To tell you the absolute truth I didn’t set out to start a photography business, it kind of just happened…
But if you are thinking about starting a photography business, my journey might help or inspire you. If I can do it, so can you! 🙂

Here is the short version

Had a baby, took loads of photographs of baby. Friends liked pics of baby and asked me to take pics of their babies.
Friends of friends liked pics of their babies. Got my first enquiry. BOOM! 🙂

Spring has sprung and I am ready to start taking on bookings! Before Alexa’s arrival I did loads of beach sessions, many of my London clients have visited me in Bournemouth and absolutely LOVE my new location and the beach setting! Click here to see some beach sessions. That is the best thing about running a baby photography business, you can hit pause when you need too… book sessions way in advance for a time when you’re ready to pick things up again. AND if you move you take your business with you! OH and of course, you learn to take the best photographs or your own little ones. I hope this article wasn’t too long… If you’re interested in learning more about photography and more importantly taking better photographs of your children, get in touch! I am offering a mentorship program helping mum’s learn how to use their own camera’s and take photographs of their families everyday. Thanks Tands x ” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Here is the long version

Almost 8 years ago I went on maternity leave waiting for the arrival of my first child, Jackson. ( I didn’t have to wait long as he was 3 weeks early!! ) During this time off with my gorgeous new baby, I realised very quickly there was no way I was going to return to my creative agency job that could be very stressful at times, AND demanded long hours away from home. (There weren’t many mums in the studio and you can guess why!)
I wanted to make sure I could be home as much as possible to watch my chunky monkey grow and be there for each of his milestones. The thought of leaving him every morning to go to work made me very determined to start my own business! If this sounds familiar keep reading…
So I started working on my business plan very early on, in fact I had been planning it for years thanks to my long commutes! Finally, the moment had arrived for me to start my own business…. here’s the surprising bit, it wasn’t photography but wedding stationery!
While I was brewing up my new business ideas at night, designing logos etc, I was spending my days enjoying all that comes with becoming a new mum. It was during these moments with Jackson that my love of photography was re-ignited. Even-though I had studied photography as part of my Graphic Design course many moons ago, I’d  forgotten most of what I had learnt and now everything was digital, so my days in the dark room weren’t that relevant anymore! I learnt how to take good photographs of Jackson by taking many many bad ones! (If you’re still in this phase keep shooting those bad pics… they will get better!) Here are some of my bad shots… no judging please. 😉
I very quickly got into a habit of photographing Jackson almost every day, (you would have too… he was seriously super cute, still is!!) and this is where my early training began. See, look they are getting better huh?
After sharing some of these photos with friends and family, one of my close friends asked me if I’d mind taking photographs of her little boy. I jumped at the invitation because A) she is awesome (Love you Ands) and B) Her son Ollie was one of the most beautiful babies I’ve ever seen with his gorgeous blue eyes, long eyelashes and curly hair. (See how cute he is??)
From the moment I started taking pics of Ollie it felt “right”. I knew exactly what kind of shots I wanted to take and how I wanted to present them to my friend. I got more and more excited with each photo that I took! I had already started designing her photo album in my head while I was snapping away! I think this is where my graphic design background comes in handy because I always shoot with an end product in mind, which really helps to capture the story and ensure no detail is left out.
It was a kinda A-HA moment when I sat editing Ollies photos… I still remember the moment Ant, my husband, looked at my screen and said to me that THIS should be my business not wedding stationery. If you have a genuine love of photography and love people this could be your calling too!

The next day I was all revved up and ready to go! I was beyond excited and also quite dumfounded that I hadn’t thought of it before! After letting all my lovely NCT friends know my plan, they were all very excited to get me over to take photographs of their babies. (see gallery below for my first ever shoots) After I had done about 10 free shoots and had started growing my portfolio, I got my first word of mouth enquiry. What a moment!! (I think I listened to the enquiry about 20 times!!) I was super excited… I couldn’t believe I had got an enquiry so soon, and didn’t even have a website up yet, in fact I think I designed my package that afternoon so I had something to email out!

I remember feeling a bit nervous before the shoot but the moment I met my first family, all nerves were out the window and the session was so much fun. To this day those shots are some of my favourite pics, and that client has ended up becoming a regular annual booking so I’ve had the privilege of watching these two girls grow up over the years.  Here are a few pics starting from the first ever session to the most recent one.

Tandykerry photography blossomed very quickly, in fact I think it was a matter of 2-3 weeks after photographing my NCT friends babies that I was out on the road off to sessions all over London. I started off doing 3 shoots per week which was perfect for juggling life with a small baby. It was the perfect set-up for a new mum, my sessions were in the morning and Jackson would only need child-care for ±3 hours and then I would be back home to feed him and spend the rest of the day playing with him and meeting up with friends. During his nap times, I would import pics and finish editing them in the evenings (some nights on my laptop in front of the telly!).

Even now after all these years I love editing my photographs, I get super excited importing pics and looking at them to see what my catch of the day is! It’s almost as much fun as watching your prints develop in the dark room.

The best thing about my new found baby photography business was that I didn’t have to go back to work and I was making the same if not more money than when I was working full time. I also got to meet some of the nicest mum’s in London and Bournemouth (you know who you are) finishing off a session with a cup of tea and a biscuit!

I have spent 7 years doing shoots in and around London and during this time I photographed over 400 babies/children (and families). I was lucky in that most of my enquiries were all word of mouth that became regular clients. It’s been such a wonderful experience getting to know my clients over the years and being asked to capture their unique story.

I still get regular enquiries for shoots in London and I promise to come and do some summer sessions!

As a photographer, I feel honoured every time I get a new booking as it is a real privilege to be invited into someones home, to take their photographs. I am always mindful of this when spending time with families getting to know them. As much as I enjoy each capture as it happens, and look forward to the moment I see it on my big screen so I can start the creative editing process, nothing beats the feeling of hearing back from my clients after they have received their photos. That feeling right there is what keeps me awake during my late night edits, that and knowing that these photographs will get passed down from generation to generation.

In my 18 years of working in a creative environment, photography has definitely given me the best job satisfaction and fulfilment. You should see me when I’m editing… sitting with a big smile on my face smiling back at the happy faces on my screen. (It’s true!)

I type this as my new photography chapter starts in Bournemouth! I’ve been having a little break from client sessions (not my camera) while recovering from a c-section (ouch!) and of course spending time with my new baby girl. (I’m doing a 365 this year… follow me on Instagram if you’re keen to see what my crew have been up too.)
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Spring has sprung and I am ready to start taking on bookings! Before Alexa’s arrival I did loads of beach sessions, many of my London clients have visited me in Bournemouth and absolutely LOVE my new location and the beach setting! Click here to see some beach sessions.

That is the best thing about running a baby photography business, you can hit pause when you need too… book sessions way in advance for a time when you’re ready to pick things up again. AND if you move you take your business with you! OH and of course, you learn to take the best photographs or your own little ones.

I hope this article wasn’t too long… If you’re interested in learning more about photography and more importantly taking better photographs of your children, get in touch! I am offering a mentorship program helping mum’s learn how to use their own camera’s and take photographs of their families everyday.

Thanks
Tands
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