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Adventure Lover. Excessive Laugher. Traveller. Marshmallow Toaster. Eternal Optimist. Artist. Fun Wedding Photographer.
“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”
– Parker J Palmer
I shoot weddings! I’m a Fun Wedding Photographer who travels all over and I could never describe what I do as a job, it’s a passion! I mean….what’s not to love? There is so much creativity involved! Everyone looks and feels amazing, the venues are stunning, the details – flawless? And the emotions? Don’t even get me started on the emotions! I repeatedly have to tell myself to ‘Get a grip!’ during the speeches!!
A Learning Experience
Photographing around the globe has taught me one very special thing; Our lives are a spectacular myriad of moments and when those moments have passed, we should hold on to them in every way we can. They don’t have to be gone forever.
Photography preserves those slippery little guys in beautiful mini works of art, for you to look back on for years to come. There’s an emotion represented in each image which brings it all back long after the celebrations of the day are over! That’s the signature of a great photographer.
I’ve been shooting for six years and have covered 125+ weddings. I’ve been lucky enough to find myself featured in a number of paper and online magazines and to top it all off, actually really, sincerely love what I do! It is a horribly trite thing to say out loud but, the truth of it is, it’s a pretty magic thing to be chosen to photograph someones big day. It’s such an intimate event and to be invited in feels very special.
My aim is to make sure that every one of my clients feels celebrated. I am 100% there for you all the way through!
So hi! I’m Lauren, a passionate Hampshire Wedding Photographer for fun, creative couples looking for the anti-cliche, informal and the unique! I’m based in Hampshire but shoot all over the UK and abroad. Let’s start this adventure!
Well, very long story not so short...
...my degree is in archaeology, but I knew it would never be for me because I have a hippy hearted, artsy fartsy, creative soul so following that and after five years working in IT (I know, that makes no sense at all!) I decided I wanted to so something with a creative angle, so I went to college to study 3D Design where I did no photography at all. Though I did learn to use a DSLR for photographing all my weird and wonderful clay and glass sculptures (I think I knew I had no real future in sculpture) and after having somehow obtained a distinction I was still none the wiser so I went travelling...seemed like the only reasonable thing to do at the time!
As soon as I found out it was there, I knew I wanted to go see the world and I figured at the age of 28 I should probably decide what I wanted to be when I grew up and hoped that backpacking around the US, New Zealand and India all by my little self would somehow assist me in this. So I packed more clothes than I would ever need and a bunch of other unnecessary stuff (I've since learned that a pair of poo pants with elephants printed on them, a couple of strappy tops and a bug spray is pretty much all you need when backpacking), threw in my DSLR and off I went.
I loved every moment of photographing the world as a lowly independent backpacker on a shoestring but it was when I got to India that my passion firmly laid it's roots in my heart. Photographing the people of India in all their joyous, disdainful, colour soaked, happy, sometimes eye-wateringly horrifying some times heart string tuggingly beautiful glory is what truly hooked me; the emotion you find in the eyes of other humans, the interaction between two souls, the connection you find with them through the lens? There ain't nothing else like it!
Since 2012 when I came back from my travels. It was a slow process at first as I had no idea how to market my business. I still maintain that I'm not great at the business side of things but I'm lucky enough that my clients are around 85% referral based so most of my clients come from previous couples or other wedding suppliers. This is such a wonderful feeling for me as it tells me I must be doing a good job for them to trust me with their friends and family members big day!
It has to be at Simon and Jen's Wedding three years ago at the Elvetham Hotel when their sword party (military tradition) of around 12 RAF chaps and chapesses pinned Simon to the ground with their swords and Jen sat atop him drinking champagne while he updated his Facebook status with a photo of it all! Obviously, I got a photo of it all too!!
Outside of being able to use a camera well and finding the best light, I’d say being able to read people and situations quickly. This and being able to communicate well and make people feel comfortable. Having travelled so much alone, you find you very quickly learn how to speak to strangers and this has taught me a ton! Generally I talk to everybody as if I've always known them. And very quickly, that's how it feel for both of us.
