Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Green.
Laura, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today
When I was growing up, I always loved to tell stories. I would tell the adults around me that I was going to write novels for a living. I couldn’t explain it, but I could see things in my head that other people couldn’t see. I would read books and picture the people, the places, and even the music playing if it were to be made into a movie. There was just something about my imagination that made telling a story a complete picture, even if it was just words on a page.
In high school, I suddenly became interested in the point and shoot camera my parents had. My friends and I would go out on these ridiculous photoshoots with our best outfits and take photos that we would use on Myspace and Facebook. Over time, this just became part of our hobbies, and we would plan out these intricate ideas, find locations, and that’s how we would spend our weekends. Our whole process centered around these concepts that were very story-like, and we would tell that story with these poorly edited photos, makeup, outfits, etc.
I ended up going to college at the Art Institute of CA-OC to study filmmaking but learned a lot about the process of photography since they go hand in hand. It was at this point that I saved up all my money to buy a Canon T3i that I had spent hours deciding on through watching YouTube videos. While in college, I learned a lot more about storytelling through visuals as filmmaking is entirely based on this practice & started applying this to my photography. I think it started out being unintentional, as I feel that young artists are still developing a style through trial and error, but I did see such improvement through these times looking back through my work.
After graduating, I got into content creation for marketing, where I shot a lot of photos and videos for small businesses, all while keeping my side hustle shooting headshots, small projects, and creative work. My style of color implementation, as well as my tendency to shoot things people don’t typically look at, seemed to be the calling card for getting more jobs. For example, I once shot a golf tournament, and in the thousands of photos that I took, the overwhelming favorite was a close up of a golfer’s shoes and argyle printed socks as they were teeing off. Everyone told me that this particular photo made them stop because it told such a story about the person in the socks and their personality. The reaction to the picture taught me that the focus should truly be the people and the personality, not the photo itself.
Having this outlook has allowed me to expand my creativity as a content creator further. I look so deeply into the stories I can tell and how the people fit into the stories themselves. Action and color have become such a vital part of how I shoot, and in the past few years, my work has expanded far beyond just portraits with a point and shoot. I now shoot events, content for websites, headshots, themed portraits, engagements, special projects for influencers, and so much more. I am deeply passionate about the final shots and what they say to the person looking at them.
Nowadays, I spend a large portion of my creative process on creating a unique narrative and then working towards finding the right person to be a part of it. Sometimes these concepts stay in production for years before I execute to make sure everything is precisely how I saw it my head. Photography is a huge part of who I am, and I am so proud to look back on where I came from. I work very hard on every project and, in the last few years, have grown to create a multisensory experience by including photoshoots with a playlist that fits the theme. I hope that in the future, I can use technology and my imagination to bring people on these adventures with me and tell visually captivating stories all over the world.
You can find my work on Forever 21, Forever 21 Plus, The Museum of Ice Cream, Haribo, Fatburger, and on the social platforms of influencers like Jasmine Rossol, Hayley Herms, Natasha Polis, and Connor Allen (the drummer of Secrets).
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Creative growth is never easy. Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of criticism and people who don’t like what I do. I have definitely encountered friends and clients who have taken advantage of me as well as people who don’t give credit where credit is due. Overall, I’d say my experience has been a positive one that is mostly supported through the people I work with.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
My specialty lies in colorful, themed, creative portraiture. I love color and setting up a scene to fit the theme. As a business, I am most proud of being able to make a client’s vision into reality. I can take a concept that seems really out there, and make it happen on camera in a variety of ways. I’ve also helped develop concepts that push the boundaries even further than what people thought was possible for their initial ideas.
I think what sets me apart is my style. A lot of photographers follow trends of desaturation or whatever is most popular on social media, but to me, color and feeling go hand in hand. Without it, I think a lot of my story is lost and I think people really connect with that.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t really think that luck has a lot to do with my success. If I had to use a word, I think I’d say something like chance. Chance being the objective reality of random outcomes in the world, while luck is the consequence of the subjective value you place on those random outcomes. I think my networking and who I know has really been just chance and persistence.
- Website: laurakiillz.com
- Phone: 7143972234
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: laurakiillz
Tyler, Taylor, Kelli, Kelly, Shari, Lauren, Nikole, Vina, Brooke