Just need to get some things off my chest.
In January 2010, I started my business. Immediately I was drawn to posed newborn photography. I have LOVED newborns since I was a young girl, so this makes a ton of sense. I followed the only two photographers doing this at that time and drooled over their work. I was obsessed. I studied images DAILY and began my journey as a posed newborn photographer. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED every second. I truly believed in what I was doing. I truly hope my past clients treasure their images forever.
My own images from years past as a newborn posing photographer:
But here is the thing I didn’t realize. This posed newborn gig was a BIG FAT TREND. Not only that, but about 3 years ago, in 2014-2015 or so, I was scrolling through my social media feed, unable to identify one photographer from the next. and no clue how to differentiate each baby from another.
It dawned on me then. We were using babies as props. We weren’t telling their story. We cant tell his personality or much about one over another. The images are extremely edited and nothing like the true newborn they are. Their stork bite? Gone. Isn’t the whole point of photographing them to remember WHO they were?
Babies have become props and in it, we have lost telling THEIR story about who they are. Babies are PEOPLE.
So, closed up my studio and slowly moved away from posed newborn photos. I then went to in home lifestyle baby photography.
But my soul still isn’t fulfilled. and in 2017, I finally found my TRUE calling. See, looking back at early 2010, I was naturally a documentary photographer. I then FORCED myself into a safe place and box of posed newborn photography. Its safe and predictable.
Where I am at now, is truly documentary, undirected, RAW and REAL photography. Day in the life, Film and photos. I want people to be able to look at their images and remember THEIR baby as he or she was naturally. Maybe their little 8 day old had his hands up by his face 24/7. Maybe he made a weird look, or had a stork bite, or maybe his toe was abnormally long. I want them to experience sensations when they see their images, or watch their film, from those FIRST days. Those days they will never ever get back. I want my clients to lose the facade and embrace the imperfections. Because Photography tells a story. and that is what FILLS MY SOUL.