Born and raised in Suburbia (Lancaster, PA), Laura grew up building refrigerator box forts and getting caught in traffic jams behind Amish horse and buggies. She completed her BFA in Film and Television from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration in cinematography and dual minors in Art History and Social and Cultural Analysis. Laura was a finalist for the 2017 Undergraduate Volker Bahnemann Arriflex Award and the proud recipient of the 2017 Bahoric Meisel Award for Women Cinematographers.
Most Recently, Laura spent March 2018 in London developing, producing, and executing the lighting design for 'CAVE' - a sold out music performance event in the world's first underground watertight cylindrical structure (The Brunel Museum Grand Entrance Hall). CAVE featured two 20th-century pieces of music based on texts by Plato performed by a 35+ member orchestra and vocalists.
Laura spent the summer of 2017 traveling to France and Japan continuing her cinematography, photography, light, and installation work for Gakko Project with whom she was an artist in residence in the summer of 2016 - traveling across Asia [Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, South Korea].
Laura prides herself on her work ethic and collection of bandana neck scarves. She has worked thousands of hours as a cinematographer, camera assistant, gaffer, and grip, on professional and student film shoots including independent feature films, award winning short films, music videos, and commercials.
Ultimately, Laura is fascinated by the ways our experience of the world is shaped by visual elements. Above all, she believes that great cinematography is a marriage between aesthetics and narrative and that every visual decision a cinematographer makes should fundamentally reinforce the story being told.
Forthcoming work includes a visual album collaboration with Joan Baez. Laura is a professor of Undergraduate Cinematography at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.