Lauren West Photography » Newborn, Child and Family Photographer in the San Fernando Valley and Conejo Valley

About Lauren West

Hi, I’m Lauren. I am a natural-light photographer based in the San Fernando Valley. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and together we have two beautiful little girls. As an only child, I’ve always adored children and being a mother was my ultimate dream. I’ve been very lucky to be a stay at home mom since my first daughter was born at the end of 2010 and am still home full time with both of my daughters. In my spare (ha!) time, I enjoy date nights with my husband, dinners out with my girlfriends, watching reality TV, reading, testing out new recipes found on Pinterest, and of course, photography!

My passion for photography stems back as far as I can remember. I used to bring my trusty point-and-shoot camera everywhere I went, even through my college days when my friends jokingly referred to me as “the paparazzi”! Fast forward many years, and I was finally able to buy my first DSLR in 2009. I took photos of everything, loving the endless options for how I could photograph people and things. I was fortunate enough to shadow my wedding photographer who took me under her wing, and I set out to absorb as much knowledge as I possibly could. Other than the wonderful experiences I had with her, I am self taught. I ventured into the world of professional photography–that is, actually charging for my services–in September 2010. Since then, my business is still almost entirely based on word of mouth from my wonderful clients who have referred me to their friends, for which I am so grateful.

There are so many reasons I love being a photographer–the joy I experience during a fun session, the excitement after a great shoot when I can’t wait to get home to see all those images on my computer screen, and most of all, delivering images to my clients that I know they will love and cherish for many years to come. The anticipation of waiting for your first child to be born, the precious first days of your new baby’s life, the  joy of celebrating birthday milestones and just being happy as a family… these are the things I am passionate about and are what I choose to photograph. I live for the candidness of these sessions and when I can capture feelings in a photograph that my clients may not even realize in the moment. I look forward to getting to know you and capturing moments like these for your family!