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Who am I?

Who am I? That’s always a good question to ask. plus you are hiring me to capture your family as they are and that means you have to know what you are getting into.

I am me… just kidding. My name is Lillie Bullock, owner of Lillie bullock photography. I am a wife, a mother, an employee, an adventurer and an artist. I started photography in college to help pay for groceries and quickly fell in love. I fell in love with chasing the light and adventuring and getting to know someone!

There are days I walk into a session and have met the family maybe once before where we talked about your vision for photos over coffee. We laugh, we cry, we joke, and we talk about life to its fullest. We embrace all of it to capture what your photos should represent, which is you. I will always go above and beyond to capture the light in your life.

Let me help you get the captivating, emotional and adventurous photos of your dreams 

Mountain Minis

Wow! This summer is finally looking beautiful and I am so ready to capture some beauty in todays wild world! With all the chaos in the world today, let’s take a bit of time out of the day to slow down and go on a beautiful adventure. Let’s love one another and embrace one another.

I am thankful that my summer is still filled with some amazing weddings, elopements and family sessions, but that also means I only have a few dates left. In order to see as many of my favorite clients I have taken two of these days just for Mountain Minis.

The first date will be June 27th at Flat Top in Anchorage, Ak. with just a short trip up the mountain, this location will capture some of the most beautiful views. Hike around with your family or your Hunny. Cuddle. Laugh. Make memories.

The second date is August 8th at Summit Lake, Hatcher Pass. This location is always stunning with a little hint of fireweed. Truly in the mountains, capture the moodiness of Alaska and get away from reality for a bit.

I am so excited to get you all in front of my camera for my last few opening of Summer.

Vulnerable

adj. to be susceptible. Isn’t that how we are all currently feeling? We are quarantined in our homes vulnerable to these things that are unseen. Susceptible to tiny invisible things. Getting really deep about all of it, haven’t we been hurt by tiny invisible things before, our words, our thoughts, other people’s words? I know it is feels constant. Now they tell us stay home and continue to feel the anxiety and frustration we’ve felt for years.

When this whole thing started, I had to think of all the things I was losing out on. I was losing out on working. I was losing out on community. I was losing out on working out and getting strong. To be honest, I couldn’t help thinking of all the things I did not want to happen.

So over the last two weeks, I have tried to look at the silver linings, but it’s hard. I felt like in order to deal with all of it, I built this enormous wall. This wall that hid that I was angry, sad, frustrated etc. I now had to figure out how to do everything new. By new, I mean a brand new routine. Working two jobs from home while taking care of two young children and somehow manage my own introverted self by myself since I married someone who is considered essential personnel. For the last few years after having kids, I had to re figure out myself and it is almost more frustrating to not feel like it is figured out.

So to get through this, I feel like I must be vulnerable to myself, to the world. I am ready and scared to start school. I am ready and frustrated to see myself change through nutrition and exercise. I am ready to be proud of the person I am becoming. Proud of the mother I am. Proud of the work I put into life. I am ready to support those around me and be apart of something bigger than myself. I am ready to be proud of the past, the present and the highly unpredictable future.

Engaged?

I feel like I always seem to jump on here and say something about how it has been so long since I have posted, so here it is. It has been some time. I finished out 2019 with some amazing sessions and realizing I spent nearly every weekend with amazing people. Many were couple preparing for their 2020 weddings.

When getting ready for an engagement session it is important to look into a couple different items. Most engagement sessions are between 1 and 2 hours which allows for two things. 1. You can get in multiple outfits 2. We could probably get in two locations.

Outfits are an important part of the session. What you choose to wear showcases your personality. Think of looking back at your photos 5 years from now thankful you wore jeans, a button up and boots during your winter engagement over a ball gown. or maybe you love dressing up, lets get you in a flowy gown that catches the wind and is the most romantic photo you have ever seen. Maybe you have a dressy side and a relaxed side… do both! We have time. What ever you choose to wear it should capture you as your normally are. You should be comfortable in the skin your in.

As for me when it comes to outfits, I will point you in the right direction of colors that match, or avoid too many patterns between you and your spouse. Avoid the bright neon colors and go for something more natural that way your eye will naturally draw to your face rather than your shirt when you view your photos. I will always be there to bounce ideas for outfits.

Now let’s talk locations. Once of my favorite questions is “Do you have a favorite place,” or “Where did you all first meet”. The locations that we choose for your engagement session will become special to you or maybe already has.The location should not just be chosen for its beauty, although this is important, but it should be a location that reminds you of your love. You love hiking together, then let’s hike mountain to your favorite spot, or maybe you love the water and kayaking down the river, let’s meet by the river bank and capture your love.

