Business Name: Blia Lee Photography
Name: Blia Lee
Location: Decatur, Texas
Website: Blia Lee Photography
Facebook: Blia Lee Photography
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
Facts about me: I’ve been married to my best friend for 21 years. We have seven kids, meaning life can be quite crazy, but I could never trade it for the world.
Business-wise: My senior, family, and children’s portrait business serves the Decatur/Denton, Texas area, which is right outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. I love working with teens and feel that my work shines the most when I am photographing seniors. I enjoy working with each of my senior clients to bring out their best qualities, and I love inspiring them to gain confidence in themselves through photography.
|What is in your gear bag?
My Nikon D600 attached to a Nikon 85mm f/1.8, a Nikon 50mm f/1.4, and Tamron 70-200 f/2.8, a reflector
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
Like many other senior photographers, I draw inspiration from fashion magazines to know what’s trendy and current. However, I also draw inspiration from other types of art and media such as movies, books, music videos and songs. I am especially inspired by media forms that are bright, vivid and ones that evoke lasting memories, so much of my work is also full of bright, bold colors.
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
When I first started, I had a hard time believing in myself and my own capabilities as a photographer. Reading as much as I could and networking with other photographers have helped me to realize that I am on the right track. I am so very thankful for all the friends I have made who have helped me along the way.
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Don’t be afraid to experiment, to try new things, and put yourself out there. Sometimes doing something different can be scary, since there’s always the risk of failure. However, we can’t grow if we don’t try new things. When I first started, I never expected to be a senior portrait photographer. I wanted to shoot cute babies like the rest of the newborn photographers in my area. However, as I explored and experimented with new shoots, techniques, and genres, I realized that I enjoyed shooting seniors most.