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Life & Work with Betty Laurent

Today we’d like to introduce you to Betty Laurent.

Hi Betty, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
After photographing my four daughters for many years with films and decided to open my business and switch to digital. In 2010. Early on, I knew I wanted to focus on maternity and newborns.

I grew up on the French Island Reunion until the age of 10 and even after moving back to the mainland in France, I lived by a very large river, I have always been drawn to water and the ocean, and I think growing up on the island influence my affinity for vivid color and light.

Which shaped the photographer that I am and my draw to photographing motherhood by the ocean. I also adore babies and have such a passion for photographing them in my studio.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It was very slow for me and I feel like I really took off about two years ago. I am self-taught and for many years took many photography workshops taught by the best photographers traveling around the world. It was hard learning the business side of it, switching to digital, and finding my true style. I feel like I have found my artist voice now even if I keep learning and evolving.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I think what sets me apart is that I am a boutique studio, a fine art photographer that gives my all to each session. I view each one as a creative project, I only take a few clients each month so I can focus on quality. Each image is like a painting to me, I don’t do batch processing of my photos but I edit each one with love and time.

My heart is in it all the way and nothing makes me happier than when my clients love their photos. I will often find myself in the flow mode shooting an expecting mom at the beach or a newborn in the studio and feel incredibly happy and excited while I am creating.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
I would advise others to take a bit of time studying the business part of it and perfecting photoshop, spending also a few months working on a portfolio. Then start the right way with real pricing, so they can make money.

Look realistically at their costs and make sure those are covered and there is money left over to pay themselves. That is hard to do when you start and are not quite confident yet.


  • Pricing ranges from $585 to $1400

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