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Meet LaDell Bligen

Today we’d like to introduce you to LaDell Bligen.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Born and raised in NJ, I believed that photography was one of my callings. I moved to CA to learn more and get a bachelor’s degree in digital photography. Not only did I believe that saving a moment by capturing it was cool but making others feel beautiful through photography was the goal. Personally, I believe that I am meant for much more to not just make other feel good with photography but putting myself in front of the camera has given me so much confidence and freedom as well!

Please tell us about your art.
I have a strong focus on portrait photography. I am most comfortable in the studio but always like to step out of the box and create interesting photos on location as well. The main message is to make anyone, and everyone feels beautiful. To show you the beauty that is within you. My main inspiration for my work is Rihanna. Although she is not a photographer, she is a large icon to many. She includes people of different colors, shapes, and sizes in her work also showing the world how beautiful our differences make us. When it comes to my artwork itself, I have different out tales on things. When I take self-portraits, there’s more of a fine art take on it. When I’m taking portraits of others, it’s more about them than anything.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I feel like success just like all art is subjective. Success isn’t measured by any kind of scale. As long as you are proud of your own work, then it’s successful.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my work on my photography Instagram @ladellphoto or on my website (currently under construction). If you have any interest in working with me, I am in the Los Angeles area all you have to do is email me at, and we can set up a date(s) and time!

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @ladellphoto
  • Facebook: LaDell Downey
  • Twitter: Ladellb03

Image Credit:

Malik Vivian: Fashion Stylist

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