Who Am I?
Well, let's start with the basics: I'm Lauren, I'm in my 20's, I'm a photographer. Okay, got that covered, let's move on to the good stuff! I love to laugh and do my best to make others laugh. I make puns, and the kind of jokes that are so-bad-it's-good. I love mac-n-cheese, if I go to a restaurant and I see any kind of mac-n-cheese on the menu, I stop reading, the answer is mac-n-cheese. (I'm getting hungry seeing "mac-n-cheese" typed out so many times) I also tend to sing to myself a lot. Usually just little ditties about what I'm currently doing. I'm not sure how long I've been doing this, but in the last year or so It has gotten hard to miss; Making a sandwich? Definitely needs a theme song! Putting on mascara? My mouth is already open, might as well sing about it!
One of my favorite parts of my job is you: the people I get to meet and work with. It is such an honor to be asked to capture moments in peoples lives. To be asked to be a part of important days and events, hearing stories, witnessing love stories unfold, watching kids grow up, it is such a gift to call this my job!
How Did I Get Here?
I have always been a creative. I was homeschooled for most of my life, my mom, who taught my brother and I, is an artist. So she would teach us about art, all kinds, sculpture, painting, drawing, art history, the list goes on. We would spend lots of time in nature, she would have us go outside and pick a flower or leaf and have us draw it. She also was always wanting to capture images of the two of us as we grew up. I spent a lot of time in front of a camera cheesin'. As much as I complained of a sore face, I am now very grateful that my mom spent hours putting together albums to capture our childhoods, they are albums that I will cherish forever.
When I was in middle school I asked my parents for a little point and shoot camera so that I could take pictures with my friends (and let's be honest - to take MySpace pics! haha!) Once I got the camera I ended up rarely using it for what I had originally intended. I would go to my backyard, go on walks and take pictures of flowers, and landscapes. I ended up submitting some pictures into the local county fair and winning some blue ribbons! And of course my mom immediately started researching photography colleges for me, which at the time I thought was totally ridiculous.
Fast-forward to high school, 17, I've taken every class on photography that my school offered (and ended up taking the first '301' level photo course the first semester it was offered) and it just seemed implied that I was going to a college with a photography program. There wasn't anything else I could imagine myself doing! I ended up going to Harrington College of Design, located in downtown Chicago. I spent a few years wanting to be a fashion photographer, and that was my focus throughout school. But then a year out of college someone asked me to second shoot a wedding with them, and I fell in love with it! Capturing someone's love story felt so significant to me and I haven't stopped since!
Beautiful photos above taken by
Nicole Lender Photography.