Life moves so quickly, and I know how important it is stop and just be present with those to whom choose to be closest. My fire comes from capturing those moments of pure joy, facilitating a brief pause to allow families to reconnect, and offering a tangible piece of personal art to look back on in times to come. It is a pleasure to have met some incredible people with fascinating stories through my photography, and an honour to have developed deep friendships with these beautiful humans.
Mama Lioness of two fierce cubs, wife of a man with the most glorious mane, and daughter of the queen of the pride, I have a strong sense of tribe running through my veins. A Fen Girl at heart, you’ll normally find me marvelling at fungi, picking blackberries, and counting the galaxies. I believe beauty is not just found in the face, but in the colours of nature, the shapes of architecture, and the textures of this beautiful rock that we call home.
I spend the majority of my life fuelled by black coffee, Bowie, and Bill Murray movies, and have seen 4am more times than I did when I had newborns. But when I am invited to be a part of someone’s life journey, from engagement, to wedding, through pregnancy into a growing family, I know deep within my soul that there’s nowhere I’d rather be than behind my camera.
After taking commissions for several years I established Lauren Irving Photography in 2010. This has taken me on many great adventures to many stunning destinations both locally and internationally, working with poets, acclaimed artists, entertainers, BSL interpreters, creative collectives, and many other companies ranging from local businesses to global firms.
From poetry slams to charity sport events, ballet productions to local community workshops, I genuinely love what I do and put my heart and soul into capturing the right image.
Local artist Ann Bellamy is currently holding an exhibition in the City Gallery in Peterborough Museum. My hometown has a growing circle of creatives and I after seeing some of Ann’s work through social media I was intrigued to explore more. As I gain a lot of inspiration from my local heritage and culture it was exciting to see how another artist from the area interpreted her findings.
Using a combination of illustration, sculpture, installation, and photography Bellamy held up a lens to the quirks of everyday life and transported me back to her memories of growing up.
Several of the wonderful and imaginative illustrations were accompanied with text which at first appeared to be in an unknown language. After studying them I realised they were written phonetically so when spoken the pronunciation is reflected. This worked beautifully, adding an extra dimension of humour and personality, making the piece resonate not only visually but audibly, urging the viewer to hear the phrase in the accent of the subject.
The exhibition was a great inspiration through her use of observation, humour, and self-reflection. It reminded me of what I enjoy about photography, recognising details, embracing the beauty in the everyday or overlooked aspects of life.