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.
Dart Newborn Photography, Melbourne
How did you get started as a photographer?
Growing up my father was a videographer, he videoed weddings, ads, sport and freelance jobs like news footage and corporate work. I think because of that I was not only in front of the camera a lot, but I also always had my own camera in my hands. My first camera I received was a little blue and yellow fisher price KODAK camera which used 110 film in the late 80s. I used to help my father with his business, helping to carry equipment, gaffering cables down, holding reflectors and other little jobs. Becoming a photographer myself was a natural transition.
What did life look like before photography?
Before I decided to focus on just photography I had a long career as a NICU nurse, the skills I learnt through nursing neonates directly helped my newborn photography business. My client’s jaws drop as they watch me settle their ‘very unsettled’ babies! I still have my registration and I still nurse (in NICU) when I feel like it. Once a nurse always a nurse!
Tell us about a day in the life of a professional photographer …
I am part time as my children are still young. I photograph on average 2-3 times a week, depending on how many babies come early or late some weeks its significantly more and others it’s less.
The actual photography is only a small part of the business, as I travel to my clients much of my time is spent in the car, often the drive is longer than the session! I spend a significant period of time on the computer, editing, returning emails, creating contracts and invoices. Also learning, we should never stop learning, there is always more to know.
If you could photograph 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is the best thing about your job?
I came from a job where shift work was the norm, it is nice knowing that I will not be working night duty or christmas day anymore!
Tell us something we don’t know about professional photography …
A professional photographer can take a decent photo with any camera, while we use super expensive professional quality cameras it is the photographer that tells that camera exactly what to do.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
Aside from nursing I would be a vet, in a perfect world and if all my allergies were suddenly cured!
Here’s a blank cheque! What are you going to spend it on for your business?
Honestly probably just a whole lot of google adwords, or someone to organise my social media and post regularly on my behalf.
If you could photograph someone famous, who would it be and why?
David Attenborough, He has been a huge inspiration to me and I love that I could incorporate animals or exotic locations.
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