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Lauren Larsen

Photographer

Lauren Larsen

Photographer

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Photographer Lauren Larsen sees her life’s work as revealing the beauty and dignity inherent in every human being, whether in the realm of weddings, art or social justice. “I think of what I do as asking questions with my camera,” she says. “What in a moment is true? What can be fixed in an image but remain forever living and breathing?”

While she credits her aesthetic tendencies to a grandmother who was a portrait and landscape painter—and a mother who allowed her to rearrange her bedroom furniture whenever she wanted—Lauren’s journalistic curiosity emerged while studying mass communications in college. It was only after graduating, though, that Lauren discovered her love for the camera while assisting the Dallas-based photographers Jessie Hornbuckle and Lawrence Jenkins on assignments shooting subjects as diverse as super models and the former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. Lauren soon expanded her storytelling skills to weddings, which she believes combine in concentrated form the live-action excitement of documentary work with the emotional qualities inherent in portrait photography.

Even though she brings more than 11 years of wedding experience into play, Lauren brings a sense of fresh excitement to every shoot. “I love the fact that I can provide people with a sense of heritage,” she says. “I get to point out how truly delightful people are and how grand life can be. How lucky am I to curate that?”

In addition to her work with The Day, Lauren is the event photographer of record for the renowned Yale Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband, the Yale scholar Matthew Larsen, and their children Lucy, August and Eleanor.

“Every image is in some way a ‘portrait,’ not in the way that it would reproduce the traits of a person, but in that it pulls and draws…. in that it extracts something, an intimacy, a force.”

Sally Mann


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I see a lot of my work as being a visual historian–documenting something true, beautiful and valuable–the complexities of the human experience...

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Wedding

Ashley & Xuan
When we look at all the perfect moments Lauren captured on camera, we're also reminded of the effortless joy she brought to her craft. Her shots of our love and laughter or her pictures of the small and yet profound moments we so cherish are captured forever thanks to Lauren's artistic skill and her professional grace. Lauren will always be our go to photographer.

Photographed by Lauren Larsen

Wedding

Colleen & Stephen
Thinking back on our fantastic wedding day, I can't image it without Lauren. As a couple planning a destination wedding in New York City from Hong Kong, from the very beginning Lauren was a fantastic resource and soundboard, always available and eager to help. On the big day she was invaluable, setting me, my husband and our family at ease and capturing moments we'll never forget. Lauren has a unique talent for anticipating each moment and letting the emotions of her subjects shine through. We will always treasure the way Lauren documented the happiest day of our lives. - Colleen

Photographed by Lauren Larsen

Wedding

Colleen & Stephen
Beginning with our first phone conversation from my home in Dallas, I felt a connection with Lauren that gave me confidence we were in trustworthy hands, even as we faced the daunting task of planning a New York City wedding across many miles, with the bride- and groom-to-be living in Hong Kong.   That connection was confirmed on the wedding day, as Lauren, with a skillful, calming presence, captured the story of Colleen and Steve’s beautiful celebration of love for each other, surrounded by family and friends.  - Mary Leahy

Photographed by Lauren Larsen