Let's focus on connection
instead of perfection!
And I am not your average filmmaker or photographer.
I get it. Stepping in front of a camera is vulnerable. Not only because it’s new and feels awkward, but because on this particular day you’ll be in your wedding clothes.
You’ve looked forward to it for months, maybe even years. So much thought has gone into it.. And you’ll be surrounded by people that are looking at you, with emotions going everywhere.
And as excited as you are – because that’s obviously the case – the whole thing seems a little overwhelming. A little scary.
My biggest task as your photo/videographer is not to get great shots. My main goal is to make you feel at ease.
And about that quality? I don't take on more than 10 weddings a year. Quality is the most important thing to me. You put a lot of effort and time into your wedding, and I want to make sure the visual memories are the best flashback you could ever think of.
My name is Lauri...
"You made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. We knew we could trust your creativity and could feel your genuine love for your job and people. Very rare in the wedding industry."
Robyn & Efosa
Sign me up already!
I have shot weddings all over the world (Netherlands, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand... you name it).
It led to Agapè Stories being mentioned in top 10 lists around the world. Some of my work has gone viral on social media, was published in prestigious magazines such as Hello May Magazine and Junebug Weddings. One of my videos has 290.000 views on Youtube. That sounds like a dream.
And that's exactly what it used to be. When I started in 2016 this seemed an unreachable Fata Morgana. I never would have dreamed of Agapè Stories becoming this big. But I had a desire and wasn't afraid to invest (blood, sweat and tears). I followed my heart and it brought me here.
This is where the story between you and me starts.
Photo: Jippey Media
let's get vulnerable
I have felt misunderstood by the world for a very long time. UNTIL I discovered film and photography.
It took me until just a year
ago to figure out why i felt different: I am HIGHLY GIFTED.
It sounds more fun than it is sometimes.
But it also allows me to feel and see the world around me
in a way most people can't.
And it can be very handy! For example, it makes me able to completely lose myself in an edit and gives me the ability to be so hyper-focused that working in a coffee shop with buzz around me is something I enjoy.
In 1994, I was born a Dutchie. But the world feels too big and exciting to be stuck in one place. When I was 18, I moved to Sydney, Australia. It was my home for 2.5 years and my love for traveling was even more intense after that.
I mostly work abroad - from Scotland to New Zealand, nothing's too exotic! Europe and Australia are my specialties.
I have seen lots of cultures, from Asian tea ceremonies to Nigerian dance parties, and know how to adapt. There's little chance I have no clue of the culture you're bringing me in to. Everything I have worked for the past 10 years was always focused towards 'broadening my horizons', both literally and figuratively.
I love the excitement and the passion that it brings. Discovering cultures and learning different languages is not for the close-minded or faint-at-heart.
Photo: Peter Spoelma
This is too cool,
I want to connect
a little space to breathe while looking at pretty pictures
(NO VIDEOS IN THIS INTERMEZZO, SORRY)
By now you'll probably realise visual storytelling isn't just my job. It's woven into me. It's the way I look at the world - everything I experience and think, I translate into visuals.
And I love having beauty around me. Do not mistake that for perfection though. For me, beauty is mostly found in imperfection, vulnerability and rawness. It's in journaling on a rainy day, It's the things that that allow me to connect with the world and people around me.
My family and friends me call me driven, authentic and practical. And of course, intuition is always mixed into the equation.
So you can imagine I love working with the kind of people that are the same way - or wish they were.
Do I sound like the person you're looking for?
continuing my story...
Photo: Hind Mari
Then let's chat