Today we are talking to a rare find, a true born-and-raised Austinite, Laura Kay Saucedo! Laura and her husband Ben run a thriving wedding photography company in town, Ben and Laura Photography. She has a relaxed, open, and realistic take on the wedding scene, and gives some tips on how to have a great event without breaking the bank. She also shares her experience of starting Inspire Boudoir Austin, an outdoor boudoir studio that helps women get into nature and “push further to accomplish more.” Her Wildly Inspired Three Day retreat serves to refresh and re-center women while providing them confidence in body, mind, and spirit. Laura also devotes time and love into fostering dogs for the Austin Animal Center. Plus, with her love for pancakes and breakfast foods in general, she truly is one heck of a “cereal entrepreneur.” Join us for an episode to see Austin through the fun and outdoors loving eyes of Laura Kay Saucedo!
[1:30] In a city of transplants, Laura is from Austin. As a child, she was very artistic and dreamed of either being a vet or an artist. This continued through college, where she attended Texas State and graduated with a major in photography. She combined both dreams in her adult life with her photography career and her love of fostering dogs.
[3:47] Laura grew up in Northeast Austin. Her grandfather was a Realtor® and bought the house they lived in.
[5:36] After college she got a photography job traveling to different schools for their yearbook photos. This led to people asking her to shoot their personal events, and eventually she started her own business. Her husband, Ben, is also a photographer, and they started their business together.
[7:03] Laura gives the run-down on the wedding photography scene in Austin! It can be very pricey, but Laura deliberately keeps her prices competitive.
[10:21] Unsolicited and unqualified wedding advice: have a fun engagement party instead of an overly expensive wedding!
[11:48] Boudoir photography can range from very conservative to very risque. It captures the rise of women feeling comfortable in their own skin and empowered.
[15:49] For the adventurous client not afraid to get a bug bite or two, Laura offers the choice of doing a photoshoot outside. She creates a fun and relaxing environment to get the women in a positive and confident mindset.
[16:31] Thank you to our Sponsor, the Papasan Properties Group.
[21:27] Her favorite pancake in Austin is from Kerbey Lane.
[22:34] Laura created an experience of three of the most important natural healing activities she loved and combined in a three day retreat: yoga, hiking and boudoir. Doing yoga in the morning helps give women the confidence and zen feel for the boudoir shoot later in the afternoon.
[25:33] Laura fosters dogs from the Austin Animal Center, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the United States. Three pets is her lucky number when it comes to pets in their home!
[29:38] Some of Laura’s favorite Austin digs are: Kerbey Lane, Biscuits + Groovy, and Krause Springs.
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