About Bourgeois Photography
LeLinda Bourgeois is first a humanitarian, and then, a world travel, social documentary, nature, lifestyle and portrait photographer, cinematographer, and editor who moved to Anchorage, Alaska in June of 1992. She spent the majority of her time in the wilderness of Alaska doing things she loves the most such as hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rock and ice climbing, biking, snowshoeing, and traveling to remote villages around Alaska and the Lower 48. She accomplished all of this with camera and video cameras in hand planning to capture it all and share other peoples lives with the world in order to gain an appreciation and acceptance of others, and to promote and foster love and friendship between cultures.
In Alaska, LeLinda worked in mental health for 16 years and she feels that her great ability to positively connect with cultures, customs, and people are a direct result of years of working in various lifestyles and with various groups of people, that have not only enriched the people's lives that she worked for, but in turn, having been enriched by them. LeLinda is a real go getter when invited into other cultures. She takes great care and attention in connecting and fostering positive and healthy relationships with those she works and interacts with. She desires to learn about all of the cultures of the world, be part of their lifestyle and then share that lifestyle, through photography and video production with the rest of the world. LeLinda truly believes that the best gift you can give to someone anywhere, is the gift of your time, care and attention to what is important to them. By listening and learning we are able to not only help, but be helped as well.
After 16 absolutely amazing years in Alaska, LeLinda decided to move Outside to be closer to her family. As odd as it seems, Portland, Oregon is about halfway between Anchorage, Alaska and the Mississippi Gulf Coast where LeLinda was born and raised. She felt that if she moved halfway, she could get to either place fairly easy. After all, it usually took at least 17 hours to get to the Gulf Coast from Alaska, so being in Portland, Oregon would only take 6 hours.
LeLinda headed out to Portland called the Pacific Northwest home for about 1 1/2 years until she felt the pull to be home on the Gulf Coast with family intensify. Again she packed up and headed out, and LeLinda is now back in the town she was born and raised in; Biloxi. The calls to be in both places previously lived, (Anchorage, Alaska and Portland, Oregon) continue to pull at her heart strings... one day she will return for visits to both places as it is impossible to ignore those urges that pull us to be and experience life.
LeLinda has began working on relationships aournd the Gulf Coast and hopes to continue to work in video and photography for many years to come. She is most excited that her home grown roots are beginning to foster a place for the film industry and LeLinda definetely is getting on board with that. Filming in Portalnd and Alaska for many years was amazing and taught her so much that she hopes to continue to build on that knowledge and experience on the Gulf Coast working on films in the area area.
LeLinda has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Southwestern Kenya, Alaska, Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and Southwestern United States; and has also been to Hawaii 12 times. She tends to be drawn to places full of culture and she especially loves areas that have the tropical feel, as well as water, and mountains. Her work in photography and video has taken her all over the world and while in Africa she was also able to use her master's degree in clinical psychology to see patients at the local hospital, where they gave her her own office. She also assisted in numerous surgeries and in delivering 3 babies.
LeLinda has won awards for her work in photography, and Disney and National Geographic have both contacted her about using images for The Disney Channel, and National Geographic Magazine. The Disney Channel will air LeLinda's photograph on the show Ant Farm during the month of March or April in 2013. LeLinda's film work has been seen on television for the #1 rated television show Inside Edition; and she has also been contracted in the past by CNN Global, CBS, Storyline, and WeatherNationTv. She has also filmed and photographed for small movies and big companies around the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
LeLinda is a strong believer in volunteering in many areas of her life, and will occasionally volunteer to film and/or photograph non-profit organizations to help with their promotional agendas. She is available for assignment photography, cinematography, (eventually directing) and editing work of any length of time, and anywhere in the world.
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LeLinda dreams of furethering her filmmaking and photography career by rising to the ranks as one of the best Director's and/or Director's of Photography in the film industry. She most enjoys making films that revolve around family and children, comedy, reality tv, drama, documentary and docu-drama films that also have true and inspiring feels good messages in them.