Photographer Interview | Life as a Photographer with Delicate Impressions

Jennifer Wilcox

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props
This weeks photographer interview is with newborn, baby and maternity photographer Tonia Lariviere of Delicate Impressions.   I have loved seeing Tonia’s work since I began Baby Joy Studios 4 years ago. Such beautiful genuine work!   Make sure you have joined the newsletter so you don’t miss out on more photographer interviews and studio tours to come!   Let’s take a peak into the life of photographer Tonia…

Where do you live? Caledonia, Ontario, Canada

Tell us a bit about how you began your journey into photography. How long have you had your photography business?
I have always loved Anne Geddes (back in the day when she was the only newborn photographer around)…and as a child I used to walk over to the “baby hospital” and just stair in the window of the 4th floor nursery and watch all the babies. I loved newborns and always had a passion to work with newborns. I became a paramedic so I could deliver babies (after 14 years still didn’t deliver ONE)…and thus began my obsession with newborns and photography. I began in April of 2008 and finally feel that this past year I have grown to where I finally want to be.

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

Describe your photography style. What invaluable lessons have you learned that helped you develop your distinct style?
My style of photography is simple. Less is more. Simple head pieces, simple pants for boys, simple props and simple poses. I feel keeping newborns in this type of simplicity makes the photographs timeless and beautiful. Lighting is the key aspect to keeping this style. Understanding lighting and why it works the way it does on subjects is crucial to a great image.

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

Are you formally taught or self taught? What has been the best form of education you have taken (workshop, mentor, online classes etc) if any?
I’m a self taught photographer. Last year I started to attend some of my most favourite newborn workshops (1 left to go), and the workshops have been AMAZING!!! It’s the tiny details I thought I had, but didn’t, that really helped me grow over this past 6 months.

What is your favourite photography genre to photograph (newborn, maternity, family, weddings etc)? Hands down – newborns! 

If you photograph newborns what is your favourite technique to get them to settle and sleep?
Hot room, heated area they are about to be placed on, and a full belly. I always recommend parents bring a soother (but I have new one’s on hand just in case). But generally, warm, full babies always sleep for me.

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by Baby Joy Studios Photo props

Natural available light or studio lighting? Studio or on location sessions?
Used to shoot exclusively studio – now I am exclusively natural light. I do both in studio and on location sessions.

Nikon or Canon, other? Favorite lens?
Nikon D800 and 50mm f1.4

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by Baby Joy Studios Photo props

How do you find the balance between work and your personal life?
This is always such a tough question! Balancing both is critical for my family. My children are older, so it’s a bit easier, but trying to make a schedule and STAYING with it, is so important. If it were an office job, it would be a simple go to work, come home and be with family. So just because it’s a self-run, home business, why should it be any different.

If you had one piece of advice to give on how to co-ordinate and choose your props for a session, what would it be?
Take out props / backdrops the night before. Then find the outfits / wraps / headbands that match according to the props and backdrops you want to use. This was taught to me and has been so much better than wasting time during a session trying to figure out what I want to use next!

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What is your favourite Baby Joy Studios Product? Why?
I LOVE Baby Joy Studios headbands the best. The simplicity (there again – my style) is so beautiful and dainty. I love that the headbands don’t over power the image.

What is your favourite photo you have taken and why?
Favourite photo…oh gosh. I love babies so much it’s difficult to pick just one favourite photo. I chose this one (after looking over photos)…because I love babies with LOTS of hair. I love babies who smile, and I love that her little hand on her head just sat there comfortably. Mom ended up ordering this in a 20×24! I love when parents proudly display their images…

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

What photographers do you admire and inspire you?
Jinky Art is probably the most amazing photographer I have ever seen! I also love Baby As Art, Pumpkin Pie Photography and Son Kissed Photography.

When you are not working, how do you love to spend your days? Hobbies, family, travel etc?
We love to travel. I love seeing the world. We are also movie buffs…I’ll watch a movie anytime day or night. My kids are teenagers now, so when we do get to spend time together (they are busy now)…we will do whatever makes us happy. Movies, television series, LOVE church! And Travelling. 

You can follow Tonia’s work on her website and facebook page.

Thank you so much Tonia for sharing with us! Keep on eye on your inbox for another interview coming in next weeks newsletter!  Shop newborn and baby photography props in the shop.

 

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Important new shop update! | Newborn Photography Props

Hi lovelies! Summer is well on it’s way and as some of you know I have been challenging myself to find a happy balance with work and my family. After a one week holiday with just my hubby (no kids!!) for our ten year anniversary, I did some soul searching.  I have decided to run the shop a little differently then in the past.

