A walking contradiction, Lauren is a visual creative whose first love is writing. Forever restless, her career path has leapfrogged from photography to videography to makeup artistry to journalism to social media management—all in the blink of 8 years.

With an ever-observant eye for beauty in all forms and a perspective informed by her Mexican heritage, Lauren's creative spirit has carried her from photoshoots by living legend Steven Meisel to hazy Havana sunsets on the Malecon. Her work is backed by an American Studies degree from the University of Notre Dame, sharpened with an obsessive eye for detail, and brought to life with an unflinching, positive spirit.

Always prepared with her stacked makeup arsenal, loaded camera kit, and tireless effervescence, Lauren's creative ventures know no bounds. This bicoastal Saggitarius calls both Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA home, but will travel anywhere for any good (or not-so-good) reason.

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For the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lauren McGrath. Not only have her photographic skills taken my editorial features to the next level, her ability to help you tap into your creative side is unmatched. There was an immediate positive attitude shift in reader’s appreciation for her photography with her magnetic energy spilling into every shot.
— Sabir M. Peele, Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro Blog
Lauren is a force: a smart self-starter with a true talent for writing, an eye for detail, and the motivation and passion to make any project she works on—from blogging to photography to editorial work—a success. She’s got a terrific work ethic, and is endlessly motivated to learn new tasks, take on more responsibility and grow within her field. I’m happy to have worked with her for several years, and she was an incredible addition to our editorial team.
— Emily Goulet, Deputy Editor, Philadelphia Magazine
Whether she’s writing, reporting or taking stunning photographs, Lauren McGrath has consistently been on of my favorite collaborators. She was such an obvious rising star during our time as Philadelphia Magazine editors that I immediately jumped at the chance to sign her up as a freelance writer/photographer for Curalate. Her work ethic is top notch. Her attitude is constantly positive. She brings a unique combination of smarts and style to every project.
— Jared Shelley, Manager of Content Strategy at Curalate
Lauren has played a huge role in helping us strategically brand our beauty business. She took the time to fully understand all our business goals, our language, and our visual taste, before giving us (much needed) structure that made sense for us to grow with. Her writing style, aesthetic, photography skills, and technical awareness of what’s hot now and in the future is beyond valuable to us.
— Andrea Ortega Costigan, Co-Founder and Lead Artist at Salt Spell Beauty
Lauren has an incredible way of making actionable your jumble of ideas to life and making them even better than you envisioned. With an arsenal of creative skills, from photography to her witty and engaging writing style to business development strategy, Lauren truly elevates any project she plays a role in.
— Mariana McGrath, Co-Founder and Lead Artist at Salt Spell Beauty
Lauren McGrath has all the traits of a great writer: she’s smart, sophisticated and deeply curious.  She was asked to write a variety of articles and posts for Philadelphia Magazine and its website about shopping.  Each post was well researched and entertaining to read. I was amazed that someone so young could develop the “Philly Mag” voice—cosmopolitan sensibility with a healthy dose of humor.
— David Lipson, CEO Philadelphia Magazine