Hi, I'm Lauren di Matteo, a San Diego-based storyteller.

My work captures the beauty of heritage and hard work, celebrating the inherent dignity of my subjects. I am drawn to stories of craftsmanship, sustainability, and ethical sourcing and am passionate about bringing those to light. Whether photographing a Michelin-starred chef or farmer in foreign fields, it’s the commitment to craft and persistence through hardship that I find inspires my work.


My images have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Life & Thyme, The Bloomberg Report, LA Weekly, Zagat, Thrillist, NewWorlder, Edible San Diego, and the San Diego Union Tribune. I have worked with notable clients including Wolfgang Puck, Nestle, Belcampo Meat Co., and Chefwear.