We had the good fortune of connecting with Eden Dozier and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eden, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
As a portrait and editorial photographer, I’m very passionate about my work; and when your passion is also your job, so to speak, I guess it can be easy to forget to “clock out” and close your laptop.

I’m innately inclined to be more of a free spirit, and I’ve found that balance was something that needed to be incorporated into my life a bit more with some foundational tools to keep the work/life scale level. Albeit challenging at times, I’ve evolved from being over-worked and stressed, to having simple tools like transcendental meditation, creative “off time,” and solitude to help me keep that scale level. Conversely, a flexible routine along with short and long-term goals keep me productive and my business and career moving in the right direction.

What balance looks like for me fluctuates with the ebb and flow of life and continues to evolve as I do; and as long as I remember what balance feels like to me, I always know how I can adjust and “come back to Now,” as it were. At the heart of it, I’ve found, that balance just comes down to integrating the philosophy of yin and yang into your life.

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.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by photography. As a kid, I used to get in trouble for taking my mom’s Polaroid and using up all the film cartridges she needed for work. I loved taking shots of my friend’s punk bands in my teens when they’d practice in my garage or documenting at parties and shows as I got older. Over time, and through life’s twists and turns, it evolved into the portrait and editorial work I do today.

There are few things I love as much as photography and I’m grateful to be in a position to now do it professionally and still as just a hobby. Over the last couple years, I’ve been lucky enough to have shot with with all walks of life; from celebrities, athletes, and industry-leading professionals, to designers, musicians, and artists.

As part of my process when shooting with my clients and subjects, I want to establish a connection. The connection we make is the foundation of the portraiture and art; and creating the bright and vibrant, or mysterious and beguiling imagery that I do becomes much easier when you have two people on a similar wavelength creating together. This beautiful creative relationship starts to develop and that is an element that is quite cherished in my process.

Continuing to create artistically, expand my knowledge, and grow my business simultaneously is always a challenge, but therein lies the fun. In short, I’ve learned to “go with the flow” while still manning the helm and that the unknown is not as scary as it sounds. I think these are important lessons to learn and apply in any context or profession and, moreover, turn each concept into an asset.

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?

I haven’t been out in so long, I’m not sure where to take anyone these days, to be honest!

…but some things that are always fun to do together (or alone) around LA:

Check out art exhibits at small galleries — some that I love are Regen Projects, Merry Karnowsky, and Various Small Fires
Go for a long drive with good music
Hang at the beach
Head out to the desert
A concert at the Fonda
Movie at New Beverly
Bop around vintage shops on Melrose or La Brea
Crustacean in Beverly Hills
Sushi Katsu-ya in Studio City
Cafe Stella in Silver Lake
Little hole-in-the-wall finds on the Eastside or over in Venice
Flea market/trading post

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
For her invaluable business advice and continued love and support, my dedication goes to restaurateur, Elizabeth An, CEO of House of AN. Elizabeth has been a mentor and friend to me for over a decade, and I’ve learned so much priceless business advice from her. I’m incredibly grateful for her, her knowledge, support, and continued guidance.

To recommend a book as well, I’d recommend Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza. Among many things, it offers a launching pad to objective self-awareness, which I believe to be a cornerstone of success — in business and life in general.

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