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Meet Lara Wagner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lara Wagner. 

Hi Lara, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Over the years, many photographers have become available across the country. As I watched friends and other parents struggle to find something different to represent their seniors, athletes, clubs, and dancers, I decided to go outside of the box. I developed my own unique style and approach to photography and created my business, Thumb Sports Photography or TSP for short.

I have been developing my style over the last ten years. My imagery has been showcased nationwide on many social media platforms. My clients receive my full attention, from the meetings prior to session, to during sessions and then afterwards, this enables me to know them and create unique memorable images. I use top-of-the-line lighting, cameras, and equipment. I continue to update my skills by taking online classes, workshops that are hands-on and attending conferences whenever possible.

It is my goal to use my photography to draw out the personality of each subject, whether they are seniors, athletes, clubs, or dancers, by taking the time to create flattering poses and natural expressions. My sessions for volume photography are customized to each team with a strong emphasis to detail, my senior sessions are also handled the same way, whether it be in studio, outdoors, or a custom request. I use only the highest quality prints and products to guarantee that you will love the images I have created for you for years to come.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been a pretty smooth road since starting the journey of being a sports volume photographer (establishing the business in 2011), like many other businesses until the Covid-19 pandemic hit. However, since the pandemic, I have taken it as a stepping stone to rebuild my business and find the root style of photography that I cherish for my clients, especially my senior clientele. My volume work is unlike the standard, as I composite all my images, I am pretty rigid when it comes to that type of work since I have been doing it for some time.

Since the pandemic, business is slowly getting back to where it was, but not quite there yet. It will just take time to rebuild all aspects, and I am okay with that because it allows me to give better client experiences and better customer service.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in high-volume sports photography (team and individuals). I am known for one-of-a-kind banners for local high schools that stick out to those that see them hanging in a gymnasium.

I am currently focused on building my senior photography look, offering a look unlike anyone in my area, along with a great experience. I love pushing my lighting knowledge, the drama with the lighting, the dynamic posing, and the experience during any session type, volume or senior portraits.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I have had three key mentors in my journey so far; I say so far, because I am always learning and wanting to learn new things to be the best. My best advice for someone is to find a style of photography that is your goal and work from there.

My best advice came from my most recent mentor, Josh Hanna, and that was: Different is better than good. Be unconventional, but make it intentional.

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