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Meet Agoura Hills Artist & Photographer: Lindsey Best

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Best.

Lindsey, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I always knew I was going to be a photographer. As a kid, my parents gave me a polaroid camera that I began using to document my surroundings. As I got older, my passion for this documentation grew and the idea of being able to hold on to moments fascinated me. Approaching every photograph I make from the perspective of showing what a moment felt like, rather than just what it looked like, is the backbone of my work.

In a world that’s constantly changing, photography allows me to hold onto something and see it for what it was in that moment. Once photography became a focal point in my life, I was constantly photographing everything that I engaged with, and that mostly included music, travel, and people. I started working a lot in the music industry and making images in between of my travel and experiences.

I graduated with my BFA in Photography + Imaging from Art Center College of Design in December of 2014. Life post grad has been really exciting; a few days after graduating I shot a national ad campaign and I’ve been working on some really exciting projects ever since.

Has it been a smooth road?
There will always be obstacles, but I like to think of obstacles as puzzles that allow me to discover a new way to approach a situation. Often a challenge or obstacle can force you to try something different and you end up thinking about something in a way that you hadn’t previously thought of it before.

Do you feel luck has played a role in your life?
I don’t really believe in the idea of luck in the traditional sense. Everyone has different privileges and setbacks. People all start off with different circumstances that make things either easier or more difficult for them in one way or another, but I also believe that ultimately opportunities become available to people based on their approach and how hard they work.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being genuine, both in my work and how I treat people. My work comes from a personal and genuine place and regardless of the job/shoot I am working on, I am able to use that to produce work that feels real and relatable.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love being in a place that has so many creative, talented, and inspired people. It really forces people to throw themselves into what they are doing 100% and find something unique within themselves. There is a lot of competition, which can feel daunting at times, but that also fosters a sense of urgency and drive that I really thrive on.

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