I believe every person, no matter their age, deserves to have joyful, graceful, and visceral portraits that not only reflect their authentic self but also portraits that stand the test of time. As a Minneapolis portrait photographer, I love working with teens who say they're a little camera shy and kind of awkward because that's who I was in high school (real talk: that's who I still am). The clients I serve are independent, passionate, and ambitious young adults. Just as I do, they too seek to be stewards of positivity, truth, and self love.

My unique yet timeless photography style is a blend of light and airy, true to color, and fine art - I call it "Romantic Realism."

Minneapolis Portrait Photographer

LAUREN BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY IS A FINE ART Destination AND

Specializing in Joyful, Visceral, and 

Graceful

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My business initially grew as a way to supplement my professional dance career. And while I loved being on stage, managing the challenges of making in-the-moment decisions when things didn't go to plan (the show must go on, right?), and directing my dance students how to move gracefully, something was missing. I realized that I got more fulfillment and joy out of empowering high school seniors and giving them a bomb-ass senior photography experience than I did dancing. Capturing celebrations of life's milestones while providing a fun, stress-free, full-service experience for my clients has given me a whole new purpose in life

So, after ten years, I hung up my dancing shoes and traded them in for camera equipment. But don't worry, I still kept all of my Lululemon apparel.

My journey in photography began in a dance studio

My Philosophy:

 your senior photo session is a celebration of you, and i'm here to support you, make you laugh, and make you feel beautiful!

I'm a fantasy nerd...

I'm a huge fantasy nerd, I always have been and I always will be. I love anything related to Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones. My favorite hobbit is Pippin Took (even though I'm more similar to Sam) and I'm in house Slytherin. 

If I were a tv character...

Without a doubt, if I were a tv character I'd be none other than Ms. Leslie Knope. I adore color-coded organized binders, I'm a master complimenter, I love sweets of all kinds, and breakfast food...well...there's no food finer.

my enneagram is...

Now that we know I'm Leslie Knope, it's won't be shocking to learn that I’m an enneagram 1w2. I follow the rules and I'm exceedingly empathetic. If you ask me, that’s the perfect enneagram for a portrait photographer!

My tattoo is of...

My tattoo is an ogham of the word “eagna”. An ogham is a medieval alphabet primarily used to write the early Irish language. And "eagna" is the Irish word for “wisdom.” It reminds me to honor who I am, where I've come from, and what I've learned. 

I love sudoku puzzles...

While I don't like jigsaw puzzles, I flippin' love sudoku puzzles. I especially like to see how quickly I can solve them. Am I competitive even against myself? Oh, I don't know. Am I a middle child who had to compete for things growing up? Yes, yes I am. ;) 

If I could be anywhere I'd be...

I'd be in Europe (duh)! Ok, that's not one place but I'm my most excited, most curious, happiest self when I'm exploring new places. The countries at the top of my "where to next" list are: Germany, Norway, Scotland, and Greece. 

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Senior Style Guide

Senior Muse

Senior Year Magazine

Senior City Features

The Vibrant Senior

Everyone is different - that's part of what makes us so special. I want to strive to get to know my clients for who they are. I want to know what their dreams are, what they're passionate about, and what's important to them.

Core Values

Growing up with all of the challenges teens face today must be hard. I want to be a source of love, support, and encouragement for my clients so that they walk away from their session with a sense of confidence and self acceptance.

I believe communication is the foundation to providing my clients with a great experience. I can always be reached via email and will do my best to respond within 24 hours. I also believe that respectful, good communication is a two-way street.

Individuality 

Be a source of positivity

Communication

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I'm truly my happiest self when I'm traveling. I'm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota but I love world travel. If you live outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, no matter the distance from my home base, let's connect!

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We’re free spirited love and adventure seekers who know the value of having a game plan while allowing room for flexibility in order to embrace the unexpected, joyful moments life throws our way. 

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I’m shy at first but Lauren’s personality brought me out of my shell and helped me feel relaxed and confident.

- Grace

Initially, I felt anxious about my photos. I loved the natural, fun look of Lauren’s work and hoped my senior photos would be as beautiful as her other clients’ photos. As soon as my session began, my nerves went away because of Lauren's bubbly personality and constant praise. Working with her was a fun and relaxing experience!"

I wasn't sure if I wanted senior photos because I struggle with low self esteem and having confidence.

- Kirsten

Working with Lauren was an eye opening experience because she is a true professional and will always make sure your pictures turn out great! She really helped me with my confidence and made the whole experience comfortable, fun, and memorable."

As a parent, I was initially worried about being treated like we were just another quick client to check off the list.

- Melisa (parent)

I did not need to worry about that with Lauren! She helped my daughter to feel relaxed and to be herself. Lauren was super helpful and responsive to our wishes and dreams. We loved working with her so much that we already know that we will be working with her for my son's senior photos next year."

I was so stressed out with how many photographers were in the area and I had no idea what to look for before I found Lauren.

- Ashlyn

I loved how easy-going Lauren made the shoot. It didn’t feel like there was any pressure and that made me so much more relaxed in front of the camera. She was intentional about how she brought out my personality in my photographs so that I felt comfortable, confident, and relaxed throughout the session."

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