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Meet Trailblazer Lucy Beaugard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucy Beaugard.

Lucy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Well, my journey (if that’s what you want to call it) began pretty early on to be honest. I was that kid who carried around at least two disposable cameras at all times. But of course, I studied photography in college after switching my focus from studio art (specifically ceramics) to photography. I chose my school based on the fact that the first year was fully dedicated to film photography. I thought it was so important for me to learn a very unforgiving craft before diving into the digital world.

After college, I started my lifestyle business which I’m still actively maintaining. Though after almost a decade of capturing other people’s happiness, I felt complacent — if that makes sense? I’ve accepted that my personality doesn’t leave much room for complacency. I’ve always done better with the unknown and forced challenges.

I moved to Denver four years ago to pursue a career in the commercial/editorial industry after only visiting once. I haven’t looked back since.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think anything worthwhile ever feels or comes easy — as cliche as that may come off. There were plenty of struggles before I moved and since moving. Life happens, it’s not always that beautiful, perfectly curated Instagram story. It can be months wondering when you’ll get your next gig or how you’ll afford to live.

But all the grim aside, if you asked me is the struggle worth it? Absolutely!

I moved here knowing two friends in Nederland. I didn’t have a job and had a limited savings to get me through the year. But I think it was fate that with a little help from social media, 5280 Magazine purchased a few photos from me. From there I began interning and writing for my images. My focus became more specific and I really broke into the industry with my food writing.

The best advice I have and can offer is if you can find the happiness in what you do than that’s all that matters. You’ll find it in yourself to overcome the inevitable struggle it takes to do what you love, and hopefully, you’ll find the light at the end of the tunnel.

I know I’ve said this before but life can feel so brutally short and I believe that it’s crucial you can find happiness in what you do and how you live. That’s photography for me. I’m happy most days and that’s really important to me.

We’d love to learn more about your work. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a brand, organization or service provider? What sets you apart from others?
Well, I’m a professional photographer. What do I specialize in? Oh gosh, is it annoying for me to say a little bit of everything? I mean, yes, a majority of my clients are food and product related, but I studied photography. I fell in love with the way a camera can capture these parts of this life that may not have been there otherwise.

I’m proud of the people who believe in me, who have believed in me. The ones who even when I was broke or broken down never gave up on me. I’ve questioned my career choice because I’m human, but there’s those amazing human beings I think everyone has that see no failure. They only see your successes. I’m proud of those people and grateful beyond words.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
To be honest, I feel fortunate that my industry has been inclusive and accepting of me. I haven’t really come across any gigs where I felt less than because of my gender or that I’m my own boss. Whether or not that makes me naive I haven’t decided. But I like to think the first reason I am hired is because of who I am — and hopefully because of my work as well.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.lucybeaugard.com
  • Phone: 610-505-6548
  • Email: lucy.beaugard@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @lucybeaugard
  • Facebook: @lucybeaugard

Image Credit:
PC: Kelly Calvillo (photo of Lucy Beaugard)
PC: Lucy Beaugard (All other images)

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