As much as I would love to be able to meet all of my featured photographers and vendors, it often is just not possible due to schedules and distance. However, with the case of Lauren from Lauren Noel Photography, I was not only able to meet her in person but also shoot alongside her at my March Cherry Blossom Styled Shoot! It was such a fun time getting the chance to take headshots for her, see her interact with the models and other photographers, and now, after the shoot, see how she captured everything in a way that was unique to her own vision and style! That is one of my favorite parts about hosting a styled shoot – getting to meet other photographers and then seeing how we all interact with the same materials in a different way.
Lauren is simply lovely – humble and good-natured, gentle, kind, and easy to be around. It’s fun to have her on the blog today and have her answering questions about how she got where she is in her business!
How did you get started in photography?
I have loved photography & photos since I was a child. On rainy days I’d sit and look through albums upon albums of photographs and sit there for hours. When I was about 10 I got my first camera and carried it everywhere with me for years and my love for photography grew and grew but I didn’t have the time or money to take courses with school and working and all; and they photography courses weren’t offered in high school or my college. When I gave birth to my first daughter my husband bought me my first DSLR and said here start a business, doing what you love. Now, here we are.
How would you describe your style?
Timeless, classic, fresh, light, fun
Where do you find inspiration? How do you pull yourself out of a creative rut?
I find inspiration from movies, my children and the world. I will go places and see people interacting and beautiful locations with the most amazing lighting and think of how to use that in my next sessions. I will watch my children and think if I was using a camera right at this moment, how the photo would look and I apply it to future sessions. Music always pulls me out of a creative rut, and watching movies. The creative sides to these arts just speak to me.
What is your favorite part about being a wedding photographer?
Learning about my couples and watching how their love story develops. I love witnessing real life love stories! It’s amazing how the heart speaks through body language, looks and movement. It’s incredible to see the relationships between brides and grooms, and even their families. I feel like I am a part of each couples family and it’s amazing!
How do you love to serve your couples?
I love being an open book to them. I love helping them anyway I possibly can, whether it’s answering their questions, helping with ideas or just being that rock at that moment when they need you. I had a bride whose wedding was infiltrated by drunk guests from another wedding and they ended up fighting with the groomsmen from her wedding and she came to me and just cried. You develop this special bond with your clients, almost like a mothers bond with her children, and you would do anything and everything to help them and love them.
If you had one tip for a bride, what would it be?
Don’t stress! I know it’s easier said then done. Just breathe & enjoy every minute of the planning process and the wedding, because just like that it’s over and you can’t get it back, and you don’t want to look back on it with bad feelings. Embrace all the positive and the negative, it’s what gives your wedding, your love story it’s uniqueness, and it’ll be perfect for years & generations to come!