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Lauren H.

Chicago, IL

$42/hour

Professional A+ photographer who is also a cool person.

50+ Hours
4.9 average from 30 ratings
Excellent Resource!
— Melissa, Chicago, IL on 4/20/16

$42/Hour


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University of Illinois at Chicago
Photography

Education

University of Illinois at Chicago (Photography)

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren. I've been a photographer and mentor for the majority of my life. I have informally taught photography to children, youth, and adults alike. I am very active in my community and believe that the cultivation of the arts is necessary for a community to grow and express itself. I would love to be able to support my volunteering efforts by getting paid to do what I love, for those who are able to pay for tutelage. I am highly creative and articulate. I enjoy traveling, music, art, fire-spinning, and having meaningful conversations.

Formally, I received a portfolio-based scholarship at Highland Community College and continued on to complete my BFA in Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2010.

I am very good at explaining both concepts and technical information so it seems simple and intuitive. I have an extensive professional history in the digital production industry (8+ years). The industry is fast-paced and has a high learning curve. I have many times had to teach myself how to use programs from scratch, in addition to troubleshooting on my own as well. I have an expert understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. I use these two programs almost every day. I also use Adobe InDesign and Illustrator frequently. I would say I have an advanced understanding of these two programs.

I am highly knowledgeable in nearly all aspects of photography: film photography (35mm, 120mm, & 4x5 format), digital photography, post-production, studio lighting, artistic technique (developing the "eye"), technical aspects (calculating proper exposure), fine art style, conceptual photography, dark room techniques (including Ansel Adam's "zone system"), negative scanning and touch ups, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc... you name it. I desire to constantly be learning about my art and work.

At the community college I attended, my focus was Graphic design, with Photography as a minor. At the time, I thought pursuing photography as a career would stifle my love for the art form, but I changed my mind when I began my BFA at UIC, where I dove into photography as my main focus with women's studies and graphic design as areas of emphasis. I have a portfolio site for my conceptual work, as well as a blog for my vintage camera photography, which I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post here. Feel free to ask me for the links.

I get along with all types of people, from all backgrounds. I am well-traveled and have lots of photo adventure stories to share from my life experiences. I am very passionate about what I do, so have confidence that I will give 100% of my time and energy to you when we are in a tutoring session.
Hi, I'm Lauren. I've been a photographer and mentor for the majority of my life. I have informally taught photography to children, youth, and adults alike. I am very active in my community and believe that the cultivation of the arts is necessary for a community to grow and express itself. I would love to be able to support my volunteering efforts Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required

Special rates for long-term tutelage.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Chicago, IL 60622

"Excellent Resource!"

- Melissa, Chicago, IL on 4/20/16

"Help with Photography/Lightroom"

- Paula, Winnetka, IL on 2/15/17

"I really enjoyed my session with Lauren"

- Michael, New Brunswick, NJ on 12/12/16

"Review for Lauren H."

- Angie, Romeoville, IL on 7/6/16

"Accessible, knowledgeable & patient!"

- Kendall, Chicago, IL on 6/27/16

"Informative"

- Lenore, Chicago, IL on 6/18/16

"Patient and knowledgable Lauren"

- Mame, Baltimore, MD on 4/12/16

"Lauren has been so helpful."

- Yeefah, Evanston, IL on 3/4/16

"A great visit"

- Stacy, Wilmette, IL on 1/10/16

"Incredible tutor!"

- Sarah, Long Beach, CA on 11/30/15

"Excellent Instructor, Very Knowledgeable, Strongly Recommend."

- William, Chicago, IL on 11/23/15

"Lauren is a smart and knowledgeable tutor. It was a a good experience for me."

- David, Northbrook, IL on 11/21/15

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Adobe InDesign

I majored in graphic design while working towards my Associates degree. I later got my BFA in photography at UIC, but with a strong emphasis on graphic design. While at UIC, I was a work study at the UIC graphic design lab. I have had 8+ years experience in the digital production industry, much of which requires strong graphic design skills as well as their translation into printed materials. InDesign was probably the program I used most while designing and outputting materials for these jobs.

I have designed materials for many of the organizations I have worked for, as well as self-designing my own website since high school, in ever evolving formats. I have also designed logos and business cards for a handful of local businesses. For the majority of this work I have used InDesign and Illustrator.

Adobe Lightroom

I have been using Lightroom every day in my photography work for over 5 years now, having switched from using Photoshop previously. The amount of time a person can save by using Lightroom is astonishing!

I have tutored photographers of all skill levels in creating an efficient workflows that cater to their personal workflow preferences. I have also helped many individuals in emergency situations straightening up messy (often chaotic) Lightroom catalogs.

Adobe Photoshop

I have been using Photoshop for over a decade, in my own photography work. I use this program almost every day for basic and complex work. I have tutored many people in using this program.

Graphic Design

I majored in graphic design while working towards my Associates degree. I later got my BFA in photography at UIC, but with a strong emphasis on graphic design. While at UIC, I was a work study at the UIC graphic design lab. I have had 8+ years experience in the digital production industry, much of which requires strong graphic design skills as well as their translation into printed materials.

I have designed materials for many of the organizations I have worked for, as well as self-designing my own website since high school, in ever evolving formats. I have also designed logos and business cards for a handful of local businesses.

I am knowledgable in Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash.

Photography

I am a professional photographer with 15 years of experience. I started working as a photographer in high school taking photos of my friends for their senior pictures, then over the next few years I expanded from senior photos to higher end portraits and weddings.

I have mentored younger aspiring artists and photographers since high school as well, in 4H club as well as through my spiritual community. I continue to mentor youth in my current neighborhood, and I find myself always helping new and experienced photographers better understand their craft.

I love teaching, but see it more as a collaboration. I am constantly learning and sharing my learning with everyone I meet.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Photography

Education

University of Illinois at Chicago (Photography)

Excellent Resource!

Lauren was a really excellent tutor. She helped me restore 800 "missing" photos, helped clean up all my image folders, and explained so many useful techniques for Lightroom. I would recommend her to anyone in Chicago (or elsewhere) for a one on one in person or online. She know's her stuff inside and out and is a delight to work with.

— Melissa, Chicago, IL on 4/20/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $42.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Special rates for long-term tutelage.

Travel policy

Lauren will travel within 30 miles of Chicago, IL 60622.