The last time I did a newborn session for my cousin, Amanda, I was just starting out in photography, still building my portfolio, a new mom myself with another one already on the way. Here we are just over two years later, and I got to meet sweet baby Adelyn.
I’ve done some location scouting in my area. It starts with an internet search, creating a list, driving around to attempt to check out parks during golden hour, even doing some self portraits at these locations to test them out. I’m always looking for places with beautiful backgrounds, not too crowded and yet not too difficult to access. And yet, the truth is that my favorite location is the one that my client suggests.
For the past year, I’ve been wading through the unfamiliar waters of establishing my business, working to reach the families that I want to serve and serving them by creating memories and documenting moments for them to look back on for years to come. It is truly rewarding providing families in Maryland, DC and Virginia with lifestyle newborn and family photography.
I had just had a baby via c-section and I had picked up photography 9 months before. I had been blessed by having my first son’s newborn photographer as my mentor, had shadowed her on sessions, and had done a few newborn sessions myself over the past several months. Surely, I could do newborn photos for our newest addition myself. Now, almost a year and a half later, I’m going to tell you why I regret that decision . . .