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Rising Stars: Meet Lauren Theis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Theis.  

Hi Lauren, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I grew up as the friend who had a camera permanently attached to my hand. Whether it was just friends being silly or seeing my favorite band play, that’s how my photography career started. 

For the past 12 years, I have primarily worked for a wedding photography studio. And while I absolutely adore my couples, I have grown to not so much adore the exhaustion that is wedding photography. It’s a lot more than just the actual wedding day with meetings, the engagement session, and then week-long editing spree. I’ve grown a family that I truly cherish spending time with and a few years ago, I realized my photography passion laid somewhere other than weddings. 

Boudoir Photography, while now, is a lot less feared, it wasn’t always. In fact, when I was engaged, the idea of a Boudoir Session terrified me. I knew my husband would love it, but I NEVER thought I would participate in one, let alone make a career out of it. People with say, I don’t know about that kind of session. And I love telling them how I felt the same way, until I experienced a session for myself, and then made it my career. Now you tell me, that isn’t life-changing. 

So, now here I am, finally owning my own business that I started in 2021! I have been photographing Boudoir for about 4 years now and just now really coming into my own. I love what it does to a woman’s confidence! I love what it does to my confidence! To see and meet these amazing women, learn their stories, and photograph them in a way they don’t even fully understand is incredible. Seeing their reactions to their final images is something I’ll never take for granted. They inspire me to be better and to keep doing me in order to bring out the best in them. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Honestly, the road hasn’t been super bumpy but everyone starts somewhere. For me, it was realizing how different Boudoir Photography is from Wedding Photography. And imposter syndrome is a real thing. There are so many talented Boudoir Photographers not only in our area but across the world. Learning to be myself and find my groove in this industry has been a challenge, but one I rightfully accept and strive at every day! There’s also the business side of things haha! I’m not the most number savvy person, but it’s something that I’ve had to work at and it’s made me even more organized in my life too. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’d like to say I specialize in Empowering Women! Boudoir Photography is such an incredible genre where it gives women the chance to let down their guards and be vulnerable to a new experience that pushes them out of their comfort zone in the best way possible. 

I’m very loud and outgoing! I like to say that I’ve never met a stranger and my husband would joke that I could have a conversation with the wall. I think that my personality helps women become comfortable with me quickly and that helps them relax and fully enjoy themselves during their session. I can usually see during a session once a client has relaxed and is fully into themselves and session. 

This past winter I finally established my own studio space and that has been a huge accomplishment! Having to rent out spaces is fine, but having something that is yours to make your own is pretty freaking cool! A lot of hard work went into making it what I wanted and of course, I’m still working on it (never-ending projects for different set ideas). 

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I really enjoy different Boudoir Photographer groups on Facebook! I think it’s really neat and unique that our community is super supportive of each other and our work. It was so frowned upon for years that there is a special bond with us Boudoir Photographers. 

Pricing:

  • My sessions start at $450, but typically a client invests between $1200-2000 on themselves for their experience.
  • I also offer Themed Mini Sessions throughout the year that start at $150. I’m working on an Outdoor Creek setting now for summer mini sessions!

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