|Lauren L., AE Senior Photographer|
How did you get your start at AE?
I’m from a small town in Ohio. I got my start at AE about 3 months after I graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I started off in a freelance position, but quickly moved into a permanent position as the AE brand photographer.
How did your passion for photography begin?
My mom was actually a model in New York City in her early twenties. She showed me her print book of all the work she did in New York and Paris, and I was obsessed with the photos! I always thought it would be really great to make images like that one day.
What is the coolest place your job has taken you?
Last month I was sent to NYC to shoot at Pier 59 for our Back to School campaign. I got to work with a huge and amazing team of really talented people. We had a lot of fun and made some really cool photos.
|Lauren captured this shot at Pier 59 studios last month.|
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find a lot of lighting inspiration in somewhat “weird” fashion editorials. I am always inspired/fascinated by clothing, traveling, and people. My biggest inspiration is meeting other photographers, or people who are very passionate or driven toward something.
What is a typical day like for you?
I don’t really think we have typical days at the studio…One day I can be shooting a model in his underwear, and the next I can be shooting a puppy in a Santa hat for a holiday gift card! That’s what I love so much about my job, it’s always evolving.
If you could photograph anyone or anything in the world, who would it be?
I think the answer to this question is always changing for me, but right now I would love to shoot Lindsey Wixson, or Vincent Gallo. I’d also love to do a shoot in Alaska or Thailand.
|A few shots Lauren took during the Spring 2012 photo shoot.|
What is your favorite place in Pittsburgh?
My favorite place in Pittsburgh is probably Kennywood or The Andy Warhol Museum. I bring people to both all the time.
What is your personal style?
I don’t think there is a specific way to describe my style. Around here, it’s all about comfort because I’m moving around so much. I love black and lately I’ve been mixing things like black jeans with a neon top. I’ve also been trying to wear more collared preppy pieces. It’s also safe to say I have every single AE Chambray Shirt, and then some!
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
I would possibly be a Veterinarian. As funny as that sounds, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Or I would be very nomadic and not have a job and travel to other countries…meeting new people, trying new foods, and still probably taking lots of photos.
What is the one thing you wear everyday?
I wear these specific three bracelets and my watch everyday. It’s my arm party!
|Lauren's arm party.|