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Spotlight Photographer: Bethney Backhaus Photography


1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?  

I've been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. I grew up with a photography loving mother who always had a camera in my face and I was always the one with the camera out of all my friends growing up. I bought my first DSLR in 2008 and happily shot in automatic mode until my first daughter was born in 2011. I became serious about wanting to take beautiful images of her and my journey started from there! I officially opened for business in 2012 after a year and a half of learning and portfolio building. In the beginning of 2015 I started specializing in newborns, maternity, and babies.


2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?

I am located near Orlando, FL and shoot in a home studio space. I am actively looking a separate studio space but I haven't found the perfect spot yet.


3. What do you shoot with and what are your favorite lenses?


I shoot with a Canon 5d mark iii. For newborn photos my favorite lenses are my 50mm, 35mm sigma art, and 100mm 2.8L macro. When I am shooting outdoors I love using my 135mmL and 85mm.


4. What drew you to newborn photography? Do you photograph anything else?


When I first started photography, newborns were the hardest for me. I think it might be my stubborn personality but when something is challenging for me I feel like I need to persist until I can master it! I worked and worked and finally got to the point where I was happy with my newborn photography. It's now my absolute favorite genre to shoot and probably 75% of my work. I also shoot families, older babies/toddlers, maternity, and hospital sessions.


5. How would you describe your style? Where do you find inspiration?


My newborn photography is very simple and natural. I only shoot on plain cream or black backgrounds with simple wraps and natural posing. From the beginning I have been drawn to this style and the focus it places on the baby. It's amazing to me how negative space and a simple frame can create such a big impact. I am inspired by any minimalistic art and photography.


6. Have you taken any photography workshops/training?


I've taken many online workshops from Clickin Moms and I would love to do an in-person workshop one day!


7. Where do you like to shop for props? Do you have favorite vendors?


I like to shop for my backdrops and wraps from JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. I also use scarves I've found from Target and TJ Maxx as wraps. My favorite vendors for headbands and wraps are Edna Magdalene, Leah Michele Creations, Manly and Pretty Little Things, Dolly Priss, and Created by Carli.


8. What are three things you wish someone would have told you when starting out?

I wish they would have told me to try and find a mentor. In most jobs you start with a mentor to teach you and give you words of wisdom but you don't often see this in photography. I could have saved myself a lot of time and heartache in the beginning if I would have only had someone to guide and help me along my path.


and work very hard. I'm confident success will come if you're all in  

9. What are your favorite things about How long have you been a member?


I have been a member at for a few months now. From the moment I joined I have felt nothing but encouragement and acceptance! Everyone is so helpful and the atmosphere is a safe place to share and learn. I'm SO happy I joined!



10. Please share with us your Top 5 Favorite Images. Why are they your favorites?

These are the types of images that speak to me. Nothing but baby and beautiful light.


11. What is your photography site and url?


Website  |  Facebook  |  NBP Profile | Twitter| Google+ | Instagram 



12. Lastly, tell us about YOU! Who are you other than a photographer?


I am a wife to my husband Kenny and a mommy to my two girls Finley (4) and Lennon (1). When I'm not torturing them with my camera I love reading, exploring new cities, watching FRIENDS, and online shopping! Some random facts about me - I am a true introvert and am very shy when you first meet me but once I open up it's hard to get me to stop talking, I love James Bond, I am a lefty, and I have a strange natural talent for video games. Oh, and I love bacon!

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