I’m so excited to be announcing a new series here on Blondes & Bagels! Ever since my whole blog redesign and lightweight rebranding I’ve been thinking a lot about the content I create. I want to make sure I’m always working towards adding value and inspiring – and few things inspire me more than you guys.
Bagel Babe Spotlight will be a new blog series where I interview babes that are just kind of killing the game. Maybe they’re entrepreneurs, maybe they’re creatives, maybe they’re not even women – but they’re all hustlers. So get excited for this new series and definitely tell me if there’s someone you’d like to see an interview from!
I can’t think of anyone better to kick off this series than Lauren from Laurel Creative. Lauren is a New Jersey/New York based photographer and is proooobably one of the sweetest humans I’ve ever met. Honestly.
Getting your picture taken is so raw and weird and awkward. It just is. Especially if you’re like me and struggle with the “modeling” aspect of blogging. Lauren is like a warm sip of cider – so friendly, so warm, and super comforting. Almost like you’ve known her for five years when it’s been like five minutes.
Total doll face.
But that aside – she’s also kind of a badass. She runs from shoot to shoot around NY photographing some of the biggest bloggers out there. Her aesthetic is noticeable – you can tell it’s a Laurel Creative shot when you scroll past it on your feed.
The woman behind the lens!
I shoot around 20 weddings a year, and I shoot 3 fashion bloggers a day (Roughly 60 shoots a month!) ! I shoot bloggers in NYC and NJ, and weddings all over the place! I do most of my weddings in NJ, NYC, and Pennsylvania
I’m a TWIN! MY sister is a history teacher down in Virginia.
Photographing my twin sister. haha. But actually though! I would always take photos of her and of girls in my high school classes. A few senior portraits turned into a few weddings, and the snowball of work grew bigger and bigger. I’m SO thankful.
I was working as a part time graphic designer in NYC, and I was shooting a blogger before work )7:30 AM), going to work 9-2 pm, then two more blogger shoots after that. I was working my butt off- and kinda making myself crazy. But those crazy long days are what grew my business to where it is right now. I made it one year with that crazy schedule and working part time graphic design, and then I made the plunge FULL TIME wedding and fashion photography July 2017
Woahh great question!! I would probably be an art teacher to highschool students. I’m not the best painter or studio artist, but I could see myself teaching yearbook or a photography class. (Whoops! Can’t seem to escape photography haha) Or maybe teaching a photoshop class!
Without a doubt, the West village! Or Greenwich village. It’s so versatile, honestly. You can get the big street feel, taxi’s, stoops, parks, all in a matter of a few blocks!
My favorite thing is that I have a flexible schedule. (generally speaking). I have an amazing husband (Hi Erik!) who works a 9-5 job, so I try to keep my shoot days ending at 5 ish. Although I do begin by days at 7:30 AM. I love working for myself in that aspect and being my own boss!! . My least favorite thing about working for myself is ironically having to schedule. Working with bloggers, I am constantly texting/receiving
Ohhhh- there’s a few new things on the horizon! Some things I cant share yet (hehehe). Definitely going to be growing the laurel creative team in the coming year, and I also plan to do more styled shoots!
Woah your questions are on point!! Well ma’m, that would always and forever be: 2 eggs, cheese, ketchup, salt, pepper, on a cinnamon raisen bagel toasted.
Don’t forget to check out Lauren on Instagram for some serious inspiration!
Until next time, Babes!
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