Hey, what's up, hello!!!
I won't bore you with my photography origin story - I'll tell ya all about it when we meet up for drinks.
What I will tell you is that I have the best fucking job in the world. I get to show couples just how cool, badass and hot as fuck they really are by capturing their truest selves at their epic destination wedding, intimate adventure elopement or steamy couples session.
I am originally from Indiana and have lived in Orlando, Palm Beach, NYC and Chicago so far!! I am currently living on the West Coast, SoCal to be specific. My travel calendar is always filled with adventures and I love exploring new places. Planning a destination wedding in the desert?? I'm your girl. Eloping in Central Park followed by dinner with friends? I'm your girl. Hosting an intimate wedding on a private island in international waters? Holy shit, I'm your fucking girl.
My previous jobs working at Disney, in luxury hotels and customer service have taught me that experience goes above all else. My passion for creating and making people happy has drawn me to make photography my "all the time" gig.
Its' cool as hell.
* Like most entrepreneurs, I run solely off of coffee (not just any coffee, as a former barista I take these things very seriously)
* I have 2 furry assistants that make working from home veryyyy interesting, Mr. Darcy + Meeko
* My music taste ranges from Broadway showtunes to the twangiest of country to some interesting rap selections (I take great pride in my playlist curation so find me on spotify)
* I am fascinated by true crime (I’m usually listening to some sort of creepy podcast while I work)
* I'm obsessed with band tees, beaches and books.
* Theater geek, fitness amateur, cooking enthusiast, coffee snob, sun in Aries, Enneagram 8 (and in denial), Slytherin, 90s baby
Here’s where you can delve further into your favourite things outside of wedding photography – everyone might be able to be a photographer, but there’s little quirks that make you unique – chat about that.
Maybe you can talk about your favourite hobbies, food, art or leisure activities. What you do to wind down when you’re not shooting – pets, your family, your hometown.
You can also use this opportunity to rehash your love for travelling – a great way for you to subtly remind them that you’re open to shooting destination weddings.
Remember to wrap up this section by tying it back into wedding photography. For example, “That’s a little sneak peek into my life and a few of my favourite things. No matter who and where we are, we’re all souls wandering this beautiful earth, with a different story to share. No tale is one and the same. And that’s why I LOVE documenting love stories (and hopefully yours too!)”
Uncover your overall approach to the day and an overview of your process. Help them picture what it’s like to have you there on the day and why what you do is so important. Mention how you’ll help them ensure the day flows smoothly, because you’ve had loads of experience at other weddings.
For example, talk about how you’ll arrive at first light to capture the mother-of-the-bride and the bridal squad helping the bride get ready. Or the groomsmen sneaking a few drinks to calm their nerves.
Chat about how you’ll turn up after one too many coffees, buzzing with energy to capture one of the most important, memorable days in their lives, and that you won’t miss a moment.
Write about documenting the getting ready prep through to ceremony, reception and afterparty (if relevant). How you’ll be there in the centre of it all or as a wallflower behind the scenes, photographing moments and details that they might’ve missed (e.g. Aunty Doris getting drunk on the d-floor). Whether you stick to purely candid shots or will pose them for styled shots.
With so many talented photographers out there, you are bound to get overwhelmed with all the options and decision making on top of planning a wedding. Everyone can learn to use a camera but when it comes down to it, it's the experience you will remember to go along with kickass photos.
I won't try to convince you that I am the best option for you. If you've made it this far, then something about what I can do for you must be resonating (and you've made it past my profanities). What I will say is that my work, experience and passion for photography is unique. Unmatched. Unhinged. All consuming. My style of doing things - life, business, photography, relationships - is far from cookie cutter. I believe in coloring outside the lines, fucking shit up and living life boldly.
I don't do this job for the gram. I do it for couples like yourselves who want to celebrate their passion for each other and the life they have created together, no matter what that might look like. I give a fuck about you and am here to help you tell your story. You aren't just a date on my calendar.
I'm the photographer for fearless, adventurous, badass, bold people who aren't afraid of getting down and dirty. Because you only live once. So let's chug the champagne, get the dress dirty, jump in the pool, slap some asses and be our true, authentic selves.
let's chat about your day!
let's chat about your day!
"I truly cannot express how positive, beautiful, and meaningful our experience was with her when we decided to elope in Chicago. She is intentional, creative, flexible, fun, and kind. She somehow made it so fun and the photos were absolutely stunning. She went along with my crazy ideas and was super communicative/organized throughout the entire planning process and the actual day of."
let's chat about your day!
"Lauren is a dream to work with and we could not recommend her enough!! From the first conversation, to the delivery of our wedding photos, everything was extremely personal and timely. She made us feel totally comfortable during our engagement and wedding photos."
"I chose Lauren because I'm obsessed with her moody editing and non-traditional approach (aka not cheesy) to photos - she 1000% delivered! She was very detailed and prepared for wedding day with a full timeline and in the moment options when we were running behind schedule. I also have to give her so much credit for helping with non-photographer moments on wedding day (like getting my shoes on and fixing my dress) - she has your best interest in mind and really cares!"