Say Cheese! 15 of the Best Child Photographers
Taking pictures of children is no easy feat, no matter how old they are. It’s not always easy to get those little ankle biters to smile when there’s a stranger with a camera in their face. You need a true professional. But instead of dragging your little ones to the nearest department store to get pictures taken in front of a fake background, why not check out 15 of the best child photographers who will capture the little moments you’ll want to remember.
1. Isabel Furie: These photographs are fresh and easily capture the carefree spirit of the children in every shot. Boogers and all.
2. Hello Pinecone: If you want your life to look like a dream, shoot an email to this photog ASAP. Each of the shots are beautifully composed and look so dreamy. If Instagram filters existed in real life, it would look almost as good as this does.
4. J. Amado: Based out of Denver, J. Amado brings new life to ordinary moments by offering a fresh perspective. Whether it’s taking the picture from a unique angle or zooming in on an unexpected detail, you won’t see images like these anywhere else.
6. Brooke Schwab: With a relaxed, effortless approach, these images are ones you’ll happily pull out to show off years from now.
7. Ashley McNamara: Ashley’s work is bright, crisp and clean. The backgrounds are simple — not cluttered or distracting. The children are the main focus in these shots. And ask any parent, that’s just the way it should be!
8. Jesslan Lee: At only 21-years-old, Jesslan’s work proves it’s not just about years of experience (although she has that, too), but more about an eye for catching a great moment on camera. If she’s already this talented, we can’t wait to see what she does in the next few years!
9. Chelsea Paul: A multi-talented photographer, children are only one part of this girl’s bag of tricks. Keep her number on speed dial for all life’s big events, and you’ll be able to document your child growing up through her lens.
10. Rebecca Conway: Shooting both digitally and with film, Rebecca’s photography is a real labor of love. As a mom herself, she knows just what you want to see.
11. Liz and Zoe: These girls know how to take a picture! By letting the kids play and have fun you end up with real treasures, not a forced smile and a migraine. You wont find any plain white t-shirts or fake sunset backgrounds over here!
12. Meaghan Curry: Meaghan has a way of making the simplest moments seem extraordinary. Walking past a field of flowers or just laying in bed, these shots will always remind you of just how sweet life can be.
13. Stylish + Hip Kids: Instead of having clients pose in a studio, this photographer prefers to get out and explore the city. With the vibrant streets of Brooklyn as the background, each image is full of color and jumps right off the screen.
14. K. Dimoff: It’s pretty obvious from all of her shots, K. Dimoff knows how to use natural light. She grew up wanting to photograph for National Geographic, but turns out that snapping up images of your wild little one was her real calling in life.
15. Shelly Brakken: Shelly’s images make you feel like you’re getting a sneak peak into the sweet candid moments of someone’s day. Crying or smiling, these are the moments you’ll want to remember.
What’s your favorite way to capture images of your little one? Fill us in below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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