SERVING CLIENTS FIRST
When it comes to newborns, I'm officially coming back. Maintaining a relationship, providing exemplary service to my clients - and watching their families grow - are all reasons I want to focus on bringing back studio sessions for newborns.
My love for documentary shoots extends to in home newborn sessions for those who want to remain in the comfort of their home during the precious first couple weeks of their child's life. For a little more creative flexibility and a controlled lighting scenario - a studio session is highly recommended.
It’s in my very nature to continue to push, change and discover my creative abilities. I’ve restructured my business and photography style over the last 10+ years in an effort to continue to serve my clients and attract new ones. At one point, I had thought I’d like to only offer high end portraiture and weddings, eliminating all other photography aspects from my portfolio. That didn’t last long at all – as I quickly discovered that shooting sessions (of any kind) is what keeps my soul nourished. I also went through a period of time thinking that my passion for documentary photography meant that I could ONLY offer those types of sessions for families/newborns. Again – to my surprise – I found that it wasn’t quite as receptive among my audience as I thought it would be. I still found existing and new clients gravitated toward outdoor, posed & lifestyle family sessions over the in home documentary type. I even tried giving away 100 sessions for FREE – only to have about 10 families agree (3 of which were photographers themselves).
I’m not ashamed to admit that from day one, I have worked best upon trial, error, restructure. I learn from making mistakes much better than I learn in another capacity. I’m stubborn that way.
I’ve had a few families that I have worked with for years. From wedding through to annual family sessions – and at times I don’t feel like I deserve that type of commitment! It’s truly the biggest compliment I could be paid.
Now and then, I pull out my journal and just start writing. I ask myself questions, and then answer them. At the start of the year it was: What sparks joy in my soul? And What do I struggle most with?
The answer to the first was simple. The entire process of photographing people. From high volume, to the retouching process, to the notes of gratitude I receive after delivering their gallery. I want to be able to do this as frequently as possible. And I have (at this point in my life) decided that opening up my studio & portfolio to include any and all genres is the best way for me to do that. Perhaps I am not a master newborn photographer – but I am a passionate one. I care. I want to give my clients service and beautiful photographs.
The struggles? Selling product & living up to the expectations of my educators. This is another post entirely, but in general, I have to come to terms with the fact that in order to feel complete satisfaction in my job, I am going to have to set my own standards and to hell with what anyone else in the industry thinks about it.
So – that’s why I’m back to offering newborn studio sessions. I have studied posing and wrapping techniques through education by some of the worlds best newborn photographers, I’ve always maintained newborn health and safety as a priority – so nothing changes there – and I’ve invested in a very small amount of props. I still want to keep these sessions clean, simple and beautiful.
Thank you so much for reading this far!!