Alumni Tale: Lara Woolfson ’05

What did you study at UNH?

Communication

What were you doing one year out of college?

I had acquired a work visa and was living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. I spent my days doing data entry for my temp job, and evenings (and some early mornings) I spent photographing bars, clubs and concerts for the lifestyle section of The Skinny magazine. It was my first photo job. What little time was left, I spent traveling to different countries on the weekend.

What were you doing five years out of college?

I had started my own photography company, Studio Nouveau. Specializing in weddings and boudoir we have an exciting time meeting new clients and traveling to fun destinations like Ireland, Costa Rica and Italy for weddings. It’s an amazing and rewarding career; working for myself and doing something I am so passionate about every day, I consider myself one of the lucky ones. The hours are long but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I also completed my MFA in visual art at Lesley University in 2010.

What are you doing now?

Next year marks 10 years since graduating! My business continues to grow: we’ve expanded from a team of two photographers to five photographers and a studio manager. We’re about to celebrate our eighth anniversary, and we’re gearing up for the start of our wedding season this spring. We share our beautiful historic studio space with our designer and look forward to another amazing year of weddings, boudoir, family, baby portraits and headshots. I’m also busy these days preparing to speak at Inspire Photo Seminars in Portland, Maine, on boudoir photography, and reading resumes of intern applicants.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

My time at UNH has everything to do with where I am today. My liberal arts degree prepared me to be a thinker and a doer, to find answers to my questions and instilled confidence in my abilities to think for myself. I was able to experience a variety of coursework not only from the gen-eds, but also the electives where I took photography, sculpture and business courses. I also took part in the National Student Exchange and spent my junior year at California State where I really became serious about photography.

Why do you believe in UNH?

UNH is not only a beautiful place to learn and grow, but also the faculty and staff are very supportive. I never felt like anything was given to me, but rather I was encouraged to find my own answers and pointed in the right direction.