05 January 2012

Angeleno Series Feature :: myan soffia

I am personally very excited about the newest Etsy shop feature for Anna Delores: myan soffia photography (also of Sixth & Main -- her work is way too fabulous to be confined to just one shop!).

"Nightowl" by Myan Soffia
The lovely Myan is a fellow Los Angeles resident and this has actually been great fun for me, not only as an admirer of her work but also an admirer of her ability to capture the spirit and ambiance of the city of L.A. as well as the Southern California coast.  These subjects also happen to be her inspiration; when I asked Myan what moves her to photograph, she replied, "Los Angeles and the seaside. I just can not get enough shots of either. I am always trying to capture the perfect memory of both."

Myan's images are dreamy, romantic, and somehow still modern; her photographs do a superb job of capturing Los Angeles how I imagine it looked fifty years ago, without compromising the integrity of this modern metropolis.  Myan's work has been featured all OVER the place, including the Oprah Winfrey network, a multitude of books and magazines, and on the set of ABC's "Modern Family" ::

Myan's photographs featured on the set of ABC's sitcom "Modern Family"

Myan was kind enough to entertain some of my nosy questions; check out her responses below.  She is also having clearance sales in BOTH of her Etsy shops RIGHT NOW so be sure to check her out!

Can you describe your work space and process?
"Trigger Happy" by Sixth & Main
My work spaces are an absolute mess!  In my office I have my Mac, Wacom tablet, sofa, journals, and Post-its everywhere, plus my Bose iPod dock -- I must have music on when I work or I will go crazy.  Then I have my "studio" area where I have my easels, paints, print inventory, and supplies. [She PAINTS, too!] And this is where I package orders. In my office and studio I have these tall tables my husband custom made for me so I can either stand or sit while I work.

Once I dump my pics, I edit in rounds. Whatever catches my eye first I edit. Then I go back and do another round. But I still have a ton from years back that I haven't finished. Organization and time management are not talents of mine whatsoever.

Who would you say influences you the most as an artist?
Definitely my favorite artists, GianLorenzo Bernini, Remedios Varo, Caravaggio, Camille Claudel to name a few. They keep me going and inspire me to be a better artist.

One of Myan's personal faves: "go metro" photography print
What is your personal favorite item for sale in your shop?
What a tough question!  I am so emotionally attached to each image I create so this was hard!  But if I had to narrow it down, it is between this photo of one of my sweeties, Dogg. He is my guy and this captures his crazy personality so well.  And this one; I can't explain why, really. But when I saw her standing so still, in her cute green suit, and her surroundings, just waiting and waiting, I got so excited to catch that moment. I am such a dork, I know! [No way, Myan!  I am totally the same way!]

What is your most cherished possession?
Ahh, another toughie. It is between an antique photograph from my dad's side that we think my great great grandfather took. We recently found out he was a successful photographer back in the day and is even mentioned in a book. Or it would be my engagement ring. My husband put so much thought into it, I love it so much.

"It's Not Meant to Be" by Sixth & Main
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you like to see in the lead role?
If I am allowed to totally be unrealistic and completely daydream [of course! That's what this question is for!], then Tina Fey or Angelina Jolie. :)

What's in your refrigerator right now?
Yikes! Okay, I just took a peek and embarrassingly I saw: dark chocolate, Starbucks Frappuccinos, clementines, limes, too much craft beer (my hubby's), Pellegrino limonatas, soy creamer, spinach, red bell peppers, iced tea. Sort of healthy, right?

Where would you like to be in five years? Ten years?
In five years, still photographing, with hopefully more travel shots and portraiture in my portfolio, and living life as an artist and mom. In ten years, all of the above but living back east with our family and friends that I miss so much.
I would LOVE to go on and on and on about Myan and her work.  Seriously, she's awesome.  She's an Etsy seller with a lot of integrity and I really adore her work.  Thanks for agreeing to be featured, Myan!  Come back any time.  :)

Other places to find Myan ::


  1. I love this feature! I have looked through those Etsy shops many times admiring the photography :)

  2. aww emily! i love it! this has to be the nicest feature ever! i am truly honored to be a guest here and i am incredibly flattered that a super talented photographer like yourself likes my work.
    i am blushing. :)
    xx myan


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