and this gorgeous!  *sigh*  This weekend we went on a road trip to Louisiana to photograph one of my favorite girls Jenna.  (love her!)    We packed up her entire wardrobe and as much camera gear as the truck would hold and we set off for the French Quarter.  Along the way we stopped at Oak Alley Plantation which was absolutely gorgeous!  I wish we had known that it was a Saints home game weekend.  I don’t follow football so it wasn’t even on my radar to check! My bad!  It was VERY crowded… much more crowded that we expected considering it was SO cold.  Jenna is a rockstar though! She never complained even though she was freezing!  Here are just a few peeks!   Lots more to come!


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