Two years ago, I met Lauren Gay at my brother’s wedding. At the time, she was a student at the Art Institute of Washington and wanted to start her own wedding and portrait photography business. I remember that she introduced herself to me, and I was struck by how outgoing and genuine she was. I was so lucky to have her join me as an intern soon after, and even MORE lucky when her internship ended and she became my regular babysitter!
Lauren is such a kind soul. She is smart and creative and such an encouraging friend. And I can’t describe how special it is to have someone love my children in the all-encompassing way that she does. Maggie and Caleb absolutely love her. In fact, Maggie often goes to bed asking if Lauren is coming the next day. Having her in my home two days a week was such a breath of fresh air this past year… both professionally and personally!
Lauren actually graduated earlier this month, and last week she babysat for my kiddos one last time before Christmas. We already miss her immensely! But she’s a talented photographer, and I’m so excited to see what’s next for her and her growing career. If you haven’t checked out her blog, do yourself a favor and head over there immediately. And leave her LOTS of love! She’s just awesome.