Assistant Photo Editor at Time Out New York
WHAT SHE DOES FOR LOVE: "I photograph weddings and try to travel as often as I can Sometimes I get extra lucky and I’m allowed to do both at the same time." Check out her site Lauren Spinelli, Retouching and Photography.
HER STYLE + BEAUTY: "I love keeping it quick and easy. I have always been the girl that can shower and be out the door in a half hour— give me some Sephora Smart Liner and a quick blow-dry (replace that with a fistful of mousse during the summer) and I am a-okay. I am also addicted to Lush’s Ocean Salt Face Scrub. It keeps my skin Beyonce-flawless. I love my natural hair; I love my natural face."
HER 2015 GOAL: "I'm taking more time for myself [this year]. I’ve spent the last four years devoting myself to my resume, my business and trying to make everyone around me happy. 2015 is the year where I do something every day that scares me, for me. So far, it’s going well."
A LADY SHE ADMIRES: "Laure Lillie. She gave me a great opportunity (that opened the door to what is unfolding to be an incredible career) when the only experience I had was a few years of community college and a few snapshots from my cousin's wedding. She will answer every dumb question I ask and she just flat out rules -- on top of having really killer photography."
"As far as my business goes, I kind of grew into it by luck. I shot my first wedding with Laure and we just clicked (shoutout to Craigslist for connecting us). She’s been a huge inspiration to me throughout the years. She referred me to a few other photographers who I second-shot for -- one being one of my favorite Upstate New York wedding photographers who had initially jump-started the wedding bug in me in 2008, that was super cool -- and I just grew naturally. I shot something like 22 weddings the year after I started to work with Laure. After a year or two of second-shooting and assisting I started receiving my own inquiries, booking on my own, and this past year I photographed wedding number 70."
"I would love to say the entire journey has been smooth sailing, but I’ve had my fair share of fears and tears. I’ve hired the wrong assistant, a groom has gone through my contract with red pen and written X’s over clauses he didn’t agree with. I have had days where I just felt like my work wasn’t good enough (it was). I’ve been told by other photographers that wedding photography isn't something I should want to so, it means I've failed (this is so false). On the other hand, I’ve worked with people I absolutely adore, incredible brides and grooms. I’ve met amazing vendors and seen some beautiful things. I have laughed with my couples and I have cried with them. I’ve been lucky enough to have an amazing support system with the closest people in my life, who understand why I can’t come to their birthday party or make it to that family event because I’m shooting all weekend."
"Through everything, it’s important to stay strong and stay confident. You will have clients that try to break you down and push your boundaries. I think it’s important to do what you love, with people that you enjoy doing it with. I am a firm believer that if what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy, you’re doing the wrong thing. I try to limit the amount of wedding blogs I look at, but I immerse myself in photographers like Mary Ellen Mark, Alec Soth, and Lynsey Addario to stay inspired. I want people to fill with emotion when they look at my photos the same way I fill with emotion when I look at a photographer’s work that inspires me."