We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Berman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
One of my go to quotes is said by Wayne Gretzky; “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” I always keep this one in mind while shooting photos and in editing. In my experience, sometimes the most absurd composition or even the wildest edit of a photo can become something amazing for someone somewhere.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a landscape/nature photographer… Sometimes I make looping videos of the places I visit which I find particularly beautiful. One of the biggest challenges I had to overcome was myself. Being creative but unsure of myself as an artist and of where I wanted to take my creativity was a mindset that can be difficult to shed. I would say that dedication to learning new programs for editing led to a confidence in experimentation and fed my creativity. As my knowledge of such programs grew, I developed an organized workflow that now allows me to be more efficient and streamlined in my processes and thus gives me more time in having fun with projects.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many interesting and fun spots in the city! I’ll start with my favorite museums; Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, and of course The Getty and The Getty Villa. For an amazing 360 degree view of the city I would visit OUE Skyspace LA in Downtown timed for sunset. For more of a daytime botanical garden experience I would focus on Huntington Library in San Marino and Descanso Gardens of La Canada Flintridge, or for more of a spiritual twist going to Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades is worth experiencing. Other activities can include hiking in the mountains by Angeles Crest or even by the iconic Hollywood sign/Griffith Observatory. As for beaches, Zuma Beach, particularly by Point Dume is my favorite and El Matador Beach a close second. Ocean kayaking by the Malibu pier for the more adventurous people is super fun, while fine dining with an ocean view at Geoffrey’s Malibu or Nobu Malibu is special as well. For sushi lovers; Hama Sushi in Little Tokyo is at the top of my list and in my humble opinion has the best yellowtail hand rolls I have ever had. Chinatown for great Chinese food and fun bar hopping experiences…. The Oinkster restaurant for casual eating and Colombo’s for some of the best Italian dinners can both be found in Eagle Rock. For amazing Peruvian food, Mamita’s in Glendale will not disappoint.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would say that my biggest encouragement is a significant other right now. He has been the most encouraging and thoughtfully creative person I have ever met; whereupon we feed off of each other’s creativity and simply love to explore the visual arts and outdoors together. He is someone who I can always rely upon to look upon my work critically and help me make what are seemingly simple decisions that I often struggle with on my own. I can often be somewhat indecisive and shy about sharing my photography and videos (particularly on social media) but this person has given me the encouragement and courage to continue to pursue artistic endeavors.