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“Auntie Racho likes purple…” Why I started photography

The first time my nieces said my name and realized who “Racho” is, I melted into the earth. These tiny humans who made me an aunt five years ago (and again three years ago) know who I am! I’ve waited YEARS to be called Auntie, and still get butterflies anytime my sister sends me a video of Isabel and Violet saying “Hi Auntie Racho!”

December of 2013, I held a two-hour-old baby girl who instantly brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t believe there was a Stacey Junior in this world now (I’ve always thought my sister was the cutest little baby). I wanted to squeeze her and spoil her and never let her go!

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Of course as a new aunt I was always taking photos of Isabel Marie with my phone camera any chance I got, but soon realized I wanted to take better photos for my sister to print and frame. My then-fiance got me a Nikon for Christmas and I eagerly learned everything I could about my new toy. I practiced on baby Isabel whenever I could and honed my skills.

Fast-forward to 2018…I have two nieces (Violet Rae arrived August of 2015) and a (step) granddaughter which are constantly inspiring me. I upgraded to a new Nikon D750, established a sole proprietorship business, attended a photography conference in Vegas, invested in online education (as well as numerous newborn photography props, content management software and editing programs), watched dozens of family/newborn photography tutorial videos, hired a virtual assistant, and bought a studio space. The learning and growing is non-stop; as a creative being, I am always looking for ways to improve my craft and provide my sister, my mother, my husband’s kids and my clients with topnotch images of their loved ones.

I truly believe a photograph is the pause button on life. They capture a moment that you can relive and remember every time you look at it. When I photograph newborns, I know that those tiny fingers and toes and that innocent sleepiness will change so much in such a short time. Compare photos of your baby at 5 days old to photos at 6 months old. So different, right? I’d hate for a parent to regret never getting newborn photos done while baby is still so tiny. Personally, I recommend looking into newborn photographers mid-pregnancy and booking one BEFORE baby arrives. This ensures that your photog will reserve time for you.

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View my “Tiny Humans” gallery HERE!

Since we’re on the topic of newborn photos, let me address how you book a newborn photo session when baby can arrive unexpectedly. When a client tells me her due date, I put it in my phone calendar and keep a couple days open for the following week. I send her a newborn photography questionnaire to get an idea of what she wants during her session (color preferences, pose ideas, etc) as well as a prep guide so everyone is ready for the photo session. Then I keep in touch with mama to see how she’s feeling and if baby has arrived yet. When the time comes, she sends me a message and we finalize a date. I spend hours prepping and setting up for a newborn session, laying awake in bed thinking about what colors and poses I should do. Then you can relax at the session while I do all the work!

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I love the challenge (and rewards) of doing newborn photography. I wish I would’ve gotten into photography sooner so I could’ve taken my sister’s maternity and baby photos. But I’m grateful I get to snap their family photos every fall and Christmas card photos when they let me!

My beautiful, smart, funny nieces inspired me to start photography. Babies inspire me. World-famous photographers inspire me. My need to produce unique, creative images that fuel my artistic side and provide you with meaningful heirlooms inspires me everyday!

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