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NOV
23

Spotlight Photographer: Monkey Face Photography



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

 

I have always loved taking pictures. My mom loved cameras and consequently I often got to play with them. I never thought it would be my career nor did I really have a clue what I was doing for a long time.

I entered college as an art major set on going into graphic design and had to take a photography class. It was a disaster to tell the truth. I hated it but not long after I got asked to put together some designs and couldn’t find the pictures I thought would work so I set out to take my own and soon after I was hooked. I had to figure out how to make this camera do what I needed it to and could envision in my head. I started practicing on anyone who would let me take their picture and soon people were asking me to shoot stuff for them. It spiraled into a business I never thought I’d be in! I opened shop in 2007.

  

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

 

I’m located in Saint George, Utah, which is just north of Las Vegas, Nevada and near Zion’s National Park. It is a gorgeous area! I have a studio space but also shoot on location every once in a while. 

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3. Why newborn photography? Do you photograph anything besides newborns?

  

I’m not exactly sure how I got my first newborn shoot but I tend to be a very persistent and patient person. It just worked for newborn photography. It was just something I understood and loved quickly. Some things just are meant to be! I focus most of my work on newborns but also shoot maternity, kids and an occasional family.

 

4. How would you describe your style and where do you find your inspiration?

 

I would describe my work as crisp, simple, and emotional. I love story telling but I want the focus to always be either on the emotion or the baby. I find my inspiration in every day life and in the stories and people I work with. It is such a privilege to get to know my clients and help them share their own emotions of where they are at in life.

 

5. Have you taken any photography workshops and/or training?

 

I do a lot of education studying books and tutorials. I also just love to practice. I try hard to not be exactly like everyone else but what speaks to me.

 

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

 

I find a lot of my props in local antique shops.

 

7. Please share with us your top 5 favorite images! Why are they your favorites?

 

I love these five images because of their emotion. I love being able to see the connection between baby and either the camera or their loved ones.


 

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

 

When I started photography I had a long way to go. I was not aware of the marketing or business needs I would need to know and wish someone would have helped me along with that information. I think learning to run a business is a learning process but most of us tend to forget that we are running a business and instead just see how much fun we are having and see how fun it could be to get paid for doing that. It takes a while to understand the cost of everything and the extra work that you’ll have to put in to survive.

  

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

 



Blog  |  Facebook  |  NBP Profile | Google+

 

 

10. What are your favorite things about NewbornPhotography.com?

 

I love that we can work as a group on newbornphotography.com. It is so nice to have a place you can go to get some honest and kind feedback as well as a group to go to for advice or thoughts when you have a question.

  

Would you like to be our next Spotlight Photographer? E-mail us at info@newbornphotography.com with the subject “Spotlight Photographer.” We look forward to featuring you!