When you are ready to plan you all the specifics of your engagement session, Let’s do this together.

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Morgan + Caleb| Engagement

There is something about meeting your person so young in life. From childhood friends to life long lovers Morgan and Caleb have such a unique love. It was one of my first sessions that I almost took a step back and went Woah! Y’all are making my job too easy. Just Amazing.

Morgan and Caleb were able to play, have fun and be themselves at their engagement session. True laughs and giggles and walking away from the session with the biggest smiles.

From the soft sweet moments, to the wild ride. This is an amazing life.

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Winter

I have started and stopped this blog post numerous times. I have struggled finding the motivation and frankly the words to describe anything. It is funny how that seems to happen in winter. I strongly believe in the Winter blues and definitely get them myself. It is in these moment I try to find something to snap myself out of it.

I have thrown my time into my business full hearted this year. I have revamped so many things so that I can walk my clients from step one to step ten of the photography session process. With that, the feedback I have received as been amazing. I have found relationships with clients have become stronger and I feel invested into their lives more than ever. I have loved watching families grow and love come to life. I have been inspired to capture this growth, this love and this life.

There are so many reasons that when I feel a print and my hand and my heart flutters. I feel nostalgic as I see a print framed and hung on the wall or I hear the flip of the thick pages of an album. I cannot help but smile as I hear the giggles of children pointing at themselves in a photo going “That’s me” and I definitely cry every time I see a couple see their photos for the first time and cry themselves knowing that their love was capture, frozen in time.

This is why life and I mean real everyday life should be captured in time. It is the hide and seek under the blanket moments, and the wrestle in a field of wild flowers type of moments that are so simple and yet so stunningly beautiful. What captures your life and your love is what I want to photograph every day and I could. I so passionately love what I do and I feel like each person needs to experience this amazing thing of capturing life as it truly is.

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Halloween

It is the night of halloween and all through the house not a creature is stirring, maybe a mouse…. but really I am so excited for Christmas! Obviously I am one of those people that jump straight from halloween to Christmas in a blink of an eye. But before we reach that point, I felt the need to share the most amazing session that truly brought back the spark of creativity in my soul.

Occasionally I drown myself out in the art world and realize that I shouldn’t touch my camera for about 2 weeks and tag along to some crazy session that Is there for the soul purpose of making art. Well this was it! My good friend from Allison Banks Photography starting planning the most amazing halloween shoot, and invited myself to tag along. So I did. Alyssa and Jake killed the evening with their sexy, creepy skeleton vibes and the weather brought even more to the game.

I could seriously do creative shoots for the rest of my life and be perfectly content and my goodness I know the make up artist to do them all because Alecia Butchko make up artistry is to die for!!!

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Elopements

This year for me has been a year full of elopements, something near and dear to my life. The spontaneity and the adventure is something that I fully thrive on. The greatest is seeing two people come together in front of the closest of friends, or just in front of nature itself.

Nature is so beyond powerful and flows through us because it is meant to be there. Seeing some of the most amazing couples adventure and say “I do” as nature takes over. It is so dangerous, powerful and the true meaning of marriage, as marriage in itself is dangerous and powerful and beautiful.

There is a reason I do what I do, because I myself wish that I had just hiked a mountain, or a glacier, or strolled barefoot through the sand before saying promising my full love to someone, because if they are willing to hike that mountain with you, or dance in the rain, what would they not being willing to do. This coming November I will be celebrating 5 years of marriage. We also eloped, bored one day after only a couple weeks of dating decided to take on this crazy life together. Whether it is spontaneity of running off to the courthouse, or hiking a mountain, or taking a ride on a horse through the rivers, I will happily attend this wonderful day with you capturing your love as it truly is, wild, romantic, and adventurous.

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Alex

Its been a bit of delay in blogging this session. I wanted to do something adventurous and get some of my dresses from my closet finally onto a client. The amazing thing was that this one dress created such an amazing image when paired with the Amazing Alex. IMG_8167.jpgI could not have asked for a better day and a more beautiful soul to work on this project with. I was pleased to also be joined by the amazing Allison Banks Photography. This whole project could not have been achieved without her input and guidance with how to pose Alex or collaborating on what to do next. I love being able to work with amazing people!

