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Meet Launa Morosan-Penza

Today we’d like to introduce you to Launa Morosan-Penza.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?

My life story didn’t necessarily follow my personal script. When I was 16 years old I was in a serious motorcycle accident. It left me paralyzed from the waist down and I almost lost my right foot to amputation. Needless to say, surviving this accident changed my life and showed me a strength and courage that I didn’t know I had. As a child I was very shy and introverted. This episode changed that completely. My parents were immigrants from Russia and the Ukraine. I grew up speaking Russian as my first language, attending Russian school for twelve years. At the age of five my parents put me in ballet and classical piano. Post-accident I was told I would never dance again and would walk with a permanent limp. Not!!!!! After many months of rehab and a life committed to necessary fitness I became a NFL Cheerleader in 1983 for the Los Angeles Raiders. I spent twenty-five years as a print model, actress, and spokesperson before  deciding to turn what was my photography passion into a business.

I fell in love with photography on my first international trip to Italy. My passion for travel was the catalyst to purchasing my first semi-professional camera, a Canon Rebel, for my trip to Africa in 1984 so I could photo-document my travels. At the time I loved shooting wildlife, nature, landscapes, and especially people. I didn’t realize back then that my candid people shots were going to one day be called “street photography”. I have driven my family and friends a little crazy, haha, with picture taking, but I always knew they’d thank me one day for the memories…and they have!

I believe photography, like music, takes us back in time to moments that have passed and brings those memories and feelings right back to life. To me this is priceless.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a Natural Light Photographer specializing in Family and High School Senior Portraiture. I especially love capturing candid real moments, the type that tell a story.

I believe photos take us back in time to moments and people that have passed, and bring those memories and feelings right back to life. To me this is priceless. It is my own personal experience and one that I feel honored to share and create for my clients.

My art work is my passion and something I have ALWAYS valued. I love what I do and I feel so grateful to be doing it as my full-time job.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
As a photographer my greatest challenge is to not get burned out. The photo session is a couple of hours of work, culling and editing is very time consuming. It’s important to me to keep every shoot fresh and personal and to stay creative with all of my edits. To stay inspired and creative it’s important to find balance in my life. I feel you need to take breaks, get away from your computer, do healthy things for yourself, and spend time with your family and friends! This is what keeps me inspired and excited about what I do.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
For now my work can be seen on my website as well as on Instagram and Facebook @ launapenzaphotography.

I donate photography certificates to many local schools and charities. I was very active in my son’s schools from kindergarten-high school. I know it takes a village to raise our children! Now that he’s graduated, donating to schools is my way of continuing to support them.

Book a portraiture session with me, mention VoyageLA and this article, and I will donate 10% from your purchase to your favorite charity or school. It’s a gift that keeps on giving…


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Launa Penza Photography

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