Looking Through The Viewfinder: Laura Austin


There are certain people that we come across in life that make you say, “WOW, this person is doing something special”. We recently came across a woman that made us stop in our tracks. Laura Austin, who is only 22 years old, has already carved out a career as a successful photographer. Along with being known for photography, Austin is responsible for 99% of the content posted on the Snowboarder Magazine site and is a columnist for the Rad Collector. Austin’s roll with Snowboarder Magazine gives her the chance to roam the globe searching for good people and great snow. Being on the road gives her a chance to take amazing photos of different people and places from around the world. Her designs have been featured in Burton, Quiksilver, Roxy or ESPN projects she has worked on.

The i360 Familia decided to share what we learned from Austin, and what makes her special.

Where has been your favorite location to ever shoot?

Snowboard wise I would definitely say the trip I went on with K2 to Chile… La Parva to be exact. It was amazing to go to a country, much less continent I have never been to and be able to shoot photos… everything was new and exciting. Outside of snowboarding my favorite location has been the Salton Sea in the California Desert on a catalog shoot for Rhythm. Such a surreal place.

What is something interesting about you that maybe no one knows about?

Hmmm… One thing that seems to shock most people when I tell them is my age. I just recently turned 22. It’s no secret, but it tends to take most people by surprise when they hear that for the first time. One of the few things that puts my age into perspective is when I have interns older than I am… that’s always weird.

Is there one place/person/event you have always wished to get the
opportunity to capture with your camera?

I can’t say I have one particular place, person, or event I have always wanted to shoot. Rather, I would love to take a year and travel without any real agenda and see what pictures I get out of it. Then maybe make a book from that year or at least do an art show. That has been a dream of mine ever since I got into photography.

If you could sum up life in one quote what would it be?

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – ‘Wow! What a ride!’” – Hunter S. Thompson







Subscribe to our e-mail newsletter to receive updates.

No comments yet.