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Art & Life with Bree Hulan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bree Hulan.

Bree, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
There’s a reason why the first thing I grabbed when evacuating the San Diego fires was a photo album. Photography just made sense for me because I value the art so much. I picked up my first DSLR way back in high school. My yearbook teacher let me borrow his camera, and he encouraged me to take a photo class because he saw a lot of potential. That’s when I really worked hard and felt my creativity shine. I knew this needed to be more than a hobby, so I started my business during my senior year. It took almost five years for people to realize that this is I’m serious about it! I think because I’m only 21, people have a hard time believing I’m an actual entrepreneur! A lot has changed since then, but what’s the same is how much I’ve absolutely loved building memories with people, getting a little “weird,” and being their honorary hype woman.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I show off people’s joy through a lens. I shoot weddings, adventurous couples, senior and family photos, and lifestyle photography. It’s so much more than just taking photos of happy people somewhere beautiful. With couples especially, I want them to leave with photos that will send their senses back to the exact moment it was taken. So when they’re on a cliff overlooking Yosemite Valley, hugging, letting the wind sweep their hair on a sand dune, laughing and running with the love of their life, I want people to feel that. It’s all about real relationships and making it something people have fun doing. It’s so important to me that people jive well with their photographer, so I’m lucky that I often become close friends with my clients. When people leave, I want them to know that I genuinely care about them and that I want the real “them” to shine, in all aspects of life.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I can’t speak for other artists of different mediums, but from my perspective on the photography industry… I hate to say this, but I find it challenging to be part of an industry that people don’t understand. Most people don’t value true, quality photography that differentiates itself. There’s a need for education and for respect in this industry. Most of all, there’s a need to band together as artists to bring about good in the world and to demand respect for ourselves, while using what we do to love people so deeply. We cannot take our work lightly.
In addition, a lot of artists struggle with imposter syndrome. There’s no one way to fix it, but there’s a need for self-respect and confidence as well.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can view my work on my website or Instagram:

They can support me by hiring me to be their third wheel, capture their important life moments, or by purchasing one of my photographer resource guides.

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Image Credit:
Parallel33 Photography (Bree Hulan)

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