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Conversations with Bree Ali Mary

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bree Ali Mary.

Hi Bree Ali Mary, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Hi, my name is Bree! Not quite like the cheese, but close enough! Though… my friends would say I’m quite cheesy. I love a good dad joke and making someone laugh or smile is the highlight of my day!

I’ve loved photography for as long as I can remember. It was actually my dad that fed my early obsession – he would spoil me with disposable cameras that I would go through by the pack.

I still have old film of landscape shots where my fingers were, of course, completely covering half the scene in every photo. Don’t worry though, I’ve evolved since then!

Photography was something I never thought I could pursue as a career, but when I lost my 8-5 due to Covid… I figured that if anything, 2020 has taught me how short life is, so why not capture it? I started offering sessions to friends and dipped into my savings in going full force into starting my business! I didn’t know if I would succeed but Erin Hanson’s wise words rang in my ears “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” I figured the worst that could happen would be falling but worse than falling would be never even trying and always wondering!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Anything worth having in life is not easy! It has definitely not been an easy road but thanks to all my friends and family who have really supported my dreams of pursuing photography full time; I am here flying!

I definitely have so much more to learn and one of the challenges has definitely been finding balance in my life! Jumping into your own business full force can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it can also be all-consuming if you don’t find the balance between work and personal life! There are days where I face massive burnout as well as Imposter Syndrome.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a professional natural light lifestyle photographer based in Southern California! I specialize in engagements, elopements, weddings and capturing love in ALL its chapters! My photography style has been described as light, romantic, and fun! I like to capture people as they are rather than awkwardly posing them for the photos! Don’t get me wrong, I definitely give prompts and direction when needed but I like to consider myself the 3rd Wheel of your dreams, capturing your most authentic and beautiful self!

I am most proud of the real connections I have made with clients. It’s truly such an honor for me to be able to capture someone’s most special moments from their wedding, to their first pregnancy, to giving birth, to expanding their family!

I won’t be there just to take a pretty picture, I am the photographer that will fluff your wedding gown and get down on the dance floor on your big day. I am the photographer that will celebrate that pregnancy stick showing two lines and will make you feel beautiful even while nine months pregnant. I am the photographer that will cry alongside you when you give birth and the photographer that will put up your Christmas card on my fridge! I am the photographer that wants to be here for all your most amazing moments and truly feel honored to be able to freeze those precious memories for you to frame!

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
While I definitely believe in the luck of the Irish, I don’t believe that luck has everything to do with how far I’ve come in my business! I truly believe that hard work and perseverance are major factors on how far I’ve come! Most importantly though I believe the support of all those who love me has helped me get to where I am today! I truly could not do what I love if it wasn’t for those who believed in me every step of the way even when I doubted myself!


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