Let me guide you

I’m doing this because I’ve been where you have. I have been miserable in my work. I have been artistically frustrated and cried after editing the same photos for the second or third time because I don’t know what I like anymore. Have you every shown up to a session with damp palms, your brain frozen with anxiety preventing you from creating anything new, only to go home and wish you would have done differently?

I have sworn off photography only to wake up the next day, my fingers aching for the weight of my camera and my heart telling me to push through one more shoot because it’s what I’m meant for but my brain so jumbled and blocked and confused that I don’t know which direction to go or what I can be doing to help myself and further my business.

Do you know what I do in these times? I find guidance. I seek out someone that I admire, whether in business acumen or artistic prowess, because I need them to breathe the life back into my work and get that fire burning under my ass.

Being an eternal student myself, I think its important to pass along the knowledge that I have gained from my personal experiences and practices in this industry. I promise I will pour everything I know into you. No barriers, no off limit questions. Just me and you, and some serious conversation. No bullshit.


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Laurken tells everyone she works with that she is your woman, and truly when you hire her, she is your woman. Laurken helped me to find the clarity that I desperately needed to take my brand in the direction that it's meant to go. She showed me how killer a session can be when you put in the time to connect with your couples (and how actually make that connection). She gave me perspective shifts on how I run my business and my life. She gave me a confidence boost in my business, but she also sent me home with real actionables. She spent extra time on me to make sure my business will be everything it can be. She is my woman. And more than all of this, she cares. I knew within a half hour of being there that I was not just a "you’re my mentee for the day and then cya never again" deal. She actually cares about how my actual business does. And she just gets it…business and life and how they are so intertwined, and she sees the whole person, the whole business and helps wherever she can. She is amazing. Don't hesitate booking any educational experiences with her. She’s the real fucking deal and she will go above and beyond for you. She will be your woman too.

I wanted to learn and be apart of a workshop that was going to stretch me, put me out of my comfort zone, be creative, and vulnerable. The inside workshop did that! Going to Laurkens Workshop was the best investment for me personally and for my business. There’s no one like her! She’s such an incredible soul, truly a person you just want to be around. Her personality makes you feel so comfortable and encourages you to be different, laugh and have a great time. Laurken is such a talented artist. Her movement, her stories, her colors, her work is just incredible! I feel that I was able to get out of my typical norm of shooting and test my own vulnerabilities. Her workshop also gave me more confidence in shooting indoor, which is huge! I feel that it was such a privilege and honor to be at her workshop. I can’t wait for the next one I’m able to attend so I can not only hang out with her but watch her talent and learn how she tells stories of real people. (Inside: Portland)

Laurken in every shape & form truly understands this business down to a T, not only has she mastered her craft, she is 100000% real. Everything she did, she put her whole heart and soul into making sure each and everyone one of us was getting her undivided attention. There’s some people who hide what they know because they are afraid. Laurken does not hold anything back. I’m telling you that going to her workshop completely changed not only the way I look at my business, but how I view myself. You’ll laugh tell you cant breathe & you’ll cry with her because that’s how passionate she is about what she does. If you are struggling in anyway, thinking you can’t keep up with all the big dogs, this workshop is for you. Don’t walk, run. (Inside: Portland)

This workshop changed me. I am 100% a different photographer and person because of Laurken and the hard work she poured into us.

I was given the permission I was looking for to be creative and was reminded that I am an artist and photography is an art. I had been treating it like it wasn't for so long. She went in depth about so many things beyond posing and I cannot express how grateful I am to have a woman like her to look up to and who is'nt afraid to be honest, open and real with complete strangers. I walked away with confidence in directing clients, I no longer try to re create poses off insta or pinterest, I am getting to know my clients on a much deeper level to a point where they are leaving in tears after their shoots because it was such a meaningful time together. I could go on and on but this workshop is not about just taking photos of couples indoors. It's about how we treat each other everyday through the good bad and the bullshit. I will never look at my job the same again because of The Inside Workshop.

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