Professional A+ photographer who is also a cool person.
Professional A+ photographer who is also a cool person.
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,...
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.
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, 2 lessons with Lauren
Patient and Knowledgeable
Lauren's good counsel and workflow techniques are of great assistance. As a veteran of Adobe products, Lauren cuts directly to the issue and just as importantly, explains it all in simple terms. She is my go-to pro when I have any questionsBill, 2 lessons with Lauren
Knowledgable and very helpful
I have had one lesson thus far and found it to be very good. We made a good start in getting done what I am trying to accomplish. Looking forward to working further with her.Tom, 2 lessons with Lauren
Lauren helped intergrate files in Lightroom/PhotoShop.
Lauren helped me how to find and reorganize my photo files among the different versions of PhotoShop (Elements, CS3, CS6 and now ClassicCC) and LightRoom, while I was trying to clean up an older computer. Without her help, I might have lost raw photo files from some very important and memorable travels. Thanks!!Scott, 1 lesson with Lauren
Help with Photography/Lightroom
Lauren was great! She was a huge help with Lightroom and very easy to work with. She helped me organize my Lightroom and taught me the best ways to import, and create helpful metadata. Lauren really is easy to work with, timely and a wealth of knowledge on photography related issues.Paula, 1 lesson with Lauren
I really enjoyed my session with Lauren
She was very patient and very knowledable. Lauren was teaching me about F-stop and the different priorities. This was very helpful. I really enjoyed Lauren's demeanor and her flexibility. She was able to answer all of my questions. Excellent first lesson.Michael, 2 lessons with Lauren
Review for Lauren H.
Lauren helped me go over the basic features of Lightroom - crash course style which was very informative and helpful! I would definitely highly recommend Lauren! she makes things very clear in short amount of time, which is what I needed. I hope to work with her in the future. Lauren was my first choice from the list of the tutors for Lightroom - and I must say I did a great pick!Angie, 1 lesson with Lauren
Accessible, knowledgeable & patient!
Lauren helped me with a Lightroom issue around a 35mm scan project I'm working on. I was completely stuck and she patiently helped me find the solution. She also gave me a few tips for the project in general. I'm certain to be reaching out to her again soon.Kendall, 1 lesson with Lauren
Lauren helped me with my lightroom work flow. She was informative and I will have her back to learn moreLenore, 3 lessons with Lauren
Patient and knowledgable Lauren
Lauren guided me through organizing photos on Lightroom. I need another session with her, since LR seems to have a mind of its own, but I have faith that Lauren will help me figure it all out, and I can be a star student in my photography class!Mame, 4 lessons with Lauren
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