ShootProof Photographer Spotlight | Kel B Pics Photography

Kel B

We welcome Kelvin Bulluck from Kel B Pics Photography of the Baltimore, MD area as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as realistic yet eclectic. However, a common thread linking all of my images together is their simplicity. I’m a big fan of keeping things simple.

How long have you been a photographer?

I’ve been an unofficial photographer since I was about 5 years-old. I remember being out somewhere and seeing something that stood out to me and I would think, “that would be a nice picture.” Back then I guess you could say that my brain was the sensor and my eyes were the lenses that I was using to create imagery that only I could see. It wasn’t until 2010 that I actually picked up a camera and started bringing my mental visions into digital fruition.

Tell us a little about yourself.

As a child, I had the opportunity to travel around the world. My mother was in the military, so I was exposed to all kinds of people and cultures. I believe this experience planted a seed of curiosity within me about people, which eventually lead to a BS in Psychology. I later switched gears and got a Masters in Business Administration and now I get to use my curiosity of people, my background in Psychology, my knowledge of business and my love of photography to run a business that I am truly passionate about.

When did you first fall in love with photography?

I first fell in love with photography when I realized that I could capture the essence of people with a photograph. When I first picked up a camera, I thought I wanted to shoot landscapes. But when I started getting people in front of my lens, a fire was lit somewhere deep within me and has been burning ever since. I love to shoot portraits, because each person brings their own story to the shoot and I love attempting to tell that story.

What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?

When I first started shooting, it was the nifty-fifty (50mm). But as I’ve progressed as a photographer, it would have to be my 85mm 1.2 manual focus lens. It’s razor sharp and gives me a certain level of control that I can’t get with my other auto focus lenses.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere. But one thing that has been very helpful is looking at fashion magazines. I could look at certain images for hours just trying to figure out how they accomplished a certain look. Recently, I’ve found myself being inspired by films. Cinematic lighting has a look that I’m really interested in recreating in my own work, so future projects will begin to reflect that.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Shoot what YOU want to shoot. If you’re passionate about what’s in front of your lens, that feeling will transfer onto the image.” My mentor told me this and I’ve found it to be true.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

In 5 years, I see my business as my primary source of income.  Like many photographers today, I have a day job, but I plan to build my business up in such a way that it will sustain my family without needing to be supplemented with another job.

How has ShootProof helped your business?

How HASN’T ShootProof helped my business?! Before ShootProof, I didn’t have proper systems in place to share images with clients after a session; to sell prints, or to archive images. ShootProof has also given me the professional edge that shows clients that this is not just a hobby. This is a legitimate business with the systems in place to prove it. ShootProof has provided me with affordable options that have helped my business generate more income.

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ShootProof Photographer Spotlight | Blink of An Eye Photography

Blink of An Eye Photography

We welcome Marie Janssen from Blink of An Eye Photography in Burlington, NC as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer. Thanks for sharing your work! Marie Janssen

How would you describe your style?

I love a timeless, classic look. My photos are natural, rich with color and beautiful light.

How long have you been a photographer?

I’ve always been known as the “family photographer” but over three years ago I took the leap into professional photography. I took an online course with the New York Institute of Photography and recently graduated. I’ve learned so much the last couple of years, both through my online courses and lots of practice.

 Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve been married over 19 years to the love of my life. I met him in Holland during a missions trip and we married two years later. I lived in Holland for almost 12 years and our three children were born there. I speak Dutch fluently, and love to sing, write songs, read, write and, of course, photograph my life and the lives of those around me. Our youngest daughter was born deaf and has a cochlear implant. Her further education brought us to the States in 2006. She’s doing so well and is an inspiration to us all.

When did you first fall in love with photography?

I first fell in love with photography when I was a young girl. Cameras fascinated me, as did photographs. I remember spending hours looking at my parents’ albums and boxes of old photos. My dear Granddad gave me my first camera when I was 12…his old Kodak 110. I was so proud of that camera and vividly remember sending off my film in the mail and then jumping for joy when my prints would arrive! Since receiving that first camera, my enthusiasm has only increased as I’ve grown older.

What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?

My absolute favorite lens is my Nikkor f/2.8 24-70mm. For portrait photography, I often keep it zoomed out at 70 mm and treat it like a prime lens, using my feet to zoom in and out. However, I love that if I need a wide angle shot, it’s right at my fingertips. I must confess though, I’m saving up for the f/1.4 85mm. I’ve been drooling over that lens for a while now.

 Where do you find inspiration?

My inspiration is found in the lives of those around me. I have a memory keeper and I love being a memory maker as well. I realize how quickly life passes by and we never know when the “last time” will be. This drives me. I want my images to tell a story, evoke a memory and bring joy to present and future generations.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

To be myself. It’s so tempting to mimic someone else but finding my own voice in photography has been freeing. It’s a process of discovery. I began to realize what I was drawn to…what I loved to see…and what my editing style was. Then, I had to embrace it. This is me.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

I hope to be one of the premier senior and dance photographers in my area. High school seniors are truly among my favorite subjects to photograph. I’m also the official photographer of one of our local ballet studios.  Photographing ballet is beautiful….capturing the grace and elegance of seasoned dancers, along with the wide-eyed wonder of little girls performing on the stage for the first time.

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ShootProof Photographer Spotlight | Allie Miller Photography

Allie Miller Photo

For our 2nd ShootProof User Feature, we’re excited to shine the spotlight on Allie Miller of Allie Miller Photography located on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina! Allie Miller

How would you describe your style?

I would like to say that I classify my style as a sweet blend of lifestyle with journalistic tendencies in my family and wedding photography. But, I believe my studio and portraiture work follow that technical edge and it inspires me by being able to incorporate the ‘rules’, as well as my composite techniques in most of my work.

How long have you been a photographer?

I have been actively photographing since the age of 16, but have been photographing as a business almost 2 years.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Growing up in Miami, I enjoyed many of the amazing flavors and cultural delights of the area which allowed me to study structural art and the gorgeousness of South Florida at an early age. While living in many areas of the United States, it has also afforded me the opportunity to explore amazing landscapes and beauty. I have been an ‘active shooter’ since age 16 when I was in High School.

My parents decided that for college, a photography or art design degree was not something that would lead to a ‘serious’ career. I attended college and ended with several degrees that allowed me to serve publicly, and make a difference in people’s lives. But, 18 months ago I walked away from all that stability in a healthcare career to pursue my forever passion in photography. I manage my own business, offer amazing services to my clients, educate others and travel for work as well.

When did you first fall in love with photography?

Since I stole my daddy’s Kodak Instamatic 104 camera at the age of 8 and hid it. That was ‘IT’ for me.

What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?

My NIKON 50mm F/1.8

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in everyday life: All that surrounds me, my community, relationships that everyone holds with life and loved ones, humanity & light sources. My inspiration can be found and is not limited to that innocent and pure nature in a child’s smile or the moment bride and groom walk away from the room after their ceremony is over. Inspiration is all around us.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Never be afraid to make mistakes, for they allow you grow stronger while succeeding at your goals.”

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

In 5 years… I’d like to have an office/studio away from home [that is something many dream of] But most importantly, I want to continue to offer my clients with the best images, solutions and products in the market as well as the most superb service possible, by creating incredible relationships with my vendors. In 5 years, I would love to see my business and name soar into a brand that is recognized with growth for those who want to explore and want to take their photography to a next level. I want to inspire and would love to see my skills serve a purpose. I want to change lives!

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