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Conversations with Theresa Bouché

Today we’d like to introduce you to Theresa Bouché.

Hi Theresa, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am originally from the south and moved to the west coast in 2003. I always loved the arts and excelled at it in high school through college. I have passionately chased two dreams: a commercial photography career and painting. It has been a long journey of trial and error with gained and missed opportunities. I never thought I would see myself living in Hollywood to pursue my dreams, but I have found this melting pot of talent quite intriguing. My photography business has opened a variety of doors for me like being on set of movies and tv shows to the Oscars and Emmy awards. Since then, I have moved onto fashion editorials, headshots, and also real estate with video and drone. In the future, I plan to move into aquatic photography once I get certified as a diver. My passion is unlimited when it comes to getting that magical shot. As for the art world, I found myself using art as a therapy, as means to process what stimulates my senses. My two passions in life give me a much-needed balance of art and science. I like photographing what is in front of me but also need my vision expressed onto canvas. Both have made me into the person I am today.

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?
The beginning of the journey of working as a professional photographer was rough. It was stressful and expensive knowing exactly all that is needed to successfully complete a shoot whether red carpet, events, headshots, fashion shoots or real estate. As for art, I was deciding the direction of street style via stickers and posters. I would take stickers wherever and whenever I would go on trips worldwide. Marketing both art and photography can be pricey, but gradually I have built enough gear and art supplies to run my own show. I found myself having to put the art on the back burner to focus on the photography work. Inspiration for art comes and goes. I was trying to figure out where I belong amongst other street artists or fine artists. The hardest thing I ever did was to develop a style of art that was unique and spoke my voice. I realize with art-making, I need to feed all of my senses whether music, art or literature. I love how my mind works in either art or photo world. There were so many times where I failed due to not enough batteries or flash failure or not having enough memory on the sd card. In the beginning, getting access to events without pay is harsh but it built my portfolio and helped me learn my camera functions. It also takes a lot just to believe in yourself, even if it is successful or not. Life is constantly a battle of learning a different perspective in which photography has taught me such.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Painting for me has always been a way to process living. It’s my inner child, as well as the way I process society and truth. Everyone loves to have an opinion but where we have lost grip in reality is learning from each other’s differences. I like making art because there is something magical about creating something from a blank canvas. I find you should write your own story and be in it. When I make art is brings out the ‘Human” side of me. I use making art to think for myself while sorting my views in my mind. To me, if I can paint something that moves a random stranger to “feel” something then I have done right an “artist’ or “human?” We get one moment in life and what we do with it is up to us. I feel the need to use art as a way to truly embrace a moment of inspiration verses the camera I use to enjoy access to doors normally closed to the average person. When it comes to art, there is something freeing about letting go on a canvas. There is such a need for critical thinking for our future to come. I waited a while to emerge as an artist and loved placing stickers throughout the world. I look forward to continuing my journey as an artist placing it in the streets as well as art galleries even murals on walls of buildings. What I love and respect about the artist community is the support and inspiration. It is the little things in life. I love meeting strangers and creating a bond. If I could create my artist world, I would visit all over the world and make lifelong connections. Being an artist keeps me gracious, humbled with an understanding of humility. Painting helps me stay connected with the universe. It allows me to manifest a better world and allows me to practice being a better human each time.

How do you think about luck?
As for luck, between art and photography, I have created an adventurous and lucrative business doing what I love. I started off on set with photography when I first moved to Los Angeles. Then an old college friend introduced me to the world of entertainment and behind the scenes, as well as shooting the red carpet. Behind the scenes is whole other world with so many people who make that magical moment seamless. I never thought it would lead me big-time awards. It seems so glamorous, yet so much stress and work with literally sleepless nights. But it’s an experience I am happy to have on my resume and in my portfolio. Since then, I decided to move into fashion and headshots. Recently, I started shooting real estate using video and drones. It’s amazing what you can do once you open that pandoras box of new experiences. I have always been unafraid to delve into the unknown. Art has also led me down such an adventurous path. I decided to market my art like street art and created stickers and posters to tag abroad. I spent time traveling through England and Italy. Then I enjoyed tagging Hawaii while visiting with family. I also have enjoyed bringing art to close friends in other states and countries. There is something magical about leaving your mark all over this world. It isn’t necessarily about money or branding, but about your voice and how loud you want be. It’s amazing all the tools available to do as you please creatively speaking. Technology allows us our own brand identity the tools to create your own business. My vision for my art is to move it into hotels and airbnbs where I can create the whole vibe of the room and photograph it. I’d love to see my art on 30 foot tall buildings or murals in a quaint cafe. The only bad luck I have endured is lack of inspiration. There is a formula of inspiring all of my senses to make art. In ways, I treat it like a ritual. It is about what you put out to the universe. I am manifesting success for both my passions so I can live the dream of “loving what you do.” If you always pay it forward, then luck is easy to have in life. I am thankful for chasing these two passions for over 20 years. I would not change this journey for the world because it made me into the human I am today.

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All photos by Theresa Bouché

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