Born in Los Angeles, California, I graduated from Marlborough School for Girls and attended the University of Arizona. I was about three years old when my grandfather gave me his old Kodak box camera to play with, I spent hours taking it apart, putting it together again, pretending to be a photographer! From a 'play' camera to a Kodak Brownie to taking an adult ed. class when I coached JV tennis at Wm. S Hart High School in Newhall, CA that I began to seriously study photography. I attended workshops and mentored with Anthony Lovette, Al Weber, as well as Edmund Teske.
1997-2012 I owned Lawrie Margrave Photography, a business that encompassed English and Western horse shows, location portraiture, weddings and advertising.
I've been given the honor to show my work at many venues, including Photo LA, Phantom Gallery, Muzeumm, the Palos Verdes Library and Beach Club and I've been featured in several publications.
My work hangs in private collections across the United States, as far abroad as Australia and is also included in 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 walls in my studio I see the answer! A camera is the vehicle I use to 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! Ask questions, be curious, keep an open heart and mind.