1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?
I got started after my youngest was born just not even 2 years ago. I was inspired when I took my precious newborn to get her first photos done. Leslie was amazing and inspired me to get out there and try and do what I love to do. My kids are my biggest inspiration and I want to show them what dreaming and hard work does. I have always loved taking pictures and took pictures all the time. Photography was just something I enjoy doing since I can remember. Just never thought about making it a profession or a strong, wonderful business. After her newborn session I was like I want to do that. So I starting taking workshop and classes and really learning my camera. Figured out what props I need and spent a ton of money. This is where I am today and I couldn’t be any happier. I have come a long way in the almost 2 years I have been actually doing this as a business and I am excited to see what is in the future.
2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?
I am location in the Dallas Fort Worth, Texas area. I have an in home studio space I use and do on location as well.
3. What do you shoot with and what are your favorite lenses?
I use a Nikon D90 and can’t wait to get my Nikon 6D. I love my 50mm, 35mm, and 24-70mm. Those are my go to lenses.
4. What drew you to newborn photography?
I was drawn in to photography by newborn photography at the beginning from having my 3rd baby. I knew it would take some practice and hard work but you never really know how much until you jump into it. I am so glad I have learned from the best and new coming into this I would need to learn from the best. I also knew I would need to be the best I could be and love what I do with no exceptions. I also do maternity, children, family, and also a few weddings.
5. How would you describe your style & where do you find your inspiration?
I would say my style is simple yet fun. I love the sunlight and making a rustic feel to images. But I also love the simple and in the moment shots as well. I like to give my clients a variety of my vision so they can have a little bit of everything. I find my inspiration from my kids. They keep me going and I really enjoy the fun that they like to have. A lot of my minis come from them and I make them elaborate and fun for the children. I also have my simple minis for family sessions as well. My family style is very in the moment and capturing special memories for families. Then my newborn style is very simple mostly but I do like to throw in some cool unique props and themes based on the family’s likes and wants. I really like simple and elegant it pleases me and makes my vision come true.
6. Have you taken any photography workshops and/or training?
I have taken lots of online classes with some of the most amazing and award winning newborn photographers. I am taking a workshop with Mary Macomber and Meg Bitton in a couple of months. I did a lot of self training too to really learn my camera and research all the right gear and I have slowly but surely purchased it all and I am so excited for what the future holds.
7. Where do you like to shop for your props? Do you have favorite vendors?
I have many vendors I use for different things. I have one called Mountain Mommy's Crochet for my crocheting needs. Then I have Stitches by Sarah for my knitting needs. I have Oh Love Props for pant sets. I have Roses and Ruffles for beanbag backdrops and maternity gowns. Then I have a few places I will buy my props and backdrops it varies on sale, price, and if I want to pay shipping or not. I love Cute Stuff by Jo and Co and Mr. and Mrs. Co as wel
8. Please share with us your top 5 favorite images!
I just love the simplicity of this shot and the bonnet and wrap are my favorite props.
I just love sibling shots too. They are so much work to get right but well worth it in the end.
I love special new family moments. They show so much love and one of my favorites to photograph.
Just because I love black and white, it speaks to me.
I just love this pant set and the little leg over the prop. It just is too adorable not to love.
9. What are 3 you wish someone would have told you when you started?
How much investment it actually takes to get started out and how many years it takes to get developed and stable. That there really are crazy people out there and yet some fantastic wonderful people too. If an assistant is a must have. What you should start out with equipment wise.
10. What are your favorite things about NewbornPhotography.com?
I have been a member of NewbornPhotography.com now for a little over a year and I love that you can submit images and share your thoughts and opinions on different things. You get great feedback on this website then any other one I have been a part of. It helps put another prospective on your work and see what other people see. I love that there are question and answer segments to hear what other photographers are doing and what helps and not help them. It is just an all around great place to go and talk to other photographers going through the same things as you are and getting another outlook on things.
11. Lastly, tell us about YOU! Who are you, other than a photographer?
First I am a Christian, Second I am a big family oriented person. I am a Mother of 3 wonderful kids who take up a lot of my time. Third I love sports all kinds and love to play Volleyball and basketball. I enjoy good movies and a really good book. I love to cook and try new things too.
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