With Bailee Photography
Meet Bailee, The Founder Of Bailee Photography
Laura: First things first, tell me about your business? What do you create and who do you create it for?
Bailee: I’m a fashion and product photographer but I also do portraiture on the side. I typically shoot jewelry, clothes, and accessories for fashion shoots and for product shoots it varies depending on if the client likes my style. For portraiture I do family photos, weddings, senior photos, and headshots.
Laura: How did you first get started in your industry?
Bailee: I got into photography as a freshman in high school because I wasn’t able to do sports anymore after two reconstructive foot surgeries so I needed a new hobby that would be both a creative outlet for me as well as something that would get me out of the house while recovering from surgery.
So as I grew in my knowledge and technical skills I developed my style which is fashion and product photography. I started doing paid shoots for portraits, fashion and products as well as some brand collaborations.
Laura: What is one thing you want people to know about you, that they may not already know?
Bailee: I think something I think people should know is that I have multiple creative outlets which I think as a whole has helped me to be a better photographer. I’m a musician and I also do graphic design. Having this broader perspective on art has for sure helped me develop my style.
I’ve always been told to specialize in one thing but I believe that being involved in multiple industries can help you improve in your main focus as well. So don’t feel like you have to stick to just one passion!
Laura: What do you struggle with most when it comes to running your own business?
Bailee: One of my biggest struggles in running my business is my age. I think people assume that your age equates to your experience and it’s hard to find clients that are willing to give me a chance.
Laura: What is one thing that comes really easy for you?
Bailee: I think creating relationships with my clients comes easy for me. I really enjoy getting to meet new people and talk to them whether it’s over text/email while scheduling their shoot or at the actual shoot.
For the model or subject it’s so important that they feel comfortable during the shoot so they can feel and look their best in the photos.
For the brands it’s important that they feel comfortable enough with me to tell me what look they’re going for and that they aren’t afraid to speak up so I can give them exactly what they want.
Laura: What aspect of your business is the most rewarding?
Bailee: It is so rewarding when I see someone posting or printing the photos I give them. It’s really special getting to create something that showcases a persons beauty or product in a piece that they can be proud of and excited about.
Laura: How do you manage the stress and overwhelm of running your own business?
Bailee: I just manage the stress by pushing through. Sometimes I take on more shoots than I realistically have time for but I just keep going and somehow always manage to get done.
Laura: Who influences or inspires you the most in regards to your industry?
Bailee: I have a somewhat goofy answer for this one. What first sparked my interest in fashion photography was when I started watching America’s Next Top Model as a sophomore in high school.
I’ve never been great at drawing or painting so seeing that photos could be art was really cool and something I felt I could do. I also really love the style of photos that are typically featured in Vogue and Vogue Italia.
Laura: You have “a worthy brand,” I can see that, but why do you feel your brand is worthy? How do you remind yourself of your worth to continue building your business each day, how do you remind yourself, you are worth it!
Bailee: For me I try to remind myself that even if someone doesn’t like my photos there are other people who do. Art, fashion, and pretty much any type of business can be subjective to one’s personal style so just realizing that not everyone has to be a fan for your work to be good is a big encouragement to me.
Laura: And last… if you could give new or struggling entrepreneurs one piece of advice, what would it be?
Bailee: For photographers starting up I would say that your style develops slowly at the start so if you don’t know exactly what that is yet not to worry. Again don’t feel like you have to specialize in one thing. Obviously no one can do it all but if you like shooting landscape and food photography, who’s to say you can’t handle both?
And if you’re a business and you want to make jewelry, and candles, go for it! You are free to do whatever you’re passionate about and if that’s more than one thing, don’t limit yourself.
Photos By Bailee Photography
I’m super impressed with Bailee and her quality of work. I’m beyond grateful to have her as A Worthy Brand’s photographer.
We both love high fashion and she understands the style I’m looking for. This girl is surely going places as they say. Thank you Bailee for allowing me to interview you and share your work with the #Worthy Tribe.
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