About Me

Hi, I’m Lauren.

I love witnessing and capturing real moments. I’ve spent the last ten years photographing people in their everyday lives for newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post. You can view that work here. Now I want to bring your family into the mix.

I got into photography because of a fascination with and love for people, cultures, traditions, and relationships. I love using photography as a form of expression and communication, a way to connect with deeper meaning, and a way to learn about and share different ways of life. I bring this anthropological and documentary approach into my work with families because we all have a story to tell.

I’m drawn to the moments that sometimes pass by without us noticing. The way the light comes through the windows when the world is waking up, the sometimes messy – but still beautiful – chaos of our lives, the routines and the breaks in routine.

I’m excited by what you’re passionate about. And I love unexpected, spontaneous requests. Surprise me with your idea, and I’ll be thrilled.

When I’m not taking photos, I’m probably:
  • Having dinner with friends
  • Learning Spanish
  • Reading or going on walks (have any fav books you read this year? Please share!)
  • Face-timing with my niece
  • Cooking recipes from and learning about a new country each month
Random things about me:
  • I am new to Los Angeles! Please share your favorite things about the city with me 🙂
  • I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio and will forever crave Skyline Chili and Graeter’s Ice Cream
  • Growing up, there were kids who didn’t know my real name because everyone called me LJ
  • I will never eat pickles by choice
  • When I was 13 I took my first trip out of the country to visit family in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and it’s this trip that I can identify as being important to my development as a photographer
  • Even though I am terrified of heights, my brother convinced me to jump out of an airplane

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