A year in the life of a newborn photographer
Wait a minute! Is 2015 over already?!
Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas. But if you’re anything like me, this time of year is also a bit of a double-edged sword. You’re frazzled and frantic at the prospect of Christmas Day looming and your never-ending to-do list but deep down you love everything that Christmas represents; time with the family, (a bit of) time off from work and an opportunity to take stock, plan and look ahead to new beginnings, with the arrival of the new year.
As always in January, I like to reflect on the year that’s just drawn to a close and it’s my thoughts on this topic that I’m sharing with you today.
2015 was a busy year for me, that’s for sure!
What I’m most proud of is that I tried several new things in 2015 and learnt so much in the process.
I took to the stage for the very first time at the packed out Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham in March. Along with my Baby Whisperer Academy colleagues, I did a number of live newborn baby photoshoots from the Olympus stage, demonstrating settling and posing techniques to a watchful audience. It was the first time anyone had ever done live newborn sessions at the show and was nerve-wracking to say the least, but the baby models were a dream and it went really well!
I also introduced location photography to my portfolio of services. I invested in professional training and then soon-after set out on my own, experimenting with natural outdoor lighting and scouring Dorset and Hampshire for some wonderful off-the-beaten-track locations. I’m delighted that I quickly found a style of outdoor photography that was really ‘me’ and which my clients seemed to love, and can’t wait to get outdoors again next year.
More Gold awards!
2015 was also a great year for me because I continued to win awards, specifically three Gold awards, from the leading UK photography associations, the SWPP (The Societies) and The National Photographic Society. Winning awards still gives me a boost. There’s nothing that beats that moment when you hear that leaders in your industry have recognised your work and picked it out from the huge number of submissions they review every month.
KW Photography in the press
The year also kicked off with a spate of press coverage which saw me being published once every month for the first few months of the year!
I was in both ‘Photo Professional’ magazine and ‘Advanced Photographer’ magazine as part of features on newborn photography, as well as featured in local lifestyle magazines ‘Dorset’ and ‘Arkadia’, plus I had several mentions in my local paper, The Bournemouth Daily Echo, and was also interviewed live on BBC Radio Solent about the importance of safe practice in newborn photography.
Then, when Father’s Day came around in June, all of a sudden my newborn baby/father portraits were everywhere! The media seemed to love my black and white portrait series, and I was featured on many of the leading national parenting and photography websites amongst others. Happy days!
And last but certainly not least, I am so pleased to have produced a welcome video this year that helps to tell the story of what a visit to KW Photography is like. I worked with a great local team to produce a promotional two-minute video that lets people see inside my studio and learn what a typical newborn photoshoot with me is like. So far it’s been viewed almost 1300 times! If you haven’t already seen it, check it out here J
So, what’s around the corner? Well, there’s the Christmas decorations to take down, the small matter of the Christmas over indulging to put right and lots of editing of recent photoshoots to be done, but suffice to say that I have lots of exciting plans for 2016. I’ll write again soon to share those with you too!
Until then, Happy New Year with health and happiness to all !
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