Either Aynhoe Park or the Asylum in Peckham!! I love a bit of weird and unique!
I've photographed 120+ weddings so I feel very comfortable in my role. My being relaxed on the day means I can focus fully on anticipating those special moments and capturing beautiful, creative photographs for you guys so you can keep those memories fresh as you continue your exciting path through life together. It also means that I can be there to see to my couples needs on the day...
Some non-photographic based jobs I have happily undertaken whilst shooting weddings;
1/ Sewn up the wedding dress because it was too long in the front and the bride was worried she might trip down the aisle!
2/ Re-assembled a crumbling bridal bouquet with cocktail sticks!
3/ Acted as messenger between the boys and girls groups while they were getting ready in the morning.
4/ Been the dress carrier whilst also shooting couples portraits as they walked away hand in hand. Yup I can do this single handed, literally!
5/ Re-done the brides hair in prep for their portraits. I am a wizard with curby grips!
I also always bring scissors and safety pins with me on the day...just in case!
Ooh tough one!
There are so many places and for very different reasons;
Iceland for pure photo adventureness! Scaling glaciers and ascending volcanos, hiking over the flattest land you've ever seen for miles to get to the remains of a crashed US Navy plane and walking along the surreal black sands of Vik!
India because it is just so very different to here! Varanasi, the city of death so full of life and thick with atmosphere!
The Philippines for the happiest, kindest people I have ever met and beach that outclass Thailand but are infinitely less full of people!
New Zealand for the unequivocal beauty of its vast and varied landscapes!
Gosh, there are so many more places I could name but I'll stop there. The world is magic! I read a quote recently "the world is a book and to not travel is to read but one page". For me, travelling is a part of life.
I have made a pact with myself that I'll hike Mongolia for at least a month and do around 3-4 months in S. America before we embark on the next big adventure of having a few little feet running around our ankles. I just need to get the boy on board...
Absolutely! You can check it out under 'Other Work'.
I have yet to photograph a destination wedding but it would absolutely be the most perfect combination of my two loves! You don't happen to be getting married abroad by any chance? ;)
One of the most amazing experiences I've had in recent years (and I feel weird saying that it was amazing because of the loss of life involved) was visiting the exclusion zone of Chernobyl. It has been abandoned for over 30 years but all the buildings and their contents largely remain! It was a fascinating experience to be in a place that was once inhabited but is now being reclaimed by nature.
Here's just a few;
Travelling, Skiing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Hiking, Quad Biking, Painting and Drawing, Ice Hockey (watching not playing ouch!), Reading New Scientist and Nat Geo, Festivals and any live music anywhere! I also play the ukulele and sing, badly!
Essentially I'm in to trying most things, at least once!
In no particular order and this is always a difficult one!
Amelie, Deadpool, Begin Again, Elisabethtown and High Fidelity
I literally cannot start the day without a cup of tea but I will spoil myself to a weird coffee concoction when I go to a nice cafe; chilli coffee bean mocha with coconut milk? Yuh hit me with it!
I really want to say my little red 120 film camera as I really did truly love it but if I'm being honest, it was probably the gigantic Barbie winnebago I had for my seventh birthday! Which is funny because I'm really not a girly girl these days!
Oh so many! I love people so anything that didn't involve working with others would be a definite no no! I'm also very creative and whilst I have an eye for detail I couldn't do anything like accounting or lawyering! Pouring over facts and figures just doesn't do it for me!
I wish I had the chance to know my dad better before he passed away. And to avoid bringing the tone down significantly let's leave it on a peppy high note...it has taught me to live every moment and really, truly appreciate those people around you who mean the world and even those who don't quite mean the world but certainly inhabit a little area of your heart. There is something to be learned from everyone we meet on this incredible journey.
I also wish they would make marmite that spreads like butter because there's nothing worse than uneven distribution of Marmite!
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