Since 2014 Laura has been a chosen member of the Olympus Visionary Team. This team includes an elite group of twelve professional photographers across North America who use Olympus gear to capture their photographic visions. As a member of the team Laura has had the opportunity to speak at WPPI, a national photographic conventions as well as other venues across the United States.
In 2008 Laura was chosen to be the official photographer for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show featuring the Akers Family taped in West Chester, Ohio. This show followed the Akers Family through the challenges of raising multiple children with life threatening issues. Laura not only photographed the family prior to the demolition of their home, but also spent the week photographing the house's transformation, aided the designers in hanging portraits throughout the home, and presented the family with an photo album of the week's accomplishments.
On December 28th, 2015 tragedy struck on of my couples. Patrick Wolterman, a Hamilton City firefighter, passed away in the line of duty after entering a burning house while answering an emergency call in the early morning hours. I was given the opportunity to honor Patrick and Bre's relationship by sharing both my images and my heartfelt experience of their wedding day.
In 2016 Laura was featured in Pro Photo Daily, an online magazine for photographic news, interviews, and inspiration. The interviewer, Jeff Wingall, was great and got to the heart of why I do what I do.
In 2014, Olympus created several ads featuring my work. This was the first ad to hit the news stands in print and online.
In 2015 I was given the opportunity to give a photography presentation at PIX 2015 in Seattle, Washington which was put on by DPReview, an online camera review website. My presentation was about the art of macro photography, which is just a fancy way of explaining how to take great pictures of tiny things and making them look huge. PIX 2015 was so much fun and I loved doing the presentation.
Before becoming an Olympus Trailblazer I had the opportunity to be the site editor for DigitalCameraReview.com, an online camera review website. Prior to having this position, I had never experienced any other camera gear besides Nikon. This job opened my eyes to the amazing potentional and technology of Olympus cameras and lead me on the path of becoming an Olympus Trailblazer.