There has been so many positive comments and responses to the last two photography journeys I shared (from Briana from Northern Way of Life and Jan Johnstone if you missed them) that I am back with another one! Menucha Korik was a reader of Live Snap Love way back when it was first created, and I was so excited to find her again recently and discover that she has gone on to set up her own thriving photography business specialising in newborn and child photography. Talk about a success story! I'm truly delighted to welcome her to the blog and to share her story with you. Over to Menucha....
My name is Menucha and I’m a mother of four beautiful little people. Although I always appreciated a good photo, I didn’t know much about photography! My husband bought me a camera just after my second child was born four years ago, and that is when my photography journey began.
I started off just learning my camera and taking pictures of my kids. I had done a lot of googling on how to use my camera but it was all written in such fancy photography language that I started to think I was never going to understand anything. I somehow stumbled upon Audrey’s blog and that is when it all started to make sense. Audrey’s articles were so easy to read and understand that it finally started to click!
I continued taking pictures of my children, learning my camera and then at one point I decided I wanted to take this further and start a business. It wasn’t long until I realised that newborn and baby photography was what I wanted to focus on. I remember my first ever “newborn session.” When I found out that a friend of mine had her baby I eagerly asked her if I could come over to attempt some newborn photography. It was quite an experience!
After that first session I kept on going, practicing, learning, lighting, and all things Newborn Photography related. I didn't have any "official" training in newborn photography, as by nature I am a very DIY sort of person, so I just googled it and read up as much as I could and practised away. I also made friends with some newborn photographer friends, which was obviously useful!
A few months later when I thought my work was good enough to charge I started taking clients. I cringe a little when I look back at my newborn photos from the beginning of my career, but hey we all start somewhere right? I would say it took me around six months until I felt comfortable doing newborn photography, but looking back six months after I started I still had no idea what I was doing!
Fast forward a few years and I now specialise in Newborn and Baby Photography. I work out of a home based studio in Melbourne Australia. It’s been a long journey and I still have so much to learn.
As a mother myself I know how quickly that newborn stage just flies away. Seeing the parent’s love and excitement for their baby as I do the session reminds me why I really love what I do. It’s all about capturing that moment in time and giving my clients the ability to look back and remember those early days. It really is something very unique.
Even though it all sounds beautiful it has been quite challenging at times. I don’t think I realised how much time and effort goes into it all before I started. Meeting with clients and doing the Newborn Session is only one little part of running my business.
For those of you who dream of starting a business one day, never give up. Spend time shooting, practice and read blogs. Google is your best friend. There is so much good information out there. The more you do, the more you get into it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Audrey answered all my questions back in the day and it was a tremendous help to the little girl who had no idea what the big scary photography world was all about!!
I don’t think I would have ever believed that I would be where I am today, running my very own Newborn and baby photography business. It wasn’t a quick process and at times it felt very slow but I’m working hard to keep it up because this is something that I really feel passionate about and love to do.
p.s Audrey also asked me to share what gear I use: I shoot with a Canon 6D and a Sigma Art 50mm 1.4. I love the combination of the two and it works really well for my home studio. I also use a Alien Bee 400 with 86in PLM for lighting and I love it. I started out using natural light only, but with the unpredictable weather and lack of sun I had to switch to using artificial lighting. The 86 inch PLM is a huge umbrella that helps create a really nice soft light.