We welcome Kelvin Bulluck from Kel B Pics Photography of the Baltimore, MD area as our ShootProof User Featured Photographer. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as realistic yet eclectic. However, a common thread linking all of my images together is their simplicity. I’m a big fan of keeping things simple.
How long have you been a photographer?
I’ve been an unofficial photographer since I was about 5 years-old. I remember being out somewhere and seeing something that stood out to me and I would think, “that would be a nice picture.” Back then I guess you could say that my brain was the sensor and my eyes were the lenses that I was using to create imagery that only I could see. It wasn’t until 2010 that I actually picked up a camera and started bringing my mental visions into digital fruition.
Tell us a little about yourself.
As a child, I had the opportunity to travel around the world. My mother was in the military, so I was exposed to all kinds of people and cultures. I believe this experience planted a seed of curiosity within me about people, which eventually lead to a BS in Psychology. I later switched gears and got a Masters in Business Administration and now I get to use my curiosity of people, my background in Psychology, my knowledge of business and my love of photography to run a business that I am truly passionate about.
When did you first fall in love with photography?
I first fell in love with photography when I realized that I could capture the essence of people with a photograph. When I first picked up a camera, I thought I wanted to shoot landscapes. But when I started getting people in front of my lens, a fire was lit somewhere deep within me and has been burning ever since. I love to shoot portraits, because each person brings their own story to the shoot and I love attempting to tell that story.
What’s your ‘can’t live without’ lens?
When I first started shooting, it was the nifty-fifty (50mm). But as I’ve progressed as a photographer, it would have to be my 85mm 1.2 manual focus lens. It’s razor sharp and gives me a certain level of control that I can’t get with my other auto focus lenses.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. But one thing that has been very helpful is looking at fashion magazines. I could look at certain images for hours just trying to figure out how they accomplished a certain look. Recently, I’ve found myself being inspired by films. Cinematic lighting has a look that I’m really interested in recreating in my own work, so future projects will begin to reflect that.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Shoot what YOU want to shoot. If you’re passionate about what’s in front of your lens, that feeling will transfer onto the image.” My mentor told me this and I’ve found it to be true.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see my business as my primary source of income. Like many photographers today, I have a day job, but I plan to build my business up in such a way that it will sustain my family without needing to be supplemented with another job.
How has ShootProof helped your business?
How HASN’T ShootProof helped my business?! Before ShootProof, I didn’t have proper systems in place to share images with clients after a session; to sell prints, or to archive images. ShootProof has also given me the professional edge that shows clients that this is not just a hobby. This is a legitimate business with the systems in place to prove it. ShootProof has provided me with affordable options that have helped my business generate more income.