We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Lane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think everything we do in life involves some sort of risk whether we see it or not. Facing the fear of uncertainty to achieve something takes a huge amount of courage! Whenever I’m faced with a risk I have to assess if it aligns with my ultimate goal for where I want to be in life and go from there. Although, if you ask my husband, he will likely tell you I tend to throw myself at risks without much thought. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out the way I intended it to (shoutout 2020) and other times it exceeds my expectations. Both situations are learning experiences, and I always find a way to walk out better than I went in.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
This all really started for me when I began my career journey as a photographer in 2010. If you think about it, every successful business model is based on trust. If you trust a person/business you are more likely to work with them and stick with them. In the world of photography, I think that’s what sets me apart from others. The way I connect with people before they even inquire or work with me. From there, I have built lasting relationships with the people I work with! I believe this connection and trust I build with them allows them to truly feel like themselves in front of the camera and as a result their photos reflect that. I love that they invite me to have dinner with them afterwards, keep me updated on their life, and send me pictures of their growing family. This always feels like a win for me. All that to say, there is so much behind the scenes work in this career field. So much that people don’t see. I would stay up until 2 am working on my business just to get it off the ground. I’m still learning! I don’t think that part should ever stop. I’m dedicated to always being in a position of learning and growth.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, it would have to be in the summer! My favorite things to do in Colorado are during that time. We would have to stop for breakfast at Denver Biscuit Company, because you obviously need to start any good day with coffee and a biscuit and gravy sandwich. We would then make our way to Buena Vista. We would hang out along the Arkansas River, hike, grab a beer and check in at the Surf Hotel. Staying the night here is a must because this little gem right next to the river is too perfect not to. Next would be the hot springs and later a stop into Breckenridge for all the sights and of course more food. All of this would need to coordinate and or end with a good show at Red Rocks Amphitheater. My absolute favorite venue and a must during any Colorado summer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, My family is my number one and is the backbone to my success. My son was born with half a heart and has endured 3 open heart surgeries along with countless other procedures. He taught me to be brave, take risks, and live my life with a more full heart and open mind. My daughter is a natural little caretaker and so selflessly gives her time and talent to others. She inspires me to give more of that to others too. To find little moments to be kind and meet people where they are. I want my kids to see me dive into my passions fearlessly and to achieve goals with hard work. I hope everyday I am an example of that for them. They always remind me there is good to be found if you look for it. Next, my clients, who continually support me. I literally wouldn’t have a business if it weren’t for them. And last but not least, my husband, Dillon. He has never wavered at any idea or goal I have set for myself. He is always looking for ways to make sure I can do whatever I want to do and encourages me along the way.