My love of photography began in 2002 when I was a student in Paris. Fifteen years and great deal of experience later, I set up Laura Shimili Mears Photography and haven’t looked back. The business has flourished, and I love working with families and professionals to create great photographs.
When I’m not shooting, I freelance in marketing and run around after my two boys, Edward (6) and Elliott (3). I’m married to Roger who I met in my home country, Albania. Aside from photography, I have many other interests and activities that are dear to me. I set up ‘Help Them Grow’ with five other Albanian mums in London, which is an initiative to collect second-hand books and toys and send them to Albanian state nurseries. We have helped 3000 children so far and continue to help more every day (if you have toys would like to donate let me know, I will collect them from you), here is our link Help Them Grow
Wherever I can, I support initiatives that help refugees affected by the recent war in Syria, and I follow and support Samara’s Aid appeal in particular.
I think perhaps my experience of motherhood combined with the move from my homeland has helped me truly understand the value and importance of great photography; of capturing those fleeting moments which otherwise get lost in many, many others, and making them solid and whole in photographs.