If you read my story about “why I snapped” that gives you some insight into how my career as a photographer started out.
From that point, I’d say that it was always my intent to be a newborn photographer. Anne Geddes was really at her peak at that time and a huge influencer to me. But I had no resources to purchase much material nor contacts to work with that could sew. There was a lot of trial and error and that felt like it was creating a hole in our family budget.
With no knowledge of what a vision board was, no youtube for creative step by step guidance and Amazon still known as an online bookstore, the internet was still still a hit or miss search. Hard to believe how it turned the corner so fast.
Having somehow found very rudimentary blogs from photographers like Scott Kelby and David Ziser, I learned the more technical stuff before learning the creative secrets. And maybe I learned it in the correct order, like learning music theory, notes and chords instead of memorizing Stairway to Heaven.
Happy with the learning I was getting from the guys, I veered off into the direction of concentrating on the technical aspects of lighting. Starting out with very warm 2-light construction light set and flashlights and a Home Depot invented light pole. I ended up a strobe photographer before I learned natural light photography.
I am not sure exactly when my first newborn photograph was taken, I know I was desperately looking for babies to photograph. My first dedicated newborn shoot was in 2012 and looking back at it, I don’t think it’s too bad.
Home shoots are lifestyle oriented. Studio shoots I love to do now here at my home studio and utilize my new windowed room for beautiful natural light shoots.