FELICE BOUCHER will speak in Topsham on Sept. 15.

FELICE BOUCHER will speak in Topsham on Sept. 15.

TOPSHAM

This September, First Light Camera Club will begin its year-long programming of tech nights, slide talks, field trips, and special speakers. This year’s first speaker will be award-winning photographer Felice Boucher of Brunswick speaking about “The Muse” on Sept.15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The program will take place at the Topsham Medical Building, 4 Horton Place in Topsham, and is free for members of FLCC and $10 for guests.

Boucher has a foundation in graphic design, color theory and composition. In 1980, she enrolled in Maine College of Art to study graphic design, but became fascinated by photography. She graduated with a BFA four years later and, as a single mom, took a series of non-photography jobs to support herself and her two children. Later in life she decided to devote herself to her first love. She started a photography business to photograph portraits, weddings, families and social events while reserving some time for her own fine art. She held a studio on the second floor of Senter Place for several years, lived and work in both Texas and in Maine for a period and just recently bought a small home in Brunswick.

In her wedding photography, over the last 20 years, she believes she was best known for her ability to capture love and emotion. While she still enjoys the work, this past August she photographed her last wedding.

“I have always invested a lot emotionally in each wedding, and now find that to do so is exhausting,” she said. Instead, she focuses on architectural photography — real estate, interiors and exteriors — and finds she has more than enough work to keep her busy.

However, keeping time for her own fine art work has been rewarding. Recent awards include: 2015 New England Photographer of the Year, 2015 Maine Photographer of the Year, 2015 Professional Photographers of America Master Degree and Certification, PPA International Print Competition “Diamond Photographer of the Year” (both in 2015 and in 2016), and 2016 Canon Par Excellence Select Award. Apart from the recognition, Canon awarded her $11,000 in new equipment. Many of her recent awards have been for images of women — particularly showing their strength, timelessness, atmospheric settings, special lighting, dress and beauty. Her work can be see at feliceboucher.com.

Boucher’s work will be honored in an exhibition which will take place from Sept. 12 to Nov. 3 at the Charles Thomas Gallery on the second floor of the Maine College of Art in Portland. A reception will be held Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m., and all are welcome to attend. She will also offer the same talk, “The Muse,” for the Portland Camera Club on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland.

First Light Camera Club hosts workshops, photo outings, tech nights, and guest speakers all year long. Upcoming speakers include: “How I Shoot Senior Portraits,” with Nancy Grendl, Oct. 20; “Pinhole Photography,” with Rose Marasco, Nov. 17; and “Nik and Topaz Software,” with Dave Higgins, Dec. 15.

For more information, visit firstlightcc.com; email [email protected]; or call (207) 729-6607.


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