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Meet Lesley Bohm

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lesley Bohm.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have spent the last few decades creating celebrity portraits, actors headshots and environmental portraits in and around Los Angeles. Originally from Vancouver, Canada I moved to LA after I graduated from Art School. Knowing that I wanted to become a people photographer when I first got to LA, I started shooting models and actors to create a portfolio. I’ve been successful shooting for magazines and advertising throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s.

For the last 5 years, I have been shooting iconic portraits and lifestyle photos for entrepreneurs and business owners so that they have modern updated visual branding images for use on their website and for all of their media needs.

I’ve run a photo studio in downtown Los Angeles for over 20 years and have seen the growth of the arts district first hand. I have witnessed the change of the photography business with the change over from film to digital and I find that to stay successful in the photography business means that you have to keep changing and growing; yourself, your business and your portfolio and website to stay modern and up to date.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am an artist and photographer. I have honed my ability to capture my clients “true essence and beauty”. I find that my warm, inviting, fun personality and abundant energy allow me to connect with my subjects in order to capture moments that translate into timeless images. I cherish the art of photography so deeply that I have made it my life’s mission to help people find the beauty in themselves and showcase that in a photograph.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Photography is an interesting art form insofar as it has been overlooked for a long time as ‘real art’. This is partly because Art=Painting and everyone now has a camera on their phone and it is very easy to get a ‘pro’ like a camera. We see millions of images every day and now that everyone and anyone can be a photographer, each and every one of us artists using photography as our media has a responsibility to create beautiful work and to get it out there into the world.

I try to submit my work to as many photo contests as I can each year. I try to keep my personal work fresh by always shooting new things. As an artist and photographer that has sustained a business in LA for over 20 years, I want to support new photographers by telling them it is possible as a female artist and a photographer to sustain a profitable business and keep creating new work for many, many years.

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