As many of you are mom’s, busy working two jobs etc I’m sure you can all relate! I want to enjoy the journey and the creation of my products I make for you. I LOVE designing new products! So to be able to have the time to be creative and inspired for new lovelies for you all the shop will be run like this:

1. Ready to Ship – There is a menu tab in the shop titled ‘Ready to Ship‘. Included in this menu is a small selection of essential products. The products in this menu will ALWAYS be available and ready to leave the shop to your studio! (With the exception of the Hand Knits.  Shipment times are posted in these listings.)

2. Coming Soon- There is another menu tab that will say ‘Coming Soon‘ or have the date included, ‘Coming July 23′ . This is where I will be adding new products PLUS previous products that are not available in the ready to ship menu. The products that now say ‘sold out’ in my shop will only be brought back as I have found time to pre-make them for select shop openings. Once they are sold out, they will not be available for a month or longer. So if you have your eye on a style this is the time to grab it as I can not say how long it will be until I offer it again.

So it’s win win! There were always be the essential ready to ship items in the shop for you and I will be able to have more creative time to make new lovelies for you all! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support over the last 3.5 years! xo Rebecca

NEW products coming to the next shop update this Wednesday, July 23rd at 7pm EST, 4pm PST! Here are a few sneak peaks! More peaks in the shop here!

Newborn Photography Props | Baby Joy Studios

Newborn Photography Props | Baby Joy Studios
Newborn Photography Props | Baby Joy Studios

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Photography Studio Sneak Peak | Rebecca Joy Studios

I am excited to share a sneak peak into my own studio light photography studio! In addition to making photography props I also am a photographer! The studio is located on the lower floor of our 3 storey 1932 character home.  You can see the original brick fireplace wall and supporting wood beams that we left unexposed during the studio build. I have recently added a second room to my studio and have started to redecorate and refresh. It is getting close to being finished. I have the bare bones so far! It still needs photographs on the walls, some shelves, plants and little details added etc. I will update the post once I am done! In the meantime enjoy the photographs! You can view my photography work at my website Rebecca Joy Studios and follow on facebook.

Photography Studio Tour |Studio Light | featuring Rebecca Joy Studios
Photography Studio Tour |Studio Light | featuring Rebecca Joy Studios
Photography Studio Tour | Victoria, BC baby, newborn, maternity photographer | featuring Rebecca Joy Studios
Photography Studio Tour |Studio Light | featuring Rebecca Joy Studios
Photography Studio Tour |Studio Light | featuring Rebecca Joy Studios

Follow Rebecca Joy Studios on facebook and view the website at www.rebeccajoystudios.com

Submit your own studio to be featured here.  Shop Baby Joy Studios Props here.

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  • July 10, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    Lauren - I love the feel of your studio, a bit of character mixed with a bit of mod! Can’t wait to see the rest. ;) ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    hillary - Love your studio! Love that you have started posting these inspirations studio tours! They have motivated me to update my studio! Thanks so much!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 5:54 pm
  • July 21, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    melissa deakin - Oh my goodness–your studio is just gorgeous!
    Love this little peek into your space.ReplyCancel

  • July 21, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    Sophie - Wow, your studio looks gorgeous! Love how warm and cozy it feels with all the soft neutral tones. Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 25, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    Amy McGeachy - I love everything about your studio and your work!So soft and stylish!!!♡ReplyCancel

In the Studio With Jenny Cruger Photography | Studio Tour

This week we are in the studio with Jenny Cruger of  Jenny Cruger Photography.  Let’s take a look into this cozy and organically styled photography studio tour.

Photography Studio Tour | Jenny Cruger Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios

Where is your studio located? Franklin, TN (just outside of Nashville)

Is your studio commercial or residential? How many square feet? Commercial. Maybe 300-400 square feet max.

Do you use natural light, studio light or both? 100% Natural light

How long have you been a photographer? How long have you had a studio space? I have been shooting for about 14 years and in business for 4 years. I’ve had a studio space for 3 years; this one for 2 years.

Photography Studio Tour | Jenny Cruger Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios

How did you choose your space? I found this particular space accidentally. I was in a shared space in the building next door (also a historic home like this one, but not nearly as nice) and was looking at the space upstairs for all of us to move into. When that wasn’t what we needed, I came downstairs and saw this space and learned the current tenant was moving out soon. The light was gorgeous, the walls were already this perfect gray color, and the location in town was spectacular; I put down my deposit before she could even finish telling me all of the details.

In three words how would you describe the style and feeling your studio evokes? Cozy, calming, and natural.

