Many people who know me ask me why I moved to Palm Springs. Honestly, I needed a change and this was one of my favorite places in California and had actually thought about moving here for over 3 years. They still ask why Palm Springs? The other questions usually revolve around money, they will ask “well is there a market for boudoir photography?” “Is there really any work out there?” Yes and no. I am two and a half hours from my Ventura studio, that really is not that far. I’m less than two hours from Los Angeles so if I feel the desire I can go there. There is some work here, but that is not why I moved.
Living in Ventura could be wonderful at times. Gorgeous weather and the beaches were amazing! But it is kind of a blue-collar conservative town. It has a fairly big population so I did get customers, but not all of them got what it is I do. I thought about moving to Los Angeles, but I just can’t do it. The amount of networking and cut-throat business practices that go along with living there are things I just don’t want to do anymore. Plus the air quality just is not that good.
Palm Springs is a place that I fell in love with many years ago. There is a very open-minded community here and when people find out I photograph nudes for a living they usually either ask to see my work or just find it interesting. So far no real judging me for what I do, which is a nice way to live!
Work has slowed down a little since moving here, but it has given me perspective and time to really focus on what I want to do rather than what I have to do to just pay the bills. It is a slower pace here, which I am really starting to love. I have talked in the past about wanting to have my own little commune away from the world where I could create my art, well I think I have found it. It also took me away from a lot of the BS that the industry in LA seems to have and likes to throw at you. I’m starting to really think I made the right move.
I have not worked with a model since August of last year! I have had many client sessions but could probably use a few more. I have become a little complacent, and I’m not sure if this is a bad thing or not. I’m sure after a while my bank account will say it is! And now that I am comfortable and settled in, I probably should get to booking more sessions, but lounging out by the pool is so hard to resist! 😉