Lauren Q Greathouse was born and raised in the North Seattle suburb of Lake Forest Park. She received her BA in English and BFA in Photography from Washington State University in 2003. In 2007, she earned her MFA in Photography from Louisiana State University. After graduation, as the film boom came to the south, she spent 2 years as a still photographer on various film and television sets in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She returned to the northwest in 2009, and shortly after, began teaching for the University of Georgia’s study Abroad program in Cortona, Italy. She has since taught for the program on three other occasions. Her most recent body of work focuses on the changing landscape of the Northwest and was the recipient of a GAP Grant from the Artist Trust of Washington State. Her work searches the Age of the Anthropocene in similar style to the New Topographic works of the 70's that explored the man-altered landscape. Currently, Lauren teaches photography classes at Everett and Shoreline Community Colleges.