I’m not going to lie…I almost packed him in my pocket and took him home with me. The little model opened his eyes on cue, went to sleep when it was time, yawned for dramatic effect, and posed in perfect positions without me asking. Yeah…I almost added another boy to my collection :)
Archive for the ‘newborn’ Category
I have been a long time admirer of Carrie Sandoval…and every one of her perfectly posed newborn images. There is no doubt about it…she is a newborn genius. I had pretty much dubbed myself as mediocre and came to terms that newborns must not be my “niche.”
But, then I really started noticing which of my images stood out to me. The emotion. The connection between parents and children. It’s ALWAYS the emotion and connection for me. It’s how I see things through the lens. It’s what moves and inspires me. I gave up on trying to Carrie-ize my newborn sessions and embraced what I love the most.
And I realized that I’m ok with not doing what everybody else is doing. I don’t need to produce images like other photographers to feel successful. This is a business where we, as photographers, are our own worst critic. We compare. We feel up. We feel down. We feel awesome. We feel like a failure.
I am still guilty of comparing, but only recently have I realized that this is MY art. I know what makes me happy. I will never shoot like so-and-so. I just won’t. But, it’s ok.
As the great Zach Arias once said, “Stop comparing yourself to others, just get out there and do your thing.” Or something like that. I’m sure I slaughtered the quote, but you get the point.
It used to just be the three of them. And then look what happened…
I am bouncing all over the place lately…from babies to seniors, kids to commercial, and then weddings to newborns! It’s definitely “that” time of year. That time of year where photographers know all waking hours either have a camera stuck to face, or hiney glued to chair. Bring it on busy season! A sweet little babe as of late…