About LAUREN BARKUME
I am a Johannesburg, South Africa based international destination wedding and portrait photographer who specializes in same-sex and LGBT weddings, glamour and family portrait photography in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Washington D.C., and worldwide. I am passionate about creating dramatic photographs with visual impact, and my style is modern, dramatic and artistic.
I was born in Los Angeles but grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. I first picked up a camera as a child and learned the mysteries of darkroom photography and printing my own photographs. At the University of Virginia, I studied fine art, painting and composition and began shooting creatively as I lived in Spain and traveled through Europe. In 2007 I began to travel and shoot across Africa for an NGO, and sold my work to magazines, newspapers and Getty Images. Now based in Johannesburg, South Africa, I continue to travel and shoot for clients around the world. I have been honored to see my work win awards and appear in exhibitions, prestigious art journals, major newspapers, and published in books around the world.