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!
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.
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!
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!