Testimonials - Lauren Coakley Weatherford

"Exceptional. That's the one word I use to describe Lauren's work. We had our engagement pictures done by her, and got so many compliments. Multiple people told us they wish they could redo their engagement photos after seeing ours. Lauren is not only talented, but easy to work with. She loves what she does, has a lot of patience, and so far seems to produce masterpieces with whatever's thrown at her. I can't say enough good things, so this will have to suffice."

Andrew R.

Knoxville, TN

(Engagement Photos)


"Lauren Coakley's images are incredibly impactful, beautiful, and truly capture the energy of the moment and allow it to live on! Lauren has captured images of me performing live, and has photographed me for band promotional shots. She has a gift for shooting live performances. Her style, choices, and timing are spot on. By far the most fun I've ever had on a photo shoot was a promotional band shoot we did together.... We used practically every inch of that warehouse. No boundaries... No rules... No limitations presented on Lauren's end. The shoot was hilarious and carefree. I'm not a model or have any idea what I'm doing in front of a camera, but with Lauren's eye and skill behind the lens I now refer to her as the "Voodoo Queen of Snap Snap Cheese," because some of the images she has captured of me, I don't even remember them happening! I was blown away by the finished photos! No one would ever guess the challenges involved. That is a testament to her talent and how incredibly easy she makes the entire experience! I look forward to working with Lauren again on many many more projects!!!"

Valerie Buckner

Knoxville, TN Vocalist

(Live & Promotional Photos)


"Lauren is a friend and professional. Though our relationship began as young friends and then became professional, I believe she embodies these two aspects for every person she encounters. Every time I have worked with Lauren it has been incredibly relaxed and extremely natural; this is why I love her photographs. They truly take you to exactly the place and moment she captured. What sets her apart from other photographers I have worked with is how fun the whole experience is. That being said, when you hire Lauren as your photographer know that you are not only getting beautiful, high quality photographs that capture the moments most meaningful to you, but also an excellent new friendship/connection that will have you enjoying life a little more."

Chelsea Lee

Knoxville, TN

(Fine Art Photos)


"Going on a photo shoot with Lauren Coakley is such an adventure. Leaving while the sky is black and the moon and stars are shining, heading for the mountains to be sure to get the perfect lighting and fog setting! An astonishing experience seeing her in her zone, wondering what and how she sees beyond the normal eye. There is no fear when it comes to what she loves and will do what it takes to get the perfect shot. She was my first nude photo shoot, and i will admit at first I was nervous and maybe a bit self conscious, But after just a few moments, that all shook away. She helped me release barriers and develop a feeling of freedom myself, jumping and twirling around naked on a mountain top at five in the misty morning. You can not help but feel so alive. I have known Lauren now for a few years and have always enjoyed her work. Seeing how her work progresses over time is quite enjoyable as well. She really does capture the magic in this world, and if any one can succeed in being a photographer, it is definitely going to be our loving Lauren Coakley! I am looking forward to working with her again and seeing her work continue!"

Meryl K.

Knoxville, TN

(Fine Art Photos)


"Lauren Coakley has the ability to capture the beauty of each artful moment at its peak! Her work makes you smile. She is a positive light in the world, a true artist. "Modeling" for her has never felt forced, I always feel comfortable and just have fun."

Maria Jordania Sable

Chattanooga, TN Vocalist

(Live, Fine Art, & Portrait Photos)


"Lauren Coakley is hands down my favorite photographer I've ever had the privilege of working with. I am a local musician and I have experience shooting with many photographers, local and regional, and her event photography is second to none. Her style stands out from the rest using vivid colors and incredible composition and attention to detail with a dreamy feel. I also have worked with her for model shoots and the images are stunning. She has a way of making you feel very comfortable in front of the camera and there's always lots of laughter. I didn't know it was possible to make me look as good as Lauren Coakley made me look through her photography. The landscapes are also surreal and intriguing. When I post a Lauren Coakley photo of myself on Facebook I easily get 100+ likes. I often get told in person how amazing her shots of me are. She is kind of a big deal and rapidly gaining local fame for her work. I am only waiting for the day she becomes an internationally recognized photographer, and that's no lie."

