This student spotlight was born and raised in the Philippines! She left everything she knew and loved to be with her now husband and it is a beautiful story we get to unfold. She is a mama of 2 boys and 1 girl and has a knack for technology! She not only has her own IT business, but she is a wonderful photographer! I’m happy to introduce you to Belle Bermudez-Tubel of Tubel Photography! Take a look at what she’s been able to accomplish in a short amount of time…
Tell me a little about your photography business!
I am a family, maternity, lifestyle newborn, and senior photographer in Northern Virginia. I started my business in 2019 when I photographed anything and everything that can be photographed. I realized quickly that these 4 brought me so much joy so I decided to focus all my energy and time into these types of sessions.
My photography journey has been crazy, in a good way, because of my full time job and most especially with everything shutting down in 2020 because of COVID. But to my surprise, it took off right after I decided to re-open in fall 2020. And things only got better from then on.
What started your photography journey?
I used to run a motherhood/fashion blog, One Awesome Momma, which I had to close last year. It was a very difficult decision for me, because of all the hours I poured into it. When I first started it, I was using my phone to take all the photos I needed. I was getting collaborations from big brands like Carter’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Shoe Carnival, so I knew I had to level up my photography game. That’s when I picked up my Sony A6000. To be honest, I didn’t know how to use it then. Shortly after, I learned how to use it. Slowly, I lost interest in blogging and more interested in documenting more memories with my family. That’s how I started with the idea of starting my own photography business – to help moms like myself to freeze moments with their favorite people.
What is your favorite thing about running a photography business?
I have two things I love about my photography business. First, it allowed me to experience a side of me that is very comfortable interacting with other people. I am an introvert; just the thought of being in a group setting gives me anxiety! But my photography business allowed me to overcome that limitation. Every time I have a session, I love seeing myself come out of my shell and take control of whatever situation is thrown my way to help my clients document that season of their lives. Second, I love the relationship that I have made with my clients. Some of them have turned into really great friends of mine. And other photographers I have made friendships with along the way.
If there’s nothing else that I’d gain from my photography business, I’d be very grateful for these 2 things right here.
What is something you’ve achieved that you’re proud of?
Running my business and keeping it profitable while juggling motherhood and a full time job are some of them. But my ultimate achievement is when I have clients who keep coming back, every year, and for different milestones in their family’s life. That tells me that I served them well and nothing would make me happier or prouder than that.
If you could tell your past self one thing, what would it be?
I’d say to pursue photography as soon I migrated here.
Where can we find Belle Bermudez-Tubel of Tubel Photography!
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Fear can stop us in our tracks if we allow it! Your journey to photography was inspiring and beautiful and touched my soul. Thank you Belle for sharing your story. ♥️
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