We had the good fortune of connecting with Lee Gumbs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lee, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I think time management, organization and genuine interactions have been the most important in helping me grow my business. Time management when you’re dealing with multiple clients a day is so important because you have to make sure everyone feels taken care of while staying on schedule so your next client isn’t waiting around. Of course things come up and it doesn’t always go according to plan but I think its important to try to stay on schedule the best you can. Being organized is the foundation of having a successful business in my opinion. You can be the most talented person but if you’re missing deadlines, auditions, photoshoots etc. then people will never want to work with you again. Personally being a photographer I think its really important to build a genuine relationship with the subject so you both feel comfortable and ready to explore ideas and try new things!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a photographer and a dancer, that being said; I’m primarily known for my dance and movement photography. Capturing movement is all about timing, growing up dancing has helped me understand when exactly to capture it. I believe focusing on movement based photos has helped set me apart from other photographers. My career happened very organically, I started photographing my friends in high school then on tour when I was performing with a dance company. When I moved to LA, word of mouth from photographing my friends out here helped my career transition from dancing to photography. None of this process was abrupt which I am very thankful for.
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?
Man this question is triggering! I miss doing social things so much! I would definitely plan a beach day at will rogers beach on the weekend, I love the ocean and have always lived near it. A day trip to Santa Barbara would be fun to do some wine tasting at the funk zone. Malibu wines is always a goto when friends and I want to lay around and enjoy live music for a day. Dance Yourself Clean was my favorite dance party to bring people to before the pandemic, it was held at the satellite in Silverlake on Saturdays. Sushi yuzu, Terroni, Felix, Dama, Night+Market and Sonoratown are some of my favorite restaurants to take visitors.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly, my family and friends deserve credit because no one ever once discouraged me from perusing my passion in photography. From the time I was in high school I felt support all around me, I know that isn’t the case for everyone so I feel very blessed to have been in the position I am in.