Stepping into this industry, I never would have thought one of my most trusted friends would be a photographer. Starting out, I didn’t know what to expect other than meeting clients.
Then one day I got my very first referral to work with a professional photographer and I nervously I put myself out there. Fast forward to the next week and BOOM! I met Laurie. Funny thing is… I was only supposed to be the hair and makeup artist for elopement shoot – however, two days before the shoot there were complications and suddenly we didn’t have models! Being the brilliant person Laurie is, suggested that myself and my man to model. We were both a little scared as we had never modelled together before , but both of us came to be excited as we were captivated by her energy.
It was an odd feeling (as we had only ever spoken online), but when we met up it felt as though we were old friends. The two hours went by so quickly and our two puppies Chester (the Whippet) and Dobby (the Chihuahua) bonded quickly.
After that meet Laurie and I continued to collaborate, help each other out, offer advice, and get together for the occasional homemade dinners. It was a relief having someone who shared the “communal stresses” of being an entrepreneur; sometimes you can’t help but hit a low. No matter what, Laurie has been there and seen me through the toughest times.
Longggg story but she’s a big reason why MAI Makeup has become the success it is today. Not just business advice or her constant support, but Laurie has taught me so many things such as persistence, patience, and finding you own personal brand. Through photoshoots and multiple publications I have always learnt a new lesson. She’s helped us understand the importance of social media and showing who you are in your company. See our awesome logo, colors, and branding photos? That’s all thanks to Laurie who brought our team energy to life.
Thank you Andrew for letting me steal your wife for hour at a time, and patiently listening to us chit chatter back and forth. Thank you Chester the Whippet for being so kind to Dobby and welcoming me with puppy love, and lastly, I can’t forget to thank Laurie’s family! The ones that let me barge into their house, holding a DQ bag full of fries and ready to talk and rant!
If you’re looking for a talented, personable, fun, and real photographer there’s only one choice. Laurie is definitely the one.