Lauren Alexis Photography is a natural light photography studio based out of Chesterton, Indiana specializing in Family, Child, Newborn, and Maternity Photography serving the NWI and Chicagoland Region.

Located at The Studio in downtown Chesterton. 

Proud member of the

National Association of Professional Child Photographers

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206 S. Calumet Rd. Suite C
Downtown Chesterton, IN

Open by appointment only




My name is Lauren Petersen, I'm one of Northwest Indiana's leading Family, Child, and Newborn photographers. I love traveling all over the region and into Chicago to capture my clients' little ones and families. Photography is more than just the click of a button here, I yearn to create timeless art and spend hours upon hours making sure everything is perfect, from details of your session, to the careful artistic rendering that is applied to every image, to the final portrait that hangs on your wall.  

I have had hundreds of families step in front of my camera for over 7 years.  My eye for creative composition sets my work apart, as I am drawn to simple, yet cute sets with pops of color for the studio, and brilliant sunsets and skies, and other unique nature elements while on location. Bringing people and children into these settings creates something so remarkable, it becomes a memory in itself. 

I am a proud member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers and have won numerous awards. To ensure I continue to offer the best, I attend classes and workshops yearly to learn new photography techniques to keep my work fresh and to keep each portrait just as beautiful as the next. 


I live in Valparaiso, IN with my husband and two children, three of my biggest supporters and biggest inspirations. We love to spend our summer days on the shores of Lake Michigan dunes, and the occasional weekend in New Buffalo, MI for some great wine and food. My son Elliott is 8 and my daughter Avery is 5, I have truly enjoyed documenting their growth and love for each other through scrapbooking and online journaling. Documenting life is my passion! It is so crutial to keep these moments close to us because in a blink they are gone and our children are all grown-up. They will never be as little as they are today....

I look forward to getting to know you and your family so that we can work together to create some beautiful art!


Family and Me & camera credit: Theirry Lyles

Behind the scenes credit to Joanne Hyatte & Sam Tribble