We are so excited to welcome the wonderfully talented Jennifer Nace to the Blog! Take a moment to learn more about her beautiful newborn photography, and be sure to visit her website Jennifer Nace Photography. Thank you so much Jennifer for taking the time to share your work with us today!
Where did your inspiration for photography begin?
It’s true, everything happens for a reason. While struggling with infertility I joined a forum to connect with others going through the same thing. A few of the ladies there were photographers. After seeing the photos they posted of their children I knew I wanted to learn everything I could so I could take pictures of my OWN kids like that someday. (Fast forward 13 years :: a crazy busy photography business and 3 healthy babies!? Thank you, God).
How would you describe your photography style?
Gaudy. Hee hee. No, seriously – I am that mom that put gigantic bows on her daughter from the moment she exited the womb. I love color and accessories in my own life so it’s only natural that my work would reflect that as well.
Did you study photography in school or are you self taught?
Self taught. Although I did take some workshops that have really helped over the years. I still love learning from others and trying new things.
What brand/model camera do you shoot, and what is your favorite lens?
Canon 5d Mark iii. My favorite lens is the 135L. I really only use this outdoors but it is SOOO creamy and sharp. I use my 50mm for newborns and a 24-70 for all my other sessions in the studio.
Do you have any tips for photographers on how to find the light?
Light before Location. Don’t shoot somewhere just because it’s cute if the light is horrible. My favorite places to shoot outdoors have open shade. I prefer an overhang so the light doesn’t come from above but instead from the side. This helps prevent the raccoon eye look as well! If you are in doubt (this goes for indoor OR outdoor lighting) look at the subject’s eyes. The catch light should be at either 10 or 2 o’clock.
What is most challenging thing about photographing newborns?
Um— poo? And not even because I have to clean it up. Because they always do it RIGHT as you get them perfectly posed and before you are able to get off a shot or two. Of course this makes them mad and it’s pretty much downhill from there.
What is a good lesson you have learned this year in photography or in your business?
To take care of yourself. I didn’t. I ended up getting really sick. You can’t run a business if you aren’t healthy. Set a schedule and stick to it.
If you could encourage a new photographer in one area, what would it be?
Believe in yourself. Find what makes YOU happy. Find your style and create images that come from yourself. It’s SO much more fun and rewarding that way.
What do you love most about being a photographer?
This is hard. I REALLY love being able to shop and my Husband can’t get mad because I use the excuse ‘It’s for the studio—TAX WRITE OFF.’ All kidding aside, my favorite thing is being able to play with and snuggle so many babies. I think after going through so much just to have babies of my own it made me realize what miracles they all REALLY are.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m pretty sure I’m going to win the lottery one of these times so in 5 years I’ll probably be living in a mansion on a beach somewhere with my family and maybe finally get more sleep. Either that or a mental institution because I’m still poor and my oldest will be 16 and DRIVING. Gah. That’s a horrible thought.
About the Artist: Jennifer Nace is newborn and child photographer located in Waseca, Minnesota. She loves creating fun, colorful, customized sets for her little clients and works with the parents before their session to get a feel of their style. Jennifer teaches the Creative Captures workshop along with Caralee Case and they have had enjoyed meeting photographers from all over the world. Jennifer and her husband Jamie have 3 beautiful kids – boys ages 11 and 9 and a princess age 3.