We had the good fortune of connecting with Lacey Land and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lacey, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I spent the first 7 years of my career working in-house at Loloi. I worked a ton and wore a lot of hats, and after 7 years I found that I had carved out a specialty in interiors photography and art direction. I enjoyed working at Loloi — you can’t beat working closely with other talented creatives — but I wanted to take on challenges that I couldn’t while fully committed to an in-house leadership role. It’s hard to leave a good position and steady paycheck, but it was well worth it. Below is some recent work from a fun Jaipur Living campaign.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I create visual narratives; I use a frame to tell a story.
I love natural light. It’s reliably unpredictable and ever changing — sometimes frustrating and sometimes beautiful. You can create light when you need it, but there’s nothing like the real thing.
I pay close attention to all the details within my frame. I obsess over detail but also love to “play,” constantly re-arranging and testing what looks best in the shot. I prefer a natural aesthetic with lighting and styling: I want it to look effortlessly beautiful. It’s a delicate balance but so rewarding when it feels right.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve grown to love the North Oak Cliff area of Dallas, so I’d recommend setting up a home base around there. Someone recently told me that the Bishop Arts area in Oak Cliff feels like a little town within a city and I totally agree. Look no further if you’re looking for casual conversation during a weekday walk.
So let’s start in Bishop Arts. I’d take my friend to a mid-morning breakfast & coffee at Tribal Cafe (best coffee in town) — grab a Maple & Bacon at The Salty Donut — and then walk around some of the local shops (don’t miss Rare Heart Vintage). If my friend has young kids, we’d fit in a trip to Kidd Springs Park to feed the ducks. For dinner, I’d push for Lucia, Nora, Tejas, or Chimichurri (man, their empanadas….). After dinner, stop by Revelers Hall for a drink and enjoy the jazz.
While in Oak Cliff, I’d also recommend sliding down to Jefferson Blvd. Go to El Ranchito for classic Tex-Mex & Xaman Cafe for a more modern take.
At some point, we’d also take a trip to the Design District to check out a few of my favorite antique stores — don’t miss Country Garden Antiques. Go for a game or two at Bowlounge, happy hour across 35 at the Grapevine Bar, and dinner at The Charles.
I’d spend a day or two in East Dallas. If the weather’s right (so, not summer), we’d take a stroll down Swiss Avenue and pop around some of the charming Lakewood streets near White Rock Lake. Then we’d go to my old stomping grounds in the Lower & Lowest Greenville area. For food, can’t go wrong with Desert Racer (fun environment) or Sevan G&G Cafe (family-owned Mediterranean… oh, and BYOB). For drinks, Libertine is the place to go — cool neighborhood bar with shockingly good food. If we’re looking for fun, snag tickets to a show at the Granada Theater or catch comedy at Four Day Weekend.
If my friend is looking to go out-out, we’d do Deep Ellum one night. Fried Chicken & drinks at Brick & Bones, catch a show at Three Links or Dada, then cap the night with a trip to It’ll Do.
Pro tip: Check out Dallas during the week between Austin City Limits weekends. Artists from ACL set up extra shows while they are in Texas, and some of Dallas’s smaller venues book pretty solid acts during that week (sometimes last minute), so you end up with an intimate performance that’s not possible at a larger venue.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My SCAD Atlanta professors for teaching the tools.
Cyrus Loloi for the opportunity & experience.
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