South Bay Newborn Photographer | Nurture Baby Photographer / by Natalie Van

I'm back! This post is from Crew's super sweet newborn session! He had the cutest lil mean mug, but had the cuuuutest poutiest lips!

Can we take a second to talk about appreciation? This little dream of mine started not so long ago, & has grown ever since I've decided to pursue it. There is a quote that I live by-- "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." As soon as I read that quote all I could think was "YAAAAASSSS!" & yes, that sounded as obnoxious in my head as it did as you read it. But it clicked. Totally.

Growing up I never had any "major" dreams. I felt like "eh, I could become a lawyer... or a nurse... or someone who works with kids with autism." & while those were professions I would have liked, I never found the feeling of "this is what I'm meant to do, so I'm going to go full force & pursue this!" As soon as I decided to pursue my photography, I knew this was it. Those who know me know that I am an "all or nothing" kind of gal. When I dive into something, I dive into it full force. I don't like to (excuse my french) half ass things I really want to achieve. So going into this, I knew that I was going to set my expectations high & that I was going to meet them. I worked hard, & I stayed true to myself-- which I think can be a hard thing to do. I knew that I loved minimalism, & simple, pure portraits. There are moments, far too often, that I doubt my style. Is it enough? Is it boring? Will people grow bored of my images? Will it all look the same? How can I step this up? Those questions fill my head before every session. What brings me back is my love for all thing minimal. I love simplicity, & as I'm sure you've heard me say-- I'm a lover of capturing babies in their purest states, & a believer that beauty lies in simplicity. That is my brand. That is me. & no one, or nothing can take that away. Not the questions, not other photographers who copy my stuff word for word, & sure as hell not my self doubt. 

So back to appreciation-- I truly appreciate every single one of you. The few people that are still reading ;) I know I can get chatty at times. But in all honesty, I appreciate ever single kind comment on my social media, every kind remark y'all send me through DM'S, & even every like.

I appreciate my photographer friends. This photog world is such a whirlwind. I've met some AMAZING ladies who have been so kind & supportive. 

I appreciate my friends & family. Oh my goodness, they're amazing-- but that can be for a whole other post!

I appreciate every single one of my clients. It's an amazing feeling knowing that brand new & seasoned parents have picked me--ME! The girl who's trekking on in pursuing her dream, to photographer their most prized possession. 

You know how they say it takes a village after having a baby? It also take a village setting up a business to photograph them! ;)

So to my village, thank you, thank you, thank you. As my grandfather would say-- Thank you a thousand times. <3



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