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Meet Deaqon James of Deaqon James Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deaqon James.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Deaqon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a commercial glamour and boudoir photographer based in Orange County California. I have been doing photography professionally since 1986 when I got to shoot for a swimsuit magazine. No not that one; another one that no longer exists. 🙁

People have actually asked me why I choose to make my living photographing Glamour and Boudoir. Well besides the seemingly obvious answer there is also the simple fact that on a daily basis I get to empower women. I get to witness the inner power of women reignite by giving themselves permission to unpack their own beautiful wings and stand in their own warm radiant light…

I live for the moments they see their images and they release a breathlessly excited gasp of “That’s ME?” A whisper warms our hearts when she says “I’d lost my way and through this experience, I’ve found the way back to ME.”

So when one asks why I love creating these incredible experiences for women? I get to reply with; “I hope that someday, somewhere, your next generation will pick up your beautiful soul off these timeless portraits and will think “I would have loved her too” …

I am also an educator in the process of creating workshops to teach not only lighting but how to run a successful photography business.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No endeavor is ever without its challenges and I think those are what really make the experience all the more fun. My biggest struggle was craving to do photography but not having a camera to do it with. Then it was getting money for film and processing.

Sometimes the challenges are in educating clients about the process and why they are going to want to purchase prints of their sessions and managing client and my own personal expectations.

Another big challenge for some boudoir photographers is helping these women understand that you don’t have to be a Victoria’s Secret or Sports Illustrated model to look like a Playmate. At least not when I’m behind the lens. 😉

Deaqon James Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Deaqon James Photography is an Orange County California based Glamour and Boudoir photography service. I specialize in great lighting which creates great images for my clients.

I am proud of the sheer number of women who trust me so much they allow themselves to be vulnerable with me to create amazing work.

I think the fact that I believe in using proper light and exposure rather than relying on software to create great images is what sets me way apart from most photographers these days. That and the fact that I believe in printing your work.

Digital files rarely get looked at. An album or wall art will be looked at quite a bit.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I had a gorgeous young lady who was actually a runway model and had never shot boudoir or glamour come to shoot at my LA studio. She arrived and asked me what I wanted her to wear, and I handed her men’s white button-down shirt. She hesitated for a moment. I looked deep into her eyes and said; “Trust me.”

There were so many times she exclaimed while looking at the images as they came up on the screen; “THAT’S ME?”

Mind you; she’s looking at the images on the screen as I’m taking them. So no filtering or touching up applied yet. Something I pride myself on.

She later told me that her parents wanted to be so mad that she did that shoot but instead they kept saying how beautiful she looked. Or was it the first year I broke seven figures?

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