We’ve come of age with a few other professional photographers in Austin and it’s been fun to watch their styles evolve and businesses grow with ours. Although almost all of them either started out with or began shooting newborns at some point in their career and every one of them has explained to us that as soon as they no longer needed infants to fill their schedule, they stopped booking them entirely. We started out photographing them and after 10 years are having a better time than ever doing so. I don’t know if the hectic schedule or delicate balance of keeping a baby asleep while getting your lighting right is too much for them or if it just doesn’t make economic sense. Either way, we’re glad as can be to still be Austin’s best newborn photographer and we are not going anywhere.
I understand the idea that babies are traditionally the least consistent models alive. They puke, poop, and cry with no warning and scream if the temperature gets above 92 degrees or so. You’re trying to include mom’s favorite props, get an ill-fitting hat to stay on, and not ruin baby’s important sleep patterns- all within the first 10 days or so of their existence. All of that is what makes it fun. It’s the same reason we love shooting weddings, it’s a problem solver’s dream. Juggling those things and pulling off a shot that only you can get is tremendously satisfying. Newborns require a delicate hand, a little shushing, a lot of heat, and a decent amount of luck. That’s a big part of the reason I’ll never stop photographing them. I love the feeling of pulling up to a new family’s home and not knowing how we’re going to get where we need to be but assures that we have the tools to get me there and fast. Also, newborns are fantastic. They’re just perfect. Other photographers are crazy.