Meet Lauren

Hi there. Thank you for visiting. My name is Lauren, and I photograph the little things in life and share them here.

The Urban Hippie is a log of everything I love and everything I live: Photos, weekends, travels, people, food and friendships.

I celebrate the itty-bitty things in life, like the kicks I get from hearing a really good song, chunky earrings, bare feet, fat magazines, art and its creators, a child’s innocence and people in love. I’m a former newspaper girl who discovered I love images as much as I do words.

Some of my favorite things are: Writing and writers. Photographers and their snapshots. Passionate people. Roadtrips. Jesus. Soulful eyes. Cozy blankets. Enthusiasm. Beads. Collages. Coffee dates. Exploration. Cooking with friends. Roller rinks. Gypsies. Mod Podge. Art shows. Pet babies. Beach houses.

If you’re just browsing, grab a glass of cold-brew coffee with cream, sit back and enjoy your visit to The Urban Hippie.

xoxo, Lauren

86 Responses to Meet Lauren

  1. Val Wilkerson says:

    Lauren! Your blog is amazing! I love it! I want to touch base w/ you and Jen about a few things and this is the only way I knew how! Send me an email and include Jen’s email in there too! Thanks! Talk to you soon!

  2. You’re a doll! Thanks for the links.

    I’m so excited you’re blogging. 🙂

  3. Deana says:

    I found your site and loved it. I love the guitar project, and everything else I saw. I put the site in my favorites, but is there a way to subscribe? I wanna subscribe! 🙂
    Thanks for the artistic entertainment.

  4. Lauren says:

    Thanks for the comment! I’m glad someone is enjoying my ramblings. I’m not an Internet pro, but I believe you can subscribe to urbanhippie with a tab in the browser, Firefox. At least, that’s what I do.

  5. D L Ennis says:

    Love what I’ve seen of your blog so far!

  6. Gia K. says:

    I love your blog and photography!!!

  7. Jamie says:

    Hi Lauren – what an awesome blog you have and you are so dedicated to it! You should come out to the blogger meet-up next Wednesday at the Valley Brew. We are getting a group of local bloggers together for free food and a chance to meet and greet each other. Hope you can come!

  8. Kristin says:

    Hey Urban Hippie, I absolutely love your style! I think you’d like pics of my house. We are soul sisters of sorts, at least as far as style goes!Anyway, I want to tell you about the website If you like paper lanterns, you’ll probably love the silk & bamboo ones there. They also have beautiful silk pillows, etc.

  9. Anna says:

    Love this blog. I’m constantly on the look for inspiration – as a pro painter and interior design wanna b. I love the hippie styles and believe you’re never too old to create your own world.

  10. Jess says:

    Is there a subscription i could get to this as a printed magazine ??

  11. I love your photography! I’ve added your blog to my blogroll at Decorology

  12. Jamie says:

    Hi Lauren – I just wanted to reach out to you again because you should come out to our next blogger meet-up November 11th at Tracy Virtual Office at 6pm. We are getting a group of local bloggers together for free food and a chance to meet and greet each other. Hope you can come!

  13. Patrick says:

    This blog is epic and continues to inspire! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with everyone!

  14. Cindy says:

    Lauren! Kindred Spirit. It was wonderful to meet you and Maggie and Sarah today. You must return to the village, and walk and shoot. Yesterday’s pics at your dad’s- where is that? ahhh, a farm. OK in common- LOCKE. Im mesmerized by it. But I thought I was the only one that could see it. Right on. I considered living there, having my shop there. Alicia Paulsons Rosy little things, followed for yrs. My blog tip; The Pioneer Great tutorials on photoshop/fotog. Remember to bring your Grandma ’round. Your comments suggest you strike a familiar chord with many. Yep, me too.

    • Lauren says:

      Aw Cindy, it was so great meeting you and Bella too!. Oh — and Fluffy, of course. We are totally ready to go back to the Village, and we’ll definitely stop by again. I’m so glad you love Locke. It’s one of my favorite places of all time. Now the Village is another favorite. You have such a great little place there. Thanks for the blog tips.

  15. I love your blog. It would appear we share an admiration for crows.

  16. Nina Espinoza says:

    Hi! I’m writing you from Mexico, in Sonora. not so far from California. I was getting bored today little work at the office and I found your site, it’s Wonderful. I enjoyed all your photos and stories(great job by the way) they’re inspiring.
    I’m glad I found your blog and I will be coming back to check on the news!
    thanks for sharing!

  17. Fred says:


    I live in Chicago and am new to the wedding videography business. I’m currently designing a website for it, and in the process I stumbled on your site (specifically the 9/28/09 post, “After the Wedding”). I was wondering if you’d allow me to use two of the photos (the first and third, it looks like), and if so, how do you want me to give credit?

    Thanks, and obviously, I appreciate the work.

  18. Brittany says:

    I want to write for/with you. I think you’re amazing.

  19. Paul Jr. says:

    Lauren, your blog is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing it with us. I’ll visit it often to see what the latest and greatest is in your life. When are you going to come up to Seattle? We’ve got a cousin reunion to have, remember? And trust me, we’ve got lots of material (arts, culture, food, ethnicity, music, etc.) up here for your blog AND your newspaper column. See you soon!

