"Lara has an expansive knowledge with regard to photography, design, layout and photo editing. Lara's photographs [for us] have been featured in such publications as Essential Vancouver, Where Magazine, Preview, American Indian Art, and the Vancouver Sun. She does the majority of the photography for my gallery website, which always receives high praise from our clients. She is a spectacular photographer and an extremely accomodating, warm person."
-- Peter Lattimer, owner Lattimer Gallery, www.lattimergallery.com
"Most if not all of the assignments that Lara has worked on with me have been high-pressure and time sensitive due to the nature of the subject matter. Lara has always been able to adapt to any scenario and maintain a high technical caliber. She is able to measure the importance of events and react as necessary."
--Todd Korol, Photographer, www.toddkorol.com (and Reuters Western Canada)
"I have known Lara to be a very imaginative and creative person with a fearless adventurous spirit. She is also a very reliable person with sound business judgement, which, with the former, makes for a most unusual combination... She is the photographer for the documentation of all of my artwork for the past four years. I use her photographs to catalogue my work, as well as for promotion of my [personal] exhibits and website. Her photographs are of a very high calibre..."
-- Marlena Wyman, Artist & Senior Audio-Visual Archivist, Alberta Government, www.marlenawyman.com
"Working effectively in foreign contexts requires sincerity, an open mind, and a lot of confidence. Lara has strengths in each of these. Her relaxed, easy communication style and open attitude helps her develop good relationships with people, whether they be photographic subjects or the colleagues she works with. This ability demonstrates Lara's skills for working in cross-cultural, even stressful environments while maintaining rapport, composure and grace."
-- Najeeb Mirza, president of Oxus Apertura films & Senior Development Officer (CIDA)
"...before starting my career in broadcasting I was a jazz singer and it was at this point I was introduced to Lara when I was looking to hire a photographer/designer to put together my first album packaging...I was not really sure of what I wanted. Lara was exceptional at coming up with the concept for the cover and inserts based on my vague ramblings. She understood the concerns with regards to image and how I would be perceived by my fans and peers based on the cover alone."
-- Dawn Chubai, On-air host CityTV Vancouver, www.dawnchubai.com
"It was a pleasure to see the obvious interest of Ms. Hill in the many facets of Tajik society, something that she sought to record on film and managed to do, in my opinion, with uncommon brio."
-- Guillaume Legros, First Secretary Development: Tajikistan, Canadian Embassy to the Republic of Kazakhstan (Currently, First Secretary Ukraine)
"Ms. Hill has taken herself onto more continents than most women her age and never once as a tourist. Her journeys have always been deeply documented in film and by what local artisans proffer as wares and gifts. These are important to her because so much of the pleasure in travel for Ms. Hill is not only in meeting people, but also in coming as close as she can to understanding how they make their homes and build their communities. Caught between her curiosity and her work ethic, Ms. Hill is in the enviable position of being ever refreshed by her progress through life, through ideas, and through the world."
-- Dale Soroka, writer & friend