Born in Los Angeles, California, Lawrie Margrave graduated from Marlborough School for Girls and attended the University of Arizona. At the age of 3, her grandfather gave her an old Kodak camera but it wasn’t until she coached JV tennis at Wm. S Hart High School in Newhall, California that she began to seriously study photography. She attended workshops and mentored with Anthony Lovette and Al Weber, as well as Edmund Teske.
In 1997 she turned her passion into Lawrie Margrave Photography during which, she photographed English and Western horse shows, did location portraiture, and events until 2012.
Her work has shown at many venues, including Photo LA, Phantom Gallery, Muzeumm, and been featured in several publications.
Her work hangs in private collections across the United States, and as far abroad as Australia. Her work is also part of the permanent collection of the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art.
"Why do I photograph?
When I look up at the images and quotes pasted to the wall above my desk I see the answer! I use a camera to I tell my stories and paint my pictures. I’ve learned that Life never arrives with all the answers. If you think that you know something beyond a doubt, then the windows of compassion and intuition close! Compassion and intuition are essential to my work."