What we love about Lauren, of LJM Photography, the most is her attention to the moments that you have no idea happened, the moments where the real and raw emotion happens. If a documentry photography style is what you’re looking for on your wedding day [or any occassion really], Lauren is based out of Melbourne, Australia, but travels across the globe to capture love stories. Meet, Lauren:

Who is Lauren?

My name is Lauren Marshall – ‘Loz’ to my friends, and lots of my clients.

I might come across as an extrovert, but I definitely have introvert tendencies.

In a nutshell, I’m a Melbourne wedding photographer who not only loves her hometown but travelling around the world capturing the quirky, beautiful and distinctive.

I’m a mum and a wife to the most amazing family who are number one in my life [look at that, I’m a poet as well as a photographer!]. As my family has grown I’ve also developed a love of documentary style family portrait photography.

Why wedding photography?

After completing my studies I honestly had no idea what type of photography I wanted to do. I knew I loved working with people and telling stories but didn’t know how to make a business out of it.

The wedding photography that I had been exposed to was very contrived and lacked the story. It wasn’t until I got married in 2012 and saw how our photographer’s (Nordica Photography) worked to produce documentary-style images that I realised I could blend these two passions.

I haven’t looked back since.

Describe your dream couple to work with. 

A couple I have an instant connection with. I do have a habit of becoming friends with my couples and I love this.

Working with fun people who appreciate quality, however, don’t take life too seriously. They simply love each other and want to share this awesome feeling with their favourite people. I know that might sound really simple, but it’s the truth.

They’re professionals and creative types who appreciate beauty in all its forms, especially if it’s tailor-made, ornate, inventive, and beautiful.

They’re ethical and driven, and believe beauty and integrity are a must.

Family and friends are extremely important to them, so they’re looking forward to bringing their favourite people together to help celebrate this special occasion.

At the end of the day, it’s all about everyone having a great time surrounded by unique settings, great food, fine beer and wine, bopping music (yes, I said “bop”), plenty of emotions and love clearly etched on their faces.

Talk us through your photography style. 

Documentary with a sprinkle of quirky.

I love working with my couples to try and make their vision come alive. So before a wedding, I meet up with them to discuss the ‘game plan’ and work out what is important. I’ll show them a bunch of other couples’ stories/images to get a sense of what type of images they like and the “feel” they are hoping to achieve for their day.

When it comes to the big day, I tend to stand back and blend into the background. Most often people forget I’m there which helps them relax in front of the camera and be themselves.

The documentary style allows me to truly tell the story. Of course, there are all the moments that [I know ahead of time] absolutely have to be captured [and will be]. But I want their memories of the day to include moments they didn’t have time to take in, and some they might not have even noticed. I have a knack for finding behind-the-scene stories most people don’t even think about, let alone capture….A look someone gives the couple from afar, an unexpected teardrop being wiped away, a close-up of a bride as reality kicks in or her mum putting her grandmother’s necklace around her neck.

These are the wedding photos that stand out, proclaiming their personality and special relationships. This is the wedding photography that draws people together, while each person remembers and celebrates their own take on that moment of the day.

When you’re not capturing love stories, what would we find you doing?

I try and spend as much time as possible with my wife and our son. I love travelling and I am always on the hunt for a new adventure. My son (he’s just 2.5 years old) has already been to 6 different countries. His first trip was when he was seven weeks old! In hindsight that was extremely ambitious, however, I am so glad we have never let this stop us. He is an absolute champion….in general, but also as a traveller

I’m quite the homebody so when we’re not travelling we love hanging out with family and friends, enjoying a good laugh, food and snuggles on the couch while watching Harry Potter.

I also enjoy staying fit. I used to play netball and Gaelic football before our son came along. Now we like walking, boxing, yoga and riding as a family. You’ll also find me at a North Melbourne footy game on the weekend (when I’m not shooting weddings of course!), but don’t hold that against me!


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