Grayson Hall Photography & Lauren Webster Photography
Tied for best photographer in Morgantown in 2o21
Grayson Hall Photography
The dramatic photos in skateboarding magazines got Grayson Hall interested in photography as a high school student in Spencer, West Virginia. He used the film camera his dad gave him in 2005 so much, he wore it out. When he graduated to digital, he took his film sensibility with him—a careful eye for great framing and light. Hall blew through the couple of photography classes at WVU and decided to make his own way, and never looked back. In 10 years as a professional photographer, he’s developed a well-rounded practice that encompasses real estate, weddings, portraits, and concerts as well as drone photography and videography. He prides himself in interesting shots—“As a skateboarder you look at ramps or stairs and think, ‘How can I skate that?’ I do the same with photography: ‘This could be a normal shot, but if you take it from this angle it makes it completely different’”—and in eye-catching photo editing. Clients like his easy manner and people skills.
Lauren Webster Photography
A love for her own family’s photographs and new instilled in Lauren Webster a passion for family photography. And when she became a mother, she came to feel even more the value of documenting her family’s journey—not by dressing up and posing together under a photographer’s lights, but by capturing the day-to-day, the unscripted, even the frustrating and exhausting. That brought her to documentary family photography. “Ten, 20, 50 years down the road, you’re going to want to remember the little moments, all the tantrums, the time-outs,” she says in a video about her work shooting candid, spontaneous family moments. “You’re going to want to remember those things, because the only things you’re going to have left are the photos and the stories that come with them.” She hopes her clients will look back at photos she took for them with smiles on their faces and stories to tell—and their enthusiastic reviews say they already do.
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