Photography Studio Tour | Jenny Cruger Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios

What type of photography do you specialize in? How has your studio helped you grow your business, if  it has? I specialize in maternity – young families, particularly the connection and love between mamas and their little ones. I photograph maternity, newborn, baby, and child sessions inside the studio. Having a studio has definitely helped me to keep to my defined style and give clients exactly what they see and love on my site, as well as giving me a space to hold ordering sessions, meet with clients to go over clothing, and host workshops for other photographers. I have considered giving up the space at times, but it’s helped my business so much, being able to do those things, and I just adore the space and the work I am able to do there.

What is your favourite thing about your studio space? What makes it special to you? It’s perfectly branded to me and my company and I can decorate however I want and have my own little piece of space that’s purely mine.

Photography Studio Tour | Jenny Cruger Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios

Photography Studio Tour | Jenny Cruger Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios

How do you keep your props organized and ready to use for sessions? I have a cube storage for blankets and wraps as well as a couple ladders I hang them on. I usually pull a few things and set up just before a session and it looks like a tornado has come through by the time we’re done.:)

Advice or tips for opening a studio? Be sure your business can support the expense, but at the same time if you think it will add to your business and get you further ahead, take the leap if you can!

You can see more of Jenny’s work on her website and follow her on facebook.

Thank you so much Jenny for sharing your gorgeous studio!  Submit your own studio to be featured here.  Shop Baby Joy Studios Props here.

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  • July 23, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    Tais - Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous space and words with us. Much light and love your way Jenny and Rebecca. :) ReplyCancel

  • July 19, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    Rebecca - Hi! Sorry but it’s not my studio. It’s jenny cruger’s :) ReplyCancel

Photographer Interview | Life as a Photographer with Amy Lee Photo

Photographer Interview with Amy Lee Photo | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios | Photo Props
Jennifer WilcoxThis weeks photographer interview is with newborn, child and family photographer  Amy Lee Photo!  Make sure you have joined the newsletter so you don’t miss out on more photographer interviews to come!  Let’s take a peak into the life of photographer Amy…

Where do you live? Kansas City, MO

Tell us a bit about how you began your journey into photography. How long have you had your photography business?
Well my journey started out as a graphic designer actually. I always loved taking photographs and took photography courses in college (with film…), but never really saw photography to be an actual career path. It wasn’t until getting burnt out in the actual graphic design world that I quit my job and had some time to really think about what I wanted to do for myself. I needed a job I enjoyed – no… loved. I slowly started to do portrait sessions on the side of getting a new job to get me by. I tried my best to connect with other photographers to just even do grunt work to be around the studio atmosphere. Asking for SOMEONE out there to give me a chance to prove myself, help them with my background knowledge, yet learn from them at the same time. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much luck. I kept trucking along for myself, and as I built up some clientele and started to get steady weeknight and weekend bookings, I decided I needed to just jump in and go for it on my own. It wasn’t until I had my first kiddo in January of 2011 that I quit my full time job the day I went into labor and became a stay-at-home-momma and “full-time” (as full time as one can be on top of being a mommy!) photographer. So the lines blur with how long I’ve had my photography business, but I got serious about it in 2011 I would say!

Photographer Interview with Amy Lee Photo | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

Describe your photography style. What invaluable lessons have you learned thathelped you develop your distinct style?
I think I’m ever changing in my style. I know it’s probably not the appropriate thing to say… I always hear, stay true to “your style” and that’s what people will hire you for. However, as I learn and evolve with shooting, learning new shooting styles, editing and post processing styles, I like to try and incorporate small tidbits into my “style”. Make new things work for me. I think it’s healthy not to stick to one particular thing. If you look at my original style of portraiture when I first started out, you probably wouldn’t have even guessed it was from me – nor would I ever shoot or edit like that again! Haha! Overall, I like color and try to keep things simple. I’m not one to do overly elaborate set ups.

Are you formally taught or self taught? What has been the best form of education you have taken (workshop, mentor, online classes etc) if any?
I am mostly self taught. It wasn’t until I started doing more newborns that I realized that’s what I enjoyed doing the most. I got to where I could start being picky and quit doing weddings and events to focus more on newborn and children. Of course I will still do family shots within those, but I don’t typically do large families anymore either. When I started getting more and more newborns and learning on my own, I felt it was time to mentor with someone. I did a 1:1 Mentorship with Keri Meyers in her Seattle studio. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Though I had already become comfortable with handling newborns and some posing, she really confirmed that was the direction I wanted to take my business along with learning the small technical things I couldn’t have done on my own. It was nice to see from someone else’s perspective how to run a session and come home with new things to help my sessions go more smoothly. I also purchased the online videos of Kelly Brown through Creative Live. I can’t tell anyone how valuable it is to learn from others and continue learning procedures and safety to continue growing!

