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Art & Life with Janita Ducharme

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janita Ducharme.

Janita, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am a full-time high school choral director who has been taking photos since I was four years old. My aunts and uncles wanted a photo together, so my mom handed me a 110-film camera and told me to make sure I could see everyone’s faces in the viewfinder. When the photos came back, we realized that I had a good eye for a little kid and thus, my interest in photography began. Since then, I’ve always loved taking pictures of people, capturing raw emotions, especially joy and love. Portrait photography started off as a way to support my photography habit and then grew into another way for me to communicate with the people around me. My favorite portraits are the ones that show someone how truly beautiful they are, especially if they were unable to notice it themselves.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Portrait photography is my passion. I love working one-on-one with another person and getting to know who they are as a human being. The more I know about a person, the more I feel we can create images that capture who they are and how to tell their story. I also love to work with couples and learning how they met, what made them fall in love, their hopes and dreams, and capturing all the little moments they can look back on and share with their families.

When I was growing up, I had low self-esteem. As a teenager, I felt I had little to contribute to the world, and I hated the way I looked. There aren’t many pictures of myself during that time that I care to look at now. It’s a little heartbreaking, especially when I work with teenagers who are going through what I experienced. It was working with my students who had low self-esteem that I began to realize all the talking we were doing was helping, but if I could show them how great their friends and family thought they were, maybe they’d start to see themselves in a better light. Ultimately, when I take a photo of someone, I want them to see themselves as beautiful on the inside and outside. We all deserve to feel beautiful.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Social media can be an amazing way to make connections with other artists in your area and around the world. Joining forums or artist groups has helped me meet other people who have a love for portrait photography and helped me improve as an artist.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I mostly post on Facebook and Instagram and I am hired to do individual portraits and weddings/elopements.

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Janita Ducharme Photography

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