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Spotlight Photographer: Bundles of Love


 

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


My first contact with photography came from the darkroom back in Germany. Learning developing techniques at an early age allowed me to get inspired by all the wonderful photography (& photographers) I was working with and learn the value of proper exposure. Years later I started a custom B&W print business in Hollywood, catering to select photographers and galleries. Despite the momentary high demand I found myself in the middle of the digital revolution, which eventually caused me to switch to active photography full time. When I met my wife Deanna, we started focusing on Newborn Photography in particular and formed a dedicated company in 2013.

  

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


We have a large dedicated space in our house, which we use as our primary studio. It's a very open large space that couldn't be any more comfortable and perfect for our clients comfort, as well as our own.

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

  

I mostly use a Nikon D810, which I absolutely love.

My favorite lenses are also the ones I always use:

Nikon 50mm f1.4D

Nikon 85mm f1.4G

Nikon 105mm f2.8 micro

Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G2

 

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

 

Yes, I'm very active in creating promotional head shots, fashion photography and a few fine art projects of my own. I've always loved sophisticated portraiture.

Our first newborn shoot happened after the birth of Deanna's grandson. We researched extensively and the results were some very captivating and gorgeous newborn portraits.

I suppose loving portraiture to begin with and then applying that passion to a little baby, only a few days old, has a very special level of significance and is extremely precious.

One of our favorite moments are the times when parents see the images for the first time - they often get emotionally overwhelmed, cry a little....which is the most rewarding response we can ask for. If we've touched their hearts, we've done our job well.

 

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

 

Yes, I'm very active in creating promotional head shots, fashion photography and a few fine art projects of my own. I've always loved sophisticated portraiture.

Our first newborn shoot happened after the birth of Deanna's grandson. We researched extensively and the results were some very captivating and gorgeous newborn portraits.

I suppose loving portraiture to begin with and then applying that passion to a little baby, only a few days old, has a very special level of significance and is extremely precious.

One of our favorite moments are the times when parents see the images for the first time - they often get emotionally overwhelmed, cry a little....which is the most rewarding response we can ask for. If we've touched their hearts, we've done our job well.

 

6. Have you taken any photography workshops/training?

 

My photography training initially happened through 2 mentors who taught me not only the technical aspects but even more importantly, the respect for the craft & the art.

The newborn photography field has caused me to greatly expand editing capabilities so yes, lots of additional education was done for that and continues to be refined.

Deanna also went through numerous workshops to refine posing techniques, set ups, etc.

We've worked very hard on optimizing our abilities in this very specialized field.

 

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

 

Deanna is the one in charge of sets, props, etc.

 

Some of her favorite vendors are:

Precious Little Baby

Stitches By Sarah

JD Vintage Props

and of course....Etsy 

 

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


Value your time and talent.

Take a marketing class.

Prepare yourself for your first "difficult" client and how not to crumble in self doubt.

    

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

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

 

My favorite thing would be the Resource Page, the Critique page and the forum.

A supportive environment like this is very valuable for learning as well as simple encouragement, rather than criticizing. The open exchange is great!

     

 

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


1. This fabric wrap was done on our first maternity shoot. We got extremely lucky to have a playful mom to be. I still love this shot very much - we have a canvas of it hanging in our studio.

2. This girl was autistic which made it unbelievably hard to get a shot like this. There was simply no attention span at all. It was very important to the mom to get a shot with her daughter and she knew how difficult it would be. When she saw this photo she burst out into tears, it just meant that much to her. We all had tears in our eyes and were once again reminded what a huge impact we sometimes have on a family's life.

3. The parents brought the crown and weren't too fond of it at first glance. Then we put it onto this girl and it was the cutest thing ever. We've bought one since then... 

4. The Froggy... this is one of those shots where I wouldn't change a thing, if I could. I enjoy everything about it.

5. The fedora is our grandson, who started it all! That image is from the first newborn session we ever did and has special meaning to us. 

 

11. What is your photography site and NewbornPhotography.com url?

 



Website  |  Facebook  |  NBP Profile 

 

 

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

 

We are a loving, caring couple who enjoys all the beautiful things in life....travel, art, love.


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