We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Lemus and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
I’m happiest when I’m being creative. I tend to hold on to stress and will become super anxious but when I’m able to focus my energy on creating, I just feel better. Finding out what helps calm you down is so important to your mental health and should be prioritized.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For the last few years, I had been photographing portraits, music and events but the pandemic has changed a lot of that. It’s always been a dream of mine to visit all of the national parks and this year, I decided to start visiting them. My photography content is pivoting more towards landscapes right now and it’s been a lot more rewarding than I thought it would be. Professionally, I work in social media and do lifestyle photography. I’m still no where near where I want to be and being in an artistic field comes with a lot of challenges. What I’ve learned is that it’s important to keep learning new skills and to have an open mind. It’s important to be pleasant to work with and to respect each other. I want everyone to know that they can feel comfortable when working with me and that I’ll make sure they’ll see the best version of themselves.
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 definitely take them to my favorite coffee spot, Rad Coffee! I’ve loved them for years and I would have to take them a few times to try out different drinks from their amazing menu. I would also have to take them to the Mystic Museum in Burbank and Porto’s down the street. If art museums were open, I would go to the Getty because they have some of my favorite art in there. And finally, a trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Taco Bell. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been so fortunate to have my family and friends support me and my photography. They’re available to look at my work and offer their opinions, they’ve let me practice with them and will go on random trips with me just because I feel like photographing something. I appreciate them all so much.