Telling the important and unique parts of your story through authentic and beautiful imagery.

hey, I'm la

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I am passionate about serving others and creating genuine connections with people. I understand that every story is unique and beautiful in its own way and I LOVE documenting that. If you are looking for a people-centered photographer who enjoys capturing raw emotions and moments, you're in the right place!

My real name is Lauren Mandrino Ragusa, but my friends call me La. 

Getting in front of a camera can be intimidating

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yourself

That's where I come in...to be your biggest hype girl, direct you in ways that feel natural, and take away the stress of getting your pictures done! I strive to make my clients feel relaxed, confident, and comfortable...by the time we are parting ways, we will be friends and you'll have had so much fun you'll forget you were taking pictures!

Trust me, I get it
(what do I do with my hands?!).

Fill out my contact form and let’s chat about your hopes and dreams for your wedding day. We can connect via
e-mail, phone, FaceTime or over coffee. I love getting to know you on a personal level, your interests, answer any questions you have and make sure we are all vibing. During a wedding day, we spend lots of time together so it's important to me that I’m the right person for you! Once you feel confident and are ready to move forward, I’ll send over a contract, you’ll pay your retainer fee and you’re officially official!

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My Wedding Process

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Once you’re booked we will start planning. When you book a wedding with me, I am there every step of the way. I'll help with timelines, answer questions, share my expertise on what is best and just be a support system during wedding planning! Need an opinion on colors or your dress? I’ll be here for you! I'm won't just show up on your wedding day, I'm here for whatever you need and more than happy to help!

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My Wedding Process

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Next up, engagement session! All my wedding packages include an engagement session or anniversary session. I love when my couples choose the engagement session as it gives us an opportunity to get to know each other more and you the opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera. If you have a location in mind, great, if not I have tons of locations to suggest and am always down to try something new! I’ll help you with what to wear to your session so you can feel confident. We'll go out, have the best time and capture some beautiful images.

ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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It’s finally here! The day you’ve been planning so tirelessly for. I’ll be there to make sure everything runs smoothly and all those special moments are captured! I’ll never ask you to redo a moment because that’s not accurately capturing your story. I’ll be capturing every little detail, even the ones that you may miss. I’ll guide you through the portraits and wedding party photos and be there to wrangle your family to get the group photos that are so special to you. I can handle any family, trust me...my mom is the baby of 10. I’ll make sure to capture your day in a way that tells your story and is true to you. 

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Kind Words

"We had the best time shooting with Lauren!

- Leah & Preston

My fiancé isn’t a big picture guy & we have never had professional photos taken before so I was nervous about how it was going to go but she made us feel so comfortable! She gave us direction the whole time and made the experience so much fun! We are obsessed with the pictures & loved our experience so much we are taking her with us to photograph our destination wedding! "

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"Lauren’s natural ability to bring a picture to life

- Britt + Ed

and eye for creativity is obvious, so my decision to choose a wedding photographer was easy! She was a HUGE help from the very beginning and began to assist me in getting details organized that I didn’t even think of. Though our wedding was the first she’d shot, you would’ve never known! She never missed a beat and handled my opinionated family with ease. My husband is not comfortable in front of the camera, but Lauren helped ease his nerves and feel more natural so that we could get some great candid “First Look” shots and post ceremony shots. Lauren was a fantastic photographer, she genuinely cared about what we wanted from our wedding and made sure to capture everything we had asked for and included a lot of extras that we’re so grateful to have photos of.

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Kind Words

"Lauren will go above and beyond!

- RACHEL + HARIS

Every picture she took was jaw-dropping. I am so pleased with her work; I would recommend her to all of my loved ones and strangers, alike."

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