Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Green.
Hi Laura, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Photography always started as a hobby for me. I was shooting ridiculous photos of my friends back in the days of MySpace when it was only about having a new profile photo. We just enjoyed dressing up in our most ridiculous fashion and pretending we were part of America’s Next Top Model. Over the years, people saw my work, and I started getting jobs on the side.
My degree is in filmmaking & video production, which isn’t too far off from photography. Because I went to art school, I had a diverse background in video, photo, editing, design, and color theory—all of this sort of plays together in how my work is shot today. I never intended to be a photographer, but as the rise of social media began to play such a dominant role in advertising, it just became an avenue of creativity that I could also pursue a career in.
Present-day, I shoot personal work and social media content for personal brands, professionals, small businesses, and restaurants. I’ve expanded my largely dominant portrait portfolio to include things like product and food photography which has been a unique, creative challenge. I am always learning & growing to be the most well-rounded photographer I can be, which makes it a career I can be passionate about for a long time.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I officially started my business back in 2015 & along the way, the most poignant struggle I’ve found is pricing my work. Artists of all kinds have a lot of stigma about pricing. Non-creatives often don’t understand the countless hours of brainstorming, planning, shooting, and editing it takes to make my work what it is.
As a business owner, you want to be fair to your clients but fair to yourself. The work you put in to get to the point you are today is not a cheap fare.
My biggest tips are always to consider your skill level, hours, and schedule when pricing a job. Don’t be afraid to say no when someone asks for a discount. And ultimately, always sign a contract because people will try to cut corners when they can.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize heavily in portraits. I love telling the story of people & making them feel like the best version of themselves. My personal work is entirely based on one single narrative, which I tell visually. Sometimes it’s something I’ve personally gone through, and others, it’s about a feeling I want my viewers to have.
When I shoot for clients, my goal is to convey their personalities through a single image. I like to work alongside people to help their audience resonate with them on a personal level. If you can capture that aspect, you’ll be able to really make an impact.
I think what really sets my work apart is my ability to create a universe. I don’t just shoot what’s there. I work really hard to create a world. I’ve driven hours to get to a location. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on props and outfits. I’ve rented dresses and purchased 20″ disco balls. I’ve had models fly to California from Florida to make a vision happen. I believe that photography allows you to make imagination into a reality, so that’s what I try to do. I take people on a journey.
What are your plans for the future?
My future holds a lot of creative ventures. I’ve been enjoying the simple act of being creative with my friends again. After the trauma of 2020, I’ve worked hard to bring back the joy of creating in 2021. I’ve shot some dream projects with my friends and I honestly hope that I can continue to make that happen.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: laurakiillz.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurakiillz/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauraKiiLLZ
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/kulinarykiillz/
Models Included: Jasmine Rossol Lauren Pimentel Kassie Orate Mercedes Biscotti Tianna Winters Nick & Penelope Guzman