Lauren Campbell

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‘It’s not just the destinations I love, it’s the journey too. And that’s what I bring to my photography.’ Canberra-based photographer and traveller, Lauren Campbell, opens up about her passion for capturing weddings.

When did you fall in love with photography? I first fell in love with photography when I was quite young. It’s something that has always been with me, even when I didn’t quite know it yet. My first camera (which I still own to this day) was a red, plastic, Coca Cola film camera that I won in a spelling competition at the age of seven. I took this camera with me everywhere, and even though at the time I didn’t think it would lead me anywhere, looking back now I can clearly see my passion for photography was ripe at that young age.

How did you go about becoming a photographer? With the exception of my dark room and film photography classes in high school, I am mostly a self-taught photographer. At university, I actually studied and became a qualified nuclear medicine scientist. I loved the people and patients I would get to meet and help, but I still felt a craving for a creative outlet and a way to record how I saw the world around me. My amazing husband encouraged me from the very beginning, and was the one who got me my first full frame camera. Since then I made it my mission to shoot as much as I possibly could. Early on in my journey I was also lucky enough to be mentored by a couple of amazing photographers who I really looked up to which gave me such a great introduction to the industry. To this day I am so grateful for their insight and encouragement!

What do you love about photographing weddings? I love photographing weddings because through them I am able to create images that mean something very personal to someone. I love that my job gives me the ability to capture a moment in time, a place, a feeling and bring it to life. Photography allows me to see the world in a way I never thought possible, but also see it through the eyes of the couple I am photographing. It’s amazing that I get to meet and work with such amazing and creative people. While I love planning out shots and bringing creative ideas to life, I think my favourite moments during a wedding are those of spontaneity when I catch a glimpse of something truly intimate and honest.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I find a lot of inspiration in the environment around me. I love watching the seasons change and the different colours, textures and moods they bring. Lately I’ve been getting quite inspired by the classic photographers Eve Arnold and Leo Fuchs. I think I’m drawn to their work because it seems to have a romantic yet really raw emotion, something I really aim to bring to my own photography. My main source of inspiration however, is in the personalities, connections and intimacies of the people I photograph. I always want my images to be a true reflection of who they are and how they are together.

What do you bring to your photography? My philosophy when it comes to photography is to get to know my couples and let them be themselves. I want to create images that tell their story in the most honest and beautiful way possible. The approach I take is that of a quiet observer, unobtrusively documenting and sharing in the events as they happen. I really believe in letting the wedding day speak for itself to showcase the quiet and joyous moments alike. I’m there for the real connections, the real emotions and all the beautifully intricate details.

What’s next for you? Whether it be beautiful backyard weddings, intimate elopements or destinations far and wide, I know I will be meeting and photographing lots of beautiful new couples and making amazing friends in the process!

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