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Conversations with the Inspiring Bekah Broas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bekah Broas.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all started with my eldest sister’s old Canon camera. She let me borrow it when I went on a trip to Europe when I was 18. From there, in college, I took engagement photos for my friends and then later, their wedding. The rest is history, you could say! Capturing authentic moments and celebrating people’s stories has always been a passion of mine. Behind the lens, I can do both.

It’s been nearly ten years since I first clicked the shutter of a Canon, and I’ve really just been a self-starter, teacher, and student with photography. For a while there, it was just on the side – something I did in my free time or just for friends and family when there was a special occasion. But just this year, I decided to make the deep dive and give it my full attention and focus. It’s been so rewarding and is continuing to grow!

Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been bumpy; certainly not a freshly paved street. It’s more like a backcountry dirt road. There are some rocks and mud, some cattle guards that shock you awake and yet, and an eerily beautiful sight ahead.

The struggle is that it can be lonely if you’re not careful, overwhelming if you make it your identity, and scary if you don’t just do the next right thing in front of you. Working for yourself and building a business is a new beginning. And we love the sound of that so much that we give it a hashtag: #newbeginnings. That was my thing last year. I was all about it because I felt it coming – and it was exciting.

And then, you finally come to the place to jump, to step off into thin air (or so it seems in the moment) and hope that you can fly. That is a beginning. You are a beginner. And that is often not something we readily celebrate.

But we should. And allow ourselves to be a #beginner in our #newbeginnings

There should be more freedom and grace for ourselves as we bump along this new territory. There should be moments when we pull off to the side, get out, smell the fresh air and take a long un-rushed look back to where we’ve come from. It can be so easy and exciting and yet stressfully daunting to look ahead, to see where we want to go and do what we want to do. And that’s not bad! That’s good. We have to do that.

But. We need to also take intentional time to look back (I’m telling myself this as I write btw) And to also, look down at our feet and be where we are today. Take at the moment. Celebrate where we are in the present. Then, get back on that windblown, dusty, pot-filled, rugged, adventure-filled road. Keep going. And look back often. It’s worth it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into blb photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a photographer who focuses on celebrating my clients in a personal and authentic way. Not only do I want to take great photos and be skillful in all the technicalities behind the lens, but I want to make it an experience. And the experience that goes behind just the end product.

The way I celebrate my clients and new-found friends with my camera in hand, is getting to know their story a little bit and who they are. I talk about it with them throughout each shoot and build them up with kind words, encouragement, and often times — most times — a lot of laughter. Laughter and giving permission to be silly and “totally you” is what I’d like to think is my “secret ingredient.”

Often times, getting your pictures taken is nerve-racking and uncomfortable. I know this from being on the other side of the lens just a few days ago! It’s so important to remember what it’s like from the client’s perspective. It was such a good reminder for me to do that more regularly so that I can have better empathy for what I’m asking them to step into. That being said, what I focus on primarily during any shoot, is to make the time relaxing, enjoyable and confidence-boosting. It takes a lot of positive energy, intentional questions, and encouragement.

And it “works” every time. My BLB Photo clients walk away saying that they had the best time with me because they felt at so at ease AND they love their images. For me and my business, it’s all about the celebratory and authentic experience!

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
My mom. My mom consistently showed me what it looked like and felt like to take initiative. She was and is such a hard worker, innovator, creator, and just a bad-ass lady. I watched her work full time growing up while also running the house and raising us three girls. She also always made time for the details. She asked good questions. She had a strong faith outside of herself and yet knew that at the end of the day, you take responsibility and always “finish what you start.”

Pricing:

  • Professional headshots/portraits (seniors, work, profiles, etc.) – $125
  • Couple photos (engagement, maternity, anniversary, etc.) – $175
  • Family photos – $225
  • Wedding and event photos – $600-1200 / 4-8 hrs
  • **Mama & Me Mini-shoots** in MAY – $100 (for all those amazing mamas out there & their kiddos!)

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Image Credit:
Me, blb photography & pics of me – my husband, Daniel Broas 🙂

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