October 2019 Feature Story: Lauren Shambo

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Lauren Shambo, Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer, Lauren Victoria Photography

In the beginning of 2019 I began researching local photographers for our Upstate NY wedding. How I found Lauren, I have no idea, but I am so glad I did. There are many photographers popping up throughout the North Country and I couldn’t be more grateful to have found Lauren. She lives an hour and a half away from us and was thrilled to be traveling to shoot our wedding.

I first met Lauren at our engagement session and we immediately clicked. It may have helped that we are around the same age, but it’s not often you find another female entrepreneur your age working her butt off to make her dreams come true. And since, our relationship has flourished.

Having a friend photograph our wedding day was a blessing! You feel comfortable and you trust them. We wouldn’t have had this connection if we didn’t book our engagement session with her.

Don’t skip out on your engagement session!

Our wedding day was a huge success. It was perfect and magical in every way imaginable. And I’ve got to give Lauren credit for most of it. Not only was she photographer, she was coordinator, she was chauffeur, she was tissue finder, and so much more!

I can’t wait to work alongside her for future weddings as event coordinator so that she can thrive as the amazing photographer that she is while I handle the coordination. It’s difficult as a photographer to be both coordinator and photographer. You are hiring a photographer to create timeless images. How are they supposed to do their job if they also have to herd the group, find the car, grab the tissues, etc. And so I leave you with this…

Hire a day-of coordinator!

Laurens business is thriving and I can’t wait to see where the next few years takes her professionally! As a professional event planner, I’ve got a list of photographers in my back pocket in case anyone is in search of one. With that said, Lauren is and will always be my number one choice in the North Country.

Not only is she a photographer, she co-hosts a podcast with one of her good friends and fellow photographer, Jeannie Lytle. She is constantly seeking out new ways to improve her business and connect with the community. And y’all, she’s only 24!