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

Hi Denise, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue a creative career because art and creativity have always been a huge part of my life. Ever since I can remember, I would doodle with chalk on the sidewalk, or bake and decorate cakes and other baked goods, or draw up new fashion, work on mixed media projects, paint, cook, and so much more. Everything is art to me.

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.
When I think about my professional career, I think I am most proud of the fact that I always keep going. Setbacks, curveballs, what have you – I usually ask myself, what can I learn here? What can I do better/different moving forward? I also take pride in never stopping at “good enough” – I pour my whole heart and soul into every project. I try to get to know everyone I work with/for, because at the end of the day, it’s about THEM and what makes them special. I believe this reflects in the unique variety of projects I have worked on. I’m also grateful to work with people from every walk of life, including people just starting out their businesses, to having to sign hefty NDAs in Hollywood. If I had any advice to give to someone starting/considering a creative career, it would be: – You are not nearly as bad as you think, but keep looking for new things to learn. – Get out of your own head and don’t take everything personal. – NO just means Next Opportunity. – Do YOU.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Before the epidemic, one of my favorite places was and still is The Magic Castle. There is something truly life-changing about experiencing this magic, especially around Halloween (lifesize coffin full of candy anyone?). The darker side of me also adores all the different cemeteries, like Hollywood Forever. I also love getting creative with friends at all the fun photostudios in LA like FD Studios, or surrounding areas like Elysium Studio in Garden Grove (which is a must if you’re like me and love all things goth, incl. huge thrones). One of my favorite, go-to places for rentals for all my vintage inspired shoots is Provenance Rentals, because their keen eye for design makes staging any vision you might have an absolute breeze. Since the epidemic, I’ve been working mostly from home, enjoying my favorite pizza from Avenue 3 Pizza in Cerritos, and delicious desserts from Crack Pies L.A. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A huge part of why I pursued a creative career is thanks to my Mama Ingrid, who would always support and encourage all my crazy creative projects, no matter how many of them I jumped right in. Her never-ending, unconditional love and support is something I will always be grateful for. Another huge part of my continued love for art is because of my amazing husband Jon, my favorite artist and the Gomez to my Morticia. He continually loves me, and supports me in every aspect of life and art, Then of course my wonderful family members, including my lovely mother-in-law Annie, who loves and supports me like her own, And also all my beautiful, inspiring friends, like the Messings, who have shown me that family does not have to be blood. (and the Universe knows, I wouldn’t want to run Corbeaux Magazine with anyone else than you, Lauren) Thank you also to all my awesome clients, who continue to give me so much joy when they see their photos, logos, or artwork I created for them. Thank you ALL for believing in me, even when I don’t believe in myself sometimes.

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Image Credits
dlartphoto2 Models: Tierra Nicole & Marissa Hats: White Purls dlartphoto3a: Model: Ryan shot at: FD Photo Studios dlartphoto4a: Model: Tamara dlartphoto5: Model: Bri Gisella shot at: FD Photo Studios dlartphoto6: Model: Carolyn dlartphoto7: Model: Roland Hat: White Purls shot at: In The Flow Studios dlartphoto9: Model: Katie Hat: White Purls shot at: The Urban Jungle Studio

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