My Career: Lucy Pouilly, Owner and Photographer, Lucie Al Photography
Name: Lucie Pouilly.
Job title: Owner and Photographer of Lucie Al Photography.
Salary bracket: Varies every month, about steady to make a living.
Education background: IT degree, and autodidact in photography.
Hobbies: Time with my family, cooking and baking French treats.
Describe your job in five words: Empowering, elegant, passion, light, grace and legacy.
Describe yourself in five words: Loving, sociable, generous, caring, whole-heartened, bubbly.
Personality needed for this kind of work? Bubbliness, patience, kindness, detail oriented, ability to feel people’s soul.
How long are you doing this job? Five years.
How did you get this job? I have always been passionate about photography but I couldn’t really find my path in it as I didn’t know what I really liked in it and I didn’t know for a very long time how to be a photographer. Then I went online and searched for more information about the subject and realised that to be a photographer you just needed a company structure and a camera.
I already had the camera and I realised then that my passion was in photographing women and empowering them in showing them the best version of themselves, showing them how easy it is to connect with that part of them.
Do you need particular qualifications or experience? Be passionate about it and invest in yourself. The best investment I did was to go to a self-development workshop and also have access to a therapist, as working for yourself can be isolating. However, with the right support system you will feel so free that you can only thrive.
Describe a day at work: As “the head chef and the executive chef of my cuisine” I kind of do everything on the rainbow. During shooting day, I will be there opening the door to let my team of hair and make-up come in and get ready to welcome my client(s),
After welcoming my client I prepare the tea, laugh with my client and get them in the flow and energy of the photo-shoot.
I have on site my lead make-up artist and hairstylist Andrea Murphy and Kim Moynihan who are there to pamper my client and help them get relaxed, and also give them the celebrity treatment.
The photo-shoot is a fully guided photo-shoot. I pose my client to the fingertips to create the most flattering and beautiful portraits they have ever seen of themselves.
I get the chance to photograph a lot of moms so at the end of the photo-shoot the rest of the family is invited to pop in for 30 minutes so we can get beautiful family portraits with the kids and dad! The reason it’s the last 30 minutes is that kiddies have little time span, after a while they get bored of the silly lady with the camera, even though they enjoy laughing with me.
We then wrap the session, I help my client pack and walk them back to their car. I will then clean the studio and pack too.
I get home, unload the photographs to be sent to my culling assistant and then get ready to send for editing. When the editing is done I will sit with my client for a a reveal day, so they can see their portraits.
In the meantime, I will start preparing and print the portraits of my clients. It’s actually a process that I enjoy to do, however it is time- consuming, as it takes me around three hours to print all the portraits and an extra hour to set them in mats and in their keepsake.
Printing is my time to reconnect to the experience my client lived a few days back and for me to remember all the little details.
I love sitting by the printer and seeing them come to life, it is something a little magical and I sometimes cry seeing portraits coming to reality.
The reveal is a day where my client gets to go back and remember the experience of their Portrait Couture Experience and they get to pick their portraits that they want to hold for all time.
I also offer Personal Branding/Business portraits where the session comes with hair and make-up also but everything is tailored to my client’s business needs, including video presentation, social content and amazing head shots that represent them and their business.
How many hours do you work a week? It depends, some weeks 20, others 30.
What do you wear to work? I am a bare feet, all black wearing working girl. I enjoy my black, loose clothes while I’m shooting, I need to be at ease in my clothes so I can move freely. And yes, when I can, I will be bare foot as it helps me be more focused and able to move confortably.
Is your job stressful? How? Rate it on a scale of 1-10: 4-5. My job was stressful up until I took ownership that I needed help, and outsourced things that other people could do better than myself.
Do you work with others or on your own? I have a great team of contractors that are here to support my business, my client and myself.
Best bits: The laughters, my client’s self-discovery, the new challenges each shoot brings me.
Worst bits: The IT admin and learning the ever evolving online marketing.
Advice to those who want your job? Take that camera of yours, and start looking for things you like — it could be portraits, wedding, events, landscape. Then look around you for a business mentor and learn how to market and sell yourself. You have a unique gift! I can’t wait to see your work! Please reach out if you need help.
Any other comments? Many women I talked to when I say I am a portrait photographer will always bring up why they can’t do a photo-shoot and why it’s not for them. “I need to lose weight, I am a mom, I wish I did it when I was 20 years younger… etc.”
This is the exact reason why you need to book yourself a photo-shoot with me! I would be delighted to show you that you are beautiful now! You are the most valuable person on this planet for the people that love you! You are the one that will get to live with yourself for all times, you might as well get along and love yourself! Don’t hesitate to contact me for a free consultation and learn how I could help you create the best portrait you have ever seen of yourself!
For more see https://luciealportraits.com/ or find Lucie on Facebook