I'm Lauren, artist-photographer and wanderlust-filled believer in Big Things. I'm also a wife, homeschooling mom of three, and Jesus-led storyteller with a passion for illuminating beauty, radical grace, and the gentle art of self-expressive authenticity.
When I was ten years old I wanted more than anything to be a mermaid. But I also really wanted to be a writer -- a real one, with my name on book covers and a fancy quill pen for autographing title pages. When I was a little older, I fell in love with the theatre -- its mysterious nooks and crannies and the magic that happens when lights illuminate center stage -- and I decided I'd like to be an actress. Later still, I took a job in a library, falling in love with the smell of dust in books and the endless possibilities of knowledge, deciding then and there to be a librarian. In college, I switched gears once again, studying painting and drawing ... and then proceeded to change my major seven times. Yes, seven times. Eleven years later, I finally graduated with a dual B.S. in psychology and English with a minor in fine arts. After marrying and having children, watching with them glorious hours of Disney movies and reading aloud of princesses and frogs and magic wands, I found my way to a camera and finally started putting all of my assorted pieces into place: a natural bent toward storytelling, ingrained principals of visual art, the gravitational pull toward costuming and drama, the glittered bits and curved pieces of my emotive soul --
And Lauren Bee, Composite Fine Art Photographer and Illustrator, finally emerged from her cocoon.
Mine is a wild passion for life, a love of beauty, and a deep investment in story: mine, yours, ours. This insatiable desire to reveal (and revel in!) the holiness of our extraordinary ordinary is both my gift from God and my purpose in our world. Visualizing the heart-mind relationship, creating intimate portraiture amid the light-suffused miracle of deep, spiritual spaces, and illuminating each magical thread of inter-connectedness, one work of art at a time -- that's what I live for. I'm a passionate gal with vision and a growing appreciation (and acceptance!) of the wondering and wandering artist-heart.
And I invite you to believe with me! Let us dream together of the quiet intimacy tucked amid layers of whimsy, savoring the comfortable, natural presence of joy in secret places, where the depth of understanding is delightfully intertwined with the innocence of discovery. This is my world --
This is our world.
Let's explore it together!