Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Quirk.
Lauren, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I discovered my love for photography about 5 years ago when I bought my first Nikon. (Before that I was always on the other side of the lens, as an actor and model.) My dad had given me my grandfather’s vintage lenses, and I had them converted to work with my DSLR. Although they were old and manual focus, they were still in great condition and wonderful to learn with. That year I traveled to Europe, Ireland, England and France, taking my camera with me. I had almost as fun playing around with the photos as I did eating the delicious food! Although I enjoyed photographing the architecture and landscapes, I found that my real passion was portraiture. Since a lot of my friends are actors and models, it was easy to start with them. I quickly learned that taking headshots was not my favorite. I love the more editorial nature of lifestyle photography.
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?
My photography niche is outdoor, lifestyle portraits. About 75% of the work I do is with families and kids. Becoming a new mother, myself in 2016, I discovered how much I love working with children and babies. Capturing the moments in between the “poses” is the most wonderful challenge. A genuine belly-laugh or the adoring look of a boy to his mother are those priceless photos that I hope to capture. Give me an outdoor location with great sunlight, and that’s where I thrive. When my clients receive their photos, I want them to have stunning images and life-long memories with their children.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
In an ideal world, you would be able to make money doing what you love: creating art. I am very thankful that I am able to make a business out of what I love doing. It is also, just ONE of my financial pursuits. I think the biggest advice I can give to those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns is not to give up. If there is a will there is a way. Yes, I’ve had to do a lot of jobs that I wasn’t as passionate about, to say the least, but I do them so that I am able to also do what I love. Just remember the feeling you get when you are doing what you love and let that drive you.
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?
I love to share my work on Social Media. You can follow my Instagram, @laurenquirkphotography or Facebook at www.facebook.com/laurenquirkphotography. Are you can probably find me in The Valley with my camera! I also blog my sessions regularly at www.laurenquirkphotography.com.
- Website: www.laurenquirkphotography.com
- Instagram: @laurenquirkphotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurenquirkphotography