By: Ashley Diamond Siegert, CPP, Cr.Photog
Are you a newborn photographer struggling to become profitable?
You feel like you are working ALL the time and your bank account doesn’t reflect it. I get it. I have been there.
When you talk to the most successful photographers about this, they will all tell you some similar strategies to improve your profitability.
They will tell you to stop giving away digital files and start selling prints and products in person.
They will tell you to raise your prices to reflect your costs, plus your time, plus your talent. (Plus Taxes!!)
They will tell you to invest in education to become better at your craft so that you can personally feel good about what you are charging.
And guess what? They are right. They are right about all of it. These strategies are all super important if you actually want to make a living as a photographer.
However, there is one more major challenge that you keep running into right? You need to know...
How To: Weed Through A Google Page Of Baby Photographers
Ashley Diamond Siegert, CPP Cr. Photog
So, you are pregnant, and you are trying to figure out all of the things you need to have ready by the time you go into labor. The list is daunting.
“What do you mean what is my birth plan? I plan to…give birth”
“Where do I create my registry?”
“If I get this car seat, the baby will grow out of it in 6 months, but this other one doesn't fit in the stroller.”
“Theme? I need a nursery theme besides…baby?”
It can all be tough to figure out, but one thing I hear over and over is how difficult it can be to pick a baby photographer. With such a low barrier to entry in today’s camera market, it seems that anyone who got a “good camera” as a birthday gift suddenly has a Facebook page and is taking clients. Now, don’t get me wrong, we all had to start somewhere. However, when choosing an artist to capture the...
The Unplugged Birth
Ashley Diamond Siegert
By now, we have all heard about the term “unplugged wedding.”
“Put your phones away and be present. We hired a photographer for that!”
Brides and photographers alike have shouted it from the rooftops for the last 5 years since smartphones completely took over our lives and very few of us can take the time to be present and mindful in the moment for any large life event. I mean, we have to post! “Pics or it didn’t happen,” right??
Lets be honest, think forward to when you are lying in your hospital bed an hour after giving birth, how much would you love to tell your mother-in-law to, “Put your phone away.” Because YOU KNOW…she is going to post it without running it by you first. (Drive-by posting anyone?!)
Putting your phones away does not mean you can’t have pictures of your baby’s first day. The new trend of professional birth photography is taking the responsibility...