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Life & Work with Paige Bowen of Carlsbad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige Bowen.

Hi Paige, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Thank you so much for sharing my story! Hello everyone, my name is Paige and I’m a portrait, fashion, and brand photographer here in San Diego. Unlike many photographers who will tell you that they’ve had a camera in their hands as long as they can remember, photography is something that I picked up by chance after feeling unfulfilled in a career I spent years working towards. It just so happened it was something that was meant to be and I fell in love with not only photography but supporting women through my photography.

I have always been drawn to visual storytelling and when I was in college for Interior Design, I fully came to that realization. My favorite part was always coming up with concepts for a space, wanting to create a story that would have one rhythm, one heartbeat, one vision. When I first started experimenting with photography, it was something that I just thought would be a creative outlet in comparison to the more technical aspects of the work that I was currently doing. What I soon found out was that photography was so much more than I had imagined, I was able to tell stories like I have always loved to do. Even better yet, I was able to tell the stories of women who I had the privilege to capture.

It’s now been a year and a half since I officially opened up my business Paige Arial Photography, and I feel an overwhelming amount of gratitude for all of the gorgeous people inside and out who have let me capture a moment of their life, their small business that they have poured everything into, or vision that they want to see come to life.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I think anytime you put yourself out there both in a business sense and a creative sense there are struggles and a bit of vulnerability that come with it. When I was initially interested in photography I knew I had a hefty amount of homework ahead of me. I had truly never picked up a digital camera before in my life so I really was starting at ground zero. With time, patience, practice, and youtube I started feeling more confident. In the beginning I would reach out to friends, family, join Facebook groups, and do whatever I could to build a portfolio that represented the kind of work I believed in.

For me, the process of creating is something that feels so natural, and dreaming up ideas to bring someone’s vision to life is always the exciting part. When I officially decided to launch my business, I knew that the creativity and the photography aspect was only one part of the big picture. There are so many other facets that needed to work together simultaneously so I could create an experience for people that felt special. For me, creating the relationships and foundation with the people I work with is the most important part. With this at the heart of why I do what I do, everything else fell into place, with a little trial and error of course. I think having those fundamental business practices in place (like designing a user friendly website for example) definitely isn’t glamorous but creates an experience for someone right from the beginning.

I have a huge admiration for anyone who decides to start something that they believe in because I know it’s not always an easy path, but it’s one that can be so fulfilling.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m an inclusive female portrait and fashion photographer who works with both individuals and brands. This means I could work with someone who wants a session to celebrate who they are in this specific moment in time, a boutique owner who wants to tell the stories behind each piece they thoughtfully selected, or a skincare line that wants to show how their creamy and dreamy products make your skin radiate. I work side by side throughout the whole process with the people I create for, so it truly is a collaborative journey from the beginning. I assist with wardrobe styling, location selection, prop procurement, model scouting if I’m working with a brand, and so many other fun things.

My work has a delicate feminine quality to it but I also love to showcase the divine power within that all women have. I really pride myself on being a photographer for all different types of women, there is no one mold that people should fit into, so I like to celebrate the differences that each person has.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I genuinely believe that I’m able to continue to do what I love because of the passion I pour into each person who chooses to create with me. Every person or business is remarkable in their own way and once I get to learn about their stories, who they are, and what makes them unique I have the easy job which is just bringing that to life.

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