  20. Author 1995 says:

    Love the Blog! very cool.

    You may what to check out

    My good friend also loves art and is very creative. She started this blog a few years back and now has more that 50,000 subscribers!

  21. Hello!
    I’ve featured you on my blog this morning! Hope you had a great New Year!

  22. Ashley says:

    I love your blog, amazing photos! What camera/film do you use??

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Ashley, I just use a Canon 10D and switch up the lenses. My favorite lens is the 50mm 1.8. I also play around with Photoshop. Thanks for reading!

  23. i love this website you have some really good collages, i love to create collages for my projects and you have inspired me and given me lots of ideas, iv been researching for hours and im glade i found this website….Thank You…for helping me with my ideas and travels though the lost world of the internet. x

  24. Jenna Herbst says:

    Love your blog! Keep writing! I’ll be reading. ~Jenna

  25. Onyx says:

    Love the site…

  26. Jessica says:

    This is a great site. It would be lovely if there was a way to subscribe without having to put in a comment! 😎

  27. Meghan E. Halloran says:

    I found your blog when I was using stumbleupon, and it’s great! I love your photos. Can wait to read and see more 🙂

  28. Emily says:

    I just spent an hour looking through you beautiful pictures, and I have never felt more inspired. I’m going to go cut up some magazines now. Thank you.

  29. I stumbled across your blog today and just wanted to say, your pictures are lovely and really inspiring. Looking through your posts really brightened my day! Thank you!

  30. erika says:

    absolutely love your blog and want to share the most promising sing&songwriter we have in Sweden at the moment: listen to Track of time with Anna von Hausswolff (you can find it at Spotify). It so beautiful it hurts…

  31. Nicole says:

    Lauren, I LOVE your blog! Thanks so much for sharing:)

  32. Adrianna says:

    Hello, I really enjoyed your blog! :] I was just curious, but what kind of camera are you using? The photos are incredible, and I what that quality. ha

    • Lauren says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you are enjoying my blog. I actually use a Canon 10D, which is quite an old model now (but only a year old to me, since I found it on eBay). I get many of the effects with Photoshop Actions, Totally Rad Actions. There are other actions you can buy or get for free if you google them. Have fun.

  33. Katie says:

    so, i just stumbled upon your blog yesterday when i Googled “bohemian.” after reading your recent posts and then this bio stuff, i think we could/should be friends. 🙂
    where in the world do you live? east, west, north, south?

  34. Nabi says:

    I really like ur blog! n_n

  35. sydneygal says:

    Love your blog. Keep at it!

  36. Leah says:

    Great stuff!

  37. Emma Case says:

    Hey lovely lady,

    Send over your email and I’ll let you know about those actions 🙂

    LOVE LOVE your blog ❤

  38. Monique says:


  39. Lesli says:

    LOVE your blog. Is there a way to follow? I don’t see anything….

    Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to explore all your posts.

  40. Lizibog :) says:

    i was searching for unique designs for a clock project at school when i stumbled across your blog 🙂 i LOVE LOVE LOVE it! you do exactly the same thing as i do :s just better x keep going because i think the photography and inspiration here is amazing! 😀 xx

  41. Valerie says:

    Hi Lauren!
    We know you’ve loved FOAM in the past! we thought you’d especially love these photos from the Olivia Malone story on page 64 in our new december and january issue!:)
    all the best, FOAM team

    • Lauren says:

      I do love Foam! So much! I can’t wait to get the new issue because I also happen to love Olivia Malone. Thanks for the heads up! xo, Lauren

  42. diggy says:

    i relly enjoy your photography. there is something artsy and hip about it. in the beginning of the gallery you asked us (your viewers) to share any other neigborhoods that were classy and photogenic. in my wanderings, i have run into some beautiful areas. to name a few,boston(somerville), minneapolis/st. paul(elliott park, dinkytown), san diego(encinitas). keep it up, looking forward to seeing more of your work. peace, diggy

  43. lauren says:

    I enjoy your blog very much. It is fun to read about things you have seen and done, they inspire me to go out and find my own adventures. Keep on being awesome =]

  44. crphoto88 says:

    Your photos are amazing I really like your colour tones and contrast

  45. Jean says:

    Like the look of your blog. I’m interested in knowing how you achieved the little gallery shots of photos inside your right-hand widgets. You can respond here or to my blog. 🙂

  46. Jen Ashby says:

    I would just like to say I am sorry for the loss of your niece Emma Faye. My daughter, Willow Nevaeh was born at 23 weeks last June. I lost her, but she changed my life forever. Thanks for posting her story.

  47. Karen Baumstark says:

    I’d love to subscribe to your blog!

  48. Kai Lum Chan says:

    i absolutely LOVE your blog. i just stubled upon it and theres something really striking about it! im definitely going to post it on my tumblr, and spread the love. peace ❤

  49. Gotta love a girl that longboards.

  50. Great photos! Congrats on FP today 🙂

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  52. Lauren, the name of your blog really attracted me because I consider myself an urban hippie too. I also have a guitar that I pretend to play 🙂 I love the mood of your pictures. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being featured!

