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Lauren Medean

Lauren Medean is often amazed at her journey in life, the way God has gone before her, and the destination that’s beyond anything she could have imagined. From an early age, she felt like she wanted to be a teacher and touch young lives. But God had other ideas. There came a day when she was plugging away at school, working toward her teaching degree, and realized, with two young kids, her heart was tugg ing at her to stay home and make them her focus. “Yet I still wanted to contribute to the family fi nancially,” she said. “God opened my eyes to the idea of photography—something I enjoyed but never thought of as a career.” And what better subjects for her to get started than her own two precious children. Lauren soon discovered she has an eye for capturing that unique shot and drawing out the personality of each subject. She began amassing clients. “This developed quickly into a career that supported my family so my husband could go to nursing school,” Lauren said. “And since I was my own boss, I could still make the kids my priority.” And what a career it’s been. Lauren has been privileged to record the most precious times in people’s lives— from first photos of a newborn to wedding and pregnancy sessions, senior shots, and documenting each stage of life for growing families. A tr ue ar tist behind the lens, she understands how to orchestrate that one-of-a-kind shot and isn’t afraid to try things that haven’t been done before. Her easy-going personality gives her quick

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rappor t with babies, kids, teens, and adults alike, helping them relax and be themselves in front of the camera. The results are not to be believed. “I looked at my work, early in my career, and thought, ‘Wow, this should be on a magazine cover’,” Lauren said. “Now, I’m honored that that’s become a reality. God answers prayers in His own perfect timing.” Here magazine work—like all her work—has a way of pulling the viewer in and telling an entire story with just one image. Lauren was blessed with an inspirational role model in her mom. “She was a strong, fierce woman full of grace, compassion, and love for everyone,” Lauren said. “She passed away when I was only nine. But I was blessed with her sisters and mother who taught me invaluable lessons about life and showed me how to overcome

tragedy and glide through my time on earth with God's grace.” Always looking for ways to pay it forward, she donates her time and photography to individuals or families in need. “I wish all the time that I had more pictures of my mom,” she said. “That inspires me to provide other families with beautiful pictures of the ones they’ll soon be losing.” She also volunteers at St. Jude’s Children's Hospital offering Reiki Energy Healing and photography services.

CONTACT

(817) 929-0131 LaurenMariePhotography.Zenfolio.com

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