Today we’d like to introduce you to Necole Luce.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Newborn photography wasn’t even a consideration when I started to pursue my passion of photography five years ago. I was in my 40’s and didn’t even know if this was going to work with all the existing photographers in the Kansas City area that do amazing work. What I thought would primarily be weddings, families and seniors soon evolved into all things baby. I participated in several trainings to understand all the important elements…safety, lighting, wraps, soothing techniques, props and posing. The more newborns I worked with the more I fell in love with this specialty. My kids laugh at me when we are out and about because everything becomes a possible newborn prop. You could say that newborn photography is part of what makes my soul happy. What I really love is seeing my newborns throughout their first year for all the milestones, milk baths and the big one year cake smash session. Creating art that documents all the sweet little details of a newborn and their first year in this big world is what gives me joy. When a family trusts me to do so, it means so much to me. I have met and worked with some of the best clients a photographer could ask for.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting photography in an area where there are countless amazing photographers was and remains a struggle at times. It’s easy to feel defeated when you see others’ work or see how busy they are when I might not be as busy as I want to be. I have realized that the ebb and flow of work is truly healthier than being overwhelmed with nonstop sessions to the point of burnout. Comparing can cause doubt in yourself. I have to remind myself that I do this because I sincerely love it. I have to hold true to my style and my vision. There are plenty of sweet babies and wonderful clients to keep all the photographers busy doing what they love.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Specializing in newborn photography means closets and a room full of props….tiny beds, baskets, boxes, buckets, wooden bowls, florals, vintage drawers, bonnets, headbands, tiny outfits and every color wrap imaginable. Before my clients arrive, I ask them for their favorite colors, a theme they might love to see incorporated or the colors their house/nursery is decorated with. This helps me to create the setup options specific for them. I walk them through all the options and they pick their top three or four. We work through as many as baby will allow because we all know newborns are in charge. I love posing the babies in different ways and always offering a “creative’ option that is unique to their session. Some clients bring a special item that has meaning to them which always makes for special images. I want to create images for my clients that capture all the details of their new baby in a way that freezes the moment in a timeless piece of art. My heart is to make that possible with reasonable pricing because having a family is expensive enough as it is.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
I do see a lot of newborn photography focusing on a lifestyle feel which is usually done in the home of the client. I love shooting these sessions because it’s nice to capture moments of connection in their own environment. It’s a different look than the in studio posed images but makes for a beautiful gallery as well. I do hope the love of newborn photography grows and parents see the value in the investment.
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