Lauren Toomey - California Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Photography by Lauren Toomey Image of Lauren above by Brooke Toomey Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
How did you start your photography business in high school? I never expected to start my business so early on in life; it kind of snuck up on me! I started by taking Christmas card photos for families for free in order to gain some experience and build my portfolio. Soon, I was hearing from people who had seen the photos and they wanted photos too! Everything kind of took off from there. I also began sharing my photos on social media and many of my seniors have found me from there!
Senior Model: Lindsey Meeks
What are some ways that you have given back to your community through volunteer work? I volunteered to teach a photography class for a local 4-H club. We had a total of four meetings spread out through the year and each meeting was two hours long. I did my best to teach the kids everything that I knew and make it fun for them!
Walk us through what it is like being in one of your photography classes that you have taught. Oh gosh. We had so much fun. I think that my favorite meeting was when we took a field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was so much fun to walk around and look at all the animals, and the indoor lighting gave my students a good challenge to get their exposure right for their photos. Everyone had such a good time and the photos were really fun! Another great meeting was held at my house on our ranch property. I taught all the kids how to take my favorite kind of photo -silhouettes. We made a BBQ and spent some fun times together waiting for the sun to go down. Once the sun was down, it was go time! So many giggles and amazing photos were shared.
Tell us about what you are majoring in at Cal Poly. I am so in love with my major. It is called Graphic Communications, or GRC and it covers a wide range of topics that combine art and technology. It has been described as "creative problem solving" with anything related to design or print. Career opportunities range from web design and development to advertising and packaging. I was so happy to find a major that would give me a creative outlet while still being practical and employable!
If you were not a photographer, what would you be and why? I would definitely want to work in design if I was not a photographer, and that is why I am majoring in GRC. If my photography business doesn't take off to become a full-time career, I would love to work for a magazine or in the wedding industry designing invites, menus, all that good stuff.
Senior Model: Emma Baucom
Lauren will be featured in Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!