Meet Lauren

Photographer, writer, documentarian

With a background in psychology and extensive experience engaging in the international nonprofit sector, Lauren brings a unique depth and nuance to her work. Her four years spent living and working in Haiti not only introduced her to photography as a medium, but largely informs her global perspective, the way she approaches storytelling and how she interacts with her subjects. 

Now, with over a decade behind the camera, Lauren shares stories through a lens of ethics and empathy, bridging gaps of misconception to bring awareness to the value of human connection, particularly in the context of family. She has had the privilege of documenting hundreds of people – individuals, families and entire communities – across the globe. Whether she is creating family portraits, documenting weddings or partnering with nonprofits, Lauren is passionate about celebrating and strengthening the beauty of humanity through her work. 

In addition to photography, Lauren is available to serve as a consultant and content creator for local and international NGO’s, nonprofits and advocacy organizations, with a focus on building more sustainable practices for keeping families together.

Lauren is based in Ohio and is available for commissions and collaborations worldwide. She speaks English and Haitian Creole.

Lauren Neal stands alongside two Haitian boys at school overlooking the Caribbean ocean in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Source Matelas, Haiti, 2016

MANIFESTO

I believe in the transformative power of human connection because it’s about people. It’s always been about people. A divine collision of souls, a serendipitous encounter between beings, a connection which, at its moment of intersection, transcends time and distance – even if only in a memory. 

I believe in a life led with empathy, always; in discovery without expectation. In listening quickly, observing intently and speaking gently. Condemning, never.

I believe the search for contentment is a silent surrender to all that is fleeting. Because home is not a place but a feeling. Heart shattered, then scattered. Neither here nor there; it’s everywhere and it’s nowhere. In the places traversed and the ones yet explored. Grief serves as a reminder that as long as we feel, we breathe. And as long as we breathe, we live. 

I believe travel is a way of life – a means to expand  perspective, confront privilege and challenge preconceived notions. By crossing borders, we learn our ways are not the only ways. Then, and only then, can we begin to bridge the gaps in-between. 

I believe delighting in the experience ultimately leads to the greatest reward, found rarely in earthly possessions and often in love. Noticing both the rhythm of the mundane and the thrill of the extraordinary in harmonious balance. A lens through which to express, to expend, to justify, to amend. Because life, in the end, is actually quite simple — it’s not what we achieve or the legacy we leave but how we choose to spend our time on this earth, knowing just how brief.

Two horses stand side by side in Iceland

2024 Travel Schedule

AUGUST

Mexico City, Mexico

September

Boston, MA

Portland, ME

This list will remain up to date with all future travel plans. Travel fees are waived for existing destinations. If you’re interested in collaborating on a project that’s not listed in one of the locations above, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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A Haitian child blows bubbles and plays with her friends in Port-au-Prince, Haiti