Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm the owner and lead photographer behind Lauren Wood Photography, LLC. My love for photography began with my great aunt's film camera that she would let me borrow at family gatherings. When I was 14, I finally got a film camera of my own—an old Canon AE-1—and it immediately became an extension of me. My first real photography experience was on my high school yearbook staff, and with that, my career path was decided.
I earned a degree in Journalism from Michigan State University (go green!), and while there, I cultivated a passion for telling people's authentic stories through images. After graduation, I headed south to Mississippi where I was a staff photographer for two different newspapers and a regional lifestyle magazine, Mud & Magnolias.
My portrait photography side hustle quickly grew, and I knew it was my dream to pursue this full-time. My husband and I, along with our dog, made our way back to Michigan in 2019. I now split my time between our new home and old, photographing couples, families, and events across Michigan and North Mississippi. We added our son Max to our family in 2022!
I feel so grateful to be entrusted with some of the most special days in my clients' lives. Being surrounded by so much love is a constant source of inspiration. When I'm not photographing or editing, you can find me cuddling my dog, traveling with my husband and son, or spending time in my garden.
Thanks for being here. My clients are truly the best part of my job, and I cannot wait to get to know you.
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it."