Photographing newborns in an ideal setting can be difficult when you are working on location. We rush to the window light and make due with the nursery (for character) or living room (for that wide-open spacing).
Whether you are currently a newborn photographer, have considered photographing newborns, or the thought of photographing a baby freaks you out—you have more than likely been asked to photograph...
When people ask me what I do for a living, I say, “I shoot babies!”—which sounds a little harsh, but it’s what I do. Newborn photographers are a rare breed. I am one of the few professionals who literally gets shit on at my job, and I love every second of it.
It’s impossible. At least that’s what most of us women think. After all, we know that we can’t miss a wedding we’re booked for no matter what happens, short of a terrorist attack (and even that is covered in my contract).
The world doesn’t need my next brand or small business. I feel almost guilty entertaining such a pessimistic thought. But it’s an honest concern. Standing on the edge of an ocean can make anyone feel small.
The more times you can convince clients to let you photograph them, the more moneymaking potential you have. If we are photographing newborn babies only one time, never to see them again, we are going about it all wrong.
Among the list of irritating comments that I got while pregnant, one was “Oh, you’re going to start photographing babies now!” Um, no. Why?
“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” –Henri Cartier-Bresson
Wouldn’t you love the peace of mind knowing that you have a reliable cash flow month after month? We need to continually keep our diary full to keep our businesses afloat.
Newborn photography was where it all began for me, and since then, I have photographed over 500 precious babies. For many years, I was known as the newborn photographer in my area.