It's hard when you start a photography business, especially when youre working in a niche that isn't so...well...niche. I photograph familes, mostly, and when I started my freelance journey a year ago I promoted myself as a photographer of fellow creative people. I thought that was how to attract the families I wanted to work with, appealing to those with artistic sensibilites as they'd be the ones most likely to get what I was about and what I was trying to capture with my camera.
When you start out as a photographer, you have to say a lot of stuff about who you are, the people you are the right fit for and they way you work. You feel pressure to have a process, or at least conjure one up out of your head, when in truth you don't know what the hell you are doing. You can't possibly know all these things, because though you have experience as a photographer, you don't have any experience as a fully legit freelance photographer with a few years of business under your belt. Being skilled with a camera is one thing, but pairing it with the ability to run a succesful business is quite another.
It takes time to know your business, know yourself in your business and above all know who you gel with most as your family, couple, bride etc. It's a feeling, an attitude, a chemistry that you can't predict. It's not as simple as saying you want to photograph X or Y because it takes time to produce the kind of work that tells both you and any potential clients that you are the perfect match. You have to work anyway, constantly adjust everything you do, and know that when you get all the feels from somebody you work with you have to write that shizz down. Remember it, celebrate it, hug your computer and remember exactly what photo you took that makes you jump up and yell 'that's it!'. That's how you want to feel every time you click your shutter, or edit a photo, or publish a blog post. You want to feel like you felt something, like they felt something.
This newborn session was one of those,and I hugged the computer. Can you tell? I hope you can. I felt the rawness of those early days, when everything is new, everything has shifted and you're figuring it all out. It's intense in its joy, the love, the way you can see your heart outside your body, beating away in this new life you've made together. The way you can kiss goodbye to your old self, your old life and your old relationship. The way you've left something behind, but you don't yet have your new self to cling to. It's choppy waters, and you're not a good sailor, but you're getting stronger every day. And if anyone asked, you'd say there's nowhere you'd rather be than at sea.
If you're interested in booking a newborn session, or a family session of your own, then I'd love to hear from you. Email: email@example.com for more details.