  53. Carol says:

    I’m not much of a blogger, but I stumbled on your site from my nephew’s photo site: . Feng belongs to I found your site to be most interesting! I am artistic mostly with fabrics, but I also am a lover of I photos. I loved all the color you spotted in Mexico and expressed it with the photos.
    I was there twice, but I did not have the knowledge of pictures back then 1985. Keep up the good work and I will keep following you thru your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  54. divyaakella says:

    I liked your creativity, your photos. Your blog page header pictures is superb. Good Luck. I will follow your updates…

  55. disastrousjane says:

    urban hippie meet disastrousjane. great blog, i love it !!!

  56. i absolutely love your pictures, they have sop much life and color to offer. being an artist i have any eye for finding new colors is the weirdest ways, i feel like you have mastered it!

  57. DulciaBakery says:

    Lauren I love ur Blog im actualy from Mexico, and with thouse pictures you brought back very good memories 😀

  58. Arter says:

    Is there a way to contact you?
    I would like to ask you few questions. You can reply me to my email (if you hava a MSN you can add me with this email).
    Thank you.

  59. Elizabeth says:

    I love your site, I too am a photographer in my spare time and I love it! If I could figure out how to make enough money to support my family with my images I would… I am inspired by your writing and your photos.

  60. Painter Lady says:

    I loved bumping into you! I’m so glad they freshly-pressed you, as I may not have ever met you in any other way! I’m having fun exploring your passions. Thanks for most recently sharing Ava’s living museum with us.

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  62. selfindulgemuch says:

    Love this and love you! My new favorite inspiration blog. I just saw your living museum post about Ava Avione, uh-mazing. Thank you for sharing. I featured it on my blog by the way. xXXO.

  63. melsmedia says:

    You and I would be good friends:) I love your blog. Seriously your blog consists of everything I love!

  64. Purple Mouse says:

    awesome photos. You have inspired me. Love the food photos and the partially eaten cake.

  65. I like your blog a lot, and your photos,, very cool funky stuff, thanks for sharing!

  66. Jacqueline says:

    Awesome blog! I’ll write you an email as well, but I am beginning to profile people for my blog who I feel are truly living their lives, and it definitely seems that you are! Would you be interested in being profiled?

  67. Hey, Just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 2011!

  68. lalamaja says:

    I’ve never seen a photography that felt so mine, and beautiful and so close to my heart before.

    This woman is amazing.

  69. I am in love with you blog, thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  70. liz says:

    Your blog is beautiful! I am so glad I stumbled upon it, as I am a lover of photography & writing too. I’m an American living in Sweden, and many of your pictures give me a feeling of home. I look forward to following you!

    • Lauren says:

      Hi Liz, Thank you for stopping by! I’m glad I can help you feel homey while you’re in Sweden. What are you doing there? Keep visiting, Lauren

  71. Rachél says:

    Hi, Lauren. I have been a follower of yours for awhile now. I fell in love with your work through the divine portal which is Ava’s Living Museum (sorry for the flowery speech…it was truly one of my all-time favorite blog posts). For work like that, and the consistent high I get from the world seen through your eyes, I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It comes from my heart. If you feel up to passing on the love, follow these directions… “The rules for receiving “the very inspiring blogger award” are tell seven random things about yourself, thank the person who has awarded you for this award by linking back to them and pass the award over to other bloggers and let them know you’ve awarded them.” Happy blogging….Rachél from the Creativity Tribe

  72. ELo says:

    I think I scared my gf of 6 months when I emailed her a link to your page saying “don’t be scrd – but I found our family photographer aka engagement/wedding/babies/graduations :)” Hey, when you know, you KNOW, and when you find an artist who shares lots of your photography-visions/affinity for retro-campers/soul of Dillons Beach, you tell EVERYONE! Amazing blog – keep up the good/hard work!

  73. Hi! I think your blog is absolutely awesome and that’s why I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! You can check it out on my page

    Keep up the great blogging! x

  74. chelseadownbythesea says:

    Love your photos and site .
    Absolutely gorgeous .

  75. Hi,
    I absolutely adore your blog! Can’t get away from it! I have only just started blogging and was wondering if you had any tips for starting out and how to get people to read and follow it? Please could you check it out ? it’s – really hope you can help. Thanks a lot,
    Laura xoxox

  76. Love this blog and your photographs! I look forward to following you on your adventures 🙂

  77. Cookie's Jam says:

    Hi there,
    Just discovered you blog as I was searching for bedroom bins…! Go figure. So glad I did though. Thanks for your beautiful pictures, very inspiring.
    All the best 🙂

  78. Memory Catcher says:

    You are nominated for the WordPress Family Award. Your blog contributes to the online community and family of bloggers. Find the rules for accepting this award at my blog, Memory Catcher, Thank you for the collaboration, exciting photographs and stories. They are beautiful. CONGRATULATIONS! Sally

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