See more @ https://lilliebullockphotography.shootproof.com/gallery/7216498/

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Olivia + Nick

Sometime people change, but memories do not. When I first met Olivia and Nick and little Viv, was at the trail head to Arctic Valley, where we laughed and danced and literally changed everything I knew about my business and photography and created something so special, that I knew that this was the art I wanted to be creating. They showed my that we are capturing memories, not just taking photo.

A couple months ago, I put out for a model call for a so in love couple who still had their wedding attire, as if to do and I do Redo or give someone who didn’t get the pictures they expected in exchange for what they really wanted.

Olivia’s only request when she trusted me with this task, was get her husband in his uniform. She knew that these would be pictures that would last a lifetime. We did just that. We went out and we captured these memories of their family in that moment in the dress where she vowed to always stand by her husbands side, and now raise beautiful children together, and continue on every adventure together military or not.

Here is to so many more “I do” and “We do”

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Brett + Robin

“How long will I love you
As long as stars are above you
And longer if I can
How long will I need you
As long as the seasons need to
Follow their plan”

Elopements will forever have a place in my heart. I eloped at the age of 21 and have only one regret which is why did I not do something epic. I remember walking into the courthouse and saying “I do”. It was not but ordinary, but it was my ordinary at the time. Working with my amazing clients I get to truly experience an elopement as it should be. It should be free, true love, that pulls at your emotions and makes your heart flutter with anticipation that you are there with the one you love in the most amazing place sharing the most sacred and original vows with the one person you are going to always have an adventure with in life.

Elopements are the way to start your adventure in the most wild and free way. Brett and Robin did just that.  Emily, the amazing officiant from Wild Love Alaska, and I drove 2.5 hours just to pick up these beautiful people up from the train in Seward. They truly new how to start their wedding day.  It was sprinkling as they walked off the train. Robins dress flowed so elegantly and Brett was right by her side helping her through the crowd of onlookers. We all huddled into my tiny car and began to drive towards Exit Glacier.

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The amazing thing that Emily does with her clients is helps them to have the most intimate of ceremonies, so about 10 minutes out from the glacier we pulled off onto the side of the road and onto rocky river bed where we were the only ones for miles. It was so amazing just being Brett and Robin together with no onlookers. They truly could be themselves.  They each had written their owns vows which brought me to tears.

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I  believe I am truly a romantic at heart, and seeing Robin have a dream come true wedding where she literally was able to marry her knight in shining armor was the most romantic thing I have ever seen. It was like something from a fairytale. They were both all smiles the entire time and in complete awe struck of their own love and how they decided to allow the beauty of Alaska to be their backdrop for their amazing wedding!

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Jade + Nathan

Over coffee at Starbucks, I met Jade and Nathan. They were ready to book a session to celebrate their marriage. It was a wonderful experience getting to know my clients just a little bit prior to meeting and shooting their anniversary session. Nathan was so supportive of every idea Jade and I came up with and had the sweetest smile when he would say, ” I just am here to make her happy.”

Their request consisted of I want to dress up and capture Alaska and I believe we achieve both capturing the beauty of Alaska, but also the beauty in Jade and Nathans marriage.

The day did not quite go as planned. Some events in the morning delayed our session back and I was quickly watching the tide charts for our location, as when the tide gets too high then we would be unable to reach certain rocks, but the tides were on our side and were staying relatively low most the day. We met in the parking lot and the weather decided a bit of sprinkles was going to join our session. At this point, nothing was stopping us from hiking out to our location.

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I love finally reaching the official location and seeing the looks on my clients faces. It is one of the best experiences to see their faces light up from what Alaska has to offer and makes every delay, or cloudy weather, or hike worth it. Clients let their emotions go and really embrace the rest of the session knowing that they have trusted me this far to bring them to a beautiful location, with some possible rainy weather, and helped them to style their look to achieve the perfect session. Jade and Nathan were great at trusting me with every pose and each awkward joke. It was such a joy to see them really embrace each other and have the energy to bring to session.

Here is to many more years to come. Thank you Jade and Nathan.

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Nicole

A couple weeks back, I showed up to a chilly, windy and sunny collaboration with many other photographers. I immediately looked around and said I want to explore. I grabbed a fellow photographer and we found Nicole and we ran off in the opposite direction. We walked for about 20 minutes until we found this beautiful light streaming perfectly through the trees.

Nicole modeled a dress and flower crown, I had been hoarding for sometime. She absolutely rocked the session just by being naturally herself. Nicole owns is an amazing artist herself owning seaglass and stardust. I you get a chance you must check out her amazing jewelry. Some of which is featured on her hands in these amazing photos.

 

See more from this collaboration: https://lilliebullockphotography.shootproof.com/gallery/6871059/