Today we’d like to introduce you to Bree McCool.
Bree, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I got started at 18 when I gifted myself, with the help of high school graduation money, my first DSLR. A Canon Rebel XT I think – quite laughable now with how far technology has come in 10 years. But it was my first journey into digital photography – I had been shooting with film up until then. I went to school to get a degree in Cinematography in Film and Television in LA and just never left. Photography was always a side hustle for me, while I worked my way to a bidder for commercial and web projects. Soon enough though, I realized budgets and numbers were not my passion and went all in doing photography and design for my clients. Being able to fully commit to a design business, with many facets, has been the most rewarding and challenging time of my career. I cannot wait to see where it takes me next!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think schedule balance has been the most challenging thing, esp when I was working full time and scheduling shoots, meetings and LOTS of emails on nights/weekends. It was definitely a time I don’t regret because I think it really prepared me for a freelance life. We don’t really ever stop and there’s fun in that and also a downside. The upside is that I’m surrounded by possible clients and projects on a daily basis because I’m continually exploring and meeting such different kinds of people. The downside is that I’m always “working” or “networking”. Nowadays, setting aside a weekend in Ojai or Palm Springs with friends – no work talk allowed is my goal every quarter. Funny thing is, we almost always end up shooting something! I’m inspired by many things and my adventures educate my style so its never-ending.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Bree McCool Photography – what should we know?
We still have a very firm foot in wedding and family photography. Which is very rewarding in that we create memories for families to look back on for years, decades and longer! Having that kind of work that means so much to clients definitely fills my happy bucket! We do specialize in portraiture across the board and are entering into more business/corporate territory to broaden our skill sets. I figure if we can photograph a family with 4 girls under 6 years old, we have a good shot at capturing other kinds of “more controlled” portrait work.
I’m very proud at the collaborations and partnerships we’ve been able to create, cultivate and engage in. I think this is something people don’t fully understand; the hustle doesn’t stop. It’s a hamster wheel of create, inspire, build, let the work be seen (eek!) and then onto the next. The best is when we get to take a brand through the beginning stages, the changes/revamps/redesigns and stay at the core heart of their mission.
We are very dedicated, loyal, committed and professional business. In a world of flakes and “that’s good enough” we like to rise above that and keep the integrity of the work first.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think I touched on this best when asked about what sets us apart from others. We are solid and reliable. Not to say the fact that we run a smooth business is out of the ordinary, but we certainly set a work tone and mood that is relatable and workable for businesses. Our flexibility in design and visuals mixed with our dedication to a balanced life keeps us (and our clients) sane!
- Our portrait sessions start at just $150 and can be designed for your specific needs.
- We also have subscription services starting at $250 that enable busy businesses to ensure they have consistent content for their Social Media presence.
- Website: www.breemccool.com
- Phone: 805 478 2577
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/breemccoolphoto/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breemccoolphotography/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/BreeMcCoolPhoto