L A Y L I  S A M I M I

Born to an Iranian mother and an American father, I grew up in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska, building bonfires, hiking on glaciers and following humpback + killer whales in the beautiful Pacific. After graduating high school, my family relocated to the shores of the Israeli Mediterranean where I spent 4 years collectively. Lived in Western Samoa, Washington + Oregon (Olympia + Portland, respectively), Crete, Vermont, Minnesota, South Dakota and currently, my husband and I reside in the beautiful + vibrant city of Los Angeles with our two babies. All of these places have tremendously inspired my work.

I have been shooting since I was 7; my first love is analog + instant photography.

Graduated with a BA in Social Philosophy, minor in Photography from The Evergreen State College // Received an MA in Conflict Transformation from the School for International Training  

// Highlighted clients: National Geographic (Associate Producer of Pine Ridge Reservation Community Storytelling Project); Madewell; GOOD Magazine; the ACLU. You can also find some recent work for I Used To Be Cool. Other sites available for viewing upon request.