We had the good fortune of connecting with Summer Lomba and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Summer, why did you pursue a creative career?
I decided to pursue an artistic/creative path because I feel like art has been ingrained into me since I was a little girl. I learned how to play the drums at nine years old, started writing music until I was 12, and then became obsessed with photography and film at 15. My dad is one of my biggest supporters and early influencers when it comes to art because he’s the one who taught me how to play music and appreciate art at a young age. What pushed me to pursue this path was when I took a business class and hated it. I couldn’t imagine myself working with numbers and analytics. So I decided to go with my gut and to keep doing what makes me happy. I don’t care to be crazy rich or famous, I just want to do what I do, travel, love, inspire, and make unique art.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So people tell me that they like my work because its colorful, different, or “trippy”. I tend to just create whatever I am inspired to do. I get my inspiration from music, people, life-events, and fashion. I feel like this past year I’ve experimented with different channels in photography such as product work and lifestyle. I’d say I have the most fun when I get to truly collaborate with someone to make their visions come true. I love a 50-50 relationship because I like to feed off people’s energy but I don’t mind taking full control. As of now, I’d say I’m steadily building a client base and its pretty cool because the more we get to know each other, the better the results are. I also enjoy shooting at small music events but I learned that I don’t like shooting festivals because I’d rather be dancing! As a goal, I’m hoping to collaborate with more female photographers. I still feel like the creative world is still slightly dominated by male figures but I’m hoping that can change to a more equal playing ground in the near future.
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?
Well South Florida has so many different cultures and vibes, its so hard to pick! My favorite places to hang out at were Las Rosas for a night of dancing at the Love Below party on Tuesday’s. Glitch Bar in Ft. Lauderdale is tons of fun because its a bar+arcade with craft beer and great music. Bodega on South Beach is a taco shop speakeasy, with a secret door that leads to a huge club with eclectic music and cocktails. The beach is also the perfect spot to have fun at on a sunny day, I’s say Virgina Key Beach or Hollywood Beach. Virgina Key feels like a secluded island get away and Hollywood Beach has the best pizza and ice cream in my opinion. The Vizcaya gardens in Coconut Grove is GORGEOUS, it’s the oldest mansion in Miami and has a victorian garden to stroll in. One of my favorite spots to eat at, lowkey, is called Fresa De Francesa. It’s in Hialeah, and its a cuban-french small owned business that serves delicious food with a cute ambiance. There are chandeliers everywhere, the tables are adorned with vintage tablewear, there’s art, and french music playing in the background. It’s such a gem.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I mean there are so many people who deserve a shoutout in my story, to name a few my Lomba family, Maddie, Stevie, Caroline from Technique Records, and John and John from Ionit Studios. These people have either pushed me to live my dreams or have given me opportunities that changed my life and made me a better artist.