You and your partner are laid-back, passionate, and a little camera-shy. You want lots of romantic wedding photographs because let's be honest, you think you're a little awkward and the only photos you have together are selfies. You want to relax on your wedding day so you can actually enjoy it...
Does this sounds like you? If so, you're in the right place: you're a Lauren Baker Photography couple!!
From start to finish, my couples know they’re in the trusted hands of a true professional - a destination and Minneapolis wedding photographer who has seen it all, knows how to deal with it all, and will go the extra mile so they don't have to worry about a thing. As a dreamer, a romantic, and a self-described detail-oriented organizational geek (say that 10x fast), I’m the perfect person to entrust with your wedding photography.
A successful wedding starts with intentional planning. That means going into a wedding day with a game plan. That plan gives us the freedom to slow down, relax, and enjoy your day. As your wedding photographer, I'll create your wedding photography timeline with plenty of breathing room. Additionally, I'll also help you prepare for any and all seasonal weather concerns, guide you so you feel natural in front of the camera, and design your first family heirloom - your wedding album! The wedding experience truly is full-service, so you never have to worry about a thing!
Their families and their friends are the most important people in their lives and they'd do anything for them.
They believe every human has worth and value and should be treated equally and with compassion. They believe in social justice, that love is love, and don't judge others for the way they live their lives.
They have a bajillion nicknames for their pet(s); their phones are filled with pet photos; their pet has their own instagram account (and follows @aifepup); they want engagement and wedding photos with their pet(s).
Exploring new places gives them a joy unlike any other and they're always dreaming of - or planning - their next adventure.
They've kept all of the love letters they've sent each other; they celebrate their dating anniversary and know who said "I love you" first; random acts of kindness are an everyday occurrence; date night is their favorite night of the week.
While being a modern couple, they're not overly into trendy fads. They value elegant style and want their wedding photography to be timeless works of art.
Global Wedding Award's "Most Romantic Wedding Photographer (Midwest) | 2022, 2021
Wedding Wire's "Couple's Choice Award" | 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
The Knot's "Best Of Weddings" | 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
LUXlife's Customer Service Excellence Award | 2022
"Lauren is the BEST! She is assertive while kind, knows when to be subtle, and how to make people laugh. My guests still talk about how pleasant she was and how she helped make the day even more fun. Lauren made me feel confident in holding boundaries with my guests, maintaining our timeline, and corralling the troops. She set the tone and guests naturally followed. I get compliments on her photographs all of the time. Couldn't recommend her more!"
You're likely researching several photographers during this part of your wedding planning and you might be asking yourself, "Why should I hire you over Photography X?" That's a great question. Photography X and I may have similar styles, but here's why I stand out above others:
I Make Being In Front Of The Camera Comfortable : If there's one thing I hear most often from my couples, is that I make them feel comfortable and confident while being photographed. All start of saying, "We're bad at taking photos," and by the end, they're loving every moment of it!
"Lauren went above and beyond. But most importantly, Lauren made my husband and I feel SO comfortable. She cracked jokes during our couple's portraits and family photos. Lauren made us feel comfortable being goofy and our authentic selves." - LBP bride Lisa
I'm My Couples' Advocate : I'm an enneagram 1w2 which is "the advocate." My clients are my number one priority and I will work for you and what you want. If that means standing up to an unruly family member who is stressing you out, I'll do it.
"Lauren was able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused during our family photo part of the day. She also navigated family drama beautifully!" - LBP bride Haley
My Posing and Composition Are Masterful : I spend time posing my couples so that they feel natural, genuine, and comfortable. I take extra care to compose an image so there aren't distractions that draw the eye away from the subject.
Compare my work with the other photographers you're researching. How many of their couple portraits have trees, poles, or other distractions coming out of their heads or body parts? How many of their images have crooked horizon lines? I work extra hard to avoid those pitfalls in my work.
I take monthly continuing education classes : There is always something more to learn and there is always room to grow - this is my philosophy. Because I believe this to be true, I take monthly continuing education classes from the industry's leading vendors to improve my skills as your expert wedding photographer.
My mentors include but are not limited to Charla Storey who for several years in a row has been named one of Bride's Best Photographers, editing guru and creator of Kindred Presets Jennefer Wilson, and the Photoboss® herself Joy Michelle.
I Listen To My Clients : No two weddings or their image galleries are ever 100% alike. That's because I listen to my couples and take photographs of what is important to them. If you don't want photos of X, Y, or Z, we won't take them. If you want photos of A, B, or C, we'll make it happen!
"Lauren focuses on her clients and what they want and what they find important. She takes the time to ask us what we want to remember most and captures it on our big day. She does such a great job of working with us in order to do capture what we said was important to us." - LBP bride Becky
Family Photos Are Quick And Painless : I always get through family photos in under 30 minutes. That's because I 1) create your family photo shot list and 2) put it in an efficient order that allows for quick changes with minimal moving.
"Lauren’s formal family photo process is seamless! She preps her couples so that they can experience an efficient and quick process. From letting her couples know exactly when their family members should meet in a certain spot, to coordinating a list for who to include, the process is so smooth and painless!" - Ashley, Chicago wedding photographer
My Photography Timelines Allow You To Relax : A great timeline will make or break your wedding day experience and if done well, it'll go unnoticed. I create my clients' photography timelines with ample padding time. This allows us to relax and let the day naturally unfold without my couples ever feeling rushed to stay on schedule.
"My biggest fear going into my wedding day was if I was going to be able to relax and enjoy it. Lauren was my savior when it came to this! She got to know us, shared her expertise, and together we created a timeline that fit our day perfectly! I never felt rushed, I was able to live in the moment, and I never had an ounce of worry." - LBP bride Jana
My Edits Look Natural : I pride myself on honoring color in my edits and it starts by shoot in a way that honors my clients' skin tones. By honoring skin tones, color in the rest of their photographs look natural. And natural color is timeless which means your wedding photos will always be in style.
"Lauren's super knowledgeable about all things photo! Her edits look natural, which is great. It makes them timeless and not super trendy for the time. [It's] my favorite thing!" - LBP bride Samantha
I Deliver Photos Quickly : My clients receive their final image galleries well before my contracted delivery date deadline. And while I deliver their galleries quickly, I still take great care to masterfully edit, color correct, and otherwise perfect my clients' images.
"Lauren is honestly the best photographer! She is easy to communicate with, gets back to you fast, and makes the photo process so easy and fun. Lauren was my best and favorite hire of my wedding vendors. And turnaround time is surprisingly fast! We absolutely adore our photos!" - LBP bride Angela
I strive to create elegant works of art that are as unique as your love story. My fine art photographs, with my quintessential blend of romance, true-to-life colors, and ethereal glow, are timelessly chic.
There are literally thousands of books out there but what are the best books for small business owners to read? Here are a handful of business books that I think are essential for any small business owner to read.
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
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 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!
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.
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!