Lauren Steel is a Visuals Consultant for photographers, brands, media, agencies, foundations, and non-profits to craft authentic visual narratives. Previously, she was Director of Photography at Verbatim Photo, a subsidiary of Getty Images that she co-founded in 2016. Lauren was a part of the rebranding and launch of Getty Images Reportage where she started the Emerging Talent program. She was at Getty Images for 15 years.

She has been involved in the photojournalism community for over 20 years working with some of the greatest award-winning photographers in their field. These collaborations have produced exhibits, photo-books, and campaigns worldwide. She has guest lectured at ICP, SVA, and Columbia. Her career started in the editorial world after college when she worked at LIFE magazine as the photo and art assistant. From there she started doing photo research and continued to work on their special book projects including the New York Times Best Seller "One Nation." 

She is based in Brooklyn and is available for commissions worldwide.

CLIENTS AND PARTNERS: Verbatim Photo – LeanIn, Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Global Goals, Toyota with 360i, Fusion Television with SS&K, JP Morgan Chase; Photoville; The Northern Short Course; Eddie Adams Workshop; International Center for Photography; The Chris Hondros Fund; The Bronx Documentary Center; Jennifer Hutz Inc.



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   TEACH/MENTOR       I provide insight from the...

I provide insight from the agency, publication, corporate and commercial client perspectives. I am energized from mentoring, being in the classroom and collaborating with visual thinkers. I am available for workshops, panel discussions, portfolio reviews, and contest judging worldwide.

   EDITOR         My career has taken me from...

My career has taken me from editing for print/digital publications to working with photographers on their personal projects, portfolios and marketing materials to creating award-winning visual narratives for brands and organizations. I am available to create transformative and compelling visual narratives that will help deliver your vision.


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I am passionate about conceptualizing spaces with photography for personal, corporate and exhibitions. I curate the Chris Hondros Fund Auction yearly, raising over half a million dollars to date. Most recently I curated the office space for a tech companies’ new headquarters in Hudson Yards filling their walls with over 100 images.


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