Located in Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador CA

Name: Alicia Barrett

Representing: A2Z Photography

# of Years Experience: 10

Make sure you learn the importance of newborn safety and make sure you have some extra patience. Newborn sessions aren’t always easy, but they’re always worth it!

Tell us about yourself. What do you love doing in your spare time? What inspired you to newborn photography and do you photograph other genre’s in your business?

Hi There! My name is Alicia Barrett, and I’m from Newfoundland, Canada! I have been a full time photographer now for 10 years! I don’t know where that time has gone but I love every second! In my spare time, which I will admit is limited as I am a self proclaimed workaholic, you will find me in the woods and wilds of Newfoundland photographing anything that has feathers fur or fins! I also absolutely LOVE to knit my nan gave me my first set of knitting needles when I was 3, as they say the rest is history. You also can’t pry a good book out of my hands either, although these days I tend to listen to audiobooks so I can multitask. I jokingly tell all my newborn parents that I do newborn photography just for the baby snuggles, although its true, who doesn’t want to steal a few minutes of cuddles with a brand new babe! I’m truly inspired by all things baby. Their squishiness, their tiny fingers holding onto mine, their fuzzy hair and eyelashes, chubby cheeks EVERYTHING, it all inspires me to capture them how they are in that very moment so parents have tangible memories of how tiny and perfect their brand new babies are. I often say my favourite part of my job is getting to watch all my newborn clients grow up, im super blessed with loyal clients who come back time and again for me to capture their special memories. In addition to newborns and families I also photography maternity, milestones, children, pets graduations, weddings and wildlife.

How would you describe your photography style? What inspires your work?

Colorful and classic. I love shooting all things color especially darker tones that really make baby stand out!

Who has inspired you and how did you first come across their work?

My biggest inspiration in photography is Cassandra Jones of Noelle Mirabella photography. I was scrolling through instagram years ago as you do and her image stopped me dead in my tracks. It was of quadruplet girls sound asleep in a tree dressed as baby bunnies I will never forget the way that photograph captured my attention. The story it told, the emotions it evoked, the colors, the curiosity of how she captured it, everything. Thats what I love about Cass’ work its thought evoking, emotional, story telling works or art that I truly find inspirational.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting a newborn photography business?

The biggest piece of advice I’d give anyone starting newborn photography is to make sure you learn the importance of newborn safety and make sure you have some extra patience. Newborn sessions aren’t always easy, but they’re always worth it!

What camera do you use? What are your favourite lenses and what’s typically in your camera bag?

I’m currently using the Nikon Z9 and my favourite in studio lens is the 24-70 in fact in never comes off my camera while in studio. Outside I like to switch it up between prime lenses and the 70-200 depending on what I’m shooting.

What is your favorite place to hold sessions and why?  Where do you photograph most of your sessions? (in studio? on location?)

All of my newborn sessions are held in studio. I love photographing in a controlled safe environment where parents have access to all my props and accessories.

What (if any) photography training, mentoring or workshops have you taken?

There are so many classes, workshops etc that I’ve taken I’d never be able to remember and list them all! I like to say im a professional student, I am ALWAYS willing to learn something New! I’ve done the Newborn, Maternity and family retreats hosted by the milky way since the very first one! I’m apart of the Kelly Brown Online community as well as Newborn nerds and portrait masters. I’ve done two online workshops hosted by Noelle Mirabella and I’m about to do my first in person workshop with her as well. Also online workshops with Appleseed photography, Dewdrops Photography and Ana Brandt.

What should clients expect when working with you?

My clients often describe me as patient and easy going, which I absolutely appreciate and I pride myself on. I want my clients to be able to come to their sessions and enjoy it, not be stressed about their baby/child not cooperating. I always say the newborns are the boss and I’ll follow their lead! Also, kids will be kids and if they don’t want to try one thing we’ll do something else, and if everything were to fail then we’ll just try again another day, everyones entitled to a “bad” day including the kiddos! I would love for my clients to come expecting a fun enjoyable session where I’m able to capture the moment as it is.

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