We had the good fortune of connecting with Angeline Herron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angeline, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“We as humans are obsessed with permanence. We resist change, it’s an impulse that we all have and we resist change in spite of the fact that change is perhaps the only constant in our lives. Everything has an expiry date.”
I heard Rahul Mehrotra, an architect, say this during an interview on TED Radio Hour. It resonated with me immediately because it speaks to a question that’s always in the back of my mind: How can I reach my full potential if I don’t allow room for change, room to grow. If I become the pendulum that loses its beat, simply resting comfortably in the center without moving, then I become static. I want my life to be impactful. I want to keep my intelligence awake so that I’m ever curious and become the best version of myself even if it’s through a crisis, an inconsistency, or a change.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is not traditional portraiture; it’s curious. I get these ideas, sometimes when I’m brushing my teeth or when I see a random space, and then they grow and take shape during the actual shoot. I build little stories around a subject, stories that aren’t always tangible but surreal. I’m super excited that I’m getting requests for more and more custom portraiture. My aim is to keep heading towards my creative photography.
I got to where I am professionally because of those shoutouts above, networking, word of mouth and being open to change. My career has always been in photography, but it’s changed through moves, new relationships and experiences. I can’t say arriving where I’m at today was ever easy, but some luck I’ve had is saying yes when timing, coincidence and opportunity met. I’ve overcome challenges by staying resourceful–my business took off before I was even completely equipped to do it. I had to use what I had to take photos for clients that they loved.
Lessons I’ve learned are again always be resourceful, say yes, know when to say no, know your own value! Too funny–I’m still trying to listen to my own advice. I want the world to know every time it calls me that we’re going to have fun together and create something madly unique.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We must dress up and go to the Magic Castle together to have a cocktail and let a mentalist rack our brains! It’s so, so, sooo fun! Then let’s get lost in The Natural History Museum for hours and step outside to see its stunning architecture at dusk. Wednesday we’re on the L Line → E Line headed as far west as we can to walk barefoot along the shoreline. Let’s stay long enough to see the Santa Monica Pier illuminated at night then hop a ride on its ferris wheel. I love picnicking on the beach, but if they aren’t into sandy bites of food let’s go to this pretty house called Caffé Concerto in Koreatown to get some comfort Korean Italian food. I love their house. I also like to say hello, sawatdee kha to the beautiful Thai princess at the Thai Spicy BBQ restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard and have some amazing jackfruit–she’s so lovely.
For my beautiful vegan sister we’re going to Gracias Madre-West Hollywood for a divine vegan Mexican celebration. For my In-N-Out friends, including the vegetarians, we must squeeze it in. Let’s chill in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale and visit Michael Jackson’s grave. I love how green and peaceful it is there amongst all the concrete. We also have to go up this steep-a** hill in Griffith Park where all the pine trees were planted for the movies–can you find it? Then we’ll make our way down to the helipad to see a great view of downtown and hopefully run into some coyotes. For another great view of L.A. let’s go to the observation deck at City Hall. We’ll leave time to say hello to Lorena at the Pour Haus for some snacks and wine–I love the Artist District and its open space downtown. We’ll end at my friend Jean-Pierre’s JP Visual Photography for an over-the-top night full of nonstop, joyful photography, laughter and fun. L.A. has such incredible diversity.
Thank you, Los Angeles, and cheers to all of its people. xo Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to dedicate my Shoutout to Yulia Demchenko, who is currently developing her own entrepreneurship, lifestyle and wellness brand Yalta Vista, and to Amy D. “Blue Shoes” Galle, herbalist and owner of Yin Dew herbal medicine. These two women, who have been with me since my return to L.A., are pure girl power. I owe a huge part of my success to their constant encouragement, our collaborations, and the business, artistic and creative connections they’ve helped me make. I truly, truly believe you have to have a positive network of support in order to bloom.
Yulia Demchenko (photo of Angeline Herron)