Amanda, what camera do you use and what is your favorite lens?
Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm 1.4
What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?
Just to make sure the finished product is polished and natural. Nail the shot in camera, but also follow up with beautiful post processing so that your subject is sweetly perfect.
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
Unique, Colorful, Sweet
Where do you pull your inspiration from?
From all over… hats, blankets, room themes, magazines.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
This has been a HUGE struggle for me. The first two years of my business absolutely consumed me. I actually took several months off to re-assess things and spend time with my family. Now, being back in action I have made it my rule that I will not work weekends, I will only accept limited sessions, and I do my best to not be on this computer when my kids and husband are at home.
Best biz/photo advice?
To do YOU, to make your business your passion, your style. Create your niche. Don’t follow others.
What have you learned the hard way?
To not work weekends. Do what you need to do and arrange your sessions for during the week while kids are at school, or hire a Nanny. Weekends are for friends and family.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
I actually kind of keep my eyes straight ahead. I don’t worry too much about what other photographers are doing. I strongly believe that if you create a niche for yourself and stay true to your style, then you will have clients. Even though there are oodles more newborn photographers now than 4 years ago, I know that I still offer a product that is unique from others.
Where have most of your 2012 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Sorry, but yes – word of mouth. And Facebook. I am horrible about updating my website and haven’t even gotten around to finishing my blog. I probably don’t have the best business model… but I love posing babies and I offer my clients something special. Too much work has kept me from all those marketing details.
What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
By far the Jinky workshop that I did in July of 2010. Barb Uil is such an inspiration and her portraiture is breathtaking and stands alone.
What is your most popular product?
CD of images