We had the good fortune of connecting with Isabella Almeida and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isabella, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
For me there was never really a decision, I have always been a creative person and from a very young age knew I wanted to have a career that made me happy. The best advice I’ve ever gotten is “if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” and that is 100% how I feel about photography. I get to be creative, work with some amazing other creatives, and take the most insane and beautiful ideas in my head and make them real. In my opinion I have the best job and I’m just getting started.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I am most proud of changes all the time, because I am and my art is constantly growing. Today I am most proud of my MOB Magazine self-portrait spread. That was probably the most surreal moment so far. I am really excited for the things to come this year, I have a lot of new & different concepts planned. My journey to where I am today is kind of a cluster. I originally went to art school in New York but after a year I realized I learn better by working and doing. So I came home to LA and really took the time to figure out how to make my dream a reality. During that year I was really lucky to be able to do some workshops with some of my favorite photographers, which flipped a switch for me. I started reaching out to models and influencers on social media, and I really focused on creating a sound portfolio. I’ve learned that there are times I need to be patient with myself, and times I need to push myself. Being an artist, you have to constantly grow and learn. You have to experiment with new concepts and ideas. Sometimes the weirdest ones turn out to be the best images I’ve created. I’ve also learned that film and digital are equally important, sometimes what I can’t get with digital I will with film and vice versa. The most important thing I’ve learned in photography is the connection between the photographer and the model, which should always be one of mutual respect. The trust that comes from that makes better images. I think that’s one of the things that I really focused on going into this, especially since a majority of models I shoot with are female. I want the shoot to feel like a safe place to be bold, open and creative. I think what I want the world to know is I am and my brand is 100% me.
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?
One of the best things about LA is that there is so much to do, and what you can’t find here is only a drive away. Some of my favorite spots to eat in LA are Malibu Farm, Eataly, Gilbert’s, and Grand Central Market. One of my favorite things to do that would be a must if a friend was visiting the area is dancing. There are a lot of great clubs in Hollywood. Also driving along PCH/going to the beach – Malibu is one of favorite spots for a beach day, and bonfires at Dockweiler. Since I have a week, a few days in the desert at one of my favorite hideaways would be a must. I also really love exploring DTLA, from the flower market to ChinaTown, to all of the insane architecture, there are always secret spots and fun photo opportunities to be discovered. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am very lucky to be surrounded by very supportive people. From my family and friends, the people who shot with me when I was just starting, the photographers who took the time to walk me through the basics, to my grandma. She bought me my first camera and was the first person who noticed my love for taking pictures.
Models: Abby Semenick, Talin Silva, Nacha Mai, Karenna Mudd & Zuri Cedale, Isabella Almeida