We had the good fortune of connecting with Barbara Bucher and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Barbara, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I honestly never thought about starting my own business until 3 years ago. I had been an educator or involved in education for my entire professional career (30 years). It was during the last part of my career, while teaching preschool, that I was encouraged to share my photography with the public and others outside of my inner circle of family and friends. I was incredibly nervous to do this, but had so much support and encouragement.  I ended up being very successful with a small showcase of photos. It was from this that the idea of starting my own small photography business was born.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The photos I take reflect my true love, my passion. The beach, the ocean, the landscape that surrounds it, the creatures that rely on it, as well as almost anything outdoors. While I love people and love meeting new people, I don’t love photographing them, so, I stick to what I love to shoot. I’m proud that people are able to see my passion reflected in my work- that seriously thrills me!
I don’t think anything worthwhile comes easily- you have to continually work at it. I do this by talking and collaborating with my colleagues- other artists both photographers and not. I have  a simple philosophy; we are all in this together and we can all grow and prosper together by sharing what works and what doesn’t! I also continue to try and challenge myself in different ways to continue to become a better photographer. I would like the world to know that it is never too late in life to follow your dreams… never!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I actually loved Little Italy in San Diego (clearly to eat lol) and was thrilled with Thousand Steps Beach, La Jolla, The Wedge, Dana Point Harbor and Coronado. Those were all such beautiful and stunning places to shoot!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The JCC in my community was instrumental in recognizing my talent as a photographer and helping me recognize my own talent! They showcased my work and introduced my work to the community. I would not have been able to jumpstart my business without them. In addition, my family and friends are always lending encouragement and support in so many ways- I couldn’t do this without them!

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