I am Shannon Leigh Studios located in Lawrenceville, GA
I have a studio space that I rent & love it! I have four prop rooms busting at the seams!
I specialize in newborn through first year. LOVE photographing newborns & six month olds. Once they start walking, Im out!
I have been shooting Sony cameras for almost 7 years now. My Sony a99 is my baby. Its a beast!
I love different lenses for different reasons. My lenses are all Carl Zeiss. I love my 85 1.4 for outdoors. My 24-70 2.4 for my prop shots and 6-12 month olds in studio. And my 50 1.4 for my beanbag shots with newborns.
I have done it all! I started out a natural light photographer & then moved to continuous lighting. I have just recently switched to strobes. The Einstein is awesome! Love the lighting I get with it and its great for my moving babies. No blur with fast moving hands.
I took classes at the local community college here on how to use my “big” camera in manual mode. Lots of practice and YouTube. Ive mentored with my favorite photogs around the US to learn newborn stuff.
Oh my! So many. I love, love, love Luisa Dunn Photography for newborns, Glow Portraits for maternity and Sandra Bianco for children.
Oh, the best part is coming up with the set ups. I am a very creative person & I start to feel like Im suffocating if Im doing the same thing over & over. Love being creative and then seeing the reaction I get from my clients when they see the finished product.
Any tips for somebody who is just starting out? I am not going to sugar coat it. One of the hardest things Ive dealt with is mean girls. In the newborn photography profession its mainly women and boy can we be mean to each other. I will never understand it. I try to ignore the drama & just concentrate on my business.
I don’t know if it’s unconventional but with my older babies I always have mommy and baby sit down with me for a few minutes before we start. Sitting eye level with a couple of toys and just talk. This way I get smiles from them before we even start and they feel comfortable. Taking a few extra minutes makes the rest of my session go smoothly.
I’ve started mentoring and workshops and love it. I was a teacher for 13 years so teaching is something Ive always planned on doing. I want to teach other photographers newborn posing, safety, and business. Eventually Id like to teach about older babies too.