Cirque91 Photography is a Raleigh area Lifestyle Photography company. I capture experiences and love stories to better connect my client with their most treasured memories; to articulate through images what they cannot put into words.

Serving All of North Carolina

Tobacco Campus portraits following their courthouse elopement, Durham, NC

I’m Lauren, one of the weirdos that knew what I wanted to do in high school – it all started with being on yearbook staff my sophomore year. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true. I love creating visual solutions and knew I wanted to help build brands from the ground up. Even more so, my dream was to not only help businesses and nonprofits with their design needs but also focus on the wedding industry as I built my own business. I enjoy doing both and it gives me a well-rounded balance to feed my creative soul.


I married my dream guy, Ryan, and our world revolves around the cutest little boy you’ve ever seen. I grew up here in North Carolina, and I love every part of this state. Although I work with couples all over the US, I’m located in Statesville, NC and my favorite thing about being here is you can easily hop on the interstate and go west to the mountains or east to the beach. With two main interstates intersecting here (I-40 and I-77), the options are endless!

Right after graduating from college with a Spanish degree, I flew across the great pond and taught English in Spain for a year! During that time, I was able to travel and experience things beyond anything I could have expected. Being there was a dream come true and an eye-opening experience, and I truly began to realize the importance of connection and sharing with those that you loved most. I cultivated and fine-tuned my narrative skills to be able to retell an event through photographs. Not only do I capture the events and experience authentically and beautifully, but I have learned to bring forth the overall mood and atmosphere of that time.

Q: What’s your title/position in your business?

A: Rev. Kathie McCutcheon, Wedding Minister, Officiant, and Pre-Marital Counselor

Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A: I ride a tandem sports bicycle with my husband called “Tahiti Tandem”

Q: Tell us about your favorite elopement!

A: Under a willow tree at the NC Museum of Art with just the photographer and a recently married couple (strangers!) who were out walking the trails were the witnesses.

Q: Is there a wedding detail on your bucket list?

A: Special Holidays like New Year’s Eve, Halloween and Valentine’s Day

“My experience with Brennan at Cirque91 couldn’t have been better! Brennan went above and beyond to capture my wedding experience. She drove out for our rehearsal dinner, showed up early to take pictures of the decorations, and stayed late for farewells. It was supposed to storm on the big day, and Brennan was on top of the forecast to make the most of the sunny weather. Luckily it didn’t rain for very long, but she took that time to take candids of the guests and detail shots. Brennan doesn’t waste a single second!

“Not only is Brennan extremely organized and efficient, she’s also incredibly friendly and has a talent for putting people at ease. I was worried about how to pose for pictures, but Brennan made the whole photoshoot process stress-free. It was easy to relax and enjoy the photoshoot with Brennan in charge. She has an incredible talent for capturing the bonds between people – not just my new husband and I, but all of our family and friends that showed up to celebrate our special day.

“I didn’t have to wait long to see the results of Brennan’s hard work! She sent me a few preview shots the same night, and the rest of the pictures came through a few short weeks later. Brennan worked with me before the big day to create a photography schedule and identify the most important parts of the day. Not only did she capture everything that was important to me, but she also showed me moments with the guests that I missed during the crazy day. I absolutely adore all of the pictures, and I can’t wait to see them displayed in our wedding album!

“Thank you so much for all of your hard work, Brennan! I’ll be recommending you to everyone I know and I can’t wait to work with you again.”

- Amanda Gavin From Wedding Wire, 11/27/2019