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Juggling mum life with A business

Wollongong photographer Lollie Claire Photography | Gold Coast photographer Winni & Mini Photography I caught up with newborn & family photographer, Tanha to discuss what it’s like being a mum and juggling a business at the same time. I know we can all relate to mum life and sometimes our own identity becomes some what of the past.

Have a squiz of the video there is lots of great content in there and if you are looking to jump of the fence and start your own business 100% do it. Don’t hold back because you never know what you can achieve if you don’t try.

Newborn & Family Photographer – Mum life chit chat


Lauren: We’ve often spoken about juggling mum life and also your business life. And I guess in a way your own identity as well, because when we become a mum, we often forget about about us and it’s always focusing on our children. So how did you go about stepping out of your comfort zone, and establishing this amazing business?

Tanha: I think to be honest, I am probably a little bit selfish and in all honesty, I’m just going to say it how it is. I think like, even like when I look back at when I had my little boy, I quickly decided I was going to just bottle feed him purely because it would have made my life easier. So I’ve always kind of been someone to, you know, that saying like happy mum, whatever this is. Something like that. And I, I always can recognise if something’s not sitting well with me long term, you know, in, when you thinking about like your lifestyle and how you kind of just live day to day, if something isn’t going to be sitting, or if something’s not going to make me happy, I’m just not going to do it pretty much. So I guess I’ve just always been like that, like through everything and it just kind of rolls into my business as well. If I don’t want to do something that’s gonna, you know, maybe take away from me being myself every day. I’m not going to do it. So I think that’s like, you got to choose your choices to suit yourself, to, to retain as much of your human self as you can. You know what I mean?

Lauren: How do you make a session stress free for mums who stress over their little one not behaving?

Tanha: Something that I’ve been doing lately, that I’ve found is really helpful when you’re working with little kids. It seems to be working really good. But so as I said before, I sit them down and we sit on the rug, get, you know, whatever happened with many kids. Like for instance, this morning they had two little boys, a two and a four year old. And I basically just sat them down. Like they were at daycare and we sat around and um, I just asked them some questions for about five minutes and some questions were like, what do you guys think we are doing here today? And I would say, do you think it would be nice to have crying photos? Or would it be nice to have some happy smiling photos for mum and dad? And the boys are like one, he couldn’t talk, but the other one he’s like, yeah, we want a smile. I’m like good idea. That’s a great idea. We wouldn’t want some sad photos would we know? So having this little moment, I am going to be doing this from now on. And it’s been a bit of a game changer, the last few sessions. Um, and just showing them the camera, like explaining to them.

Lauren: Your online newborn and family workshop classes, what are they about?

Tanha:  I can do this all online and just put it into videos that are easy to watch and rewatch and rewatch. And then also having it within a Facebook group allows me to answer questions and really be like, personable about it. Then just here’s the video and go for it. So it’s more like blending the kind of in person workshop with me still being approachable. And like people can ask me about the workshops.

If you’re looking at up skilling your photography business or looking for a newborn & family photographer on the Gold Coast check out Tanha’s website:

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Baby Ryland

First baby in our new Wollongong newborn photography studio Lollie Claire Photography has recently opened a new studio in Woonona a beach side suburb of Wollongong. We were very excited…

Is your newborn photographer qualified?
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Is your newborn photographer qualified?

You’re reading this because you’re expecting a baby and searching for a Newborn Photographer in Wollongong and Sydney….So while you’re googling that, ask yourself (and them!), can my Newborn Photographer spot a baby in distress and are they a qualified newborn photographer?

What would my Newborn Photographer do if my baby suddenly needed medical help during the session?

Are they trained and ready to react?

Qualified Newborn Photographer

The Academy of Newborn Photography Training

There are so many photographers out there, Photographers who work with newborns but unlike family or wedding photographers, we are dealing with brand new lives. Babies come to us when they are only days  old and this is why it is so important to equip ourselves for safe practicing and handling of newborns.

There is only one certified newborn photography course in Australia that is backed by a team of professionals who have developed this intensive course.

  • Medical Professionals – Paediatricians, Neonatal nurses & Chiropractors
  • Legal professionals
  • Work Health & Safety
  • Human Resource Professionals

The Academy of Newborn Photography course is very intensive and you cover off medical terms and learn about what potential problems you may encounter during your session that may require medical attention.

Having successfully completed the course and now being a qualified newborn photographer I know how important this training actually is during the critical first few weeks of a babies life.

After you read pages and pages of medical information on the birth period, neonatal period, new Mum and baby complications, CPR, birth defects, complications, cyanosis, Workplace health and safety, and more big words, you still have to pass a test! Multiple tests…  like in university!

To say it was hard is an understatement, and I’m not ashamed to say it took me a few goes. But was it worth it? Oh yes. Words and study don’t come back quickly enough until a situation presents in the studio when you NEED that information, stat.

Wollongong Newborn Photographer

Choose a Qualified Newborn Photographer who has your babies safety in mind

We are so lucky as Newborn Photographers, to have baby cuddles with these completely gorgeous little bundles. For a long time now, I’ve felt “in tune” with newborns, ready to react and adjust poses or settling techniques when they squirm, and able to hear and differentiate different noises for hunger, tiredness, and tummy pains. We have such a low rate of unsettled babies in the studio, and it just feels natural to me, to be able to handle a newborn safely, gentle ease out burps, and settle babies off to sleep. The “baby-whisperer” comes up from parents quite often in most sessions, along with offers of 2am cuddles!

If you’re reading this and looking for a Newborn Photographer, it’s important to find someone who understands your baby’s needs.

Please don’t choose someone purely based on price or location.
The majority of our clients drive 45 minutes – 1.5 hours to our home studio for their Newborn sessions, and I’m so grateful that my clients choose me.

Don’t choose someone who just wants to practice their poses, regardless of your baby. Or someone who’s rude or ignorant when you’re enquiring. Or someone who’s work looks unsafe, or dangerous. Your baby’s safety comes before pretty pictures.

5 Questions to ask your prospective photographer

  1. Are they Immunised – and please check with them! (yes! I am. Whooping Cough is particular important).
  2. Have they received newborn training 
  3. Are they a non-smoker. You definitely do not want your new baby inhaling smoke.
  4. Do you feel comfortable on the phone to them and are they kind and patient
  5. Are they a qualified and insured Photographer who photographs what you want to capture, and can provide you with beautiful quality, heirloom products.