We had the good fortune of connecting with Lara Solomon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lara, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
NEVER give up on yourself or your dreams! Being an entrepreneur is challenging and you must be prepared to make mistakes. You have to own your mistakes and pay for them. You have to constantly modify your methods, but when you find something that works it’s worth it! If other people can do it, so can you!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel my art is unique because it’s inspired by my reoccurring dreams. Shooting underwater makes my style ethereal, while ‘shock-value’ in currently popular. There are lots of other artists that have a similar vision though. None of us are inventing something completely new. I think it’s important to stay true to one’s vision instead of trying to keep up with all the photo trends, and that attracts clients that respect and value what I’m naturally good at. Now I have clients that let me make most of the creative decisions and my work is always fun.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A Malibu day is a must! My favorite beaches are El Matador & Leo Carillo because the cliffs and tide pools are unique to the area. A picnic at The Adamson House, and shopping at Malibu Village to break things up. Then I would finish the day at one of the Malibu vineyards, maybe a tour of the Rosenthal Malibu Estate. Urth Caffe is one of my favorite go-to places for brunch. I love people watching from the sidewalk tables in WeHo & their lattes are beautiful! Then shopping in the boutiques on Robertson Blvd, and Rodeo Dr. Maybe the lunch buffet at Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine on the way to Century Day & Night Spa for some full body relaxation! For dinner & drinks- one can’t come to LA without going to The Magic Castle for one of their world class magicians. A yoga class or hike at Runyon Canyon is a healthy way to start the day, followed by sunbathing at The Mondrian pool. Then shopping at The Grove. If the visit includes a Sunday, I would be sure to include an evening at The Petite Ermitage to enjoy dinner while listen to live music on the rooftop at sunset. Walking around the grounds of The Getty is always an impressive experience. I would stop at Samosa House in Culver City on the way to Santa Monica. I love riding bikes or walking along the boardwalk and shopping at The Promenade. Dinner at Sushi Roku, Then drinks at one of the hipster bars in Abbot Kinney. In the summer, I love taking a whale watching cruise in Newport Beach or Laguna Beach and then popping in the many art galleries for some creative inspiration. A walk along the bluffs of Laguna beach is a perfect way to enjoy the sunset.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Cherie Steinberg and Hedley Jones from The Boudoir Cafe for teaching and encouraging me over the years!