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Meet Lucie Aleks of Lucie Aleks Photography in Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucie Aleks.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My passion for photography originated in my father’s veins. He had an old, Russian Lubitel Twin Lens 6×6 Medium Format camera. That vintage camera was my first and favorite toy, and I grew up exploring life through its lens. When I was thirteen, I watched my parents buy a 35mm camera for my cousin as a birthday gift. My jealousy did not subside until his interests turned elsewhere, and he passed the camera down to me. This is when I officially began developing prints for both myself and other people. My room was so small that I turned my family’s bathroom into a darkroom. Their memories of my childhood consist mainly of me being behind a camera or in that bathroom developing the prints.

I think that the motivating force behind turning my passion into my profession is my deep love for people. I love trying to read the subtle expressions in people’s faces. I love their unpredictability, their unique differences, and who they become in front of my camera. Photography is my way of capturing an aspect of their character and recording the instant in which they reveal themselves. I have always had a really good visual memory and my photography is an extension of that. It’s just how my mind has always worked. Sharing my photography allows me to show others how I see the world so that they can see it too. That connection between me and the camera, or the camera and the subject, or even the photo and the viewer is what makes my photography different.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I moved to America from Armenia one year after attaining my master’s degree in International Relations. There I worked as a government official in the Armenian Ministry of Finance, and the only outlet I had for my photography was my side-projects. After joining my family in America, I re-evaluated my career path. I chose the field of professional photography and have not regretted it for even an instant.

When I first moved to the US, English was my third language, and I was far from fluent. One might think this would be a barrier to a photographer’s budding business, but I never actually experienced that. For instance, I have a working relationship with vocal artist IAMEVE. Initially, I came to her with my camera, artistic perspective, and enthusiasm, while she provided creative subject material, patience, and trust in my abilities. My English was sometimes off, but we were able to overcome the language barrier because we operated on the same creative frequency. Our combined passion took physical form in album covers, photo sessions, and music videos. One of the stills I took behind the scenes of her latest music video Starman actually went on to win the 2016 WPPI Honors of Excellence Silver Award.

Now that I’ve been in the US for many years, I continue to face obstacles and overcome them day by day with the intention of becoming better in all that I do. I constantly challenge myself in order to grow. Providing the client with the highest quality work possible requires nothing short of 100% investment. The moments in time that we capture together are priceless, and that alone is worth the effort.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lucie Aleks Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Humans are complex beings. They laugh and love and also deceive. The lines on a person’s face tell an intermingled story of both their happiness and sorrows. With each portrait, I want to capture the unique narrative those lines tell and showcase the beauty of those experiences free from pretense. This is why as a headshot and portrait photographer, I study my clients intently to try and capture their essence. I pay attention to the person’s mannerisms, expressions and reactions during the shoot then rely on selective lighting, editing, and my own intuition to carve out and fine-tune whatever characteristic I was trying to unearth in that particular shot.

This mentality guides all the photo sessions with Lucie Aleks Photography and my clients respond to it. I have won both International and Southern California Journalism awards, and my work has been published in several magazines, but the most gratifying part of my career lies in the moments when my photos enable my clients to see themselves in a new light. I like to discover the lioness that lies hidden behind the eyes of a kitten or the lone wolf deep in the man. Witnessing and helping to actualize these self-discoveries really adds a sense of fulfillment to my work that I don’t think I could get anywhere else.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I live in the present, so my future is pretty hazy. That being said, two possible avenues I would like to explore are fashion photography and photojournalism.

Fashion photography peaks my interest because it would allow me to unleash my imagination completely. The industry’s emphasis in artistic creative design allows for limitless color palettes and opens up the opportunity to shoot dramatized expressions. I get to capture this to an extent when I shoot events, but in fashion photography, I can break the rules because there are no restrictions on concepts that are considered taboo. Fashion photography would let me explore my interest in the avant-garde and push the artistic aspects of my photography to their limits.

On the other hand, photojournalism also appeals to me in the form of a challenge: to photograph real subject matter with real implications. Documentary photography appeals to the part of me that wants to portray the subject’s story as accurately as possible. Working in this field would challenge me to be constantly present and not give into the musings of my imagination. Success in photojournalism lies not in the magnificence of the finished result but in the quality of the instantaneous capture itself. Raw and completely authentic.

Meanwhile, I will advance in the field of headshot photography. I will continue to discover new subjects and tell their stories. My ambition is for my success in their sessions to enhance their own aspirations.

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Ruzz Photography for my personal photo

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