We had the good fortune of connecting with Doriyeh Ghassemlouei and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Doriyeh, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Actually, our family business is continuation dad’s photo studio back in late 40s and early 50s as one of the prominent photo studios in Tehran, Iran called “Mahshid”, in Persian “Moonlight”. The studio that my three older brother and younger sister ended up taking over after he passed away in 1974. Despite being in our early 20s and teens, we managed to continue his legacy as one of the bests in his domain and continue with our higher education while running the studio. In spring of 1977 we changed the photo studio in to photo lab providing service to photographers nationwide in Iran, and continued to become the most advanced photo lab in Middle East few years later. Finally in 1986 due to problems running an independent and successful business in Iran, we gradually started to move to the United States and finally in October 1989 opening up Moonlight Color Laboratory in Reseda, California. The journey that our father started in late 1940s in Tehran, Iran is continued seventy some years later in West Hills California with same level of dedication to provide great services that our clients are entitled to receive.
What should our readers know about your business?
At Moonlight- Photo Pixel Color Lab we set the bar for quality and service so high that it was noticeable to any new clients who switched over to us with their first orders. During the years of operation we received numerous complement from our customers as wedding/portrait photographers such as “ Moonlight brought new standard into our industry”, that made us so humble. Obviously being second generation in photography and photo lab business we were equipped with experience that we needed to have a successful and reputable business as well as our dedications to our customers. We have extended our services to public through our consumer e commerce link at: https://mlorders.moonlight lab.com to serve their needs with same quality and service that our pro photographers receive.
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?
If they are with children the best places to take will be Disneyland or Universal Studios then going to SAN Diego for few days. For adults, and for a day trip, going to Santa Monica promenade and then a short trip along the Ocean to Malibu for a lunch or dinner. For a week long trip, definitely to San Francisco taking PCH all the way to Carmel , stay there for one day and continue to San Francisco.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, our late father as our mentor in personal and business life. Second, five of us Davoud, Daryoush, Darab, Davar and Doriyeh as brothers and sister who have been partners in business as well. Third, our clients throughout the years for their loyalty and support.
Linkedin: Moonlight Color Lab
Facebook: Moonlight Color Laboratory
Other: Google: Photo Pixel Color Lab
Portraitsbythehoneybee.com For family portrait and Davoud Ghassemlouei for personal and window shot of Moonlight