Lauri was born and raised outside of Denver, Colorado.  She developed a love for the arts at an early age, as she was first introduced to the darkroom at the age of ten.  Lauri received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography  from Maryland Institute College of Art. 

She has since traveled throughout the world, worked as an art Instructor, and exhibited her work in galleries and arts festivals throughout the United States. She currently works full time as an artist.