Laura Grier is the Indiana Jones of adventure, travel, and destination wedding photography. A self-proclaimed jet-setter at heart, Laura has been a globe-trotter from an early age having grown up internationally with two parents that worked for the CIA. She graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in Photojournalism and Art Photography and in 2003 founded Beautiful Day Photography, based in Los Angeles and specializing in destination weddings and events. Her ability to channel her storytelling into a chic, vibrant perspective, has made her a veteran International photographer, shooting weddings on 6 of the 7 continents. While on these trips, Laura felt an overwhelming need to tell the stories of the people and experiences she gathered along the way through her lens. This desire sparked the creation of “Wanderlust by Laura Grier”, a personal blog focusing on Travel, Portraiture and Fine Art, highlighting the behind-the-scenes of her photography and personal stories while jet-setting around the world.
Laura has been been published in over 25 publications worldwide and is presently a Tastemaker/blogger/lead photographer for Novica/National Geographic, shooting all of their catalog work, training their in house photographers around the world and shooting and filming their “happiness” philanthropic projects. Laura also teaches, mentors, and inspires other photographers through her travel workshops and through telling her experiences over the past 14 years of being a Professional Photographer.
Last year Laura photographed a project for the Women’s Global Education Project in Senegal, Africa documenting a huge project underway to build schools for girls in a mostly Muslim Country. She was also one of the winner’s of PDN Magazine’s “Top Knots” contest, won the American Photo/Destination Weddings Magazine Contest for Best "Take Off" wedding image, and was named one of the “Top Ten Travel Images” in National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Recently, Laura spoke at Canon Headquarters, WPPI, Catersource, Wedding MBA, Pictage, Event Solutions, and teaches a photojournalism program with the Step Up Women's Network in Los Angeles. The entire purpose of the program is to INSPIRE young women to become successful, college-educated people who are good at and passionate about what they do. Laura is a firm believer in building your business around the lifestyle that you want to lead and pursuing your passions.