Today we’d like to introduce you to Larry Levin.
Larry, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After graduating from Indiana University with a business degree and many hours studying photojournalism as well, went right into the photo business. Started as an agent in New York, then worked as a photo editor in New Jersey and eventually went to Washington, DC for 13 years as the magazine photo editor at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Nation’s Business.
During that tenure, not only did I have to assign photographers throughout the US, but I had responsibilities to photograph on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Also, I was able to do volunteer photography for several charities. Two other part-time situations included a position as President of the American Society of Picture Professionals and executive director of The White House News Photographers Association. Needless to say, I kept involved with the profession.
After the magazine was shut down, I went back to get a MFA in Film & Electronic Media (fun fact: while working on my degree, I was able to intern on the set of West Wing at Warner Studios in Burbank.) plus I entered the freelance world as a still photographer. Through networking and word of mouth, my freelance business grew. With a master’s degree, I was able to teach at the university level. I currently teach at Trinity Washington University.
My clients continually send me to LA & CA. Since I was five years old, I was continuously in Los Angeles visiting family and traveling throughout California. It seems to be my second home. My family lived in Santa Monica, Culver City, and Beverlywood. (And San Jose.). I remember walking through the Third Street Promenade before it was rehabbed. Langer’s is a favorite pastrami, and Label’s Table is corn beef like my grandfather made in his Deli in LA back in the 60’s. In 2015, spent two weeks at Mount Saint Mary’s LA campus during the Special Olympic World Games in LA. Another fun fact: I referee basketball and officiated basketball at the Special Olympics World Games at USC
I do BTS for DCP Productions,www.dcpproductions.com. We have worked all over the Los Angeles area doing motorcycle, sports, Caveman, and Moneyman commercials for GEICO. The LA area based crew is an experienced and talented group. They are the best in the business. I have worked with DCP for over 15 years.
Best Buddies, www.bestbuddies.org, has their annual bike ride, The Best Buddies Challenge from Carmel to Hearst Castle. Maria Shriver is the Chair and Governor Newsom attends. . I have worked with Best Buddies for over 20 years.
The Optical Society has their largest convention in San Diego. It did happen in 2020 right before the pandemic started. So attendance was low. Over ten years working with OSA. www.OSA.org
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The struggles as everyone has been recently dealt in this pandemic. As an event photographer, all my clients have gone virtual or postponed their events.
For over ten years, I was traveling back and forth to Chicago to oversee the care of my mom. In the last couple year of her life, was going back 2-3 times per month. As a freelancer, I was fortunate to be able to make the time to be with her.
Freelancing has its ups and downs, working for a client for many years, a new staff member may come in and bring it their person do to the assignment. So nothing is guaranteed. So you always have to marketing.
What else should our readers know?
Hopefully, what sets me apart is customer service, I strive to be flexible and accommodating to clients’ needs. Good natured with a sense of humor. Providing more than what is expected.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
When thinking back, the best recollection from childhood is the strong sense of community and the support of not only family but extended family and the entire community. People watching out for each other. When someone was in need, everyone came to their support. The safeguard of growing up, where you didn’t need to worry about going out and just being a kid. You could drink from the garden hose. You didn’t have to wear a bike helmet. But you felt safe and secure in your neighborhood. You were allowed to make mistakes and learn from them. You could just go out your door and play sports or just hang out without a scheduled “playdate”.
- Website: www.LLLevin.com
- Phone: 2023337898
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- LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/larrylevin
Laurence L. Levin