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I'm Lauren Samuels and I'm a lifestyle photographer in Phoenix, Arizona.

My main focus is on families and maternity mamas with a few couples thrown in here and there. I discovered my inspiration and passion for photography while documenting my own journey through motherhood. I love capturing golden light, vibrant tones and authentic emotion. I'm excited to begin the next step of my career through education and helping other photogs find their path in this creative space!

Growing the Gram'

Course Info

Back in August 2021, I decided to quit half-assing Instagram! I got tired of complaining about the algorithm, lack of likes and slow growth and decided to do something about it. I had moved to a new state and new market and I was ready to put in work to get seen by new potential clients. 


I started posting 5 days a week, joined loops, pods and Follow Fridays and I began engaging with my followers on a regular basis. I started showing my face in my stories and jumped on the reel bandwagon.


Over the next 12 months, I gained over 14,000 new followers and a fully booked calendar! That second part is what matters most to me especially having only lived in Arizona a year. Gaining new followers is great but new followers that convert to clients is even better!


One of the biggest questions I get is “How did you grow your Instagram so quickly?” I’m now ready to pass along all my tips and tricks to help you increase your following as well!


In this course, I will guide you through these different topics and show you how to optimize areas of your profile and implement new techniques to help you grow. 

Topic covered:

  • Instagram Bio
  • Cohesive Feed
  • Consistency
  • Engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Hashtags
  • Feature Accounts
  • Stories
  • Reels
  • Follow Loops
  • Engagement Pods
  • Follow Friday
  • Giveaways
  • Styled Shoots
  • Facebook

A Guide to Growing your Instagram Following for Photographers

I can't guarantee doing all of the same things I did will help you gain the same number of followers as I have this past year. I don’t claim to be a social media expert but I do know what has worked for me and that is everything you will find in this guide. We all know Instagram is an ever-changing machine and we have to keep evolving with it to continue to grow. However, I am 100% certain, if you are ready to go all in on Instagram and put in the time it takes to see your numbers increase, this course is a great shortcut into learning all the different avenues to help you get there!

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