Located in Vacaville, California US


Name: Jennifer Smith

Representing: Jennifer Smith Photography

# of Years Experience: 6


This is my most favorite pose for newborns. I usually add in a little lovey as well.

Take an in person workshop. This is crucial. Not only is it worth the time and money- but you learn so much from the person. They are typically an open book. Ask a ton of questions and see all of the tips and tricks for achieving poses.

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?

I’m 31 years old, have been married for 10 years, and have a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Emma. I am currently pregnant with our second daughter, Nora who is due on Christmas Eve. We live in Northern California, close to the Bay Area & Sacramento. In my “spare time” I love the treasure hunt of finding new props at the antique mall. My husband and I make wine with a group of friends as well. For vacation we always choose Disneyland- we love the mouse! My first ever shoot was my Father in Law’s small wedding in Bakersfield, California. I wanted to learn everything I could about photography, and once my daughter was born I simply fell in love with photographing babies.

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

My photography style is low key, simple, & organic. I really focus on baby, and try not to distract too much from their beauty with color combinations, or ample amounts of props. I like monotone combined with different textures.

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

Dewdrops Photography by Amy McDaniel is hands down my inspiration. I’ve actually taken her in person workshop. Taking that workshop was the best thing I could have done for the newborn side of my business. It gave me the confidence to work with newborns safely.

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

Take an in person workshop. This is crucial. Not only is it worth the time and money- but you learn so much from the person. They are typically an open book. Ask a ton of questions and see all of the tips and tricks for achieving poses.

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

I currently have a Canon 5D Mark III- but hopefully soon I can upgrade to the Mark IV. My favorite lens for newborns is the Canon 50mm L series. For outdoor sessions I love my Canon 135mm L series. I love the compression.

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

In Person Workshop with Dewdrops Photography by Amy McDaniel
Belly Baby & Beyond Conference 2018
Milk & Honey Online Courses

I love a slightly relaxed tushie up pose. The way her little foot is out and not tucked under just makes her look more relaxed.

I like to go outside the box of standard gender colors- Pink for girls, Blue for boys. When a client allows me to use blue and green for a girl- I get excited!

Detail images are some of my most favorite- lips especially. The details of a baby are the things that change so quickly over time.

This little guy put his hand on his foot all by himself. It was a natural pose for him to go into. He looks so snuggly and sweet here.


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