Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Marks.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lauren. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I officially started my business 6 years ago when my husband and I moved to Austin, but photography has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I would spend hours in my Grandma’s garden with her film camera. It wasn’t uncommon for me to wake up before sunrise just so I could take advantage of ideal lighting. As time went on, I was the designated photographer for most big events, including weddings, for friends and family. We recently moved back to the Dallas area because we were surprised and blessed with 3 children within a time span of 2 years, (and therefore needing to live closer to my Mom). It seemed like a great time to focus on rebranding.
January of this year, I launched the new face of Lauren Marks Photography. Within the last few months, despite being in a new city, I have gained a wonderful clientele, been published, and am growing faster than I thought I would! I’ve been able to build a brand around my life with 3 sweet and very energetic kiddos at home! Having a brand that attracts clients that I love is a huge reason why I’m so grateful for what I do. I get to work with clients every single day that turn into lifelong friends. It’s amazing to watch a couple grow through their wedding, and into maternity sessions, and then newborn sessions, and then family photos every year!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Having to balance being a Mom, manage a family and run a successful business has definitely had its fair share of challenges. There’s less time for everything at the end of the day so prioritizing and planning ahead are essential in getting it all done. Choosing to give myself grace because I can’t be everything to everyone 100% of the time has been important. I’ve had to turn down potential clients for family time, and sometimes I have to stop playing with my kids so I can focus on time sensitive projects.
This busy and sometimes chaotic chapter of my life has been helpful in many ways as well. Something about growing and nurturing another life is an empowering place for anyone to be in. It has helped me realize that I am capable of creating things that are of value to others. Motherhood helped me recognize that I am highly efficient at multitasking, can work under pressure, and can problem solve while remaining flexible.. traits that are also very useful when running a business.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Lauren Marks Photography – what should we know?
Lauren Marks Photography is a Texas-based company that focuses on Wedding and Lifestyle Photography. My approach is simple: to capture beautiful, authentic moments that evoke the best memories. I want my clients to be able to look back through images that stand the test of time and relive that day again and again. Think bright and airy meets timeless and romantic.
My brides appreciate that I am there to offer help and guidance along the way. I’m passionate about providing a simple, easy and seamless experience to my couples, beyond photography. I want to be a sounding board, a trustworthy friend who can be there when questions arise and doubts creep in this complex wedding maze. And of course, make them look good.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I know what I stand for. I believe that God made the world beautiful and full of wonders, and it is my job and calling to capture that beauty in such a way that the viewing audience would also be captivated and drawn to the image. My photographs bring positive emotions, and allow my clients to relish in past events, as well as imagine new ones. My aim is to become an example of doing business with the highest level of integrity; good communication is one of the key tools that helps me achieve this end. My success is measured when my past clients become my best representatives; the many stories of clients who were well satisfied in the past are my tribute and key motivation to strive to do better.
- Wedding Packages Start at $2299
- Portrait + Lifestyle Sessions Start at $350
- Website: www.LaurenMarksPhotography.com
- Phone: 214-553-4267
- Email: LaurenREmarks@gmail.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/Lauren_Marks_Photography
- Facebook: Facebook.com/LaurenMarksPhotography
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/laurenremarks/lauren-marks-photography/