Wedding & Portrait Photographer

lauren baker photography is a minneapolis, minnesota based

I’m Lauren Baker - a professional dancer turned photographer who has learned that embracing inner awkwardness and letting go of expectations is the key to leading a love-filled, happy life.

This is why I love serving clients who say they're a little camera shy and kind of awkward - they're 100% my people! The clients I serve like to laugh and have fun, tell bad jokes, and don’t sweat the small things. My unique photography style is a blend of the light and airy, film, and true to color styles - I call it "Romantic Realism."

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My business initially grew out of my friends’ need for dance audition headshots. I always loved photography and took a camera with me on all of our family trips - I wanted to remember EVERYTHING - so when my best friends needed headshots I thought that would be a fun way to supplement my dance career. 

From there, I fell in love with photographing couples and individuals who were embarking on big, transitional life milestones. Being around their excitement and joy is intoxicating. And the fulfillment I get from photographing and celebrating others is a satisfaction I never felt with dance. Capturing celebrations of life and love while providing a fun, stress-free experience for my clients has given me a whole new purpose in life.

My journey in photography began in a dance studio

My Philosophy:

 your wedding or portrait session is a celebration of you, and i'm here to support you, make you laugh, and make you feel beautiful!

I'm a fantasy nerd...

I'm a huge fantasy/sci-fi nerd. I love anything related to Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. I self-identify with Pippin Took and am in house Slytherin. 

my enneagram is...

I’m an enneagram 1w2. If you ask me, that’s the perfect enneagram for a wedding and portrait photographer! What's my Myers Briggs type? I'm an INFJ.

My tattoo is of...

My tattoo is an ogham of the word “eagna”. An ogham is a medieval alphabet primarily used to write the early Irish language. Eagna is the Irish word for “wisdom.” It's my one and only tattoo and I don't want more.

I love sudoku puzzles...

I don't know why but I love sudoku puzzles. My favorite thing to do when I fly, is buy a new sudoku book and spend the entire flight solving puzzles. It's become a game I play with myself to see how many puzzles I can solve before the plane lands.

Traveling is my fave...

While I'm a homebody at heart, I love to travel! My dream is to travel all over Europe by train. Professionally, I dream of photographing a wedding in Tuscany or The Scottish Highlands! If you want to get married at either location, let's talk and make it happen!!

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Associate  :  Danielle’s wedding photography journey began with Lauren, strangely enough, in the dance realm as one of Lauren’s dance students. In addition to weddings, Danielle loves photographing nature, portraits of friends and family, and has a killer knack for macro photography. In her own words, “I fell in love with capturing memories and emotions. When you look at a photo, you want to remember how you felt in that moment and remember that feeling forever.”

Associate  :  Brittany has been around photography since she was a little girl and began shooting film photography in high school. After she got married, Brittany took the leap and turned her favorite hobby into a career! She values memories, human connection, and dreamy golden hour light. When asked what advice she’d give brides who are currently planning their wedding, she said, “It is so important to hire a professional photographer to capture this season of your life. You can trust in them and their ability to bring out the best in you.” Brittany believes there is no such thing as “awkward” and would love to show you how much fun being in front of the camera can be!

Second Shooter  :  Ellen first found a love for photography in middle school and became more serious about it in high school. In fact, she was so serious about photography and refining her skills that she quit her high school job in order to spend more time behind the camera. Ellen is currently an art major and loves that she can directly apply her art, color, and light expertise into her photography. What does she love most about being a photographer? Being able to capture people's spontaneous movements and unique expressions!

Second Shooter  :  Nicole has always loved capturing memories. One of the first gifts she remembers getting was a Kodak camera. She used it constantly and consequently kept getting into trouble for going through film too quickly! Nicole went to school for Psychology and is a licensed therapist. In 2018, she wanted to do more with photography and, in addition to photographing weddings with Lauren, she decided to use her photography and therapist backgrounds to help women heal from trauma, ED, and body image struggles. Nicole also loves traveling, food (which she says needs to be its own love language), spending time with family, and playing strategy games! 

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