We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Crew and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In the beginning of my career, my work life balance was quite the balancing act. Back then, I hustled for my career. Now, I hustle for my health and let that set the tone for all the moves I make both professionally and personally.

Alright, so let’s move onto what makes your work yours?
When I was 18 years old, my mother died. Her sudden death provided a deeper emotional connection with myself that over the years, enabled my creativity to be grounded around loss and new beginnings. Over the span of two decades, large portions of my life have been spent subtly but relentlessly sorting out feelings, sensibility and a melody that would underscore my ultimate purpose as an artist. I’ve watched my emotional insights help synergize the light and dark moments of my life to help influence my creativity. Through photography, I can explore the complex beauty that exists within life’s most painful moments. Once I found a way to visually communicate with myself about myself I became fluent in the language of photography and found my visual voice. My creative process is deep and my work is emotional. Portraiture is my sweet spot but photographing a range of feelings is where I like to linger. All of my life experiences set an honest tone for a passionate output that serves to emotionally lift both myself and hopefully the viewer towards greater awareness.

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?
The Beach Tlyuda
Rick’s Produce
Delicious Bros Pizza
Reparations Club
Underground Museum
Gorilla Rx Wellness
Fleurs et Sel Cookies
Mizlala
My backyard

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
All of the things I am afraid to be, I can be within my friendship with my dear friend, Amanda. It is through our friendship and sisterhood that I have learned how to love harder and smarter. I dedicate my shoutout to her and all the shit that only she and I know gets touched upon, talked about, laughed at, loved on, cried over and unpacked behind the scenes.

Website: https://www.laurencrew.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurencrew/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenbcrew

Other: https://www.bouveratcollective.com/lauren-crew

Image Credits
Image Credit: Lauren Crew

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