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Daily Inspiration: Meet Laura Maas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Maas.

Hi Laura, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My photography journey began when I was about ten years old, I was gifted a small digital camera, and I took it everywhere I went. I loved taking photos of my friends, family, and myself. As I got older and went through High school, I realized I loved art, anything that gave me the ability to be creative. I was always involved in different art electives, and that was always the one thing that kept me grounded. I got married right out of High school and moved to a different state shortly after. While there, I began to crave a creative outlet again. I lived in a small military town and there wasn’t always much to do. That’s when I picked up photography again.

I got my first DSRL around the age of 20. I was obsessed, and I was determined to learn it inside out. I began by asking friends and family if I could take photos of them, and I practiced different techniques. Around the age of 23, I had my son, and he became my muse. I loved being able to capture all his milestones. Around the same time, I began to receive a lot of interest in my photos. I then decided to take the necessary steps to become a legitimate business. It has taken lots of long nights learning, editing, laughing, and crying. Since then, it has been such a crazy ride. I’ve moved to two different states, starting my business over again each time. It has been such a beautiful journey. I always strive to connect with my clients, and that has led to so many beautiful and long-term friendships. It hasn’t been easy, it has taken a lot of work and dedication, and it continues to do so. But it has always been completely worth it.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. There have been many struggles, a lot had to do with my personal life. Being previously married to someone in the military and also being a stay-at-home working mom definitely made it very difficult at times. I did not always have someone to watch my son, so I had to bring him along with me to work and I had many late nights of editing while he slept. Most recently, I went through a separation which caused a big impact in my business and creativity. I moved home, I tried to get my business rolling but was very unhappy, so I decided to start over in a completely different state, which brought me to Florida. Starting my business in a new state has brought many struggles of its own, but it has been such a period for growth. For every struggle that has come along, so much growth has also come with it. I am now in a new city, and I get to meet so many new people and make new connections, and that alone brings me so much joy.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
So, I am a Lifestyle Photographer that specializes in families, couples, and elopements/small weddings. I am known for being able to produce images that show real connections and natural emotions. I am most proud of the time I have put into really understanding connection as a whole. Making sure that I can connect with my clients so that they are able to relax and be themselves so that I can really capture their essence is incredibly important. PLUS, just HAVING FUN!! I think that really sets me apart from others. It’s more than just photos or just a session for me. It’s a way of connecting with people, learning their story, their passions, the love they share for those closest to them. Being able to share a moment with them capturing memories that they will look back on and remember what they were feeling at that moment. Having all those things in mind, I believe, truly sets me apart.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Absolutely, I know this is super cliche, but follow your passions! My goodness, it is so important to do the things that bring you joy and fill you with happiness. Life is hard enough, but when you do something you love, it makes it just that much more enjoyable. Also, for those looking into photographers, for any reason, my biggest advice would be to make sure you do lots of research, ask questions beyond pricing, make sure you are able to connect with them personally, they should feel like someone you can be friends with!

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