Located in Fort Meade, Maryland US


Name: Emily Piper

Representing: Fingers and Toes Photography

# of Years Experience: 7


The best advice I can give is to study your craft and technique. Being a Newborn photographer is the best specialization there can be, but it can also be the most challenging. Knowing how to handle a baby and pose them safely is just as important as how to swaddle.

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

My favorite images are the true to color and eye capturing but have a lightness to them. My style is light and airy.

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

Ana Brandt would be the biggest inspiration I’ve had since I started on this journey. When I was pregnant with my son, I was looking for a photographer in my area and couldn’t find any that was specialized or even offered Newborn Photography. I found her you tube channel and was memorized. How she moved when posing, how she spoke, the passion she had in each video was inspiring. I started to take some hands on training, watching videos, and taking classes to learn how to be a great Newborn Photographer. I still watch the videos she posts and still get just as inspired as I did the first time I saw one.

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

The best advice I can give is to study your craft and technique. Being a Newborn photographer is the best specialization there can be, but it can also be the most challenging. Knowing how to handle a baby and pose them safely is just as important as how to swaddle.

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

I’ve been to ImagingUSA as well as Baby Summit and had the honor to take classes with some of the greats of Newborn Photography such as Erin Elizabeth, Luisa Dunn, and Eden Bao.

Growing pains: tell us about some of your challenges you have faced in your business, and how you overcame them.

The hardest part so far about being a Professional Newborn Photographer was how to manage a business while being a military wife. We move every 3 years, sometimes to completely different states; even other sides of the Country. That means starting from scratch every couple years; marketing, building a sustainable studio, creating client trust and base. Beyond those challenges, being in a military family makes life unpredictable. My husband can come from work and tell me he will be gone for 2 weeks starting the next day, which means moving around sessions and finding last minute sitters.


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