We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Bolanos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Easily, the most important factor to a successful shoot,is to listen to what my client needs and then under promise and over deliver. I do a pre-consultation to learn about their likes and dislikes, their budget, and how we can best collaborate on making beautiful memories together. The most successful shoots are a team effort, where everyone is working together to have fun to create the most authentic smiles. Of course, I always love when my clients take my recommendations, which are based on what does and doesn’t work form previous shoots, but their feedback and cooperation is what takes a good shoot to a great one.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved working on any creative project I could get my hands on. I ended up getting my BFA in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon, where I took my first digital and darkroom photography classes. I learned that telling an authentic story with humor and personality produces heartfelt photos that capture the soul of the subject. It’s important to enjoy the journey, especially in photography, which is meant to capture these special memories. When we look at photos, we remember how we felt when we took them, which means the experience is just as important as the end result.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow, this list could go on and on. I usually take my family to the beaches and farmer’s markets in Santa Monica, shopping and dining in Abbot Kinney and Century City Mall. We go hiking on the Los Liones Trail and dine in downtown Culver City, and walk to Sawtelle Japantown for ramen.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thank you to all the families that support my small business and allow me to do what I love. Your referrals and reviews help my business grow and I wouldn’t be where I am without you.