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Check Out Noelle Oliveira’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noelle Oliveira.

Hi Noelle, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always loved photography but never thought of it as a career until the pandemic. I had studied photography while getting my graphic design degree at Art Center College of Design here in Pasadena. I was working at a design studio but lost my job at the beginning of the pandemic. For the first time ever, I was able to be creative without having to worry about finances, so I started modeling for fun and then decided it might be more fun to be on the other side of the camera.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
With my background in art and design, I didn’t have a hard time learning the ropes. I already had a nice camera and knew how to use it. I already had over a decade of experience with applications like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. I also had a lot of very supportive friends who let me build my portfolio by taking photos of them. The business side has been more of a struggle, I ran my personal training business years ago, but finding photography clients has been more challenging. I’m always learning new things.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
There are so many different types of photography, and I love them all, but I mostly do portrait photography, especially boudoir photography. I learned quickly that there is no greater feeling than showing someone how beautiful they really are. My favorite part of shooting boudoir is seeing the change in the client’s confidence that happens over just a couple of hours. They often come in a little nervous but excited, not sure how to pose or what to do with their face, everyone starts out a little stiff. Two hours later, they are having fun, trying new things, and reacting to the photos like, “damn, I am sexy!” It makes me so happy to be able to do that for someone. I have been told I always make everyone feel very at ease almost immediately, and it helps that I am a woman and I have modeled in similar shoots. I know what I would want from a photographer and I try to give that to every one of my clients.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I wouldn’t have become a photographer if it weren’t for the pandemic. Having the freedom to do something that I truly love without thinking about the money is something I never would have gotten otherwise. In regards to safety, I have always been very careful with my clients, I was getting tested weekly until I got vaccinated. I require tests or proof of vaccination if we’re going to be working indoors. I’m grateful that my clients have been as responsible as I have during this crisis.


  • Mini-shoot (1 hour) $100
  • Regular shoot (2 hours) $200
  • Extended shoot (up to 4 hours) $300

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