We had the good fortune of connecting with Bailey Beaulieu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bailey, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Truthfully, I began my journey into photography for the same reason as a lot of other women do, to capture my children. I had my son and realized how quickly it goes-by, so I dug out my camera and started capturing him- around the house, themed sessions for holidays or milestones- then I realized, I wanted to do this for others. I wanted to give every other person the same gift of capturing themselves, their loved ones, their moments, to cherish for the rest of their lives and for generations to come. I have since started finding my way into the more artistic side of photography, creating images to make other’s think and portray my own feelings with my art. The risk I took by starting my own business has helped my find what I feel like I was MEANT to do with my life. It’s been a huge blessing.
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.
I feel my photography is different from others in several ways but the biggest is the way my sessions and clients look in their photos. My style is a more relaxed/lifestyle type of session, which means I don’t like to do the traditional “stand here like this and smile at my camera”; instead I guide my clients into posing but I get them engaging with one another, I give prompts to spark conversations and get everyone talking, laughing, snuggling together. The end results in photos showing my clients as they truly are, I focus on a little boy’s hands, that grow way too fast so his mother remembers how they once fit in hers, I focus on a mothers laugh and snuggle that brings so much joy and comfort to her kids, I focus on a fathers playful tickles and rough-housing that create memories to last forever. I focus on the MOMENTS. I capture not just how things look but how they feel. Those are the photos that create cherished memories.
I have worked hard to make sure my client’s feel comfortable with me at their sessions, that is the basis that will allow my clients to let their true colors shine through, without comfort we don’t get the beautiful candid moments! It hasn’t been easy to hone in on my style, it’s a lot of trial and error. But the more I photographed and took on sessions, the more I would see what I wanted to capture or wish I did differently. This allowed me to go into each new session or model call with a plan to get one step closer to where I wanted to be.
I hope anyone aspiring to become a photographer knows, you just have to start, ask friends and family to model for you, learn your settings and how to read light, and just begin. You learn by doing and it’s scary but it won’t get easier until you take the leap. There’s no wrong way to learn and you can always ask fellow photographers for tips or find someone who can mentor you! And above all, don’t compare your work to other’s, it is the fastest sure-fire way to steal your joy. If you love your work, that is all that matters.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a bit biased but my mom own’s a cafe here in Arizona, she opened it 27 days before I was born so I literally grew up there, so whenever ANYONE comes around I have to take them there to eat. We would go to the 40th street cafe for breakfast or lunch, preferably lunch because the chicken tenders are my absolute favorite! A few other checks on my list would include: going to Sedona to see the red-rock, desert Sonoran preserve at sunset to see all the beautiful colors, lost dutchman state park, and if it’s summer time we HAVE to go to the salt river and one of my favorite places for ice cream, sugar bowl! Weather permitting, it’s also Nic to catch a meteor shower out in Cavecreek and before hand we could go to my favorite thrift-store, Kiwanis Marketplace! Phoenix Suns or Mercury games are always a favorite of mine as well, and seeing some of my friends I have known most of my life that work over at Casey Jones Bar & Grill for dinner and drinks and can’t forget a morning trip to the farmers market at roadrunner park on the weekends!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Taylor, has been my biggest supporter since I said I wanted to start photography. He believes in me with whatever I want to do and supports me in every decision. He offers his lending ear when I am in a creative rut, and he offer’s his eyes when I need another perspective on a photo or idea. My best friend Stacy is also a photographer and she is my biggest cheerleader, sounding-board, and confidant with photography. We are best friends on a personal level but to find someone who also shares your greatest passion in a creative and artistic way is huge and I wouldn’t be where I am without her.
My mom, sister and family have been great support, sharing my work and my own personal hype team from the start!
And last but most certainly not least, I need to thank my son, Cooper, who is single handedly responsible for me picking up my camera and beginning this journey.