Maya Laurent of Such Great Heights Photography is located in Westfield, Indiana. Maya shares some of her favorite senior photos with us and tells us about her work, why she loves photographing seniors and a few things you may not have known about her!! Read below and get to know Maya!!
How long have you been in business? Five years.
What percentage of your business is seniors? 95%
What do you think makes a perfect senior session? I think a perfect senior session ends with the senior feeling confident and having just had a blast.
What do you love most about photographing seniors? I love talking to them, getting to know them and finding out what they are passionate about. The high schoolers that I have as clients are inspiring and have such an amazing world view.
What would you say is the biggest challenge in your business? My biggest challenge is trying to find a good balance with family and work. I have two young boys and want them to know they come first yet I’m so passionate about high school students that I can easily spend too much time working on my business.
Describe your photography style? My style is natural. Of course I help pose my clients and work with them to look their best, but I want to bring out their natural beauty and not force them to look a certain way.
What motivates or inspires you in your photography? My relationship with God is what truly motivates me in my photography/business. I want high schoolers to see that God created them as a masterpiece.
Where are you from/live? I grew up in central Indiana and currently live in Westfield, about 30 minutes north of Indianapolis.
Married? Yep! To an amazing man and artist.
Kids? Yep! Two wild and crazy boys.
What are their ages? Zane – 5, Jude – 19 months
Nikon or Cannon? Nikon
What kind of camera bag do you carry? I have a ShootSac and a Kelly Moore bag for travel.
Favorite music to edit to? I listen to the BBC Radio One a lot while I cull down photos. I love British humor.
Favorite Photoshop Action? I send all my editing out so I can have a life! So I don’t have a favorite but you can ask my editor though, The Color Well (http://www.thecolorwell.com/).
A photographer that inspires you? I can’t say that there is one photographer I look to for inspiration. I try to get my ideas from other sources like art and design. To be honest, my husband inspires me constantly in how he looks at things in new ways and shows that in his artwork.
Favorite Food? I am a huge fan of Nutella and there’s nothing like a Nutella crepe, warm of course!
Favorite place to shop? Thrift stores.
Favorite drink at Starbucks? Chai tea, no water. I like it spicy.
Favorite Guilty Pleasure? Dark chocolate covered almonds. I keep a stash at my desk.
Favorite memory from when you were a senior? I had such an awesome group of friends, many who have remained good friends. It’s really hard to just pick one memory with them so I’d say that I look back and laugh at all the times we took the simplest things and turned them into a ton of fun.
Favorite Quote or Saying? “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” -Colossians 3:23 and “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Favorite Workshop or photography event you have attended? We attended a ONE workshop for married couples put on by Julia and Jeff Woods. It was great for our marriage since we work together so often.
Favorite Magazine? Dwell and Cooking Light
Favorite Vacation Spot? We love visiting cities and exploring.
Favorite Movie? Shakespeare in Love, Across the Universe, 500 Days of Summer