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Meet Charmaine Alyce of Charmaine Alyce Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charmaine Alyce.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always had an interest in photography, but didn’t take it seriously for years. I shared the passion with my grandfather while growing up and spent hours bonding over his talent. I eventually found myself in the field of Social Work, working with homeless and low-income families in South LA for nearly ten years. It’s something I’ve grown to love and appreciate in a way that’s hard to describe. Serving marginalized populations is what I consider to be one of my callings, but I always felt like there was a part of me that I needed to explore on a deeper level… my creative side. I hit a point in my career where I knew I had to feed my urge to dive into photography. When I first decided to turn my passion into a job, I was very interested in showing women their beauty regardless of their shape, size, color, age, anything! We live in a world that tells us beauty has a specific look and I don’t believe that’s true! So, I initially began my journey with boudoir photography to give women a super fun experience with being comfortable in their own skin. The finished products were just the icing on the cake. Over time, I branched into other areas of photography (i.e., family, newborns, portraits, creative shoots). I really enjoy learning what people envision and making it come to life!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not a smooth road!! I learned a lot of hard lessons while starting out. I think one of the most difficult things for me was figuring out how to create my own website from scratch. I spent SO many hours reading articles and watching videos because I felt it was important for me to be able to manage my site on my own. There were quite a few nights when I cried, wanted to throw my computer across the room, or even find the nearest graphic designer to put me out of my misery. I may have done some pricing…

Looking back, the struggle was worth it, but I’m not sure I would want to experience that again! It was also a challenge for me to find my style. I remember doing a ton of research on what was out there and worried about if or how I would compare. I went through this struggle my entire first year. When I spent time reflecting on my shoots, I grew to love how I saw what others envisioned. Once I accepted my style and valued it as something truly unique, the rest was history!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Charmaine Alyce Photography – what should we know?
Well, I am a traveling photographer that shoots on location. I travel lightly and have everything I need to do an outdoor session or even set up a mini studio wherever I am at! My areas of expertise are boudoir, portraits, and lifestyle. I have a not-so-secret obsession with concepts that are out of the ordinary and like to call it Creative Couture (cheesy, but who cares)! I typically shoot on nights and weekends, because social work calls my name on weekdays! The thing I am most proud of is my reputation for being a fun photographer. My number one goal while shooting is that we MUST have fun!!! That’s when the real magic happens!

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My sister has probably been my biggest support. I remember telling her my plan to start this business. She didn’t even bat an eye and immediately helped me brainstorm. I was really touched when she bought me a book by Christa Meola (who is an AMAZING boudoir photographer by the way). I read it from cover to cover, twice. I’m not even sure she knows how much that meant to me or how that book was a great starting point for me. Now, she calls herself my number one fan insisting my work is the best wherever she goes.

Thank you Tynisha! I consulted with other close family and friends who all welcomed the idea with open arms. Will Utley is a fellow photographer of mine who has been in the game much longer than myself. He gave me lots of great advice to help me along the way. I felt the love and support from everyone, which is all I needed when beginning my venture.

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Image Credit:
Hair By Nycole
Iris Esmeralda
Alexiss Ryann
Brooklynn Wright
Stephanie Jackson
Jenelle Amerson

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