Lauren MacNeish - Lauren MacNeish

Hello, Bonjour, Holla!

I’ve spent a long time wondering what to do with this site - I’m kind of a jack of all trades; master of none type of photographer, so it’s always difficult for me to be dedicated to one style. Primarily, I really just like to take photos of the things I see and the things I’m passionate about. I like to see where the light falls; wait for the right moments; and play with compositions and textures.

I’ve been doing photography my whole life - I was the kid fascinated by negatives and also the kid putting fingerprints on everyones family albums, sorry!

In 2008, after having a gap year trying to save some money, I started college to study photography. Photography was always a massive interest of mine and I think it was a natural progression to have pursued a career in it. Photography is my one constant - I think it's a great source of expression and I can't imagine not doing it. 

My photography career jumped around a lot as I tried to stand out in this cut-throat industry. I was trying to make a living through photography and ran my first business at age 20, whilst being mentored by an amazing editorial photographer.

My initial attraction to photography was the journalism side of things – I am passionate about telling stories through photography and recording moments - so I now photograph a bit of everything in my spare time but the 'wanderlust' in me likes to discover new places and I enjoy photographing the sights I see.

I'm a big music fan and attend as many live music events as I can, I've recently started photographing them again, and I'm super excited to be going to Nashville in August 2017.

The good thing about photography is that you can never know it all and every day sees new challenges, which keeps things fresh and interesting. I guess the moral of my story is: always keep a little of what your passionate about to yourself, do it for you.

Alongside my job at SmugMug, I’m currently doing open-learning creative writing courses in the hope that I can pursue that passion further. I love writing but I gotta get good at it!

I am based near Edinburgh in Scotland but I’m forever dreaming of buying a one-way ticket… who's coming?

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