We had the good fortune of connecting with Jules Beedle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jules, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
After four years of working in an office, I knew that I could not do that for the rest of my life or I would be too bored. I wanted to work in a job that helped me to foster my passion, creativity, and freedom. Photography has been a favorite hobby of mine since I was 8 years old, going from disposable to digital cameras. About four years ago I started to do photography for my friends and family as a side job. It made me genuinely happy to capture special moments in people’s lives; I truly never get bored with taking photos, so this year I decided to make my full-time focus photography. Being a photographer has made me realize that you can never stop learning how to improve. This aspect has helped to keep my creativity changing and growing throughout the years. Family photoshoots, pet portraits, weddings & engagements all give me the opportunity to try new things constantly. At the end of the day, I just want to enjoy my life as much as I can; capturing memories for people will allow me to do that.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For a long time, photography was just a way for me to capture memories with family and friends. My photographic process sets me apart from others because I focus on the fun, loving, raw, & authentic moments in my clients lives, instead of stiff, over-posed portraits. There is something special about capturing the meaningful moments in people’s life while having their emotions shine through the photo. I am starting to get deeper into the editing process and am excited to see how my photography will develop over time. On top of the emotion in my photographs, I focus on vibrant, rich colors, which is why I love taking photos outside in the beautiful landscapes that Colorado has to offer. It has taken a lot of practice to get where I am and there is still plenty of room to grow. Photography has always been my favorite hobby. My knowledge started to grow in high school when I took photography for almost 3 years. That was an amazing experience because it gave me the chance to work with film cameras and the process of developing film yourself, which is quite a challenging process! The digital world is difficult in its own way and I am continuously learning how to refine my process by taking courses online, as well as in person at Front Range Community College. Photography has been a great side business for me over the last four years, but since COVID-19 caused me to lose my main job teaching yoga to kids in schools, I decided to put all of my focus on photography over the past six months. People think it is as easy as snapping a few photos and sending them over the client, when in reality there is a lot more that has to happen between those two steps. It takes a lot of backend work, but it is so satisfying! I feel blessed to have been able to make photography my full-time focus over the past six months. Life has been difficult since COVID hit, but I am truly just working my hardest to make the best out of a bad situation. While this year is particularly hard, life will always force us to be in tough situations. How you react to hardships in your life shows a lot about your character. My own personal journey focuses on finding my inner strength and learning how to persevere through the hard stuff life throws at us. Everything we experience can give us an opportunity to grow, which I try my best to do! Life is constantly changing, so you can either decide to grow and change with it, or just keep on doing the same things over and over again. I believe my drive for self-improvement will help me to have the successful photography business I’ve always dreamed of having.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love exploring Denver! There is so much to do around this beautiful city. If one of my friends was visiting, I would love to take them to a few of my favorite parks: City Park, Cheeseman Park, and Confluence Park. The Cherry Creek bike path is a beautiful place to check out as well. Nature is the reason I moved to Colorado, so I am so happy the Denver area has so many outdoor things to do. One of my other favorite spots to check out is the Denver Botanic Gardens. They have a few different seasonal events that I love to attend in the fall and winter. If you love animals, the Denver Zoo is a great place to walk around. Right next to the Denver Zoo is the Museum of Nature & Science. The rotating exhibits they get through there are always fun! There are a few state parks within an hour of Denver that I love to visit, including Cherry Creek, Chatfield, Roxbourough, and Golden Gate Canyon. For food, my first stop would be Stueben’s. I live in Uptown and this local spot is delicious! I have loved everything I have ever ordered from them. My favorite breakfast place is called Jelly. Make sure to try their doughnuts when you go! Las Delicias is my go-to Mexican stop, and for pizza we love Walter’s 303 Public House. My favorite ice cream shop is in Union Station called Milkbox Ice Creamery; check out the gorgeous station while you’re there. I’m not a super fancy girl, so my favorite bar is actually an arcade bar called The 1Up. They have dozens of arcade games and pinball machines with delicious cocktails on their menu. A few other bars I like are Ophelia’s, Improper City, Stem Ciders, Zeppelin Station, & Finn’s Manor. One of my other favorite things to do around the city is see live music! I can’t wait until the day when the Fillmore & Ogden Theaters open again. If you want to do a little shopping, a really cool shop to check out is Tallulah Jones; they have a wide range of unique gifts for all ages. For book lovers, I would check out the Tattered Cover Book store. Denver is a great city to explore and has a lot to offer for anyone! One week is not enough to explore everything Denver has to offer, but if you check out even a few of the places above, you’ll be off to a good start.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, my friends, and my family. I would not be where I am today without the support of my loved ones. Over the past ten years I have tried various different jobs, and throughout it all, they were supportive. After making the decision to jump head first into full-time photography, my husband was totally on board. My mom made sure I was able to do photography in high school which is where I began to dive deeper into the inner workings of my favorite hobby. My friends love me and trust my decisions. They always offer to support me in any ways they can. Without the people in my life building my confidence and offering me guidance on my journey, I would not be the photographer I am today.
Other: www.instagram.com/travelsofacrazybunnylady/ (Travel photography)
Jules Beedle Photography