Introducing: Tiny Bear Photography

How long have you been in the business?

4 years.

Can you tell us about this first picture?

Well, I had honestly no idea what I was doing. He was four weeks old, and the room I formed into my studio was lime green (seriously). So, I had major color casting. He had a rash on his bum, so he was not in the mood to even be touched. I can’t blame him! I thought it was going to be easy, putting babies in baskets, and I was thinking when I first started how easy to pose them. I was wrong.

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Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it?

Everything is wrong with this image. I shot up the nose! Oh my gosh! The hands are not correctly placed, and the basket wasn’t even weighed down! What was I thinking?! The light is way off, the focus is…well…over. There is too much shadow. And honestly that this photo is the only one out of the hour that I had with him that he was sleeping and not screaming. I didn’t even warm the area I photographed him in. FAIL!

Can you tell us about this second picture?

After I invested in so many workshops and 1:1 mentoring, I learned about lighting, safety, posing, and to not shoot up the nose! I also wasn’t scared of babies anymore. I know that sounds silly, but I literally thought that you can put a baby down to sleep and they just pose. But getting them to sleep was half the battle, eventually I learned tricks along the way. (I wish I had known these things when my son was born.)

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What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer?

The Challenge. I hate to fail, I want to always prove to myself that I can do this. Now laughing, but I had no idea in 2012 when I bought my first DSLR, how to attach that lens to the camera. I was lost. The day before my first maternity shoot, I bought the book “T3i for Dummies” just to learn manual mode! I wasn’t like most photographers, who’s grandfathers gave them a camera at age 2 and they always had it in their hands. Every bio I read from a photographer that’s what they say. Then they say, “it’s my passion.” Not me. I saw Amy Robertson Photography and I wanted to be her. So, I dove into it. It’s become not a passion, but it’s become something I completely enjoy. I create art…that’s what I do.

Thank you for sharing, Amanda! Beautiful improvement.

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