We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Holub and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m originally from Belton which is a small town in central Texas. My dad owned a livestock auction business in Milano and my mom was a stay-at-home mom. From an early age both parents taught us to always work hard and go after what you want. Basically, hard work pays off. I would say that drive and work ethic from an early age truly has carried over into my business mindset today. Also, with my dad being a business owner I saw first hand what it means to be hospitable and communicative and kind to those who bring you business.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Oh where do I begin. First off, one of the best things about my job is that I get to photograph newborns and then watch those sweet babies grow up into their own unique little personalities and because of that I adore when my clients come back to see me. I definitely provide lots of “perks” for being a client of mine which in turn brings new clients my way! I love getting to see all of the different circles of clients too. Meeting friends and family of those who have been with me for several years is also such a joy! Sometimes I feel a little like a member of the family with a few of my clients. I will say it was not so easy starting off. A lot of what I do is by word of mouth referrals so building up my business to where it is today has taken SEVERAL years to get to. There were many ups and downs and learning curves along the way. Lots of re-writing my brand and really nailing down who I wanted to be as a photographer. One of the hardest things was not to compare my work to someone else or try to imitate another photographer who I loved in their work. I truly had to find who I was as an artist and how I wanted to capture those memories for the family in front of me. My brand is simple and timeless. I want to be sure to capture those sweet moments with your family that will end up in the photo album on the shelf or the portrait hanging on the wall, so that years from now you can look up at that photo and remember how fun our session was together and also the sweet memories of that time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh I love this one. My love language is quality time, so I’m pretty sure my best friend would probably assume we would be spending lots of time together. I’ve really enjoyed The Rustic at the Downtown Houston location. They have live music and a relaxed outdoor environment with incredible drink options. You can find a spot up close to the band to really get in the action, or you can sit on the sidelines and have a great conversation with music in the background. That’s definitely my kind of atmosphere! Also exploring the parks and seeing the beauty along the bayous at Terry Hershey and Buffalo Bayou are very fun too. I’m also partial to a good coffee shop. Some of our friends own Kolache Shoppe which is an incredible and delicious spot to stop in to grab a morning cup of coffee and kolache on your way to explore the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
After college I moved here from Houston I always had a vision of having photography as a little side job. I wanted to get better, know all the in’s and out’s of everything photography. One summer evening I was with my best friend from high school at her bridal portraits in Richmond. The photographers there were so kind at answering all of my questions and eventually hired me on as an assistant and then second shooter for their weddings! I was a full time teacher at the time so the summers were spent with them learning all I could about the camera, shooting in all sorts of lighting situations and elements, as well as learning the back end processes of the business. Without them I truly wouldn’t be here doing what I’m doing (at least this quickly I don’t think). After a while they stepped out of the wedding industry and I began to pick up my business photographing families/kids and eventually newborns.
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