We love sharing these personal profiles of our favourite Australian professional photographers! Find out all about the person behind the lens in our Q&A series.
Bree Hulme Photography, Sydney Newborn Photographer
How did you get started as a photographer?
My love for photography began back in high school with a small film SLR and a dark room. Watching the photos appear in the chemical bath was like magic. But it was not until my first baby was born, and I had bought my first DSLR that I really fell in love with photography. Capturing all the tiny and fleeting details of my babies as they grew is what ignited my passion for newborn, baby and family photography.
When my third and final baby was 1year old I launched my newborn and family photography business and 7 years later I have never looked back. I have loved this business and loved getting to meet all my beautiful clients and watch them grow has been a joy I never expected.
What did life look like before photography?
Whilst photography had always been a hobby, after school I studied Psychology for 6 years and became a Clinical Psychologist. I loved my work as a psychologist, however once my first baby was born, overseas with little to no maternity leave options, my career got put on hold. By the time my 3rd baby was born I was completely in love with photography and knew that was the career I wanted to pursue.
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
First there is coffee.
If it is a day with a sunrise shoot, then it is off to the beach to meet either a beautiful expectant Mum or a gorgeous young family to create some beautiful photos as the sun rises over the Northern Beaches.
Then there are children to pack off to school.
Then my office/studio day begins with answering emails, and touching base with clients who have upcoming shoots, confirming details and finalising times.
Setting up my studio for the days session – newborn, baby or perhaps picking up a cake or decorations for a cake smash.
Shooting time with todays beautiful in-studio clients.
Editing. Lots and lots of time at my computer editing all of the beautiful babies and families whom I have the privilege to work with.
Picking up aforementioned children from school and shuttling them to after-school activities of the day. Feeding them and helping with their homework and reading.
Once they are in bed, maybe a last look at emails, or processing of any orders that have come through.
And I am done! Ready to start it all again tomorrow.
Do you have a special story to share?
One thing I love about my job is hearing people’s stories. Stories about how their families came to be.
One that has always been special to me is a long time client who first came to me for a newborn session with her first son. A true rainbow baby after 12 long, heartbreaking years of IVF. Years of loss and sadness, before finally a new medication saw the birth of her son. That client has come back to me every year, and now has 4 beautiful babies and her heart and arms are full of the joy of her little tribe.
to be able to photograph them growing every year has been such an amazing journey to share with my client. It is such a privilege.
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Babies. Babies. Babies.
What is the best thing about your job?
Cuddling newborn babies.
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
Taking the photos is the tiniest part of my job.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
A beautiful natural light studio in a granny flat next to my house.
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
David Attenborough – My kids and I love watching his documentaries and we all hugely admire him. I would of course have to take my children with me when I photographed him or they would never forgive me.