Best of 225: People | Lauren Barksdale Hill

It seems only appropriate that I share some of my favorite unpublished shots from the 7th Annual Best of 225 Awards, as this week is the last week you will be able to find a magazine on stands.

I spent a large portion of the month of April photographing several winners in all four major categories highlighted in the magazine, and it is a delight to share them with you now. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be posting two to three winners per day that I photographed for the yearly reader-based awards.

First up, Best of 225: People 2012.

Painter Lauren Barksdale Hill won Best Local Visual Artist in this year’s contest, and I was instructed to capture her at work inside her studio one gorgeous afternoon in April. I was blown away by the setting of our session. … I mean, hello, that’s a home studio with a TON of natural light, built specifically for Lauren by her contractor husband.

In addition to the setting, Lauren was incredibly friendly, easy to work with, willing to move around to get the perfect shot for her portrait and so kind to me, someone she had never met (or probably heard of before our initial conversation.) And I, personally, think the final images turned out beautifully, highlighting Lauren, her talent and the space where she makes all her work.

Lauren Barksdale Hill sits inside her Baton Rouge home studio on Thurs., Apr. 26, 2012. Barksdale Hill has won Best Local Visual Artist in this year

Lauren Barksdale Hill sits inside her Baton Rouge home studio on Thurs., Apr. 26, 2012. Barksdale Hill has won Best Local Visual Artist in this year’s Best of 225 Awards. (Photo by Erin Parker/225)

To learn more about Lauren and her art, visit her website and her Facebook page.

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