I met Julie about a year ago now, and I have been a massive fan of her work with weddings and family and her amazing exterior newborn photography. That in my opinion only Julie can pull off without it looking out-of-place. I am so keen to share with you her story as she deconstructs the myths of the way to use your DSLR and shares her values with family photography!
Welcome Julie, thank you so much for joining us on the Soapbox, I know you have been so busy to get this interview done and I am so grateful to have you here! So Julie, for those who don’t know much about you, tell the good readers of the Soapbox a little more about you and how you became Julie Willis Photography!?
Julie~ a little about me. My name is Julie Willis I have been running My business Julie Willis Photography full-time for just over ten years now. Before motherhood I worked in the film industry for ten years, behind the scenes working in costume, dressing and looking after actors. After getting married to a fellow film person we decided to start a family. As I had always been a mad photographer since the age of about 15, I got my hands on my fathers rich camera and never wanted to give it back and I became a professional photographer. Three children later they are now all well into their schooling which gives me more time to work on building my career in the photographic industry. The business for me has been full-time from the get go. I worked in a very high pressure environment before my photography business and was very blessed to be “on set “ in the film industry for over ten years, I got to see how to light how to keep things flattering and how to make the ordinary look fantastic. My film background taught me a very strong work ethic and gave me my eye for perfection.
AmyLee~ Wow the film industry must have been an amazing journey, you’ll have to tell us more about that on the NewBorn Posing Pods page next week! Make sure to join us on Tuesday night for the one on one with Julie! Whats the best bits about running your own business?
Julie~The best part for me is being able to set my own hours and be there to see my children grow. I get to hold in my hand beautiful newborns and watch families begin. I get to see people marry knowing that the people watching them tie the knot all have a special reason for being there. I know I am witnessing something really important for the family. I have been self-employed for ten years now. I have A second shooter that is also film industry trained that shoots second for me at all of my weddings. I also have a book-keeper and an accountant to do the business side also.
Amy~ I love the way you think, is there anything you’d like to change or change about the way your business runs, or how you started out in your business? Basically what do you regret or would like to make better in your business?
Julie~ Not really… big grin
Amy~ That’s good to know, I know of a lot of photographers that regret the way they begin at first and find it hard to change, for eg not pricing themselves correctly to begin with and having to start all over again What inspired you to create Julie Willis Photography, and pursue this career is this your passion?
Julie~ This is my passion, I have never not had a camera in my hand. My father told me from a young age that he would back me in whatever career I chose as long as I was educated in the field. He is a very firm believer in educating yourself.
Amy~ That’s awesome we should all take a note from your father’s book! Do you have any other products that you have created apart from your photography business?
Julie~Yes actually, I have created my products to teach DSLR camera knowledge and Lightroom presets to help others get things right in camera. I aim my products at mums like myself who are time poor and love photography and want to do things with greater ease. Those who have done my course love they way things are explained in a very clear and easy way. I have had women whom have never understood how to even turn the camera on and by the end of the day are shooting better than some I have seen already in business, it’s quite incredible to witness. It’s all in the understanding of your camera, light and positioning.
Amy~I know how you explain the workings of the DSLR and I think it’s a fantastic starting point for anyone in the beginning phase! So how did you come up with the fantastic names you have for your various products? Also your businesses…?
Julie~ My business name was simple for me Shoot Camp was born from the idea of making my course interactive and personable. Clients who do my course get follow-up two weeks later and also access to my private forum to kick-start them into correct shooting techniques
Amy~Thats such a great idea, lastly Julie thank you so much again for being part of the Soapbox and our first interview back, I’d love to give you the floor and let you tell us all about your amazing new book and projects coming up!
Julie~I am a wedding and family photographer, and now also a teacher and mentor. I believe in people getting things correct in camera and learning to shoot with a bit of a ritual to make sure; firstly you don’t miss the moments, secondly you cover all that is needed and thirdly you shoot so well… you hardly have to do much in the edit. My work book is written for women. It is clear and cuts to the chase. I have trained so many people from it and they understand in less than 5 hours to shoot fully in manual and get it right every time. Even women whom have never held a camera before just get it and run with it. It is so great for me to follow-up in two weeks and see how proud they are of their images and also of their beautiful kids. After doing the work book they start to view things in an entirely different light. It is like they have been given the keys to the photographic kingdom. They can shoot any lighting situation, capture any idea that they have dreamt about shooting, all because they understand how the camera is working and they work with it not against it. In great photography you need to be super observant, and honest with yourself. Self critiquing is key. I highly recommend the book for those of you starting out in small business, my techniques have been developed over ten years of working full-time and I am really proud of the results.
Amy~I agree, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand their camera and learn to shoot like a pro, in this DIY world our industry is fast becoming a bit of a dinosaur unless you are specialising in Fashion or creative photography, plenty of mums with cameras and newbies will benefit from what you have to offer, and hopefully help our industry keep it’s high end standards once people see how difficult it really is! You can purchase the Book can be purchased at www.juliewillisphotography.com.au hit the For Photographers tab to download. Below is a sneak peek!!! See you on the wall next Tuesday at 8pm