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Meet Hollywood Boudoir Photographer and Artist: Theresa Bouché

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

Theresa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in the south studying film photography, mainly black and white. Then I moved to California to study lighting and commercial photography. My favorite subjects, in the beginning, were music concerts as well artistic fashion. When I first moved to LA I would meet up with other aspiring makeup/stylists,stylists, designers, and models to build my portfolio. Then I went into some red carpet work leading to shooting major events such as Emmys or Oscars. Lately, I’ve been into more travel photography and more creative fashion editorial. I find in the photography business it’s best to wear many hats in what you shoot. So I find myself trying new fields to try and shoot,continuously adding to my range and portfolio.

Has it been a smooth road?
A career in photography is an uphill battle. The struggle of constantly updating your equipment and knowing what corners you cut versus what corners to not cut. It’s also tough in the beginning knowing what is needed in the moment of shooting. The hardest part is training your eye to perform at the fee you feel confident to charge.

Have you ever wanted to stop doing what you do and just start over?
I would say trying to make it in LA is tough enough. It’s fast and furious yet a multitude of opportunity. The toughest time is defining your worth by time and final post effort. Photography is both sides: the moment you are capturing and the final touch that tells the story. There are certain avenues of photography I learned quickly were not for me, but I stuck with it long enough to build a portfolio. Any field is difficult and when starting out, you find quickly whether it’s for you or not. The harshest lesson I learned was in the entertainment business where I was shooting glamorous people but after spending hours shooting then hours later editing til the next morning for quick turnover for press. I would wait months sometimes to see any income yet my deadline would be less than 3 hours for just the right people uploaded, down to categorizing every talent to who is most important. When there is so much talent out there as a photographer who has to name them for data purposes I found myself asking: Is it worth it? Yet somehow in making it as a photographer people really like seeing this on your resume for the glam of it all. It was a crazy part of photography for me but it helped shape me and toughen me up to keep going.

Let’s change gears – is there any advice you’d like to give?
I would start off humble cause there will be a lot of mistakes including equipment error or ill packing of what you need gear wise. I suggest practicing as much as you can and ask a lot of questions to those who have been in the field longer than you. Photography is an expensive field so the more information you can get on what corners to cut versus what makes you a pro in seeing an income are crucial. There is a lot of competition and ethics isn’t important to many. I would be aggressive yet respectful so that more doors will open for you.

Is there something you are particularly excited about or working towards?
I loved photography ever since I stepped into a dark room and learned the magic of film taking as well as film processing. I loved sneaking into concerts and knowing what film to use to get the right shot or how I’d get as close as I could to get the shot. Photography is a passion that has trained my eyes to see and absorb everything that I can in this world. There are so many different angles of photography in perspective and I plan to try them all if I can. What excites me is life in general, whether I get to shoot my favorite band (with an All Access Badge) to meeting some upcoming talent I helped out creatively and seen them grow successful as artists. I get excited about life for perspective is everything. I see my future as bright as the photographs I will continue to take but also artistically speaking making art is the most rewarding and meaningful. I went into photography as a career for there were no boundaries just plenty of exploration and opportunity. I most look forward to what I will shoot next, or whom I meet that I want to add to my portfolio. It’s not famous people that allure me but more about: how to the story well enough people hire you to tell there’s.

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