1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?
I started my business back in 2006- doing a little bit of everything but shortly after decided to focus on maternity, newborn and young children. I always had the "photo bug" - I started my "career" off as a makeup artist and esthetician and started getting makeup jobs with photographers. I kept my eyes and ears opened to learn everything I could from them. Most of the photographers I worked with were very technical photographers where I am very visual so I took a part their images and taught myself how to get my ideas and visions from my head to the camera.
2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?
We have made a new home here in Fort Collins Colorado. I do have a natural light studio- which is a great place for sessions and clients reveal ordering sessions.
3. What do you shoot with and what are your favorite lenses?
My "baby" is the Canon 5D Mark II- LOVE IT!! I primarily shoot with the 50mm- it is my other "baby". I also use the 100macro for all baby details and when I shoot videos or want a wide angle shot I use my 35mm. I am dying to get my hands on a lensbaby for fun.
4. Why newborn photography? Do you photograph anything besides newborns?
Newborns are such a huge passion for me. I am constantly in awe of the creation and miracle of a baby. Seeing and soaking in the fine details that we take for granted and quickly miss, the fuzz on their shoulders, tiny perfect lips, fingers and toes so small, that beautiful smell of a baby and the feeling of baby snuggling up to your neck- it all is just amazing and breathtaking!
I love to be able to capture the moms with their baby bumps- sharing in their excitement of the anticipation of meeting their little one, finally sharing the joy of them holding their little one, and babies and young children. Babies and children are fantastic because they are who they are and they are not afraid to show you their personality. They are honest and carefree! And it is totally awesome to make a silly sound and have someone give you a belly laugh in return!
5. How would you describe your style and where do you find your inspiration?
I love to be organic and pure in my photography- showing personalities and emotion. I tend to stay more in neutral color tones and really try to stay connected with my clients from the first contact we have. I don't want to be a cookie cutter and produce the same images for everyone. I believe strongly in photographing each little one as they are- not trying to do the latest trend. I get inspiration from things in every day life, books, paintings, songs and emotions.
6. Have you taken any photography workshops and/or training?
I have not physically been to a workshop- having 5 kids has kept me at home enjoying the stages of childhood. I have done a few online workshops which have been fun and the best option for me as a mom.
7. Where do you like to shop for your props? Do you have favorite vendors?
I am a prop junkie... I seem to go through phases where I have to buy everything and then I chill out lol. I love JD Vintage, local thrifts stores and fabric stores. I use a lot of local businesses here in Colorado where I purchase client gifts.
8. Please share with us your top 5 favorite images! Why are they your favorites?
Choosing just 5 is hard!!! I get so emotionally attached to my clients and their littles- each image just means so much to me. The maternity image where the little girl is listening to baby is special because this client has been with me from day 1- her hubby is a doctor so we made sure to include pieces of their family history in with their images. The baby yawning- just s sweet honest moment baby was having. I love being able to see details and capturing them. These little ones grow so fast. The little blonde baby... my word- he was perfection. Slept the whole time and he was just snuggly and a sweet chunk! The momma on the couch... I love how relaxed and in the moment she is. Being pregnant with your second baby (or more) can leave us draining as we go from one thing to the other as we care for the family. Getting her to relax and enjoy the quiet moment with her baby bump- that was a priceless memory!
9. What are three things you wish someone would have told you when starting out?
Learn how to successfully run your business. There is so much more to it then pushing the shutter button.
Make a schedule and stick to it.
Don't try to be everyones photographer. There are plenty of lovely people for all of us. Enjoy what you want to do.
10. What is your photography site and NewbornPhotography.com url?
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11. What are your favorite things about NewbornPhotography.com?
I have been a member since day 1. I love the search option- being able to say what items I have and see ideas. I love the community and how respectful and helpful everyone is. I feel like it is an actual professional place to be able to come and share and learn.
12. Lastly, tell us about YOU! Who are you, other than a photographer?
Other than a photographer, I am a wife and a mom of 5 kiddos. I love to be silly. I wear my heart on my sleeve and not afraid to let people see or feel it. I love being involved in the community and giving back. I love to dance when no one is watching (because Lord help them if they see that), I love laying in the grass (after allergy season) and enjoy watching the clouds, I love listening to my kids give a good belly laugh. I love creating cupcakes, bake treats for others and enjoy my walk with God- it is a little bumpy at times but still a grand adventure! I love to be romantic, look pretty, buy shoes and eat chocolate when I am alone. And one day, I will be able to venture to the bathroom- all alone without any interruptions!
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