Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Bolanos.
Lauren, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved working on any creative project I could get my hands on. My parents encouraged me every step of the way and our home quickly became a gallery for my best work. I ended up getting my BFA in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon, where I took my first digital and darkroom photography classes and fell in love with photography. I have been fortunate for the past three years to have one of the coolest jobs ever as a Newborn Photographer at Cedar Sinai and Huntington Memorial Hospital helping families document this special time in their lives. I also founded Darling Digital Photography, where I specialize in on-location and in-home newborn and family photography services.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I love creating lifestyle newborn photography, which has a more casual and natural tone than formal portraits. Since the majority of the time I travel to my client’s home, I can also capture some beautiful environmental portraiture of them in their living space. I’ve found that photographing at their home, especially if they have a newborn, is not only convenient, but also helps my families relax and enjoy their photo session so much more.
A happy family that enjoys their session will definitely have more natural smiles, and more genuine laughs. I’ve learned that telling an authentic story with humor and personality produces heartfelt images that capture the soul of the subject. One of my favorite quotes about photography, from French-Swiss film director, screenwriter, and film critic Jean-Luc Godard, “When you photograph a face … you photograph the soul behind it,” is a huge inspiration. As a photographer, it’s easy to focus on the visuals, but it’s the emotion behind it that really makes an image a piece of art.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Making art education more affordable would go a long way towards helping artists thrive. There is a lot we can do as a city to support the next generation of artists if we make it a priority. Scholarships, community art programs, and even being a mentor are all great ways to help artists develop their craft.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can view my work on my website at www.darlingdigitalphotography.com and on my Instagram account: @darlingdigitalphotography.com
- Website: www.darlingdigitalphotography.com
- Phone: 424.256.6193
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darlingdigitalphotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darlingdigitalphotography/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/beadarlingbaby
All images © 2016-2018 Lauren Bolanos, Founder and Photographer at Darling Digital Photography.