Business Name: Lauren Joslen Photography
Where are you based out of? Longview, WA (a small town 45 minutes north of Portland, OR)
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?
What is your predominant photographic specialization?
Senior Portraits & Couples
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?
Canon 5D Mark III
How would you define your style?
My style is a little all over the place right now, but I’m trying to evolve into a film-looking, moody, photojournalistic type style. That’s my overall goal for 2017.
As of right now, my style is kind of lifestyle-ish. At least with my couples I try to be that way. With seniors, that’s more posed and kind of an airy look.
What motivated you to become a photographer?
I’ve always loved looking at pictures in scrapbooks my mom put together back when my sisters and I were younger. I think that’s where my love for photography really began. From there, I would ask my sister to model for me when I received a point and shoot digital camera for Christmas back in middle school. I learned that I love taking pictures of people, and I told myself that’s what I wanted to do for “work.”
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
With my seniors, I try to convey happiness and carefreeness. I like to capture them in a time when the world is theirs to grab. With couples, I try to convey the love they have for each other. I get the best shots when they aren’t being posed, but interacting with each other and I get to capture that moment in time.
How do you accomplish that?
With seniors, I often ask them to fake laugh – which typically gets them smiling, often turning into a real laugh, and I can capture it.
And with couples, I tend to ask them questions about their relationship or each other to get them comfortable around me.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Oh, Yes! Ben Sasso! Reading his blog and just learning from him inspires me so much! Also, Taylor McCutchan. His work is incredible! I had the chance to meet him at a workshop I attended a year ago. He’s a super nice guy. I love the way he captures his couples. Seeing his work just makes me want to be a better photographer. There’s a ton of other photographers that inspire me, some I know personally – Natasha Dahlke, I’m looking at you! And some I don’t know at all that I follow on Instagram.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I would say being able to leave my comfortable day job and going full-time. I love being my own boss, on my own schedule, being creative, and doing what I love. Sounds easy enough, right? I’m learning that being a business owner isn’t super easy. Some days aren’t so creative and fun. I love it though and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What is one thing you have learned during your career?
I’ve learned that YouTube is my best friend. If I ever have a question about my camera, or how to manipulate a photo in Lightroom, I look to YouTube.
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
For regular sessions, I give my clients their finished images on the Mahogany Wood USB in a Mahogany Wood USB Delivery Box. I love my clients’ reactions when I hand them their boxes. They are always blown away with them. For weddings, I give my clients the Mahogany Wood USB inside the 4×6 Print & USB Box in the unfinished Pine. Again, they’re always happy with their box.
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
With my clients so excited about their pictures being delivered in cute wooden boxes, they often post pictures of it and tag me in the pictures. I feel like this gives me a unique style in delivery that sets me apart from other photographers. The last touch on handing over the photos in a fun way promotes clients to spread the word and get my name out there.