What’s in your camera bag?
Canon 5D Mark iii
-50mm 1.2L (favorite lens!!)
-100 2.8L (macro)
What programs do you edit with?
Lightroom (90%) & photoshop (10%)
Do you use actions?
I did when I first started, but have since created my own way of editing. I will be selling them very very soon:) I can’t wait to share them!!!
Where do you buy your newborn props?
All over, but if you want to learn about my favorite stores, see my Favorite Vendor page:)
-my favorite prop shop is somewhere between Indy and Columbus OH & has awesome vintage crates & buckets (amazing random find!)
What kind of lighting do you use?
I’m 100% natural light!! I use one large window in my studio office, but other than that, nothing else. I don’t use a flash (or have any idea how to use one-that’s an art in itself). When shooting outdoors, I use a reflector (it’s my best friend).
Did you go to school for photography?
No. I went to school for Christian Educational Ministries and Early Childhood Education. Before having kids I was a preschool teacher in a Christian school. It was such a great job combining my passions. After I had my baby, I stayed home with her. I reconnected with a friend from college who was a custom photographer (something I had never heard of at the time) & I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. This was even before owning a camera. After getting a camera (started with the 50D) and taught myself my reading my manual (NOT my learning style at all, but I was determined to learn & didn’t have any around to teach me). I taught myself everything until my business was 2 years old. I wanted to take my business to another level, so I was mentored by one of the top newborns photographers in the nation-Keri Meyers. I learned so much from her and am forever grateful to her for everything she taught me. Since then, I have developed my own style and continue to learn with each session I do. I am always working on something EVERY session. I want to continue to learn and grow and never stop!
How did you start your business?
After learning how to use my camera (see above), I asked some friends if I could practice on them for free. Since I’m a young mom, most of my friends have little kids, and they were gracious enough to let me try it out. After I began to feel confident in my session flow and posing, I put together my website and started charging. Word of mouth kicked in and the rest is history:) I gradually raised my prices as my work improved and as the demand became too much for me.
What advice do you have for those just starting?
Well, I could go on about this one, but here’s a few…
1. Learn to shoot. Period. I know everyone these days is starting a photo business, but you will stand out if your product is “professional.”
2. Shoot what you are passionate about & turn down the rest.
3. Get your business set up right (legal!). Talk to your tax guy and see what you need to do
4. Invest in some good book keeping software & keep track of things!
5. Get branded right away…See my Favorite Vendors page for my suggestion for logos/sites!
Do you offer classes?
Yes! For 2014 look for these classes…
1. Small group and private newborn mentoring. These classes are for photographers who want to learn the ins and outs of newborn photography. I will be offering one small group workshop and a few private classes (1 on 1 or 2 on 1)
2. I will also be teaching another DSLR class with dear friends of mine, The Jacksons Photography, who are amazing wedding photographers. This class will be a 101 on the fundamentals of shooting in manual held in Columbus OH.
3. Lightroom editing course will also happen this year with The Jacksons in Columbus OH.
4. Building your photography business with The Jacksons in Columbus OH.
*follow my blog and facebook page for details and how to sign up!!
Best of luck to all of you!!! Keep on learning and growing with each session you do and you WILL be successful. Blessings!