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I am a pre-law graduate from the University of Washington, but my passion has always been with photography and his arts. I believe what makes me unique is my ability to shift from portrait sessions (infants and family shoots) to my more creative side (risquÃ© milk bath shoots) at the drop of a hat, and I LOVE doing both!
Lauren, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion in life beyond just photography, in general, is for animals. I love combining these two by working with local rescues to take high-quality photos of their adoptable dogs and cats, in hopes that we will in return raise their chances of being noticed and then adopted!
Who is your inspiration in life Lauren? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life when it comes to my photographer stems from artists all around me. I am a set of some pretty amazing artistic communities, and they inspire me daily to test my creative limits! As far as the dog part of my photography goes, however, hands down my inspiration and motivation comes from "The Dogist", Elias Friedman. He's incredible!
We all make mistakes Lauren; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Honestly, I there's been times working with clients that for the sake of my business, I probably should have been more strict about the use of my images or stuck to my guns on how many I provided. But when it comes down to it, I love what I do, and at the end of the day, the whole reason I do this is to share my work and let others enjoy it. Has it been the best for expanding my business? No. But it makes people happy, and that makes it worth it!
Lauren, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
For the most part, I try to do edits in the same order I do the shoots in an attempt to be as fair as possible, and I like to quote my production time a decent amount longer than I know it will actually take me so that most of the time I surprise them with quicker than expected service, but if a situation comes up where I have to shift the priority of edits to another client first, I don't let anyone down.
Please tell us, Lauren, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Wedding season is always tough! Obviously, it is a HUGE day for your client, and you have to put a lot of your focus on those bookings. However, at the same time, I have regulars and new clients who of course want simple portrait sessions done, and it can be a bit tricky not to lose them in the chaos of these weddings! So really every summer is full of strategy, how to shuffle all my clients and different kinds of shoots, along with the amount of time I have to spend editing, all while trying to maintain a personal life with my husband and furbabies!
Lauren, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I had a client unhappy with the fact that I hadn't heavily airbrushed her photos, tot he points that she told me she didn't like any of the 170 that I produced for her. I was able to, fortunately, emotionally separate myself from the situation and try to understand where the real issue was. By doing this, I was able to calm her down and make her see that although models in magazines may have this flawless skin, it comes at the price of taking away the details in your face that makes you you. After showing her the difference in the photos she agreed and her mind changed, she ended up loving all of the original images and showing them off to all of her friends and family! It was a win/win for both of us!
Lauren, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I was so proud when a bridal salon in Arizona asked to use my photos from a wedding as their photos for a feature in Phoenix Bride and Groom! That is a huge honour to have a vendor appreciate your art and want to use it to showcase their own business!
Lauren, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I recently did a milk bath shoot with a little bit of a twist from the norm, not for a client, just working with two girls who were down to help me make a vision come to life! It turned out so much better than I could ever have envisioned it and I got to let the creative juices flow!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
You have to put yourself out there really! Don't be afraid of failing or constructive criticism. It's art, and not everyone is going to like the same art, so just keep reminding yourself of that and remember that it's okay, don't give up, and keep basing your dream of it's your passion! In the end, it is worth more than you could ever imagine!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Honestly, I'm open to anything! I love expanding my range of work and trying new things! It's always an honour to work with other creatives to help make their visions become a reality!
Models: Brooklyn Smith (shaved head) and Nina Brun