My name is Lauren and I am an enneagram 8. I am self-confident, strong, and assertive. I am protective, resourceful, straight-talking, decisive, loyal, and I always advocate for the underdog. If you don't like what I'm posting on social, moral, or political issues; you may as well unfollow me. I won't stop sharing about topics I find important, because they go against the grain - but I do encourage open discussion. So there's that. My HS senior superlative was "most likely to beat around the bush" and my college friends used to introduce me as, "This is Lauren; she has no filter" - me being outspoken is not a new thing. BUT if you're one of my people, trust that I will fight for you to the death.
I should’ve done this a long time ago, but I didn’t think I had the talent or was good enough. I started to face my fears recently and just dive at it no matter how crap I might be. My interest in photography started from my father. He’s a tech freak, well camera freak. He has a pretty cool collection of antique cameras, and from the little age of about 6 I started to take pictures. Most of them having my finger on half of the image, But you got to start somewhere right???. Over the years, I started looking at some old albums and saw some amazing pictures taken when my mom was little. Found out it was my grandpa, he definitely had an eye and was definitely a huge role model in my life. And from there I grew this passion towards photo taking, or as some of you may call it photography. Passion comes in many forms and for myself it rarely comes. I found one thing in my entire life that I was passionate about but that idea was slammed down within seconds. People called me stupid, crazy, idiotic, etc. So I just listened to them and moved on for years, but looking back that passion didn’t subside. I was in the downtown area the other day when a group of tourists asked me to take a picture for them. After I took the photo, I just wanted to confirm if it was good enough for them and they asked if I was a photographer. I was with my cousin at the time and we burst out laughing. It then struck to me, hmmm should I just get back into it for fun, a hobby. I take photos wherever I go, when I’m pissed at the world I go on random hikes and take pictures. So I thought I’d start sharing some of the pictures I took over the years and see where life takes me. . . . . #iceland#skogafoss#vik#sunset#nature#waterfall#greenery#instapic#travelphotography#photography#iphone
When I experience God/something good and life giving, I typically am drawn back to those moments by gathering with the people that shared in that experience with me. From family to friends to strangers. But every once in a while, I am drawn back to specific geographical locations. Little tiny spots on this planet where God showed up in my life to disrupt what was current to bring something new. This is one of those spots. A few years ago while in Iceland, the prior couple years I had been exploring what it meant to fear the Lord. I’d read about it and longed for it, but really didn’t understand what it meant in my life or how I could “attain” it, if I could do such a thing. So I came to this spot. Drawn in by its shear power and wonder. As time slowed down, like a lightning bolt striking the ground, I felt and understood forcefully the fear of the Lord. And now I’d say a big part of what it means is to live in constant awe of who God is, what He is capable of and what He has created. I felt so tiny yet known fully. All my imperfections were magnified in this moment, but they pointed me more towards Gods character and not to my flawed character and my flawed being. And for the last few years I had longed to come to this spot again, and I got to a couple months ago now. Not to try and recreate the initial experience, but to remember the experience I had in the first place. To make sure I don’t forget what God was after in that moment. We were made to chase the wild, to seek out relationship and experience that put the fear of the Lord in us. They are scary yet safe, they will demand vulnerability but bring to light truth. This place did that for me. Thanks for reading. Added a few more photos from our time in Iceland. Cheers!
I’m a chronic over thinker. It’s in my bones to play out scenarios in my head based on all the potential outcomes at hand. The mindset plays directly into our art, because you see, this photography thing is both a passionate art form speaking from the depths of our hearts, but it’s also a business, providing the means to feed our babes and keep a roof over their heads. That’s a lot of pull in a lot of directions. That’s a lot of opportunity for over-thinking. The truth is, it’s ok to be critical, but I had to learn a healthy way to critique our work. One where what we put out is true to who we are and what we want to say to the world, but also doesn’t leave us crying in the corner clutching an empty bag of Rolo’s because we stress ate the whole durn thing. This is part of the conversation we’ll be having at the “Let’s Go” Workshop in April. Call it a portfolio review if you wish, but that’s just the surface level. It’s an approach to being you in a world of questioning, copy catting, and comparison. Join us on the foggy beaches of the PNW for good learnin’, good community, and soul food. Tickets are on sale starting RIGHT MEOW and the link is tucked oh so conveniently for you in our stories. LET’S GO!
And last one from amazing trip from Iceland 🇮🇸!! Most epic pop place 🥳🤪mister skogafoss !! This the moment when you understand how beautiful and powerful is nature 💪🌈💦 someday we will come back 😎our daughter must see this beauty and power !!!
A year ago today @12lcritch, Betsy and I took on Iceland. Lindsey’s mom txted me if she didn’t answer her in less than 4 minutes. I must go back with my drone. Still can’t even fathom this entire country or this trip.
Day 3 in Iceland 💁🏼♀️ we picked up our van, the “Troll Hole” which was our home for the proceeding 7 days. We played in the infamous Blue Lagoon and hit up Seljandsfoss, Gljufrabui, & Skogafoos (yes try to pronounce these). Highlight was the end of the day getting a glimpse of the northern lights!!! (picture does not do justice). @r_pears got stuck and nearly fell out of the Troll Hole “loft” with excitement!