Andrea Kinter comes to use from Ohio, and is a newborn, family, maternity, and children’s photographer, specializing in a custom boutique photography experience. Andrea teaches newborn workshops around the country and we are so lucky to have her at this year’s Reset Conference! Read from Andrea below:
Can you believe this is your life??? I ask myself that question all the time! I mean seriously, who has a better job than I do??? I get to be creative, I get to snuggle little squishy babies and I get to be my own boss… all while making more money than I ever did in the medical profession working night shift!
I started my business 6 years ago, probably a little premature but I’m the kind of person that when I set my mind to something I just do all I can to make it happen. And like most Americans I like instant gratification so the faster I succeed the better! I dove head first into it and soaked up all the knowledge I could with workshops, mentors, online classes and conferences… and then LOTS of practice! I never imagined I would be as successful as I am or that my business would grow as fast as it did. It definitely came through lots of hard work, drive, sacrifice and being NICE. I am so excited to see what the next 6 years will bring!
I get asked all the time how I decided to specialize in newborns and the truth is I didn’t really have a choice… newborn sessions to me just felt more natural and seemed to be where I was most talented and feel the most connection. So really I think newborns chose me. I love looking at wedding photography and children’s portraits and those fun lifestyle family sessions, but if or when I go out and try to shoot those myself I feel lost, completely out of my comfort zone and awkward. BUT give me a newborn any day and I only feel excitement and creative and JOY! So that’s what I focus on and that’s what I try to do the most, though I will also do baby’s first year and milestone sessions in my studio and will do posed family sessions in the fall time outside.
I’ve learned so much over the years, from what lighting I prefer to what beanbag and stuffers work best to what poses and feel I like to have in my images. I have it down, I can now get through an entire session in 1-2 hours and provide a 40+ image gallery with on average 8-10 different poses on the bean bag, 2-5 props and then sibling/parent images. Each image I create I want to be a piece of art. I want it perfect down to every little detail.
My studio equipment and must-haves for a newborn session include:
Canon Mark III
Lens choices are 24-70, 35 and 100
7 foot Octobox
Manfrotto stand on wheels
Big rectangle Bean Bag that I sell on my big cartel
receiving blankets for stuffers
My go-to props:
mesh side bowl