Meet Baby Kaiden - Newborn Portraits in Glen Burnie
How to stand out in a crowded newborn photography market
GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND -
I love babies. I hope to have another one of my own someday, which is a well-known secret among family and friends.
So when one of my besties asked me last month if my newborn photography shoot in Glen Burnie, Maryland had given me my baby fix for a while, she wasn't surprised when I answered, "Nope; it just made me want one more."
My newborn session revolved around baby Kaiden, who is the son of a friend from high school, Cara, and her partner, Demetric.
Demetric, or "Dee" as he's affectionately known, is an Alabama Crimson Tide fanatic. Cara, who grew up near Annapolis, also comes from a long line of Baltimore Orioles fans, so I had a general idea for color and theme.
Cara's older sister, Cristen, with whom I played softball in high school, had gotten Kaiden a knitted Alabama hat shaped like elephant ears with a matching diaper cover that was the perfect setup for our Alabama-themed portraits.
Let's Go O's!
Later in the session, Kaiden was dressed in an orange Orioles onesie and placed against a black backdrop. To add a personal touch to the pictures, we strategically arranged Dee's own baseball bat, glove, and football around Kaiden, who was asleep, and one thing's for sure; whatever he was dreaming about at the time, he gave me the best expressions.
We took family portraits down the road from the couple's house in front of a body of water. This part was especially meaningful for me because we got to include Demetric's mother and sister, who both live out of state, and Cara's mother and grandmother, both of whom I've known since I was a kid.
Cara, who had seen my macro photography examples of baby Brandt's eyelashes from our milestones session, asked to have the same photos taken of Kaiden. Showing up-close-and-personal such delicate features of a newborn baby has become a new favorite of mine and my clients. Babies change so quickly, it's nice to freeze that moment in time.
How to Stand Out in a Crowded Newborn Photography Market
With my love of babies, the newborn photography genre was a definite no-brainer for me to get in to, but talk about overwhelming competition. There are some uber talented baby photographers out there, several of whom live right here in Maryland.
So how can I separate myself from the competition? I haven't fully figured it out yet, but I'm moving in a direction that is both creatively satisfying and has potential to set myself apart.
Part of that has to do with being in the client's home. On one hand it creates an uncertain environment for the photographer, but with all the lighting and backdrop technology available today, almost any location can be made into a professional studio in minutes.
The reason I like it is because the outfits and props we use belong to the family, making it very specific to them. And that's not to say I won't ever provide an outfit or props myself, because I most certainly will. But even then it's going to be an outfit or prop specific to the family based on things they tell me during our pre-shoot consultations.
That's what I mean when I say that Offbeat Photographer celebrates "the individual in all of us." We all have our own likes, interests, and style, so shouldn't that be reflected in our family portraits? I've always thought so. What do you think?