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A Photographer You Should Know: Che Correa

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Meet Che Correa, a badass photographer from Wisconsin that specializes in tattoo, fine art, and boudoir photography. I first met Che on a crazy road trip last year with stops at the prison where the movie Shawshank Redemption was filmed and an amazing old asylum. Che and I hit it off over sandwiches at a tiny diner in West Virginia and have continued to bond over our love of tattoos and awesome 90’s music. Che’s passion and creativity have been inspiring and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

Che Correa

Photo credit: Dave Jackson 

1. I love that you photograph so many awesome tattooed individuals, what made you decide to specialize in that? 
I’ve been in love with tattoos since I was 18 and I got my first two pieces. However, there was a large chunk of my life when I didn’t get any new ink because I was afraid. Then, I got to a point where I just didn’t care what anyone else thought, I wanted to be myself. The decision to specialize in this area came from my love of it and I saw an opportunity to help promote the idea that body art can be beautiful. A woman does not stop being pretty or sexy, nor is a man a bandit or thug if they have tattoos. It’s a form of self expression. 
2. What inspires you? 
Everything. Music, sunshine, love, hate, boobs (can I say boobs??!, ha!), flowers, books, words, silence… Just everything.
3. What have some highlights been of your career so far? 
More recently, winning the contest to attend After Dark in St. Louis, MO (the last one!), attending Imaging USA this past January where I met and was inspired by so many wonderful photographers/artists, and last but definitely not least, being able to have a couple of hours of Dave Jackson’s time to do a portfolio critique where he was blatantly honest and told me exactly what I needed to hear. Everything is Awesome!
4. If you could photograph anyone living or dead who would it be and why?
Bob Marley. He has been such a big influence in my life since I was a young girl hanging out in the beaches of my beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I would have loved to just sit, talk and be infused by his message and after everything finish the day by making his portrait. Pure Bliss. A close second would be Robi Draco Rosa, a puerto rican musician whose words have been with me for a long time.
5. What advice would you give to someone just starting their photography career?
Don’t ever stop learning photography, shooting photography and living it. This path is not for the weak. It takes a lot of hard work and it can consume you. In my opinion, only the ones who let it, will come out winning.

Check out some of Che’s photos below and see more on her blog, Facebook, and Google +.

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