LAURKEN

I am just a deeply flawed human in love, exactly like you.

LAR-KIN. PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE ARTIST (LITERALLY AND AT HEART). FREE-RANGE MOTHER, FARMERS LOVER, THAT ONE FRIEND, SERIAL HOBBYIST, DOCUMENTARY ADDICT, TENACIOUS BLACK THUMB GARDENER, RESENTFULLY EMPATHIC, COLLECTOR OF WORDS, EXPLETIVES AS ART, OCCASIONAL ANARCHIST, DEEPLY HUMAN.

THE FIRST THING TO KNOW IS THIS

INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHER ARTIST OF 10 YEARS. MOTHER TO 3 SONS. LOVER OF THE SAME PERSON FOR ALL LIFETIMES. ART MANIAC. GARDEN JUNKIE. BIBLIOPHILE (NAY, BOOK HOARDER). EMPATHY ADDICT WITH OCCASIONAL NIHILISTIC TENDENCIES. GEMINI IF IT MATTERS.

My name is actually pronounced Larkin and you have to like me for this to work. 

I love a perfectly placed expletive as much as the next woman.

Wet dirt in the spring is my favorite scent. As for music, if it’s not depressing or angry, I send it back.  My playlists rotate between Slipknot and Ethel Cain. 

I have a hobby graveyard and relish life by following my nose and giving plenty of time to pondering and play.

THIS IS ALSO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

I have a simple Photographic Dogma-

Photography is not a service; it is an empathetic art.

I carry you with me as I forever preserve those you love and the moments that mark your time on this plane of existence, all while giving a little of piece of myself through artistic expression in the process.

I didnt have my own wedding- I got married in a hospice home with my four year old son holding my hand. A beloved grandfather died 2 weeks later but I will never regret the decision we made to get married at his feet. I understand the weight of this work.

The irony that I photograph  ACTUAL weddings when I never experienced my own is not lost on me, but the meaning of the work was cemented for me by that experience and it is always the starting place for my work.

Your grandfather becomes mine as he sits at a table watching you dance with your partner and I, in turn, immortalize him through art, for you. Life is about the love we give and the love we receive. With time passing like water through our fingers, photographs become a bridge that allow us to still be with those we can’t touch any longer.

They let us remember the sight of crinkled smiling eyes, the smell of cherry cough drops, the feeling of soft lips on our cheeks.

They are all we have left, in the end. 

I hold this truth to be holy.

AND LASTLY, ON WORKING WITH ME

You have to like me for this to work.

Symbiosis is the foundation for the work we will make together. Anyone with an iPhone can take beautiful photos of people dressed in their wedding best, but if you want what brought you to this page, I need to you to let me in-to meet me halfway- so we can create a story that could never be mistook for anyone else’s.

Each relationship has its own fingerprint; its own DNA. I dont view photography as a service (though through it, I serve) but as an empathetic art.  

Your story should never look like it could belong to anyone but you.

Saying yes to me is saying yes to a process of getting to know each other, of leaving room for co-creation but also feeling safe that I know what I’m doing and take my work seriously. This is my life story just as much as its yours.

It’s trusting me implicitly, because you know I have you. 

Take my hand, and let’s see what great beauty we can make together.

THEY ARE MINE

I want to

REMEMBER THEM THIS WAY ALWAYS.

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