Anderson, South Carolina Newborn Photographer | How I Became a Newborn Photographer
Updated: Mar 5, 2021
I get asked all the time, "How did you get into newborn photography?" It all started almost 4 years ago. At the time, I had been a stay at home mom for about 5 years, raising my 5 year old and 2 year old. Before becoming a mom, I had always worked and gone to school, so I was used to staying very, very busy and going all the time. The adjustment to life at home full time was a difficult one for me. Of course, I was obviously still very busy caring for my babies, and I was SO lucky to have the ability to be at home with them. However, I missed learning new things and being around other people. I decided I needed to learn a new skill.
I had always had an interest in photography, so I decided I would set my mind to really learning how to use my camera and all of the ins and outs of this type of art. After a few months of practicing and taking a couple of camera and photography courses, I felt confident enough to ask friends and family if I could practice on them. It was only a couple of months into this when I had the opportunity to photograph my first newborn baby. I knew this was a totally different thing from shooting families or kids, but I was very interested and wanted to learn. I knew first-hand just how quickly babies grow, so the thought of capturing those first, fleeting moments for parents really appealed to me. So, I got through that first session (he was a very well behaved baby), and from that moment on, I was hooked. (Here is a photo of Baby Nolan, my very first newborn session, in November 2017.)
I threw myself into learning all I could about posed newborn photography. I took tons of classes on baby safety, posing, lighting, and editing. I slowly began collecting props, fabrics, posing aides, outfits, and backdrops. Just about everything I made from my work went straight back into the business. I knew I wanted to provide my clients with nothing but the best and was determined to provide a safe, comfortable and exciting experience for my babies and their parents!
It's been about 3 and a half years (and well over 300 newborns) since I photographed my first baby, and I can truly say, this is my passion. I have learned so much throughout these past few years, and because every single baby is different, I continue to learn every day. I have gone from working out of my kitchen, to moving into my spare bedroom, to renting a room in a warehouse, to FINALLY now owning my very own studio. Because I now have the space I have always dreamed of, in November 2020, I was able to expand into offering sessions for babies up to a year old. This has been SO exciting, because I get to see so many of my former newborns grow up! I have been so overwhelmed at the support I have received from not only clients, family, and friends, but also from other photographers in the area. I owe so much to those who have sent me words of encouragement and supported me in my dream.
I love all of the precious babies I have had the honor of photographing, and I have been so blessed to have met the most awesome people! It is such an honor to have couples bring me not only their first baby, but to return for the little siblings as well! I could have never imagined how far newborn photography would carry me. I can't imagine doing anything else, and I am so grateful for you all for coming along with me!