We had the good fortune of connecting with Bailey Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bailey, what do you attribute your success to?
To me, the most important factor behind my success of my business is connecting with the people that I photograph in a way that empowers them. That is truly my whole mission as a photographer. My creativity soars when I’m able to uplift and inspire, so it really is such a beautiful combination of my inner drive to create and also my inner compass leading me towards making a lasting impact on anyone I come into contact with in my work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Creating is the reason why I’m here. I have always known that, even when I was a child I dreamt of being an artist, living by the beach, and living a simple life full of love and art. Right now I am focusing on photography. When I first picked up a camera when I was around 12 years old, I fell in love. I would come home from school, grab the camera, and go outside and take self portraits and walk around my neighborhood and do nature photography. I would spend hours afterwards editing and having fun with writing poetry to go along with my creative photos. I didn’t have an amazing camera at the time, but I did have passion and to me that’s what matters the most and that’s what still matters the most to this day. When I was 17 years old, I was at the beach with my parents, and I decided to venture off and go to the pool that was at the hotel by myself. So I did, and there was a couple there who is sitting by the water and we started to talk. At this time, I was thinking heavily about photography and asking for a sign that I should just go for it. Well, this couple started to talk to me and the man said that he was from India and he was a Bollywood film producer. He said that his family in India did not support him but he still continue to follow his dreams, and ended up moving to the United States to continue his film career and met his wife who is sitting there at the pool with us. I was truly inspired by his story, because he told me that he started out with not the best equipment but he still made it work and followed after his dreams. He told me that the passion behind the project was more important than the gear that you used and that really hit home for me. The interaction has pushed me through some really difficult moments of not believing in myself and my creative path. To me, that was really one of the most important interactions I’ve ever had in my life. I still think about it a lot especially now, as I’m finally chasing after my dreams as a photographer. I know that if he was able to do it so can I. And I will.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If one of my best friends were able to visit, I would take them into Boulder to hike, and then to the Dunshabe teahouse to eat and drink chai.
I would also show them rocky mountain national park because it’s so beautiful and there’s so much variety there, and it’s so close by.
Checking out any spots in Denver would be great too; there is so much to see and do and interesting people to connect with.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
For me, every person that I work with in photography has been such an inspiration and also such a great help to me as I learn the ropes and how to manage my own business. I’m also very grateful for the small businesses that I have worked with in the past, where I was able to be hands-on behind the scenes, and figure out the best ways to connect with customers and let my true gift of leadership shine through. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of mentors and friends that pushed me to my fullest potential.