The Inspirationals: Julie Wilhite, Julie Wilhite Photography
6 Aug 2015
Every other week, we do a short profile of someone who has been successful creating a career out of doing what they love. We call it The Inspirationals and we hope they will inspire you too!
What is Julie Wilhite Photography?
Julie is a portrait & wedding photographer based in Austin, TX. She covers Texas and travels domestically and internationally for weddings. Travel is one of the things she loves most in the world and it fuels her as an artist. She loves capturing people and she says that photographing people in love is like hitting the jackpot.
How was Julie inspired to start Julie Wilhite Photography?
Julie and her husband got married in 2007 – something about the joy of a wedding day and reliving those moments in the photographs of that day fueled her imagination. At that time, she was in an uninspiring job and she found refuge in photography blogs. She became obsessive, wanting to learn anything and everything about how to make her images look like how they looked in her heart.
Julie’s Dad was a beautiful amateur photographer and she had a history of art classes in high school and college. But those experiences had involved processing film in a darkroom! The world of digital photography was a lot different and she had a lot to learn. She was insatiable, passionate and driven – maybe a little crazy – which is what caused her to start her photography business.
Quotable: Julie on what advice she would give to others looking to start a business doing what they love……
“Take the time to set it up right the first time. There is some time in the beginning of doing what you love that it is not really a business yet, but you are maybe making some money here and there…when I decided to officially start my photography business I went straight to the bank and opened a separate business account. This one simple action made me feel like I was “in business” for real.”
How would Julie describe herself in one word?
Passionate. Julie tells us: “I always try and continue to push myself to be better. I don’t want to be happy with how the way things are currently. There is always room for me to grow – to capture more of my ideal clients, to streamline my systems and to better achieve my work/life balance.”