To the client who sends me 20 newborn poses from Pinterest,
Shooting newborns is one of my favorite things to do. There’s just something incredible about documenting this phase of life. And of course, snuggling brand new babies is a great perk of the job! I’m excited for your session and I know you are too…
But let’s just chat about Pinterest for a minute, okay? I know it’s so fun when you’re in those last few weeks of pregnancy to browse Pinterest and pin all the most adorable newborn photos. It’s a great distraction when you’re ready to have this baby already.
And I know you thought you were doing me a favor by sending me your Pinterest board with all your favorite newborn poses. You thought it would make our session so much easier. We could just use the board as a checklist and power through twenty (or thirty!) poses in an hour. We’d all be happy and the photos would be great!
But sending me a Pinterest list doesn’t make the session easier. And it doesn’t make me happy either. I don’t need a Pinterest board full of photos to copy off of. I was already planning on taking fantastic images for you. But I thought that you hired me for my artistic vision. I thought that you hired me because you could see that my photos are unique and you loved the way I tell stories with my photos.
But now I see that you hired me because I own a camera. And to be honest, that’s not the reason I like to get hired. Photography is an art…and it’s personal. The photographs I take are not re-creations of someone else’s work…they’re my art.
I don’t blame you for filling an entire Pinterest board with adorable newborn photos. But let’s leave that list where it belongs…on Pinterest. Because I’d love to take incredible newborn photos for you…I just won’t do it from a checklist of poses you put together.
The photographer who doesn’t need to rely on Pinterest
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I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.
Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What was your road like to becoming a photographer?
Hello! I am a portrait photographer based south of Boston, MA. My passion is capturing mothers and their growing families. Maternity and newborn portraits are the foundation of my business, and I also capture baby milestones, children, and families. Fun fact: I returned the diamond earrings my husband bought me for our first Christmas as a married couple to buy a digital camera.
When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.