What camera equipment do you use and how do you edit your Instagram photos?
I always shoot on my Nikon D750! This camera is the best DSLR that I have ever had and I don’t think I could live without her. For my lens I am almost always shooting with a Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 lens, it is AMAZING for anything fashion and is so so sharp. I will occasionally shoot with a Nikon 58mm 1.4 lens for portraits, it is super creamy and can blur pretty much any background to make it look good! For editing, I use Lightroom, even for iPhone photos. I definitely prefer its simplicity over photoshop and its concentration on portraiture vs. graphics. I love love to use presets (I have more than I am willing to admit), especially for my Instagram. I am currently using the Jaci Marie Smith Pastel pack, it has very warm pinky tones that give off dreamy vintage vibes! I have used Tessa Barton presets in the past as well for my feed.
How do you create a cohesive feed?
Presets! As I mentioned above, finding a preset pack that you love is honestly key to a cohesive feed. Also, finding a pack that works with your environment, and the types of photos that you take. I am always looking for pink walls or bold warm toned patterns to use as backdrops for my images!
What advice would you give someone who is interested in modeling?
I am definitely not a model, but as a photographer, I would say that you should reach out to photographers that are still building their portfolio, and see if they would be willing to do a TFP shoot with you! Also, check out this video by Kaiser, she does all her modeling at home with a tripod in her bedroom and is able to create such a great modeling portfolio because her images are super creative and professional.
What food do you miss most since being gluten-free?
This is a bit of a loaded question, I have found that there is a substitute for EVERYTHING that I could want, and I have tried them all. There are some really amazing GF subs but there are also some that taste like cardboard. One food that I have yet to find the answer for is croissants. In the past four years of being gluten-free, I have only had one GF croissant, it was from a completely GF bakery in the Upper East Side of Manhattan called Noglu & curved my craving for sure but definitely was not the real deal.
I have been obsessing over the new Trader Joes Gluten Free fresh egg noodle pasta! This is the best gluten-free pasta you will EVER have, and it only takes 4 minutes to cook because its fresh. After boiling, I mix it with the Trader Joes vegan kale and cashew pesto, a dollop of garlic spread (for creaminess & of course garlic) and anything else I have on hand (sautéed veggies, sunflower seeds, pine nuts etc).
Favorite local coffee shops?
Walnut Street Coffee: My hands-down favorite coffee shop (& coffee) in the entire world is Walnut Street Coffee. I come here at least 2-3 times a week to work on my laptop and have my soy gingerbread latte. I honestly will never smoother espresso then here. Also, a great place to work when it’s not busy, very cute inside with lots of outlets and free wifi!
Retreat (Formally known as Fix): A PERFECT spot to grab your caffeine fix before walking around Greenlake! Also delicious vegan and gluten-free food!
Cafe Ladro: A Seattle staple chain! Consistently delicious coffee with convenient locations (I can walk to one from my house!)
Zoka: A great spot in downtown Kirkland, with beautiful art and great lattes!
If you could live and/or travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
The answer to this changes everyday lol, I have always wanted to travel throughout Europe but I also love tropical places and would love to visit Bora Bora or the Maldives!
Would you ever move back to LA?
Yes! Even after all the complaints, I had about living there the first time (traffic, rude people, too hot) if I came across the right job opportunity I would definitely make the move back. I don’t think I could live there super long term but I know now after living there the areas that I love and where I would want to be.
What were your favorite spots in LA?
Old town Pasadena is the nicest little town! Lots of great restaurants, coffee, and shopping. Downtown LA is super hip and has lots of modern coffee shops and stores. If you want to go to the beach heard out to Malibu, its worth the trek (everywhere else is flooded with tourists). If you are looking for a getaway, the Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead area is beautiful!! I went up here several times when I lived in LA to escape the heat and get out into nature.
How do you just quit your job and start your own company
I honestly don’t really even know how I did it. I graduated from FIDM and moved back to Seattle with the intention of getting a job and also continuing with a BA degree at FIDM online. I found myself in a PR desk job I hated and finding that the program at FIDM was not what I thought it was. I dropped out of school and two weeks later quit my job. I gave myself a deadline, and if I was not able to support myself in six months I would find another full-time job. I am so thankful that I had my moms support (I lived with her for 4 months following) because without her I would not have made it! I slowly started to acquire more and more work, and Laura Gedeon Creative was born!
What do you actually do?
I am a fashion photographer, content creator and social media manager. I shoot for a lot of local bloggers, boutiques and girl bosses and also manage different social media accounts for clothing companies, while also creating social media content for myself and different brands! My schedule is pretty all over the place but I am usually in the office on Mondays and shooting the rest of the week and weekend.