Eye of an ArtistSenior Lauren Bergal catches beauty with a camera.
By: Maeggie Licht , East High School
“I was at a retreat with some kids from Madison, and they just took their cameras everywhere,” said senior Lauren Bergal. “I thought they were cool.” This little notion took Bergal a long way. Since seeing those “cool” kids, she has become a shutterbug herself, in a big way. From simple photos of family vacations to being depended on for creating the ideal photo for a graduating senior, she can do it all.
Once she’d saved enough cash, Bergal got her hands on a Nikon D60, her new best friend. It was love at first click. “My favorite part of photography is ‘capturing the moment,’” said Bergal. “It’s fun to see little moments come to life in a print.”
Bergal finds the most fascination in the instants of people. “I love to shoot people on a candid basis, but most people don’t appreciate that so much. It’s kind of a rare occurrence.”
Although it may be rare, she has the touch to find genuine, uncontrived moments in pre-planned photo shoots. After her talents were seen, friends began asking her to take their graduation photos. Her friends and fellow seniors Alex Van Loh, Casey Goodge, Joe Hodapp, and Maeggie Licht were all photographed. “Lauren has a natural knack for finding a good background, and she is really good with finding the right lighting,” said Hodapp. “For someone with no photography training, she is a total ace at it!”
Bergal kept the atmospheres at her shoots relaxed. “[My grad photo shoot] went very well,” said Goodge. “It was a lot of fun and very chill.”
After the successes she had last summer, Bergal is open to take the next generation of seniors’ photos. “People liked my shots so I thought I could take that and make a little business out of it,” said Bergal. “It was really cool! I had never done any one-on-one work with people before, so that was a nice experience.”
Inspiration is bountiful for Bergal. She loves the rare, but has a real eye for what others may find mundane. “I am inspired by everything. Truly, if you can find the right angle, everyday items and scenes can be unique.” She hopes to take the craft with her when she attends the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall and far beyond that, as well. “I hope I will work with photography in the future! I want to take more classes in college,” said Bergal. “I’ve considered photojournalism, but we’ll see where the future takes me!” To see a collection of Bergal’s work and find contact information, search Lauren Bergal Photography on “Facebook.”