Lori Pickens

Since you’re here, I’m sure you’ve already realized that time is a thief. You know that treasured baby in your arms – or even still in your belly – will grow and change so very quickly. That last year with your senior at home will soon be a flash of memories and moments you wish you could have back.  

My life and my photography are centered around life's little moments, the people who make them worthwhile, and my attempt to capture it all. I'm passionate about pictures and grateful to those who've entrusted me with their memories.

Your Fine Art Parkersburg Photographer

Hi, I'm LORI


am so excited you're here. My name is Lori and I am local MOV Family, Senior, and Newborn Photographer


Say Hello

I'm married to my best friend ~Nathan, and we our doing are best to raise our crazy, twin little boys - Sawyer and Cohen and their sassy little sister, Haven.

I have a quote in my office that says, "More ideas than time" ~ which pretty much sums up the theme of my life.

Livin' in Wild Wonderful WEst Virginia

My background story

was born and raised in the Parkersburg area. I graduated from WVU with a bachelor's in Computer Science and a Master's in Software Engineering. I'm a proud Mountaineer fan who bleeds blue and gold!


Our cat crew: 
Molly, Socks, Fluffy, Aroura, & Spooks

Hosting a top-rated photography podcast for women

Office Quotes and Trivia

Taylor Swift and all things that come with being a true #Swiftie

I'm reallyyyy passionate about...

A Look into my



I get to capture priceless memories for familes and mentor fellow photographers as they grow in their art and business


Launched my Photo Goals podcast


Purchased Fresh Pickens Farm and broke ground on my Studio


Taught my first online photography course


Added a Baby Girl to our Family


Gave birth to TWIN boys!


Officially started my photography business


Married my high school sweetheart

My Timeline

where I've been

Graduated from WVU with Masters in Software Engineering


Working with Lori was wonderful! Our family session proved to be the most relaxed and enjoyable evening. Lori has such a comfortable presence, and my daughter was immediately drawn to her. Our photos were natural, which I loved, and she took careful consideration in choosing the perfect location, lighting, and time to capture the most amazing images. I could not be happier with our experience, and I look forward to many more years of having Lori continue to capture our precious moments!  ~Leandrea S.

We drove 2 hours to see Lori and glad we did! Quality of senior pictures were more than expected. She took the time to find out the feel of the pictures that my daughter was going for and found the perfect spots (even a rustic wood pile off a highway off ramp - who knew they would be my favorite pictures?!) She was able to offer different feels from city, country to sports gear. Lori is a gem! ~ Holly G. 

Lori did an amazing job with our pictures! She went above and beyond to get smiles from a 12 year old who hates having her picture taken and she was able to get amazing pictures of the kids that look natural and capture their personalities. I definitely recommend her! ~Alisha C.

Lori is so talented! From in studio portraits to on location destinations, it is clear her skill and her passion for photography are unmatched. Our maternity photos were perfect; she is so creative and knows the best locations. For fall family photos, she took us to a pumpkin patch and pulled out the best smiles from our 4 month old. Our favorite photographer by far! ~Bekah W.

Lori did a 1 year milestone session for my baby, and took some family pictures as well. I am so very happy with them! They are beautiful, and she was fun to work with. I highly recommend. 
~Betty S.

My daughter had her graduation and prom picture taken by Lori and they were wonderful. Lori is very flexible to make sure the picture is what the client wants. None of the pictures looked photoshopped like a lot of other photographers. We love the real look her photos have. It was impossible for us to chose only a few pictures because they were so good. Lori takes pride in her work and it definitely shows in her photos. We highly recommend Lori for any of you photo needs. ~Donna M.

Lori is not just an incredible photographer, she is an amazing lady!! She photographed my daughter’s wedding and she truly puts her heart and soul into her work. We love her passion and dedication to ensure my daughter’s memories were captured in her photos! ~Bonita M.

Lori did an excellent job with my son's graduation photos! The pictures were unique and excellent quality. (I had a difficult time picking a few for prints and announcements...a good problem to have.) Lori was professional, friendly and so helpful with the ordering process. I highly recommend Lori Pickens won't be disappointed! ~ Nicki F.

Lori is an incredible photographer. Her work is gorgeous, she's incredibly patient with children, and she's one of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I was truly elated with my family's photo session - from the very beginning to the canvases on my living room walls! 
~Jennifer M. 

We are a family of 5; with 3 kids under the age of 8. Lori made room in her schedule for a special family session for us. Lori was very kind and patient with our kids. Lori captured amazing pictures and memories for our family to enjoy forever! We are so happy with our experience.
~Michelle M. 

Lori did an awesome job memorializing our 2 events. From the moment we first talked to her, she immediately understood what we wanted and helped us. The photos turned out even more beautiful that we had expected, and she captured the perfect candids to remember our special day exactly as it happened. You are in great hands, if you choose Lori as your photographer. for your memorable events. 
~Prakash P. 

Lori came to the hospital the day after our daughter was born to take some photos... she did an amazing job! What special memories to have for a lifetime! She even got my uncooperative 4 year old in on a family picture that I now cherish dearly(must be the momma in her!😜)! ❤️
~Casey K. 

Lori Pickens Photography is AMAZING!! I absolutely love every one of my wedding and engagement photos! She's open, honest, creative and made me feel so at ease my entire wedding day because I never had to worry about not getting the photos I wanted. Not to mention she did an amazing job!!!! I couldn't recommend her more highly. ~Kayla W.



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MeEt The Team

Building a dream photography business often starts with a solo vision, but as success grows, so does the need for a talented team! Today, I’m thrilled to introduce the incredible individuals who help make Lori Pickens Photography the vibrant, creative space it is today.

You Deserve the best

Since you’re here, I’m sure you’ve already realized that time is a thief. You know that treasured baby in your arms – or even still in your belly – will grow and change so very quickly. That last year with your senior at home will soon be a flash of memories and moments you wish you could have back. 

I love what I do and will give my whole heart to your session. I want beautiful light, genuine connection, magical moments and timeless images to fill your gallery and eventually your home.

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