To be honest I have always hated morning light. It seems harsh and cold. I tend to edit warmth so I always clashed with this cool morning light. Since moving to Alaska, this morning light has pulled me out of my warm bed to explore the cool frosty mornings.
The light peaks over the mountain creating this unbelievable glow. It’s like a wonderland of sparkles as the light reflects off the the frost. It brings so much life to the morning. I have even started venturing out alone just to capture that morning glow on my own. I guess I always seem to find the beauty in even the most frost bitten mornings.
So here’s the conclusion I have come to with for my clients, especially in Alaska. See the awesome thing about Alaska is that during the cool fall/winter months, the sun doesn’t rise until like 9 or even 10 am. I love the light so it is a frustrating wait, but now to achieve those beautiful sunrise session that you used to have to wake up at 5 am just to start getting ready to meet at a location at a 630 am sunrise, in Alaska, a sunrise session means getting up and ready at a normal decent time. We can capture such a special moment not so early in the morning. Some of my recent sessions have been at 10am. Come join me for a frost filled morning. Make is a breakfast date for the family or a coffee date with a loved one before coming to join me in the beautiful Alaskan scenery!
These meet ups are so important to an ideal session. Pre-session consult is the first time you’re meeting me is not the location of your photo shoot. Everyone involved in the session is so much more comfortable once the camera comes out.
During the consult we will drink coffee, maybe eat muffins, talk about how perfect we’re going to make your session and all the little details that go into it. Consults can be anywhere from 20 minutes to let me know what you’re thinking or we could send two hours laughing and planning the most amazing styled session you could think of.
I think it’s super important for you all to pick your photographer not just based on their style but them as a person. I love getting to know my clients and when you become a little more personable, those photos will show everyone bit more of the emotion. It’s my job to make you comfortable and it’s my job to deliver the best possible photos that I can. You guys are not just here to get photos, you’re here for an experience. That experience should be the best one that it can be.
Some important topics that we go over during your consultation are
1. The location of Your session. Everybody want something a little different and that’s perfectly fine with me. I strive to achieve that even if you have the same location as somebody else you’re photos will be so unique to you.
2. The time of day of your session. Do you prefer that cool morning lights were off and get some fog or mist or do you want to go for The warmth that comes with the evening sunset.
3. Who’s going to be in your session. Is it just you, like a senior shoot. Or is it the whole family even Aunts +uncles. And definitely some of the most important things are those engagements or your special day like your wedding.
4.I think one of the most important things we talk about is what you’re trying to achieve in your photos. Some families want the focus to be on their children. What others want to include their dogs and laugh and run around fields. And yet my favorites are those intimate couple sessions where we can get super moody and emotional and it’s so beautiful.
5. We get to know each other.
I love my pre-session consultations. Sometimes they work out with scheduling and getting ready before your appointment and other times we do meet the same day at the location but no matter what we have tons of fun and we get the job done.
For years since starting this business I have struggled with the pros and cons of owning a small business. There is constantly self doubt that what your doing isn’t good enough or determining how to run a business when your true passion is the artwork. Business and passion is so hard to be compatible til I realized why I started this business.
I started really producing the art that I wanted when I finally let go of the stigma that is had to be business run! I began to treat each session as an adventure. I began to embrace the beautiful imperfections in a session over the purely posed photos. I let go of I can only deliver the minimum because it better on the bank account if client buy more. I let go of the strict time limits because when you capture the beauty, you cannot stop mid shot because the session time limit hit. I let go that client are just client and embraced that client can be friends, acquaintances, coffee dates, play dates, and someone that can come to you when they just need a listening ear.
I get one hour give or take to capture you and your family as they truly are and we can’t do that without laughing, crying, cuddling, tickle fights and sweet kisses. I get to freeze the sweet whispered “I love you’s” and the nuzzled noses. I walk away from each session with a new appreciation for nature, life, and love. Some days, I cry editing a session, or driving away after a session, knowing that this is their family as they truly are and seeing how the connections shine through a photograph. I love seeing that the art was not just something I did alone, but something I could not truly capture without amazing client that are willing to adventure, cuddle and dance with me through the mountains, valley, rivers, and trees. I could not be more thankful for this year for my art, my business, my AMAZING client, and the new relationships that have been and will continue to be built through this year.
Who am I? That’s always a good question to ask. plus you are hiring me to capture your family as they are and that means you have to know what you are getting into.
I am me… just kidding. My name is Lillie Bullock, owner of Lillie bullock photography. I am a wife, a mother, an employee, an adventurer and an artist. I started photography in college to help pay for groceries and quickly fell in love. I fell in love with chasing the light and adventuring and getting to know someone!
There are days I walk into a session and have met the family maybe once before where we talked about your vision for photos over coffee. We laugh, we cry, we joke, and we talk about life to its fullest. We embrace all of it to capture what your photos should represent, which is you. I will always go above and beyond to capture the light in your life.
Let me help you get the captivating, emotional and adventurous photos of your dreams