Photographer Interview with Amy Lee Photo | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

What is your favourite photography genre to photograph (newborn, maternity, family, weddings etc)? Why?
Newborns. Hands down. I actually never would have thought that would be what I enjoy most. Back in my adolescent years… I wasn’t that into babies and kids. I mean I knew I wanted to HAVE kids myself some day and always wanted to be a stay at home mom, but maybe being young and immature, I’d rather watch kids at a distance a bit. Even before I had my own kids and starting into photography though, I just felt more drawn to doing newborns. I think I like the challenge of every one of them being different. I like the simplicity of the images created, yet can still a bit of an anal perfectionist bringing out my graphic designer roots, to get them posed just how I want them.

If you photograph newborns what is your favourite technique to get them to settle and sleep?
Full belly, heater, and white noise. I also make sure to send the parents a guide on how to best prepare for their newborn session. Having everyone on the same page of things in advance also helps to have a happy and sleepy baby.

Photographer Interview with Amy Lee Photo | Hosted by Baby Joy Studios Photo props

Natural available light or studio lighting? Studio or on location sessions?
Newborns I shoot in studio with studio lighting. Depending on the season I will do kids indoors or outdoors. I have a smaller studio to where I can do simple family shots within newborn and children sessions, but I won’t hold a full family session indoors. I like the variety available outdoors and feels it helps relax families a bit too.

Nikon or Canon, other? Favorite lens?
Nikon. I just always shot with Nikon back in college and loved the quality of the camera build itself and have always stuck to it. For now I shoot on a crop sensor, so my go to lens for just about every session at some point is my 35mm. (Especially my newborn sessions).

Photographer Interview with Amy Lee Photo | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

How do you find the balance between work and your personal life?
Wow. This is always a hard one to figure out. I actually just came back from maternity leave of my second kiddo this March and was struggling how to best balance myself. My family comes first. I want to be fair to my family, yet fair to my clients too. I love what I do so much, but if I feel inadequate in either aspect of my life I know I won’t enjoy what I do either. I don’t want to be one of those photographers who outsources editing or takes months to get images back to a client.  For now, I’ve learned to say no. Hardest thing to do. EVER. I’m currently scheduling out my current clients even to the end of this calendar year and then opening up my calendar to new clients only 3-4 months in advance if I have room. I have made the hard decision to try my best to only take on as many sessions a month as there are weeks in that month. (TRYING is the key word there!) It isn’t without the amazing help of family, especially my mom who lives nearby, to help babysit when needed during the weekday shoots, or my amazing husband, who pretty much plans on holding down the fort almost every Saturday for some sort of shoot scheduled! I couldn’t do what I do without either one of them.

If you had one piece of advice to give on how to co-ordinate and choose your props for a session, what would it be?
I always ask the mom’s if there are nursery colors they have planned, or themes they have decided upon. I also ask what colors they like or even hate so I know what to definitely stay away from. I try to stick to 2-3 main colors so that my images across the board will coordinate with each other when hung up in a home.

Photographer Interview with Amy Lee Photo | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

What is your favourite Baby Joy Studios Product? Why?
Gosh. I love the simplistic headbands. I am not a huge fan of ginormous headbands that overpower a baby’s face. I try to enhance the photo, not dominate it. Babies are small and they’re my main subject. I don’t want to cover up their adorable sweet faces!

What is your favourite photo you have taken and why?
That’s a hard one too. Probably my favorite at the moment is a friend’s baby. He was a toughy. He didn’t like the simple poses, but did GREAT with the harder ones. I really wanted this shot as his grandma made the little basketball set for him too. I think it’s my favorite because I know how hard we worked with him and I couldn’t have been more pleased in the end and actually created some of my favorite images from just his session alone. (No worries, dad is holding onto him AT ALL times. It is a composite — safety first!;-))

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What photographers do you admire and inspire you?
I always seem to find someone new that I never knew existed. But for now, in no particular order: Keri Meyers, Jaiden Photography, Rachel Vanoven Photography just to name a few.

Photographer Interview with Amy Lee Photo | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

When you are not working, how do you love to spend your days? Hobbies, family, travel etc?
Not working! HA! (Reminds self about work/life balance again…) Being a mom to a toddler and now an almost 6 month old doesn’t leave too much time to myself at the moment. But I love being outdoors. I love water even though living in the midwest only allows for drives to a lake. I am competitive in nature and would love a good game of volleyball or softball although I’m not sure my body right now could handle the stamina of either one of those activities! I love reading with my kids on a normal day, going to the zoo or the park with friends as well.

Photographer Interview with Amy Lee Photo | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

You can follow Amy’s work on her website and facebook page.

Thank you so much Amy for sharing with us! Keep on eye on your inbox for another interview coming in next weeks newsletter! Submit your interview application here. Shop newborn and baby photography props in the shop.

 

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