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Meet Rebecca Van Bockern of Photos By BVB

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Van Bockern.

Rebecca, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
You’d think being a photographer would’ve been an obvious career choice for the person who always had a camera in their hand at every event, party etc. (I still have boxes and boxes of prints from growing up back in the day when you actually had to develop film!) Instead, I was bit by the theater bug early on. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and moved myself right to New York. I had a pretty good go of it, working as a director and eventually full time Producing Assistant for a large Broadway company.

Throughout that time, photography remained a fulfilling creative outlet. I learned by doing, grabbing a few actor friends on weekends to practice or shooting on walks around the city. Gradually shooting headshots for my friends evolved into a professional pursuit. In 2014 I moved home base to LA, and have been shooting headshots here ever since.

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 imagine my struggles mirror the self-doubt that most other artists experience during their evolution. Fears of “Am I good enough?” and “There are so many people out here doing what I’m doing,” etc. It’s easy for us as creators to defeat ourselves even before the lift-off. The older I get, the more I’m able to quiet those internal questions and focus just on the work.

Some days I look at my shots and I’m just so unsatisfied, but it makes me reach deeper to be better. Giving quality its due attention has always been my goal, and the more I challenge myself to meet my own expectations the more my technique grows. It takes courage to chose the uncertain life that is a working artist. It’s a decision to live that life story every time I pick up my camera.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Photos By BVB story. Tell us more about the business.
Actor headshots are my primary concentration because it’s such a natural marriage of my directing experience with photography. I love, love, love working with actors, and I’ve done it A LOT. Even seasoned performers can seem lost in front of a lens when there’s no script. A background in directing has given me the tools to work with actors and bring their best forward.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’ve had some extraordinarily terrible luck (it’s actually sort of a joke for people who know me.) But balanced with that- often I can’t believe my good fortune! That whole thing about success being “luck plus timing,” man it is SO true. The universe has also brought such genuinely wonderful humans into my world that’ve been instrumental to my growth professionally. There’s no way to name them all without it sounding like an awful Oscars speech, but suffice it to say I’m so grateful to everyone who’s helped grow my business through recommendations/referrals, professional advice, or just plain moral support!

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All photos are by Photos By BVB

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