Meet-the-Maker • Laura Lee Photography

 

We couldn't be more excited to introduce you one of our favorites, Laura Lee Photography! Laura is not only one of our incredible preferred vendors, but she was also instrumental in getting Red Oak Weddings launched and one of our brand photographers. Needless to say, we love her. She's a big dreamer and doer, and and oh-so talented. Get to know more about her, below!


Hey friend! I’m Laura, of Laura Lee Photography and I absolutely LOVE what I do. My soul comes alive when I get to document love and life through my camera and I am so blessed to wake up each morning telling extraordinary stories through this medium. Most days you can find me in pajamas in my office, dreaming up my next grand adventure with Scott, my incredibly supportive and handsome boyfriend!

I am a lover of all things outdoorsy: mountains, lakes, forests, beaches, cliffs, you name it. I love hiking, paddle-boarding, skiing and kayaking, amongst many other things and wish I was cool enough to rock-climb. I have an obsession with elephants (real ones and collecting them), and every August I make time to frolick through the sunflower fields by my house. My favorite part of summer (or any season, really) is sitting out by my fire-pit with a glass of Riesling and a s’more in hand with friends and family surrounding me with endless laughter. I’m rarely ever found without a warm blanket wrapped around me, and If my wallet didn’t frown upon it, I’d probably buy everything in Anthropolgie Home and Free People. I believe Country concerts are the best from the lawn seats, and that life is too short not to show off my horrible dance moves. I can’t WAIT to hear your story!

My photography style is organic and timeless. I capture authentic, genuine emotions of adventurous couples in love and I am SO lucky to call that my job.

Tell us a little bit about you, and how you got started in photography.

My passion for photography began when I was just a year old. We had a dark room in my house growing up (as my mom was a photographer) and I remember crawling in there constantly out of curiosity for the things she was creating. At age 3, I proclaimed I wanted to be a photographer when I grew up and I constantly attempted to take pictures on our vacations when I was just a toddler! This passion never really went away, but got buried by school until 2012.

I couldn't quite put my finger on why I was drawn so strongly to photography until I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2012. On my first night in Copenhagen, I popped into a cafe with a few friends from school. A lonesome traveler walked through the door with a suitcase bigger than me and I desperately felt myself yearning to know his story. From this day forward I didn’t leave my dorm without my camera in hand. I became a storyteller. Travel stories, love stories, legacy stories. I wouldn’t have my life any other way.

What services do you offer and what do you specialize in?

I specialize in weddings for joyful, authentic, adventurous couples in love! I love outdoor weddings and anything to do with mountains, travel, lakes-- you name it. This lifestyle of loving the outdoors was instilled in me growing up and I just love the way life slows down when you go outside for a breath of fresh air. I LOVE organic, natural details on a wedding day...especially when they are meaningful to the couple!

I also specialize in lifestyle, branding photography for creative entrepreneurs! This sets my heart on fire. I love documenting the creative process, the maker, and all the way through to the finished product for creatives. I went to design school so I think I fell in love with all types of creative outlets when I was there.

What makes your business unique?

I think my couples get a wonderful experience working with me (I might be biased!) But to me, photography, and weddings especially, is so much more than just taking pictures. To me, it’s not about weddings, it’s about marriages. It’s not about transactions, it’s about relationships. It’s not about one day, it’s about a lifetime. And it’s not about pictures, it’s about people. I love what I do and I think when I bring so much passion to every wedding or photoshoot, my couples and clients feed off that energy and you can feel it in their pictures. I also think my style of “posing” is very authentic and unique and is sure to capture the personalities of my couples!

What is your favorite part of working with couples?

I could go on forever! But I think my ultimate favorite part is seeing strangers become friends and telling their unique story. I don’t think I’ve ever left a wedding where I didn’t feel like I ended with two new (or maybe more) great friends. This is a business where you need to love and serve people, and ultimately, I just love people! I also love when I get to see the finished result and can see their story unfolding in their gallery or the pages of their wedding album. Everyone’s story is unique so it makes for quite an exciting career!

One piece of advice for couples?

Just one? Okay..if I had to choose, it would be: Let love grow! My mom always told me growing up that when you find the person you’re meant to be with they won’t try to hinder your other relationships, friendships, personal time, etc. They will allow you to grow, and be the best version of yourself you could be. I searched for that for a long time and I am SO thankful that I found that now. It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world!

Childhood Career aspiration?

Photographer. Seriously, I think I was born with it in my blood.

Coffee or Tea?

Um, wine? Just kidding. I like both and try not to drink either too often! I go through stages. This week it’s tea.

Hidden talent?

Wow great question! Um, I used to play violin, piano, guitar and drums...but I’m probably horrible at all of them these days (although I can play anything by ear on piano)...so because that’s not really a current talent let’s go with Ping Pong!! I’m pretty nasty at it in my opinion.