Today’s Featured Photog Friday is Bonnie of CB Portraits!! I just adore her newborn work and I know you will too. So classy, elegant, and dreamy. Bonnie recently had her 4th child (congratulations, Bonnie!!), and the images she’s been posting of her new sweet little one are just divine.
Q. Welcome, Bonnie! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My family and I live in Lancaster County, PA. My husband and I have 4 kids, ages 8, 6, 2, and 3 weeks old! We are once again adjusting to life with a newborn, so I am going to blame any typos you find on lack of sleep! :) Here’s a picture of my kiddos…
Good question! If someone had told me years ago that I would be a photographer one day, I would never have believed them! It was never something I imagined myself doing – and I still find it hard to believe sometimes. J When I was younger, I enjoyed taking pictures, but mostly I loved the feelings of nostalgia, and happiness they brought back as I looked through them. I remember thinking, “It’s a good thing we have these pictures, or I would never have remembered this happened!”
Because that was back in the days of film, I never put much thought into the technical aspects of photography (ha! I didn’t even know there were technical aspects to photography!). One day, a good friend asked me to help her take pictures of a wedding. I hesitantly agreed, thinking that it couldn’t be too hard – you just point the camera at smiling people and click, right? Well, it was that experience that showed me how much more there was to photography than I ever thought possible. I decided I would never do something like that again until I knew what I was doing.
So, I spent the next year or so scouring the internet for information, joining online photography forums and posting questions, and practicing. I was determined that if I was going to do this photography thing, I was going to do it well!
I’ve been in business about 4 years. In the beginning I did everything – families, kids, seniors, weddings, newborns. But, in the past couple of years, I developed a passion for newborn photography. About 75% of my clients last year were newborns. It is challenging; it requires a lot of patience, and a completely different skill set than any other type of photography. But, I am in love with capturing the miracle and beauty of brand new babies.
I use natural light. Newborn and baby sessions are done in my home studio, and all other sessions are done outdoors. However, my goal is to learn to also use studio light. I love the consistency and predictability of it.
I use a Canon 5D, and the 50mm 1.4 lens is on my camera 90% of the time. I just got a macro lens, and that has been fun to use on newborns!
Hmmm….I would say my style of shooting depends on my subject. I spend a lot of time preparing ahead of time for newborn sessions so that each one is unique. Some of my favorite things to do are knit hats, make headbands, and go to our local outdoor auction to find old buckets, carriages, boxes etc.
However, when I do a family or child session, I let the personality of the individuals dictate the session. I love to capture emotions and connections between people. My main goal is for the session to be fun and relaxing. I want to show parents that custom photography is nothing like experiences they’ve had in the chain stores.
As far as editing – I like a clean edit. I love peachy skin tones, and images that show depth. I’ve found when the light and exposure in an image are perfect, there is very little editing that needs to be done.
I really don’t do any marketing. Most all of my clients are from word of mouth (referrals), and a few have found me through internet searches. My main priority is that every client has a great experience from start to finish.
As best I can. That’s a tough subject for me. I’m also a stay-at-home-mom, so I tend to do my work in random chunks of time throughout the day. My work computer is in our family room, so it is constantly ‘calling’ to me. My goal for this year is to get more organized so that I spend less time in front of my computer, and more time with my family.
Oh goodness – there are many. Baby As Art and Kelley & Tracy Ryden are my main newborn inspirations. They truly make art, and they make it look so easy!
I believe that you can do pretty much anything you set your mind to. But, loving photography, and running a business are two completely different things. Learn what it takes to run a legitimate and profitable business before you start charging. If you don’t, you will find yourself working for pennies. You and your family are worth more than that!
Thank you so much for joining and sharing with us, Bonnie!! It was such a pleasure!