I started my photography business in early 2013 as a birth photographer. I’ve worked hard to bring birth photography to the Manhattan, KS area and after 4 years, I’m finally seeing some consistency, but the bulk of my work is still family sessions.
I think it was about a year and a half ago that I was running some searches in Google to see how well my website was showing up in the search engine for Manhattan when I was surprised to realize that I wasn’t just popping up in the first few links for birth photography, but I was also doing really well with newborn photography searches.
That was also about the same time that my new website was released and I had a huge influx of bookings even during the slower seasons. I can’t be sure what kind of cause and effect was going on, but I was pleasantly surprised because I didn’t really consider myself a great newborn photographer.
I’m a never wake a sleeping baby kinda mama, so I’ve always felt rotten after newborn sessions where manual posing was involved. Between that and realizing that newborns do so much better with in home sessions, I gravitated toward lifestyle photography and discouraged the use of my studio for newborns. I guess that I figured since I wasn’t really into posing newborns that I wasn’t going to be applauded as a top newborn photographer in the area. Sometimes it’s pretty awesome to be wrong.
Since realizing that my newborn style is so desirable, I’ve gained confidence and fallen in love with these lifestyle sessions. It actually feels special to be invited into my clients’ homes even when things are a mess; I feel like I’m part of the family rather than a guest. I love the warmth and more laid back atmosphere and I am always honored to be one of the first people to get to enjoy a mama’s telling of her birth story. I could spend all day documenting those precious, little newborn details, but my favorite pictures are those images that capture the early bonding between a baby and his or her family.
It’s not difficult to get a studio look in your home if you’d like that for some of your images.
As much as I love being a birth photographer, it is so difficult to be on call and drop everything for an unknown amount of time. I think if I had to choose one genre to focus on as a photographer, it would be these lifestyle newborn sessions. I can never seem to get enough of the sweet connections as the dust settles around the arrival of the newest addition.