Introducing Laura Shortt
I recently had the pleasure of working with the extremely talented Laura Shortt . She is the genius behind the branding photographs I am using for my social media handles and website. Through multiple wardrobe changes, my awkward smiles and poses she was nothing but encouraging. Gracing me with her patient directives and clear knowledge of her craft, the afternoon we spent together passed swiftly. I am absolutely delighted with the results. Please take the time to get to know Laura Shortt.
1) How long have you worked as a photographer?
I’ve been a photographer for 7 years. Portraits and head shots have been my specialty pretty much from the beginning.
2) Why did you choose to pursue a career as a photographer?
I knew pretty soon after picking up a camera that this was something I’d love to do as a career. From the start, everything about photography just intrigued me. I think in the beginning it was more about curiosity than anything else. I took really bad photos when I first started lol, and I was hungry to know how some photographers were able to create such beautiful art with the same machine that I held in my hands. I also began to photograph people pretty early on. When that happened, on top of the technical stuff I was learning about, there was a whole other layer of needing to connect with the human being on the other side of the camera. Connection is so important because it’s only when the person being photographed feels comfortable that I can take portraits of them that they’ll love. And then somewhere along the way photographing people just became a part of who I am. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else for a living.
3) What is your favorite part of the process?
Without a doubt my favorite part of the process is getting to know every person who steps in front of my camera. I’m an introvert by nature and growing up I had difficulty connecting with people- it’s a skill I had to really work on in my twenties. It’s no longer a problem for me, but to this day it’s an endless source of joy for me to connect with everyone who comes to me for a portrait session.
4) Whose work has influenced you the most?
There are so many incredible photographers, both past and present, that it’s hard to narrow it down. But if I had to pick just a few whose work moves me to my core, I’d say: Edward Steichen, Annie Leibovitz, Joey L, and I’ve just discovered the work of Dario Calmese whose work is simply extraordinary.
5) If people want to learn more about you where can they go?
If anyone wants to learn more, they can visit any of the following places online: