Connect
To Top

Meet Silver Lake Photographer: Gina Canavan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Canavan.

Gina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started at the age of 5 years old when I was baffled by my great grandfather’s collection of vintage large format cameras. I found all of this gear extraordinary and knew at that moment it was a large interest to me. This experience provided my destiny, as I had chose photographer for the “what do you want to be when you grow up” project in my first grade class. As a teenager I was influenced by America’s Next Top Model and the work of Tim Walker. I was a sucker for colorful dreamscapes and wacky fashion- I found myself living in a dream world whilst in school, doodling scenarios of these things. I never got into a photography class in high school unfortunately, so I took matters into my own hands by spending long nights surfing Flickr.com forums and shooting with a pinhole Lomography camera. My lunch money went to development and prints of my work… I had no idea what I was doing but it was a beautiful period of innocent experimentation. I then gained the opportunity to apprentice under a photographer who worked a large staple of LA, the Echo & Echoplex, to photograph a weekly alternative music event called Part Time Punks. I consider this period my formative years because I learned the business of photography. I welcomed any shoot that came my way for experience! After years of photo assisting, hours of youtube tutorials and so many opportunities to experiment with shooting I began to freelance. These days I shoot and develop my film out my home studio in Silver Lake. I am available for hire in the realms of product, portrait, live music and fashion photography as well as graphic design work. 
Has it been a smooth road? Any struggles?
The largest struggle for me ultimately was how a camera operates. The combination of ISO, F-stop and shutter speed was so perplexing. This is what intrigued me the most about photography and I felt an urge to conquer my feelings of fear and confusion about it. Also, the fact that I primarily shot on film didn’t help. I’d have to wait days or weeks for my results in order to begin troubleshooting where things had gone wrong on set.
What are some of the influences that have played the biggest role in your journey so far?
The people I’ve met along the way: My mentors, clients, models, makeup artists, collaborators, supporters… If it weren’t for you guys there would be none of this. Thank you.
What type of clients or projects do you look forward to most?
I love projects that allow for anything goes, no limits. Let the creativity lead where it wants! Let’s make art! At the same time I like working within my client’s parameters because ultimately I’m there to deliver a great end product. Nothing is more rewarding than a happy client. 
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t start over. Dwelling on the idea of how things could have been different is a waste of time. This journey has been wild but necessary for personal development. Aldous Huxley sums it up with this quote which I have stood by for a majority of my career, “Perhaps it’s good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he’s happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?”

Contact Info:

0-image 1-image 2-image 3-image 4-image 5-image 6-image 7-image
Image Credit:
Annie Montgomery (model), Lev Abramoff (director), Brooke Nesbitt (model), Justin Lamonte (makeup artist), Melissa Brooks (Musician, The Aquadolls), Andru Sisson (artist), Danielle Dollinger (model), Madison Knapp (musician, MRK), Holly Bobisuthi (jewelry designer), Dustin Hollenbeck (musician, REJECTER), Yasmine Kittles (musician, TEARIST)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • Portraits of DTLA

    Downtown LA has evolved so much over the years, but the soul of DTLA has stayed the same – artistic, hustling,...

    VoyageLA StaffFebruary 16, 2018
  • Portraits of Brentwood & Hancock Park

    Many of LA’s most creative folks call Brentwood & Hancock Park home. VoyageLA is all about supporting creatives and risk takers...

    VoyageLA StaffFebruary 15, 2018
  • Portraits of Pasadena & Glendale

    From Old Town to the Americana to Griffith Park, there is so much to do in Pasadena & Glendale. VoyageLA is all...

    VoyageLA StaffFebruary 15, 2018
  • Wellness Wednesdays

    LA is home to some of the best Yogis, Pilates pros, fitness trainers, nutritionists and more – people who devote their...

    VoyageLA StaffFebruary 14, 2018
  • Fun Things to do in LA

    The editorial team shares some of the most noteworthy events in LA over the next few weeks. Check them out below...

    VoyageLA StaffFebruary 14, 2018
  • Our Favorite #MadeInLA Finds

    Our team comes across so many incredible local creations everyday – from one of kind furniture and unique dresses to art,...

    VoyageLA StaffFebruary 13, 2018
  • The Influencers

    VoyageLA owes a huge debt to the incredible local community of influencers – from fashion bloggers to foodies – who put...

    VoyageLA StaffFebruary 13, 2018
  • LA’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in LA has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates...

    VoyageLA StaffFebruary 13, 2018
  • Portraits of Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Silver Lake & Echo Park represent so much of what the world loves about LA – artists, hipsters, free-spirits, entrepreneurs and...

    VoyageLA StaffFebruary 6, 2018