I’m just going to put this out there – I still absolutely LOVE our wedding photos. But we didn’t just pick Logan at Deeside Photographics for his sharp camera skills; it was his people skills too – having watched him shoot before, every little detail was picked up on before he even touched the shutter button (from an in-turned pocket to a rogue flower) and he quickly put the bride and groom at ease.
However, when I set out to learn photography, it was with one clear goal in mind: taking pictures of newborns to the best of my ability. So, I’ve put all my efforts into solely and truly specialising in this. For me, this needs a completely different skill set. Where as your wedding photorgapher needs to almost be a master of ceremonies; Your newborn photorgapher needs to not worry if you are running late, and needs to be very very good at settling your baby and addressing any anxieties you may have.
Although I’ve been asked to shoot everything from weddings to products and landscapes, I’ve turned them down. You might be thinking this is ridiculous (she has a camera – surely she can use it for anything?) and, as an entrepreneur, I should be grasping every opportunity to rake in more pennies… but it’s not so crazy.
Put it this way – although I can change a car tyre and even replace a wiper blade, you wouldn’t hire me to fix your car, would you? So, if I’m not an event or commercial photography specialist, I shouldn’t be promoting myself as one.
In other words, it’s very difficult to be a specialist if you’re ‘specialising’ in a whole host of things – instead, my approach is to focus on one niche, perfect it as far as possible and always strive to get better.
Still not get my point? Digby Brown sums it up quite nicely below – they believe the right person doing the right job is what matters.
I don’t think you should ever claim to know everything about your craft - every day is a school day for sure! As a perfectionist, I am always striving to get better at what I do. As a true specialist in newborn photography (and one with experience of soothing six wee ones of my own!), I’ve captured special moments from hundreds of babies over the years – and put their families at ease too, just I trusted my wedding photography expert to do with us on our big day.
It’s about knowing the tricks of the trade, which can only be perfected with time and experience – calmly and confidently soothing your newborn baby into a peaceful slumber, whilst keeping them comfy, cosy & safe.
It’s about the hosting you in the correct space too – I describe my photography room as being like a womb; warm and relaxed (and stocked with all the right tech, lights, props and baby things). And, most importantly, it’s about putting baby’s safety before everything else; sessions are baby-led and forcing things is never an option.
Choosing a newborn photographer is equally as important as your wedding photographer – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to record the very beginning of a little life.
So, make sure you’ve got the right person doing the right job.
PS. I wasn't sure if I was the only one thinking this about newborn photorgaphy beig such a specailst genre, so i asked Logan at Deeside Photographics what he thought.
"I would call Donna, the ' baby whisperer' ....as her work in Newborn Baby Photography is simply outstanding. It's an area I tried a couple of times, but it was not for me! You need a few years experience in this field, and Donna has a lovely nature, and has simply nailed it" - Logan Sangster, Deeside Photographics
Still not convinced? Check out reviews from more than 80 happy customers on my Facebook page, Google profile and studio visitors’ book. I look forward to meeting you and your beautiful bundle of joy very soon!