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February Mentor: Mary Macomber


When did you start photographing newborns?And why did you choose this field?

I started about 4 years ago photographing newborns and only because I was pregnant and determined to get some good shots of our 3rd baby. Once I started, I was hooked. I just adore it.



Describe your personal 'style' to us.

Earthy, organic, universal. 

Do you use natural light, or studio light? Do you prefer one over the other and why?

Studio light. I shoot all day long and into the evening. I like the consistency of my lights.


What's in your camera bag?

Canon 5D Mark iii, 50mm 1.2, 70-200mm, and my 135mm



What is your favorite pose, and why? What image do you tend to sell the most of?

I love prop shots as I feel I can be really creative with them more so than on the bag. My froggy is the biggest seller among clients.


What is your biggest challenge as a Newborn Photographer, and how do you strive to overcome it?

Trying to find time to do everything. I have a strict studio schedule, home work schedule, and make sure I give myself days off. I've learned to say no. That was really, really hard.

What advice would you give to other newborn photographers, just starting out?

Get your business side of things set first, and always be your clients friend.


What are some of your favorite prop vendors?

JD Vintage Props, Adorable Props, Bitty Beads, Stiches by Sarah, Roses and Ruffles, Pooks and Lulu, Sew Whimsey, the list goes on and on.....

Tell us about your mentoring sessions, what do you teach, and what do your students learn?

Its always a full day. 2+ newborns, and I teach my workflow which guarantees a successful session. We go over studio lighting, posing, soothing, business marketing, and much much more. I always love the end results my students achieve, Its heart warming. 


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