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."

Photo: Courtesy Lauren Spinelli

Photo: Courtesy Lauren Spinelli


"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."

Photo: Lauren Spinelli

Photo: Lauren Spinelli

Photo: Lauren Spinelli

Photo: Lauren Spinelli

"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."

Photo: Lauren Spinelli

Photo: Lauren Spinelli

Photo: Lauren Spinelli

Photo: Lauren Spinelli

"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."