My newborn photography was featured in the New York Post!!!
Oh. My. Gosh. When I was in college getting my photography degree, I dreamed of having my photographs published but I never really thought it would happen but it did! One of my dreams literally came true you guys! To explain how much this means to me, lets go back 2.5 years. I had just given birth to my son, my birth didn’t go as planned so I was dealing with the emotions from that. I was learning how to be a mother on very little sleep, basically my whole world was turned upside down. At this time I thought it’d be a really great idea to start a newborn photography business and off I went!
I learned how to build my own website then I built it, I took newborn photography workshops and safety courses, learned how to run a business, got photography insurance, learned about self-employment taxes, learned how to market on my website and on social media, I upgraded my camera, bought and made(yes, made…hashtag Pinterest fail 🤣) countless props and outfits for babies. All this took me 9 months (of course it was the same amount of time as a pregnancy lol). Then I started building my portfolio, I photographed babies for free, for practice. Once I felt I was good enough, I launched To The Moon Portraits (named for my son who I will always love to the moon and back)
It’s been the hardest I have ever worked in my life and I LOVE it! I am doing work that I love and in the way I want to do it by being kind, honest and sincere. I treat every little baby that I meet like they are part of my family and I treat every family the exact way I wanted to be treated after I had given birth.
So time is going by, I am learning more every day and my newborn photography business is growing. It’s going so well that I moved my studio out of my house and into a real studio in Lyndhurst. I added on Maternity Photography and Fresh 48 Hospital Photography. I love all the photography that I do but there is something so special about Fresh 48 Hospital Photography. For those of you that don’t know, it’s called Fresh 48 because the photos are taken within 48 hours of the baby being born when families are still in the hospital. There’s just something so special about a baby that has just arrived to our world. There is so much joy, happiness, excitement and love. People say weddings are going to be the happiest day of your life but it’s not true, it’s the day your baby is born and I get to be there to photograph these memories for families. To make art of these feelings that they can look back on 5, 10, 20, 40 years later with their children and grandchildren is my favorite thing and I feel so lucky that I get to do it. When a family first sees their photos, it’s fun, they post them to social media and introduce the baby to the world but as time goes up so does the value of the photographs because the baby is growing everyday and as all parents know, time goes by so quickly.
I am human and an artist so of course there are days when I have doubts, I wonder if I’m good enough, what I could have done better and how I can improve my work. These feelings are natural and normal and these emotions help me achieve my goals and become a better photographer. I was having one of these days the day Jane Ridley from the New York Post popped up in my inbox. She was putting together an article for the New York Post about Fresh 48 Photography and wanted to use my photos and wanted to interview me.
To say that I was in shock, is an understatement. There are thousands of newborn photographers in the United States and Jane found me, liked my work and wanted to put it in the New York Post! After I did a happy dance around my studio, I wrote back, did the interview, contacted Susy (the beautiful mom in the photographs they wanted to use) and she interviewed, we both anxiously waited for the article!
Then it was there! And not only was it one article, it was two! A newspaper version and an online post! (See print version below and click here for the online article) The dream I had in my early 20s of being published in a newspaper had come true when I was 32 years old, a mom, a wife and a business owner. I think that 20 something year old would be very proud of the woman I have become and I am too.