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Lauren Barkume

"When you fearlessly brand the authentic you - flaws and all - you can build a better, stronger community of change."

You’re more than just a visionary changemaker.

You are re-writing the rules, creating meaningful impact and inspiring the world. Your story is layered: you are a ambassador to social good and a disruptor; a best friend, but you tell it how it is; a passionate teacher and a mindful student; you are a rebel.

You need images that highlight all of the stories that make you who you are.

A traditional headshot is not your authentic self.

Personal branding is more than just taking your own selfies. You have to plan, edit, and upload them, creating new content daily. This takes time away from what really matters.

Your time is better spent on what you love.

By hiring me as your personal brand photographer, you’ll get:

  • More time to simply be present and enjoy the moment
  • A photographer you can trust to know your brand as well as you do and who understands your unique image and licensing needs
  • One-of-a-kind, unique images tailored to amplify your brand 
  • An easy, relaxed and fun experience even for those who hate having their photo taken

A story session includes includes:

  • 60 days of images for daily social media posting 
  • Brand consultation and collaborative session design

Annual Subscriptions include: 

  • Quarterly one-on-one branding, storyline, and photography sessions

Only 6 annual subscriptions are available to ensure the best possible experience and quality of service.

Check out some of my work below.

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Hi, I'm Lauren Barkume

I'm a world traveler with a serious love for downtime with my cats in the garden.  

Before moving back to Washington D.C., I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for nearly 9 years where I worked with rural artisans to improve their lives and increase their income through business skills training and product development. Now I live in Washington DC where I hang out with my fiance Karen and my two crazy cats. I love yoga, practice mindfulness and am powered by plants! 

I believe that ethical social entrepreneurs and influencers can change the world. Through photography, I help changemakers like you tell the compelling stories that inspire transformation and connection.

I believe in radical self-acceptance, promoting peace, living in mindfulness, and am committed caring for all living things and for our planet.

Throughout my first career working with artisans around the world, I have seen how photography connects us through stories of good. 

And I want to help you increase the impact of what you do. 



Click the button below to email me. I'll respond to your questions, send you a link to a full personal branding gallery and we'll set up a time to meet.


We'll connect via video chat or in person if you're in Alexandria, VA to go through all the main details and see if we'd be a good fit for each other.


If we decide to move forward, we'll plan your first photo session and sign the paperwork to make things official!


"Lauren was a gem to work with. She immediately made me feel comfortable behind the camera (which is saying a lot:) Lauren is extremely skilled as a photographer, and really fun to work with. I hope to be able to hire her again in the near future!"

Annie waterman, founder of AOW handmade

“Lauren helped me define a the look of my personal brand, advised me on the right looks, and captured me beautifully in a series of images that present me as the ambassador of my business in exactly the way we had discussed. I have pictures to use across several form of media that will look great for years to come. I’m not keen on taking time away from my business or having the spotlight put on me. Lauren was understanding, and helped me go through with the process. The end results are smashing! 

Melissa Crawford, Head Writer Context Health Communication

“Speedy and BRILLIANT! Wow, thank you.

Alex Bates, designer and founder of flint & kent

"A pro can help you with more than just lighting and lenses that exceed the quality of your standard iPhone. An experienced pro can help you with composition and visual storytelling." -Buddy Scalera

Let's get started!

If you want to grow your personal brand and connect with your audience on a deeper level, I'd love to work with you. I'm based in Alexandria Virginia and Washington D.C. but can travel to you. I only work with 6 annual subscription clients, and only book up to four shoots a month, so reach out to secure your ideal session time.

Click "Contact Me" to send me an email and get access to a full personal branding gallery and pricing.

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