1. How did you get started in photography and when did you start your business?
My photography journey
began in late 2009 as just a hobby. Like so many others I didn't start out
wanting to be a photographer. I was actually in college for Elementary
Education when it sort of "fell into my lap". My fiancé bought me a
canon rebel and I began playing with it as a hobby. Friends and family began
asking me to take pictures for them and I fell in love with shooting and
editing. Other than a few online tutorials and one in-person workshop I am
solely self-taught. I get addicted to learning new things about photography and
could spend hours online researching and practicing. I feel blessed to get to
do something I'm passionate about as a career!
2. Where are you located? Do you have a studio space or do you shoot on-location?
I have a commercial studio
in Birmingham, Alabama. I feel blessed to be only 4 years into my career and
already have a thriving business and commercial space.
3. What do you shoot with and what are your favorite lenses?
I shoot with a Canon 5D
Mark ii and my go-to lenses are my 35mm 1.4L and my 100mm 2.8 macro. I also own
the 50mm 1.4 but rarely use it. I love prime lenses and am thinking of
investing in something new like the 135mm or the 85mm this year.
4. What drew you to newborn photography? Do you photograph anything else?
When I first started out I
photographed anything and everything that came my way (families, babies,
weddings, headshots). I've always had a passion for young babies and worked in
the daycare system with infants for many years. Most of my clients came from
the daycare I had formally worked at. This really built my "baby"
client list. I felt comfortable with the babies and always loved those
sessions. As my clients would add new additions to their family I would do
newborn sessions here and there. I loved how challenging these were as far as
the fact that I had SO MUCH to learn. Like I said before I loved spending hours
online researching so I began really putting my time and effort into learning
the art of newborn portraiture. Before I knew it I was shooting newborns all the
time and LOVING it! I loved how the babies just slept (well for the most part!)
and I could really focus on what I was doing and have full artistic ownership
over the session. I could take my time. With older babies and toddlers most of
the time I'm just trying to keep up with their activity! ha! I love the older
baby sessions too, but for totally different reasons. I love watching my
newborns develop their personalities and skill sets as they get older. I love
keeping up with families and seeing them come back to me time and time again.
My job is so much more than just a job! I really get to build relationships
with people and I have to say THAT is my favorite part!
5. How would you describe your style? Where do you find inspiration?
This is a hard question,
haha! I guess my style is simple, clean, and timeless. I am really inspired by
poses and props that showcase the delicate parts of the baby (hands, feet,
little bellies!). I find a lot of inspiration through other photographers like
Kelly Ryden, Little Bloom Studio, and recently Sweet Little You Photography. In
essence my goal is to always capture the "sweetness" of the baby. I
know that sounds cliché but it is my goal!
6. Have you taken any photography workshops/training?
The only workshop I have attended was with Laura Brett Photography.
7. Where do you like to shop for props? Do you have favorite vendors?
I love going to my local
flea malls for unique props but some of my favorite online vendors are JD
Vintage Props, My Darling Emma, and Goodnight Mouse Knits.
8. What are three things you wish someone would have told you when starting out?
To hire a financial advisor from the very beginning and to expect photography to be a full time job! There is no way I could do this part time and keep my clients coming back to me. :)
9. What are your favorite things about NBP.com? How long have you been a member?
newbornphotography.com because everyone on this community "gets it".
:) We all have something in common and the constructive criticism is always so
nice and helpful. I also like reading critiques on photos other photographers
have submitted- this has really helped me to grow and learn! I guess Ive been a
member for about a year, not sure if I have passed the year mark yet.
10. Please share with us your Top 5 Favorite Images. Why are they your favorites?
I love to keep earth tones
in all of my setups and also pinks and blues since those are the
"baby" colors :) Parent poses are some of my favorites especially
when you add in the challenge of fitting TWO babies into momma’s arms. :)
11. What is your photography site and NewbornPhotography.com url?
Website | Facebook |
NBP Profile | Instagram
12. Lastly, tell us about YOU! Who are you other than a photographer?
I have an amazing husband
and we are about to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. He has always been
my rock and support. I am so blessed to have him. We have 2 beautiful boys that
are 2.5 and 15 months old. We are expecting our 3rd child the end of this
summer and cannot wait to find out if it's another boy or a girl! We are Christ
followers and we attend The Church at Brook Hills. We are also in the process
of bringing in our first foster baby sometime this year. So that means soon we
will likely have 4 kids three years old and younger :) We are blessed and thankful!!
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