The Downey Legend

Ariel Lara

Ariel Lara, Photographer

As she enters her last year of high school, Ariel Lara, 12, joins The Downey Legend with hopes to step out of her comfort zone, while also learning more about photography. After high school, Lara plans to go to Cerritos College and eventually Cal State Long Beach to earn her degrees in photography.  After earning her degrees, she hopes to start her own photography business for runway fashion or magazines. Aside from photography, Lara also likes to spend her free time helping others and caring for her pet turtle Napoleon.  


Lara’s passion was first sparked at age 14 after seeing her uncle’s love, passion, and drive for photography. “When I used to see him go on his free time taking photos and showing them to me, and how all the editing and the process works, it really interested me,” Lara said. “Once I started to try it out, I realized how good I am at it. It’s just a really fun way for me to be myself and express who I am through photos.”

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