Q&A with Amanda Bradley from Smik Pix, Newcastle Newborn Photographer

Our Q&A series are a fun and fantastic way to find out more about the life behind the lens. We hope you enjoy this photographer feature today on the blog.

Smik Pix, Newcastle NSW

How did you get started as a photographer?

I’ve always loved taking photos and children. I originally wanted to work in early childhood when finishing school and in high school I took a photography class at school. Showing my age but it was film and developing in a light room. I stopped photographing because of my sporting commitments but years later when we started to try for another baby I started doing photography courses. It took us several years for me to fall pregnant with numerous failed IVF attempts. Whilst waiting for Eli I started doing photography courses and this led to me being a second shooter at weddings for a time. It was around the time newborn photography first started becoming a ‘thing’ that I decided it was what I wanted to do. My two favourite things, photography and little people. It is a perfect fit for me.

What did life look like before photography?

I worked in customer service for 16 years. Not many of my clients know this but I used to represent Australia in Ten Pin Bowling and was a World Champion and Amateur World bowler of the year in 1999. Asian Bowler of the year and have 22 International medals ( like the bowling olympics ). I represented Australia and NSW from 1992 – 2005. When I decided to call it a day and concentrate on have my two youngest children. Just last year I was inducted into the Hunter Sporting Hall of Fame which is pretty cool. It all feels like a lifetime ago. How things change.

Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …

I set up for all of my sessions the night before. I like to be as prepared as possible. I clean the studio prior to my clients arriving, my assistant arrives and the session takes place. I download your images. Go get my kids from school, Kids appointments or activities,normally head to a gym class because you have no idea how taxing newborn photography is on the old body so you need to be strong. My husband cooks so I’m lucky I don’t have to worry about that. I normally get the kids to bed and then I’ll start sorting and culling images from the days session, edit galleries, answer emails and messages and schedule social media for the next day. Set up for the next session if one is scheduled.

Any memorable moments?

Oh there is many. Some not so funny.
Posing Dads with naked babies are the best stories. One baby pooped in Dad’s hands and we had to quickly remove the baby because Dad was gaging and ended up vomitting. That’s probably the funniest that comes to mind straight away. This is why all parent shots these days baby has a nappy on and is wrapped. It’s much safer.

If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ooh that’s a tough decision to make. It’s a close call between sitting babies (6-8mths ) or newborns but I think I’m swaying more towards newborns. I love photographing newborns.

What is the best thing about your job?

It sounds like a cliche but I really love creating memories for my clients. I know they’ll be treasuring images for many generations to come, it’s such a pleasure to provide. There comes a time when all we are left with is our memories and photographs.

Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …

Sometimes very young siblings may not want to cooperate. Which is totally fine. Parents are often stressed about this but I reassure them that it’s perfectly normal and that 99% of the time we are still able to create beautiful images regardless. Some of my sibling images are created using two or three different images in these cases.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?

I would probably go back to Ten Pin Bowling and spend way more time with my Children and Grandchildren.

Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?

A bigger studio.

If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?

A classy boudoir session of Chris Hemsworth probably wouldn’t be an appropriate answer but hey I’m being honest, it was the first thing that came to my mind.










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