We had the good fortune of connecting with Bridget Houchins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bridget, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
As the oldest child, me going to college was a big deal for my parents, both of whom came from families with no college graduates. I didn’t do very well in high school and didn’t have many career options in mind that I wanted to pursue, so when it came to picking a major I decided to wing it and choose something that would make me happy, so I chose photography. I was always an artistic kid, and choosing an artistic career seemed like a risk, but I’m glad it was a risk I decided to take.
Trying to find a specific photography industry to fall into after college was difficult. Unless you live in a big city with a lot of artistic production (like Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco), photography industries are often oversaturated with amateurs and/or not taken seriously, resulting in very low pay. I was lucky enough to use connections I had to San Diego’s construction industry to work my way into commercial architectural photography, and for a few years worked full-time as one of the top photographers in the country for a large property management software company, traveling to photograph apartment buildings and high-rises. When getting into photography I never imagined I would own a business for photographing buildings, or that such a thing could even feel artistic. Little did I know nothing would make me feel proud and productive than getting creative with shooting buildings! I now own two photography businesses that are steadily growing.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business Perspective in Pixels provides professional commercial and residential architectural photography, as well as head shots. I provide photographic services to small businesses, real estate firms, construction companies, architects, and more. Besides photography, I also do 3D walkthroughs and will soon be offering drone services. I don’t think of photographing buildings as a one size fits all repetitive job, but a fun way I challenge myself at each property to find how I can artistically highlight the space in a way that catches the viewers attention, whether that be through detail shots, using the sky, landscaping, or whatever else in the scene to make the image pop.
In my spare time I was taking retro-inspired portraits for friends with laser backdrops and other 90’s mall photo or glamour shot looks. In 2020 I opened a part-time appointment only photo studio and turned this into an official business called Electric Eye. Electric Eye will soon be the first retro-themed mobile photography studio boogie van!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Balboa Park is a must for showing someone San Diego. There is plenty to walk and see, from the cactus garden to the museums. After wandering the park I love to stop into Panama 66, where you can enjoy craft beer on a picnic blanket in the middle of the park, surrounded by beautiful architecture and statues. Mexican food is also a must in San Diego, but as a native San Diegan I prefer hole in the wall taco shops over newer fancy places (we don’t need edible flowers in our tacos). For one of the most versatile family-owned Mexican restaurants/takeout, I would have to recommend Pokez downtown! For beer drinkers San Diego is known for its breweries. While downtown the Stone Brewery tasting room on Kettner is a perfect place to stop in. It’s hard to not find good beer at any of the breweries around Little Italy, North Park, Liberty Station, or anywhere else really. Seaport Village is the classic place to visit tourist shops on the San Diego bay, don’t forget to stop into the hot sauce store.
Alright, so let’s jump right in! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there a person, group, organization, book, etc. that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
My first instinct is to shoutout to myself! Hustling to start a business is not exactly in my personality. It’s hard to be persistent and not give up in order to establish yourself and your service. So my first shoutout is to myself for sticking through it, and I hope others reading this can feel inspired to do the same! But as my dad says, no one is self-made. Every person has someone behind them who has at least inspired, influenced, or cheered on their success. Because of that I would like to shoutout to all of my friends, family, and initial reoccurring clients who have never ceased to support me in my business ventures.
Perspective in Pixels