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 with honors 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.
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. She has worked on shoots with and for collaborators and clients such as Joan Baez, KYRA TV, Steinway Piano Factory, SNL, Snapchat, VICE, Oslo Freedom Forum, TED X, Glamour, Teen Vogue, The American Museum of Natural History, Gatorade, Nike, the Manhattan Men’s College Basketball Team, and Elite Daily Magazine.
Most Recently, Laura collaborated with iconic folk singer Joan Baez on a visual album. 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.
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.
Laura has taught as a professor of Undergraduate Cinematography at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and currently teaches at the University of Salford in Media City UK, Manchester, England.