lila aryan was born in milwaukee, wisconsin to an immigrant father from jerusalem and a kansas farm girl. she grew up with a camera in her hand and an entrepreneurial spirit in her blood passed to her from her father and grandfather. she started drawing and painting at the age of 11. lila received her bachelor's of fine art-photography from the milwaukee institute of art & design in 1990 and has been in business ever since graduation.
lila is an award-winning world-class milwaukee -based photographer who has been telling her clients' stories, individuals and local, national and world-wide organizations for over 30 years. she has specialized in people, product, architecture, industrial, food, events, editorial and lifestyle photography. her clients include alverno college(20 year client), cardinal stritch university, subaru drive magazine, coakley brothers, brothers interiors, salvation army, ao smith, husch blackwell, biz times magazine(15 years), united healthcare, johnson controls, versiti, northwestern mutual, catholic financial life, pbs newshour, we energies, brady corp., columbia st. mary's hospital system, milwaukee art museum (15 year client), milwaukee public museum, milwaukee transit system, milwaukee downtown, laughlin constable, mueller communications, zizzo group, kane communications group, and many more.
she has produced images that have appeared in various books, a world-wide record label's cd jackets, brochures, restaurant ad campaigns, corporate magazines, home magazines, annual reports, websites, business journals and magazines, capabilitie's brochures, etc. lila has photographed bud sleig, commissioner of baseball, joshua bell(one of the greatest musicians in the world) bette midler, frank sinatra jr.,the caregiver to ruth bernhard(one of the greatest female photographers), jerry the dentist from bob newhart, jaime fox, cece penniston, the wife and daughter of henry mancini (one of the greatest composers in the history of film), magic johnson, the incomparable lynn redgrave, judy collins and milwaukee's best known local band, the love monkeys. in the mid-nineties she photographically documented milwaukee's outdoor sculpture for the smithsonian institution's museum of american art, and some images were published in a book entitled "outdoor sculpture in milwaukee". 13 of her images were published in a book entitled "a celebration of caregiving" in 2007. a hardcover coffee table book on the city of milwaukee entitled "milwaukee:hometown metropolis" came out in 2014 with 20 of her images of our great city and its happenings. the books are available for purchase on amazon.com.
lila was commissioned in 2016 as the official and sole photographer for pbsnewshour to shoot the presidential debate in the first -ever all-female moderated debate in united states history as well as the first-ever pbs newshour-moderated debate with gwen ifill and judy woodruff. lila was commissioned in 2020 to photograph the entire production of the democratic national convention in milwaukee for hargrove, the company producing the event. in 2021, she was named one of seven best of the best event photographers in milwaukee by giggster.com. in 2021, she was commissioned to produce still photography for pbs wisconsin on a vital documentary to shatter stereotypes and discrimination and is currently working on the project.
her fine art photography has been shown in many local galleries including the milwaukee art museum. she has donated her art regularly to fundraisers such as "i love the eisner" and "feed your soul". she is the miad 1990 class representative and an original member of the alumni association since 1992(inception). in 2012 she joined the miad board of trustees as the alumni representative. she recently joined the miad academic affairs committee. when she's not teaming up with her clients to tell their stories, lila's loves include her walk with God, her family, cooking, home improvement, painting/drawing, poetry, singing, playing guitar and playing soccer.
director of communications alverno college
"lila is a rare combination of talent and professionalism. she is a great photographer, but more than that, she gets what clients want, which is not always easy since sometimes clients don't know what they want until they see it. she works to give us what we ask for, but she also takes projects to the next level and puts a lot of her creative energy and skill into delivering beyond our expectations. she has done everything from site shoots, to graduation ceremonies to high-end donor events, and always delivers excellence. i highly recommend her"
coakley/ brothers interiors
"best photographer in the city"
rl leaders, capstone int'l partners
"we simply just put the best name forward and you’re the best lila!"
hausch design agency
'from products to people, lila can deliver the images. her distinctive style and approach produces consistently strong imagery. she has done work for the cholive company, independence first and portraits of my family! she is committed to doing quality work, and it shows!'
Director of Communication and Community Collaboration at Wisconsin Public TelevisioLila is a rare combination of talent and professionalism. She is a great photographer, but more than that, she gets what clients want, which is not always easy since sometimes clients don't know what they want until they see it. She works to give us what we ask for, but she also takes projects to the next level and puts a lot of her creative energy and skill into delivering beyond our expectations. She has done everything from site shoots, to graduation ceremonies to high-end donor events, and always delivers excellence. I highly recommend he