A couple of years ago I was shooting with lots of colours, backdrops, heavily posing babies, running out of storage for the props and spending half of the time trying to stand out from the crowd of newborn photographers in the UK- all who have the same props, same lighting, same editing and same poses.
It was ok, I was ok and my work was ok. But I was in a rut and uninspired.
Then I discovered (the ‘white studio’ movement shall we call it) the likes of Bethney Backhaus, Suzi Mitchell, Kasia Kochanowska and Diana Moschitz, and I completely fell head over heels for the simplicity, the timelessness and the realness of the images.
I was scared about not getting bookings by limiting myself so much. No longer offering what is fashionable and instead focusing on images that made my heart sing.
I did a @milkywayfun course of Bethany Backhaus’s. I bought Diana Moschitz’s photoshop actions and I fell for Suzi Mitchell’s baby-led approach to her sessions (and of course her beautiful angles).
I felt focused again and sold my props, turned everything white (including the floor. I have a love-hate relationship with the white floor!) and now I adore every session. Every. Single. Session. I struggle to cull the photos down so I end up including way too many in galleries.
I am relaxed- I don’t pose families, I let them do their own thing with a couple of light suggestions. I pose babies but I am baby-led so my sessions are easy, enjoyable and laid back. I include posed and unposed in my full newborn sessions or alternatively I offer a short, unposed newborn mini-session.
Best of all I am in love with my job again. Not only this but I have a constant stream of bookings from like-minded people. Amazing clients who love my work, love the minimalism and the simplicity of these natural photos.