We had the good fortune of connecting with Bailey Weigler and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bailey, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I would say the most important factor has been client experience and truly loving what I do. Being an entrepreneur sounds like all fun and games until you’re grinding out 80+ hour workweeks and sacrificing time spent with friends and family in pursuit of your dreams. You have to truly love owning a small business for it to succeed. On the flip side, my career has allowed me the freedom to create the life I want to live and put my creative skills to use capturing some of the most important moments of my clients lives, which is why I started my wedding photography business in the first place. It’s so important to me that my wedding couples have an amazing experience from start to finish. From the time they inquire to the delivery of their final gallery, my main priority is to help my couples navigate through planning a wedding as stress-free as possible by providing resources, guidance and ultimately documenting their wedding day in a way that speaks to who they are as a couple to create timeless heirloom imagery that they can look back on and cherish for years to come.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I photograph in a relaxed, partially unposed style and focus on creating moments that highlight the uniqueness of relationships. Wedding days are notoriously stressful but I make it my mission to be a calming presence and have my couples soak up every joyful moment with each other. My editing style is true to color and film inspired, meaning you won’t find any unnatural skin tones or colors here! I believe wedding photography should be timeless and capture the energy of the day. I want my couples to remember how they felt when they look back at their photos. For me, I am creating an heirloom piece of art that will be displayed in their home or passed onto their children and that is so cool! I have worked very hard to get where I am professionally. I attended a BFA Photography program at Texas State University and have furthered my education through wedding mentors. I am constantly looking for things that inspire me and translate into my work so I can continue growing in my craft. It hasn’t been an easy road, but I’ve loved every second of it. Seeing my clients cry happy tears after seeing their gallery makes all of the hard work 100% worth it. I feel so lucky to have had an amazing support system these past few years who push me to grow through my failures and celebrate my successes. I’d like the world to know that my brand is an extension of myself and I have put my heart and soul into it. When you hire me to document your wedding day, you’re not only getting a professional photographer – you’re getting a cheerleader, a shoulder to cry on, an expert to guide you, and ultimately, an artist to create a unique work of art that showcases your love.

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.
I’ve lived in Dallas for over 5 years now and I absolutely love it! I would definitely start off by having a vegan brunch at Spiral Diner and Bakery or grabbing some fancy toast and lattes at Toasted Coffee, followed by a walk through the Dallas Arboretum to soak in a little nature in the middle of the city. I would definitely take my BFF to Knox-Henderson for some eco-friendly boutique shopping at Favor The Kind and grab a bite to eat at my favorite sustainable sushi spot, Blue Sushi Sake Grill. They even have an entire “vegan sushi” menu that is so unique and incredibly delicious! We would definitely head to Deep Ellum for a night or two and experience some nightlife. My favorite spots are Select Start, an arcade style bar and Anvil Pub, a dive bar with a cool vibe and late night vegan options. We might catch a concert at Trees or The Bomb Factory as well! On another day, we would visit The Perot Museum or the Dallas Museum of Art and finish up the trip by stopping into the Dallas Farmer’s Market.

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?
It truly takes a village and I am so grateful to my friends, family, local wedding vendors, and mentors for always supporting me and cheering me on. I’d like to give a specific shoutout to my friend and fellow photographer, Haley, since she has always been a constant source of support, friendship, and creativity from day 1. I’d also like to shoutout my mom, Michele, who has always invested in me and my business. I know I would not be where I am today without them!

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