We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Rund and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
One of my favorite authors is C.S. Lewis…as a former educator I used to have his words printed out and framed on my classroom wall. Even though I’m now out of the classroom, his words still apply to other areas of my life. Lewis said, “the task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” I think of this quote often. Simply because we live in a world that is moving at such a fast pace–I think it becomes easy to burn out and feel dry. As a mother, as a wife, as a business owner, creator, and artist, I think this quote continually draws me back to the idea that people are thirsty for true and simple things. People long for connection, to be seen, to be heard and valued. For me, life isn’t about doing the “next big thing.” It’s about pouring out and giving life to the worthwhile endeavors–namely people and their stories.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For me to explain my art and photography to you, you first need to know something about my worldview. In my heart I believe that every person has intrinsic worth. Every single person on earth. There is beauty to be seen and respected in each one of us. No one is exempt from this truth– we all hold value. That value can be captured in an image-obviously not in whole, but in part. When I pull my camera out to take a picture, to suspend a moment in time, I get the honor of creating something that will become an heirloom or a memory for forever. There’s a reason why we say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” I notice details that may otherwise be missed by the pace at which we live life– It’s my hope to remind a mother that her son has freckles along the bridge of his nose. Or capture a toddler’s hands before they get big enough to write a sentence. I want to remind the couple that’s in a rocky season of life what their faces look like when they look at each other and not at phone screen. It’s these more quiet moments, often the candid ones, that help tell a person’s story. And when you look at my images long enough you’ll see that they are storytellers. Each image a single page in a greater narrative. That metaphor will preach, but as a brand, pure and simple, I want others to know that when they come to me for photos, whether its a family session, a branding shoot, or lifestyle session, that I care about telling their story truthfully and giving them a piece of imagery they are proud of.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Presently, I’m based in a sweet spot between several north Dallas cities. The Colony, Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Lewisville, and Coppell are all within short driving distances! When the weather is nice our family loves to venture out so if I was planning an itinerary it would most likely involve some sort of fun food outing every day. We love visiting all the downtown areas in nearby cities. We love downtown McKinney–especially when the farmer’s market is running. We will often grab a cuban sandwich and guava lemonade at The Guava Tree, walk the square to find a few antiques, and end with a slice of Smooth Operator pie at Emporium Pies. One day for breakfast we may go to Bagelology in Frisco for a garlic bagel with jalapeño and cream cheese spread, or stop by The Rice Bar in The Colony for some specialty donuts! To pass time during the day we may visit a few places, like The Book and Coffee Shoppe, or Scheel’s (which is always requires more time because we stop and admire their aquarium for a bit) or Trader Joe’s in Plano because their staff is the best! If we’re up for a drive, my kids love going to the Dallas Children’s Aquarium- you have to visit even if it’s just to pet a stingray! For dinner we may pick our own adventures at Legacy Food Hall, or go to Whiskey Cake for their pulled pork sliders and of course Whiskey Cake dessert. I’d love to say that I’m a super adventurous person with a long list of wonderful things to check out– but I’m perfectly content with a stroll through a local flower shop or greenhouse, like Calloways (you have to check out their variety of pumpkins in the fall) or visiting a body of water. Murrell Park on Lake Grapevine is one of my favorite places to drive to and see the sunset.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This list could go on and on and on. Forgive the cliche wording, but first and foremost my creative endeavors have been continually nurtured and championed by my husband, my family, and Jesus. They are the ones who continually encourage me to press forward, to pivot, and to pray about what’s next. Secondly, my business would not stay afloat without the encouragement and wisdom of close creative friends– Kathryn Renee, Jared Tseng, and so many others who continually help me throw ideas at the walls and evaluate what’s sticking– and who answer my questions about email marketing at midnight. Lastly, I would 100% say that my business has been positively influenced by online community groups for creatives and photographers alike: Session User Community, Rebecca Rice Education, and many more.
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