Hi, I’m Lydia and I am the sole photographer for GoFoto Lifestyle Newborn Photography…but I wasn’t always a photographer! This blog is about how I did it…
Follow your passion:
After spending nearly 17 years as a researcher in cardiovascular disease, the creative side of my brain suddenly yelled “WHAT ABOUT ME???” and I woke up and decided to listen to that yell! So, for the past 7 years, whilst still undertaking my research commitments, I have been photographing everything – from portraits (of the students I work with) to architecture, to big wildlife and also little wildlife in the form of insects. This led to my learning all about my camera and what I can do with all the different settings. How can light be harnessed to suit my vision? What was the best way to get the image I had in my mind into the camera?
Whilst looking at other photographers work, I came across newborn photography – those posed images, taken in a studio with 5-10 day old newborn babies who are all soft and squishy and can be posed in a variety of some stunningly creative ways. Although I liked and admired these images, I also knew that placing newborns into various positions was not for me. But I also knew I wanted to photograph newborns (as I adore babies!). I wanted to give new parents creative and stunning images taken in their own home (as opposed to a studio setting) so that everything would be natural – from using natural light and the natural “poses” of the newborn with his parents. I wanted to capture the EMOTIONS involved in having a new baby in the home. The natural postures, the cries, the yawns! Not only of the newborn, but also of the new parents! The love, the wonder, the amazement that this little being instilled in them. The perfect little feet, the tiny toes and fingers, the little pursed mouth. If I could capture this, the parents would be left with precious memories of what those first few weeks were like once their little one had come into this world. In addition, the new parents wouldn’t have to pack a “baby bag”, load baby into the car and go out to a studio. As babies are considered to be “newborn” for the first 6 weeks of life, I could also offer to have the photographic session from 7 – 28 days after birth. All a big plus, I thought.
There was one more important thing that I wanted to get right. It worried me that in the South African context there were many new parents who would love to have images of their newborn but it just cost too much. (remember it costs money to rent studios, the lighting, props etc). I envisioned making my photo shoots as affordable as possible for the majority of new parents who might want the memories of their newborn’s first few weeks preserved forever. But, of course, I still have to charge a fee to cover my costs which I would try to keep as low as possible!). And so, at the beginning of this year, I started GoFoto Lifestyle Newborn Photography and have been thrilled to bits at each and every one of the sessions I have done to date! The parents have been so welcoming, so warm, so natural in their home environment and the emotions I have been able to capture are truly amazing! What pleases me the most is that these brand new parents have so much love for their newborn!!
And that is how I have morphed from a cardiovascular research scientist into a lifestyle newborn photographer! It is actually a work still in progress as I am still working at a university and I will either book a photoshoot for a Saturday or Sunday or, if a client is happy with a weekday, then I will take a day’s leave and accomodate the client – after all, photographer is where my passion now lies! By the end of 2017, I hope to be a full time newborn “shooter”!!!