We had the good fortune of connecting with Larissa Bahr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Larissa, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I attribute my business success to being able to take leaps of faith. Launching a business is hard, it is scary, it is tiring, and there is a lot of risk. But having the courage to step out in faith and take that leap is what separates dreams from reality. Since I first started my photography business, it has been a faith journey for me. I trust that God will see me through all the ups and downs and through the thick and thin of running a business. Entrepreneurship is like a roller coaster, there are times you are on top of the world and others that you are rushing down faster than you can catch your breath. But there is faith in knowing it doesn’t end there. The turn will come, and off you go again! I am grateful that my success is not all up to me. I do my part: I work with my whole heart, put in long and numerous hours, go above and beyond for my clients, and come with a mindset to love on others, but in the end it is in God’s hands. And I can sit back and know that He will see me through. This gives me the strength to keep persevering in hard times, and the courage to continue to pursue doing what I love!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It took me awhile to find my style and what sets me apart. I come from a background of loving the outdoors, traveling, hiking and exploring, and I started to really incorporate that into my art. My favorite way to photograph my clients is to show them off in the beautiful outdoors. Traveling to exotic and wonderful locations and capturing amazing photos of them is such a passion of mine! I also love people, adventure, and fun and I want to make the day as amazing and fun for my clients as possible! So I come ready to have a great time with them and I believe that really sets me apart. I am not just there to observe, I am there to make their photo time a great experience. I want them to look back and think of how it was a fun and great day! It is not easy finding your style and brand, and it took me awhile to figure it out because I was letting others define my work. Whether that was clients, other photographers, well-meaning advice givers, etc. Once I decided what I really wanted as my style, I started attracting those who loved my work and didn’t want to change it. It helped teach me that when you passionately pursue what you love, others will be attracted to that passion and come to join you! It was a valuable lesson that applies not only to business but to life! I would love the world to know that you can turn your dreams into reality. It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but it yields joy, passion, and a job you love! I am very blessed to still be pursuing my passion 13 years later! I have been able to travel the world and use my photography not only for business but for missions organizations and to support amazing causes. And that is the freedom you can have when you pursue the God-given talent you have inside of you! So don’t be afraid to take that leap of faith because one way or another, it is always an adventure!
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 would love to show them some of the unique parts of So-Cal which would mean things like taking a boat to Catalina Island and snorkeling in the dive park! Other fun beach activities would be to kayak through Huntington Harbor, and go visit the pirate tower at Victoria Beach. Hitting up a rooftop bar in Laguna or LA is a great way to get some night life in, and spending a day at Disneyland is a must! Hiking to the Hollywood sign and visiting the Griffith Observatory is a great way to get in some Hollywood experiences. Then going up to the mountains to hike in the summer or to play in the snow in the winter is a great activity! And spending a day in Joshua Tree National Park to scramble on giant boulders and stay late to do some star gazing. San Diego is also a beautiful place to visit between the beach, exploring Balboa Park, and the wildlife parks! And if they are wine lovers, a wine tasting day at various Temecula wineries! There are always great things to do and see and I love sharing in all of the activities!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I started pursuing photography at 18 years old, and 13 years later I can look back and see all of the people who helped me stay the course. My college photography professors: Nancy Gall, Matthew Farris, and Jeff Brody were pivotal in always encouraging me to do more and dive further into photography. My wedding photography mentors were Pam Booher and Ashley Horne, who took me under their wings and taught me how to navigate the wedding day and how to think like a wedding photographer. My family encouraged and loved on me. Plus there have been many friends, clients and fellow vendors who have referred me, booked me, and stood by my side! Even though I am “self-employed”, I wouldn’t be able to sustain my business without all of these wonderful people! I am grateful for each person who has been there to support me through all of my ups and downs in the last 13 years! Every action matters, even down to liking, commenting, and sharing my social media posts! The smallest of acts mean a great deal to me! So thank you to everyone who even reads this because you are the ones who are my support system, and I am grateful for you! .