Laura earned her master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in biomedical and surgical illustration. In May of 2000, she began the transition from software producer to wildlife photographer.
Her career experience before photography includes working as a biomedical illustrator, animator, and later project manager for a company specializing educational software production. “The company I worked for was up for sale and we all knew our division had a short future. So, I left my full-time job and began working 6 months in software and spent the other 6 shooting, labeling, and organizing slides.” By 2002, her first 3 published images appeared in National Wildlife Magazine. Since that time, her photography has earned multiple international awards and continues to be published in magazines such as National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Nature’s Best, The Nature Conservancy, Birder’s World and National Geographic.
In photography, she focuses on grassland and wetland species, especially birds, found in the high plains steppe and temperate prairie ecosystems. She recently began leading photo tours specializing in travel throughout Argentina and Patagonia with business partner German Ambrosetti.