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Sister Lara … California Oakland Mission

Meet @lydsilara, the winner of a Sister Missionary Giveaway I helped organize on Instagram this past summer!

Sister Lara has been called to serve as an LDS Missionary in the California Oakland/San Francisco Mission! She will prepare to teach the gospel in Tongan language and will leave in October! Isn’t she beautiful!

As the winner of the Sister Missionary Giveaway, she won this beautiful missionary pictures photography session from me @dianaputnamphotography! She also won a hairstyling session by @emmas_parlour and a makeup session by @classycozmetics to get her ready for her pictures. She also won cute and modest missionary-appropriate outfits from @latterdaysistermissionary @modbodco & @mikaroseclothing as well as a missionary bag from @zionbags, an issue of @celestialmagz, a gift card from @modest_style, and a missionary survival kit from @lovely_deseret!

I feel so blessed she let us be involved in preparing herself for her mission! She is going to do an amazing job! See you in 18 months Sister Lara!

In case you are wondering, LDS Missionaries are men and women who choose to spend 18-24 months teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ full-time as representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Once they decide they want to serve, they submit their papers to the church who assigns them to a location (anywhere in the world!) where they live for the entire duration of their service. Because they’ll be away from their families for a few years, these young men and women often take the opportunity to have portraits or “missionary pictures” taken in their missionary attire before they leave, to leave with their families and kickstart their new life as a missionary!

I love taking missionary pictures! As a returned Sister Missionary myself, I have a special place in my heart for these missionaries who sacrifice this precious time in their life to selflessly serve others. Future missionaries prepare spiritually before leaving on their missions by studying the scriptures and by the time they get to taking their missionary photos just before leaving, they already have such a glow about them! I love the light missionaries give off, the light of Christ, and I love capturing it on camera!

If you’re leaving on a mission, I’d be honored to take your missionary pictures! contact me and let’s plan your pictures today! We can do anything you have in mind from bringing a flag, a map, a globe, suitcases, the Book of Mormon, Preach My Gospel, or anything else you have in mind! Shoot me an email at

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