Why hire me? As a professional photographer serving the Central Kentucky area, I pride myself in capturing and creating the precious images of the miracle that you helped create. 

Every now and then, I hear, “All you do is push the button on the camera—why does your service cost so much?” or “I can buy a nice camera and take my own pictures for less.” Like any quality products or services out there, good photography is expensive because it is not easy to create. Bad photography is even more expensive. If you do not like your photos, you have wasted your time, money and memories; and if there is a second chance, spend more money for a better photographer.

When you commission a professional photographer you are paying for their expertise, talent, and time to ensure that your images will be captured perfectly and professionally…the first time. 


TIME

Besides the time working at the session, there is an additional minimum of 10+ hours of behind-the-scenes work that the client does not see—here is a general breakdown of my time per newborn session: 1 hour – Set up the studio, 3 – 5 hours – Session time (includes the possibility of re-shoot in case the baby/sibling is uncooperative), 8 – 16 hours – Upload and back up photos. Cull and edit photos (color correction, toning and retouching). If your gallery includes technically difficult shots (baby hanging from a tree branch or prop, posing sitting up, etc), then more time is needed in Photoshop., 3 – 4 hours – Set up the online gallery. Process retouching requests, final check for quality, prepare images on USB, print, canvases, etc. Package and ship.

As you can see, the time spent for one session can range from 15 – 26+ hours. Because professional photography is time- and labor-intensive, I only accept very limited bookings per month to ensure I have plenty of time to perfect your images. 

NEWBORN HANDLING AND POSING SAFETY

One of the most important qualifications for a newborn photographer is their ability and experience in handling  a newborn and posing them safely. You are handing over your brand new baby to a photographer to hold, soothe, pose in and on props. You need to trust that this person knows what they are doing, just as you would with your midwife and doctor. As a mother of two and a newborn photographer, I have years of experience in soothing and calming babies, a skill that is necessary for a successful session. I am also trained and experienced in posing babies in a way that always guarantees their safety and capturing popular poses, hanging babies with wraps, or putting babies into props like crates or buckets.


EQUIPMENT

To give you professional quality images, I use professional-grade equipment—cameras, lenses, studio lighting, computers and software. Although cameras and phones can be very good for random and candid shots, consumer cameras do not match the quality of professional cameras especially when armed with the knowledge of how to operate the camera in manual. In addition, I stock quality props such as blankets, hats, headbands, crates, buckets, flooring and backdrops to ensure a wide variety of beautiful set-ups to suit your style.


KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Professional photographers will know exactly how to capture the very best images. Not only do they know how to use their camera to get the proper exposure, focus and composition, they also know how to light and pose their clients properly. They have the ‘eye’ to compose distinctive images and enhance them with a professional photo-editing software. As a professional photographer, I know the importance of my job in capturing quality images for you and therefore commit thousands of dollars and countless of hours in continuing education to perfect my craft.  I do have a bachelors and partial masters in social work however I’ve trained and maintained my knowledge and skills in photography by attending workshops and on-line courses.


CONSISTENCY

When you hire me, you buy the assurance that your images will be high quality and the peace of mind that your special moment is captured perfectly before it is lost in time.

In conclusion, the old adage “you get what you pay for” is true. I hope you can see the value of hiring me, a true professional who focuses on quality rather than hiring a photographer based on price alone.

Interested in booking a session? Have more questions? Please contact me via email: shutterandbloom@gmail.com or the Contact Me form so we can chat!