1. How did you become a photographer?
I fell in love with photography and the dream of being a photographer when my middle daughter was a baby, she is now 4. I found a mentor to teach me how to shoot in manual and the rules of photography, she gave me some great on line resources to help me get started and was always answering my questions for me. I really do owe everything I am as a photographer to Amanda. The first few months I had my D90 in my hands I no doubt annoyed my kids constantly with dragging them outside and having them pose for me, I took some online workshops and classes and then also invested in some in person 1:1 and workshops. When my mentor told me she thought I should start charging people I didn't waste any time!
2. How long have you been in business?
I will have been in business 4 years this fall.
3. How long have you had your studio?
I had my studio built on my property and it was finished this past December.
Where is it located?
I live in a small town and a little bit in the country, I didn't want to have to drive to work everyday so we built a 900 sq ft building right next to my house.
What do you photograph in your studio?
I mostly photograph newborns and babies first year in the studio.
6. Do you use natural light or studio light in your studio?
I am all studio lights. I use an Einstein and a 54x72 soft box.
How long did it take to build/finish your studio space?
My studio was built by my dad, so I was on "dad time" while building, we started in May and finished in December. So 7 months!
8. How would you describe your studio space?
It's got a soft country chic feel, it is very welcoming and comfortable. It is divided into 2 sides, the seating area and the shooting area, and they each have there own heating and cooling so when my shooting area is warm for newborns my seating area side is cool and comfortable for the parents and siblings. My studio side is able to give off a quiet ambiance, and I feel like when my parents come through the curtain and enter the shooting side the ambiance that is set in the room allows for the baby to sleep soundly.
9. Did you have a certain vision in mind when creating your space?
I wanted my studio space to match the feel I want my images to project, soft and dreamy. And I love everything country chic, I found it easy to combine the country chic with my soft and dreamy feel I wanted.
What is your favorite thing about your studio space?
My favorite part of my seating area side would definitely be my shutters, I have always wanted old farmhouse shutters in my own home but they wouldn't really go so when building my studio those were the first thing that I knew I wanted to put in when decorating. And then on my shooting side my favorite part is definitely my wood floors/walls!
10. What is your photography site and NewbornPhotography.com url?