Becky Ribeiro

Chattanooga, TN Vocalist

(Live & Portrait Photos)


"Lauren was fantastic to work with. I'm not one to get excited about a photo shoot, however Lauren made it a lot of fun by letting us, be us, while she took photos. Because of her shooting style our photos turned out terrific and she reflected our personality in each one of them. I was very impressed by her work!"

Lisa B.

Knoxville, TN

(Engagement Photos)


"I really enjoyed taking pictures with Lauren. She definitely knows what she's doing and can get the most beautiful backgrounds as well. I love the way she edits her pictures and how she puts her watermark into the picture. I would recommend her to all my friends. She's amazing and my favorite photographer!"

Selena C.

Chattanooga, TN

(High School Senior Photos)


"Lauren has such a beautiful eye, her pictures are always immaculate and her editing is exceptional. She is by far my favorite photographer and working with her is such a pleasure, she is such an optimistic and fun person to be around and she lets you be yourself and feel comfortable in front of the camera. She captures such a vast number of subjects, from live performances to nature and everything in between, and every photo is phenomenal. Look forward to seeing her photography continue to flourish over the years, she's a true talent!"

Kara L.

Chattanooga, TN

(Fine Art Photos)


"Lauren Coakley can be described as: Professional. She knows what the beautiful end product will be, and its almost uncanny how perfect it turns out. Talented. She is versatile, out of the box, unique and driven by creativity. Respectful. At every shoot she is always respectful and attentive to keeping you comfortable. Artistic. She does QUALITY photos not to be mistaken for Quantity so do be patient that you don't get the pictures the very next day! She is awesome to work with and does amazing work from concerts, band promos, personal shoots to landscapes. Lauren Coakley is the bomb. BOOM, goes the dynamite!"

Smooth Dialects

Chattanooga, TN Band

(Live & Promotional Photos)


"I would recommend Lauren to anyone looking for a photographer! I love both her work and her spirit! She photographed my husband and I’s engagement session, as well as our wedding and to say we love the resulting photos is an understatement. With our engagement session my now husband and I were so nervous and awkward at first and Lauren did an amazing job at putting us at ease to make sure that she could get the best possible photos and poses, despite the fact that we overslept and showed up an hour late all frazzled she was still all smiles and full of excitement! Because of her ability to put us at ease and knowledge with the camera we look so natural in all of our photographs – which I believe is one of the big reasons we love them so much! She continued to show her amazing skills with our wedding, despite all of the running around and the working out of last minute details we had to deal with as the day progressed, including when I lost my make-up bag until about forty-five minutes before I was supposed to walk down the aisle! Despite all of that Lauren was able to capture stunning pictures and precious moments from the moment she got there until the last photo she took! She was also a huge help with helping out with what she could! Including grabbing my bouquet that I had left behind as I walked down the aisle! She is both professional and fun! She is definitely the person I would choose to photograph all my big life moments…and little ones too!"

Kaela B.

Chattanooga, TN

(Engagement & Wedding Photos)


"I can't think of a better photographer to work with than Lauren Coakley! I have worked with her for the past couple of years on events I have produced and also for my professional promo shots. Lauren is incredibly talented, versatile, and very easy to work with. Her flexibility allows the client to get creative and receive the best photos possible. Every single time I see a piece of work from Lauren, I always think "she can't possibly get any better"...then she does! Her work is some of the most beautiful and unique photography I have ever seen! Breathtaking, in fact. Lauren definitely sees the world a little different from everyone else."

Lacy D.

Chattanooga, TN

(Promotional & Event Photos)


"When Chris and I decided to get engagement photographs, there was no question that I wanted Lauren Coakley to be our photographer. I have always admired her eye for color,composition, and capturing shots a little more on the quirky side....and she nailed it! I admit I was originally worried about my fiance and I being slightly awkward in front of a camera (after almost 7 years of dating, we have maybe a handful of pictures together) but Lauren was able to make us feel instantly comfortable. Her pictures capture us, they are genuine reflections of our relationship, which sounds uber cheesy, but it is true. We have had SO many compliments and I have highly recommended her to several people. It was such a pleasant experience! Lauren met us at 6:30 AM, after getting only 45 minutes of sleep from a photo shoot the night before....by the end of our 2 hour shoot she was soaked and covered in mud from working so hard to capture “the” shot....but she STILL had a smile on her face! AWESOME! This lady loves what she does! I look forward to working with her again!"

Katie J.

Chattanooga, TN

(Engagement Photos)