Oh my goodness this little man was so cute. Alert as he could be but how can you complain when he’s got those beautiful eyes!? I had such a good time photographing this little 4 week old and hope you all enjoy your sneak peek!
I can’t believe it’s already been over a year since I first met this family! I first photographed their maternity session and have met up every few months since then to document little Kaiden’s first year. I’ve become so fond of this little guy and become good friends with his awesome parents. He is our first ‘Baby Plan’ graduate whose maternity and newborn pictures were also taken by me. I will always have a special place in my heart for this little guy and his parents.
Today was a wonderful day! My new macro lens came in and I couldn’t help but go outside and take some ‘spring’ pictures. Even though it doesn’t actually feel like spring outside, it is starting to look like it! I love this lens!! I cannot wait to use it for it’s intended purpose – yummy baby toes, eyelashes, fingers…. until then, here are a few outdoor shots!
Anyone who follows my blog knows that I don’t really write long winded posts. So if that is why you follow my blog, you might want to skip on over this one. I want to preface this post by mentioning that I am not a business guru or the world’s greatest photographer. I have lots to learn, about pretty much everything. However, I thought I would share some things that have worked for me.
I’d like to back up and explain why I feel the need to write this post. About two months ago my husband and I were finally able to make this a true family business and he will be running the business side of MDP full time. Which is awesome for me because I hate the business side. It’s also awesome for me because he’s here all the time now! So, because he was entering an industry that he had never worked in before, we decided to attend the WPPI conference in Las Vegas to take some classes to give us a jump start on our new adventure. Since he was attending all the boring business classes I was free to attend some fun photography classes. Which brings us to the reason for my post: Whatever you read, hear or watch about being a professional photographer, take it all with a grain of salt.
Every class I attended had at least one “Whatever you do…” statement. “Whatever you do, don’t sell your digital files!” “Whatever you do, don’t offer online sales!” etc… I am very disobedient and do both of those things. If I wasn’t confident in my process, though, I might have left the conference feeling like I had to change everything. The one exception to this was Jamie Schultz’s class. She was awesome and all about being yourself and befriending your clients. The point is that we all have our own opinions about what works and what makes a person a real photographer. The reality is that it doesn’t matter what other photographers think of you. What matters is what your clients think of you.
So here are some tips on how to make it in the newborn photography industry:
- Find your own style, then work and work and work to perfect it. – Your own style, by the way, means not trying to recreate pictures taken by other photographers. It means making your own pictures. Will clients ask you to take a specific shot that they saw on Pinterest? Yes. Should you? I do. But those aren’t usually the ones I advertise on my blog or Facebook.
- Don’t go broke buying props, templates, wraps, actions, etc… – Those things will not make you a better photographer. I promise. They will make your pictures look nicer and I use all of them. Become a good photographer first, then buy those things to enhance your photos. When I was first starting out, I gave away a ton of free sessions. When I started getting paid clients, though, I used a part of the money I made to buy ONE prop for each session. Eventually my stash grew without breaking the bank.
- Be patient – You can be the best photographer in your town/state/country… it still takes time for people to find you and book you. Don’t give up because you’ve been taking pictures for a year and your phone isn’t ringing off the hook.
- Be there for your clients – Give your clients attention and killer customer service. Don’t look at them with dollar signs in your eyes. Love them, their story, their children and the fact that they are trusting you with documenting one of the most wonderful times in their lives. If you do this, you will be their photographer. They will tell their friends about you and slowly you will see your business grow.
- Reach out for help when you need it – I have only experienced the success that I have because there were some wonderful photographers who were willing to help me out. Please email me if you have concerns, you need advice or you want to talk. Again, I’m not the best or most successful photographer, but I’ve been a part of building a business that I’m proud of.
If you want to make it in this industry, learn to make photographs that you love. You will attract clients who love what you do. Put in the work and you will see results.
This little one has a special place in my heart. She is just such a joy and such a sweet little thing. I always look forward to her sessions and am so happy to share this sneak peek from her eight month old session today! Enjoy!