Romantic, Colorful, and Graceful 

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I believe every person deserves to have romantic, graceful, happy wedding photographs that stand the test of time, no matter if they feel at home in front of the camera. I love working with couples who say they're a little camera shy and kind of awkward, just like me. The clients I serve like to laugh, eat good food, tell bad jokes, and don’t get hung up on the small things. They value type-A level organization and attention to detail, even if they don't personally hone that skill, which honestly, they don't have to because they've hired me - spreadsheets and lists are my jam!

My unique yet timeless photography style is a blend of light and airy, true to color, and fine art - I call it "Romantic Realism."

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My business initially grew as a way to supplement my professional dance career. And while I loved being on stage, managing the challenges of making in-the-moment decisions when things didn't go to plan (the show must go on, right?), and directing my dance students how to move gracefully, something was missing. I realized that I got more fulfillment and joy out of supporting brides and grooms and giving them a bomb-ass wedding experience than I did dancing. Capturing celebrations of life and love while providing a fun, stress-free, full-service experience for my clients has given me a whole new purpose in life

So, after ten years, I hung up my dancing shoes and traded them in for camera equipment. But don't worry, I still kept all of my Lululemon leggings.

My journey in photography began in a dance studio

My Philosophy:

 your wedding and 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 nerd, I always have been and I always will be. I love anything related to Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones. My favorite hobbit is Pippin Took (even though I'm more similar to Sam) and I'm in house Slytherin. 

If I were a tv character...

Without a doubt, if I were a tv character I'd be none other than Ms. Leslie Knope. I adore color-coded organized binders, I'm a master complimenter, I love sweets of all kinds, and breakfast food...well...there's no food finer.

my enneagram is...

Now that we know I'm Leslie Knope, it's won't be shocking to learn that I’m an enneagram 1w2. I follow the rules and I'm exceedingly empathetic. If you ask me, that’s the perfect enneagram for a wedding and portrait photographer!

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. And "eagna" is the Irish word for “wisdom.” It reminds me to honor who I am, where I've come from, and what I've learned. 

I love sudoku puzzles...

While I don't like jigsaw puzzles, I flippin' love sudoku puzzles. I especially like to see how quickly I can solve them. Am I competitive even against myself? Oh, I don't know. Am I a middle child who had to compete for things growing up? Yes, yes I am. ;) 

If I could be anywhere I'd be...

All freaking over Europe! Ok, that's not one place but I'm my most excited, most curious, happiest self when I'm exploring new places. The countries at the top of my "where to next" list are: the Germanic countries, Nordic countries, and Greece. 

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My Strengths

For years I've denied calling myself a Type-A individual but I've realized it's an asset rather than a downfall. Because of that, I'm hyper organized, punctual (early is the new on time), and detail oriented.

I'm an empathetic person and bring a calm, patient presence with me to de-stress any situation.

As a former dance teacher, I know how to command a room of unruly people and can get through family photos quickly and efficently.

My Goals

As a driven individual with a strong work ethic, as such, my goals change as I check each accomplishment off of my list. Currently, my goals include but are certainly not limited to:

1. Photograph a wedding in Italy;

2. Get published Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Style My Pretty, and Wedding Chicks;

3. Donate a portion of my annual profits to charity.

My Dreams

Deep down at my core, I'm a hopeless romantic. My dream is to authentically tell your love story so that whenever you flip through their wedding album, you're flooded with emotions. 

I dream of growing with you as your forever unfolds. It's an honor and privilege to be your forever photographer!

I dream of serving clients of all kinds and do not discriminate based on sex, orientation, religious creed, age, or political affiliation. All are welcome in front of my camera.

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! 

We’re free spirited love and adventure seekers who know the value of having a game plan while allowing room for flexibility in order to embrace the unexpected, joyful moments life throws our way. 

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Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!

- GRACE AND NICK

There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!

Lauren's enthusiasm and passion make the photo-taking process so fun – she made me feel like a star!

- Alisa AND Adam

Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!

Lauren was pivotal in making our wedding day perfect!

- Emma AND Erik

My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a  calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.

Not only is Lauren an amazing human being, but she is an awesome photographer!

- Haley AND Erick

I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!

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