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Artist Spotlight with West Virginia Photographer Lauren Webster

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Who are you and what makes you tick?

I am moved by history and candid photos from my family’s past. I’m also a mom, so I feel the need to document the life of my family deep in my veins.

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

When did you get your start in the industry?

I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was about five years old. I started my business in lifestyle and documentary family photography about 3 years ago, though.

How would you describe your style?

My style is very much just real life. I love light and colors and finding new ways to use the two.

What would typically be found with you during a shoot?

I am a minimalist. I don’t take anything that I don’t absolutely need. My camera, batteries, and a backup SD card are pretty much all that I have on me. Recently, I started taking my Fujifilm instax with me, though! I love being able to give a family a print the day of their session.

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

If you could dream a perfect shoot, what would it be?

Any session with lots of kids and animals. I love sessions that include farm animals and gardens. Kids with bare-feet in the garden just make me happy!

As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

So many different things! Lol An interior designer, pastry chef, wedding planner, photographer, zoo keeper, and a teacher.

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration in connection, light, and color. I also love to see the work of other photographers and how they go about photographing particular scenes.

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

Has there been one shoot in particular that is still your favorite?

I have a few, but most recently my favorite is the time I got to photograph the release of a baby from the NICU. He was there for 280 days!

What women artists do you follow for inspiration?

I find inspiration in so many women. It’s so hard for me not to list 20-30 people here. I really love the documentary work of Koren Smith, Diana Hagues, Melissa Bissell, Tanya Moon, and Tonya Mancuso. Not only are they incredible artists, they’re my friends. They push me to be better. I also have a handful of local friends who are absolutely amazing at what they do. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them: Lindsey Porter, Andrianna Pearcy, Chelsea Hellen, and Jodi Hussmann are incredibly inspiring women.

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

Most artists have a point in their life where they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?

When my sister was born. She was my first muse. I’ve been photographing her since I was 6 years old. 

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

What is your secret to not getting bored with your work?

I have my camera on me all the time! My husband gets upset because I leave it out and our kids get ahold of it. lol But I am constantly practicing new ways to compose and use light.

If there was only one moment you could photograph for the rest of your days, what would it be?

Connection. If I could just photograph people hugging or holding each other for the rest of my days, I would be happy.

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

Do you regret any decisions you have made in your art?

No, because each decision has been a teaching moment.

If you could go anywhere in the world to photograph, where would you go?

I love the summer sun, so I would just go anywhere sunny and warm.

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

At what point in your photography journey did you realize that you had a passion you wanted to turn into a career?

I started taking clients about 8 years ago here and there. That is when I realized I wanted to make photography a bigger part of my journey.

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

Making a connection with your subject is one of the most important parts to a great portrait. How do you make lasting connections with your clients?

I love people. I love talking and learning about each one of my clients. I care about each one of them deeply. Being able to help them see me as a friend helps tremendously!

What inspires you more – light or movement?

Light!
documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

There are so many parts to a photograph – shootings, culling, editing. What part of the process is your favorite?

Definitely shooting! I love creating and connecting.

We all go through periods of mental blocks. How do you push past times of not finding inspiration?

I read and study or watch documentaries about photographers. I actually just watched one called “Harry Benson: Shoot First” and it was AMAZING!

documentary and lifestyle photographer, inhome lifestyle picture, Lauren Webster Photography

Who in your life inspires your art the most?

My children.
Lauren Webster Photography, West Virginia Family Lifestyle photographer

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Location: West Virginia

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