We had the good fortune of connecting with Eva Lempert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eva, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
While I think there are many factors that contribute to my overall success, I think one of the most important is staying true to yourself and your style. Being authentic to my craft resulted in finding my ideal clients — the people who want to work with me as much as I want to work with them. And remaining true to myself allowed me to grow even more, not afraid to take risks and not letting someone determine who I needed to be as an artist but rather who I wanted to be as an artist.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think what sets me apart from others is the relationship I have with all of my clients. I know it sounds so cliche, but I love them! I make it a point to get to know each and every individual I work with. Having a relationship makes collaboration during a session seamless and more fun! Most of the people I work with are repeat clients so as I grow as an artist, I get to watch them grow personally and professionally as well. It’s an awesome feeling. I like to believe that this relationship I have with my clients is what is seen in the end product. Getting to where I am today was not easy. As in any business, there are bumps in the road – some small and some large. I’ve experienced plenty of both and I’ve learned the hard lessons over the years, and today, I’m at a good place! The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is that is it okay to say no! Sometimes it’s okay to admit that I may not be the person that my client is looking for. I wouldn’t want to ever provide a service to a client that is not 100% authentically me and consistent with what they see online. I want the world to see the beauty in connection. I want the world to see that there is beauty in everyday life. And lastly, I want the world to see that there is beauty everywhere and that everyone is beautiful.
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?
Oh, how I do live for adventure! A week-long trip would consist of visiting all the places that make Southern California the perfect place to be…the beach, the desert, and the mountains. But first, I would start with a few days living it up at the beach – it’s what we do and it’s where we live! Since I’m in Huntington Beach, we’ll start with the iconic Huntington Beach pier…watch the surfers, eat some tacos, and people watch!
Off to the desert! We’d head to Palm Springs & Joshua Tree for the second leg of our trip, to show friends the iconic desert vibes of Southern California. In Palm Springs, we’d take a tour of downtown and stay somewhere hip, like the Ace Hotel, or maybe a boutique hotel off the beaten path. My favorite place to dine in downtown Palm Springs is Rooster and The Pig where we’d enjoy Vietnamese fare and some craft cocktails. And I can’t skip a drink at Bootlegger Tiki for a fruity drink with an umbrella in it. To cap off the desert, we’d stop in Joshua Tree…one of my favorite places on Earth! We’d get a few good hikes in, lunch at the Joshua Tree Saloon (I can’t say no to their fried pickles), check out the local art and vintage shops, and finally dinner and some good music at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown.
To end the week, we’d head to the mountains for some camping, hiking, and fresh air! My favorite place for mountain vibes is the Eastern Sierras. We’d drop into Lone Pine, Bishop, Rock Creek, Alabama Hills, and anywhere along Highway 395. My favorite little diner is the Alabama Hills Cafe & Bakery and you can’t be in the Sierras without having the best BBQ ever at Copper Top BBQ in Big Pine!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my husband, Randy. He has been my supporter and my biggest cheerleader for the last 15 years. He has been with me during my career lows and my career highs. When I am feeling doubtful, he reminds me why I’m the badass he believes I am. He keeps me grounded, reminds me that I am valued, that I am strong, that it is okay to be unique and authentic and to embrace whatever challenges life throws in my path. I can’t ask for a more loving, and supportive individual in my life.