A few years ago when I decided I wanted to start my own photography business, I mentioned my idea to my small group from church. Galina & Chris were pregnant with her first child Benji. She eagerly volunteered to allow me to photograph her son when he was born. Benji was the first newborn I'd ever photographed and I researched techniques for weeks in preparation for his session. I realized that being a professional newborn photographer was more than just taking a baby and laying them down on a blanket and taking a snapshot of him or her. It requires the photographer to be skilled in soothing techniques, newborn safety, posing, lighting, editing, etc. Now here we are a few years later and after investing countless hours, money, sweat and tears I am finally at a place where I can proudly call myself a professional newborn photographer. It's been a long hard road and this is only the beginning.
Galina, you are the reason I chose to specialize in newborns. And this experience has grown and stretched me in ways I would have never imagined. I thank you for trusting me with the most precious gift in your life when I was still an amateur and for being my #1 fan and supporter (aside from Lance, of course). Your constant encouragement and kind words has gotten me through so many rough patches where I've been ready to throw in the towel. Your friendship is invaluable to me. I look forward to photographing your family in the years to come- so and Chris need to keep those babies coming ;-)
Love ya, girlie!