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World Changing, Awe Inspired, Beautiful Storytelling
To me, you are far from a mere transaction or just a client. You are a beautiful couple (or family) with an amazing story and my job is to honor you by telling your story.
I’m awed by every couple I meet, each with their own movie-like romance. Truly knowing you and your history creates a bond. That connection is very important to me and I feel you deserve no less, so I spend time with each couple prior to their wedding day!
When I work with you, I feel you. I feel your love. I feel your hurt. I cry when the bride talks about the gift her grandpa left for her big day. I smile when her mom tells her how proud of her she is. I laugh when the groom comically tries throwing his bride over his shoulder.
I believe love and emotion enhance our very being and sense of connection to a larger world. If you are looking for a sentimental photographer who will laugh and cry with you while capturing your uniqueness, look no further. ___________________________________________
Photography Expert * Bride Whisperer * Mom Extraordinaire
Hello! I am Lauren! I began my photography journey when I started modeling at the age of 18. Little did I know, it was soon going to be such a huge part of my life.
I finished my bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science with a dream of becoming a chiropractor, however, life had other plans. When my son, Noah, was born at 25 weeks and only 1 pound 6 ounces, my entire world stopped and he became my first priority. For many months, he was my only priority truth be told. As he grew older and stronger, he continued to require intensive therapies and I wanted - I needed - to be able to stay home with him. I figured there had to be a way to do that while finding a career that I loved!
A friend of mine was looking for a wedding photographer and, because of my background, came to me for photography referrals. I’m not sure if it was me speaking or that I even took myself seriously when I said it, butvoice inside of me offered, "I can shoot your wedding!" And, the rest is history!
I love to learn and am an avid student of my field, always looking to better my talents. When I am not shooting weddings or portraits, I volunteer my work to missionary trips, NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep), animal rescues and other charities.
In addition to raising the love of my life, I read, laugh, run mud races, lift weights, travel and spend time with people I love! After all, you are only as great as the company you keep, right?
I can’t wait to get to know you! Please contact me here and I will respond as quickly as I can so we can find out if it’s a match made in photography heaven!
Lauren Ashley Studios was formally known as Lauren and Chris Studios.
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Anna · Married on 01/01/2021
Absolute Magic. Book Lauren Ashley Studios RIGHT NOW
Booking Lauren Ashley Studios for our wedding was the best decision we made about our day - only after saying yes to each other of course :) Seriously, just book them, don't question it. You won't regret it!
Lauren and Sam were beyond easy to work with - it was like hanging out with friends (with really, really nice photography equipment). Lauren was with me in the morning and Sam was with my husband and his groomsman. They both went above and beyond in multiple instances - Lauren brought a fur shawl just in case (it was a winter wedding) and Sam brought hand warmers (so perfect when we were wading around Lincoln Park). We did our first look at our house - which of course they perfectly staged and perfectly captured. After that we drove just north of downtown Chicago to Lincoln Park to get some outdoor photos before the sleet/rain came (something both Lauren and Sam were diligently tracking because they knew how badly we wanted outdoor photos) - at a beautiful location that Lauren scoped out prior. We were so excited to see where they picked at it was gorgeous. Our last stop was Union Station to catch some amazing shots there as well, it was so much more glamorous than I ever imagined we were possible of being. Finally - the main event - we ventured back to our house for our COVID safe, small, indoor ceremony. Lauren and Sam did such a great job capturing all of the special moments despite being cramped on space (can't grow a house no matter how badly you try!). We emphasized our desire for candid photos over staged and HOLY SMOKES did they deliver. Some of my most favorite shots are candid shots from our ceremony. We did catch some formals - definitely have a list ready folks because it goes by in a blur - and got photos during dinner and speeches - but best of all was the end of the night. Our family surprised us with an outdoor fireworks show and wedding send off, and it seemed only natural that we surprise them by moving our first dance outside to the middle of the street, in the middle of the most fluffy, beautiful snow you've ever seen. Lauren and Sam didn't miss a beat - running outside with all their gear and dishcloths to keep their cameras from getting overly wet. In the videos we have of those dances - you can hear both of their reactions to how awesome that experience was - it was like our joy for that day was theirs too.
Planning (and replanning and replanning) a wedding during covid was a struggle to say the least and part of me was worried the day would feel like a bastardized version of what my husband and I wanted - but at the end of the day it was absolutely magical and completely perfect. I can't imagine anyone better suited to capture the emotion and pure joy of that day than Lauren and Sam and the rest of Lauren Ashley Studios.Sent on 03/15/2021
Jandi L. · Married on 10/17/2020
We hired Lauren Ashley for our October wedding in 2020. Even in the unpredictability of the year. She worked with us on timelines/payments/details given the unknown. Not only was she very detailed, organized, and straight-forward, she was kind, fun to be around, and really is a bride whisperer. She and her assistant even stuck around briefly after their scheduled time to capture a moment that was running late. In regard to the work....AMAZING!! I continuously get compliments on our photos and am always asked who took our photos so our friends can book her for their event. It was very difficult to find a picture we didn’t like. Thanks again, you’re a pleasure to work with and would hire again in a second! :)Sent on 02/23/2021
Nicole M. · Married on 10/09/2020
Quality Engagement Photography
Lauren Ashley is a wonderful engagement photographer! You should really book her and do not hesitate. Lauren is patient, kind, and so creative. Her team of associates has a great eye as well. We have over 30 gorgeous photos from this studio.Sent on 11/30/2020