LSI Pro Q&A | featuring Laurie Sachs Photography
**Laurie’s answers added at the end of the page**
I have another awesome LSI Pro to introduce to you all! Please meet Laurie Sachs Photography! Now is your chance to get to know her a bit better, ask any questions you might have regarding her work or anything else that might interest you! Please remember that our pros are not required to answer ALL questions, as some may be too personal, uncomfortable to answer or simply not something they feel is in the best interest of their business to respond to. Please keep your questions respectful and within reason. All questions should be asked in the comment area of this post. Questions will remain open until Friday, May 17th. We will post Laurie’s responses within this original post once they are available…of course we will let you all know when they are ready! Thanks to all who participate and most importantly, thank you to Laurie for taking part in this awesome feature! Be sure to check out more of Laurie’s inspirational work on Facebook!
With that said, we would like to introduce you to our LSI Pro Laurie Sachs, based out of the Los Angeles, CA area.
A few words from Laurie: Hi, I’m Laurie! I’m an award winning fine art newborn, maternity, child, and family photographer serving the Santa Clarita Valley suburb of Los Angeles, California. I run a very busy home based studio and I’m the mother to four even busier children. I shoot exclusively with natural light, both in my studio and on location. I’ve been in business for 6 years.
You can see more of Lauries’s amazing work here:
Autumn: Do we ask the questions right here? If so I would love to know what lighting you use.. I adore the creamy look of it, do you use one light or more and strobe or continuous? Thank you ever so much for the help and advice!
Answer: Hi Autumn! I use natural light only! A single large window is the only lighting I use in my studio.
Elizabeth: Hey Laurie! I adore your work. I am wanting to take my newborn photography to the next level. Did you attend any workshops or did it just come over time? I am growing every year but I am looking into doing a newborn work shop. Do you teach any or who do you recommend ? Thank you!
Answer: Thank you Elizabeth! I have never attended a newborn workshop, I’m all self taught. I think there is something to be said for learning on your own over time, it enables you to develop your own techniques and your own style and vision. I do not teach workshops. If I were to recommend a workshop I would suggest Baby as Art or the Rydens, certainly not someone that has taken one of their workshops and then re-teaches that information.
Julie: Laurie, I really love your work. Can you please tell me how you focus your camera? I am a really good photographer but sometimes my images are out of focus and I don’t know why!?
Answer: Hi Julie! I shutter focus my camera and toggle focus points. If you are finding you are having persistent focus problems it’s probably best to isolate whether it’s a particular lens giving you trouble or the camera body itself. Certain bodies and lenses are notoriously bad focusers. If the problem persists I would say it’s time for a visit to Canon or Nikon service center.
Aimee: You are a fabulous photographer and an even more fabulous person…Congrats on the feature Laurie!
Answer: Thank you so much Aimee, I <3 you too
Angela: Hey Laurie! What inspires you when you get in a rut? How do you get yourself out of a photography funk?
Answer: Great question Angela! We all get into creativity ruts! My best suggestions when this happens are 1) try at least one new idea at every session, could be a simple as a different camera angle, just try something new. 2) Shoot for yourself! Get out and shoot for fun rather than work every once in a while, that always helps me break a rut. I find inspiration in many things, decorating catalogs, fashion, I’ll sometimes see an amazing boudoir photo and think of ways of adapting that pose to a mom and baby. I rarely look to other newborn photographers for inspiration.
Brianne: Laurie…you are totally the family posing master in my opinion. Having experienced your skills in person, I feel sub par as a photographer when it comes to posing, lol. How do you come up with your ideas? Where do you get your inspiration?
Answer: Hi Brianne! Several years ago I found myself approaching another holiday portrait season and dreading it! I just didn’t like families in the studio, outdoors I was so comfortable shooting families, but in the studio with matching outfits… shudder. I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to keep doing it. A friend showed me Laura Siebert’s family work and I was so inspired, it felt like my newborn work… stripped down, intimate. I enlisted a couple of friends’ families to model for me to create my own spin on a simple, paired down family session and launched mini sessions based on those images. I had them dress the way I request my newborn parents dress- tanks, tees, jeans, bare feet, and made it more about the family relationships. Those sessions ended up being a big hit with my clients and produced a more consistent portfolio with my newborn work. Last year a group of my amazing professional newborn photographer girlfriends decided to all go to Laura Siebert’s workshop together. Many of the techniques and games I used at your family session I learned from Laura last June. She has a great knack for producing genuine expressions and family interaction and I was so happy to learn from her.
Brooke: Do you have any pullback shots of your home studio? I’m in a rut and bored with my studio. Is the second photo on seamless?
Answer: Hi Brooke! I do have pull backs of my studio, you can find them here: http://lauriesachsphotography.com/blog/where-the-magic-happens The second shot is on seamless, I’m a less is more kind of girl when it comes to studio.
Sophie: Love your work!! We’re hoping to start a home-based studio when we move, but worried to juggle it with two crazy kids. How do you manage with four at home? Would love some insight!
Answer: Thanks so much Sophie! Juggling family and a business can be complicated, but it is doable! I wrote an article about this very topic that LSI shared here on the blog: http://learnshootinspire.com/the-art-of-balancing-business-and-life-by-laurie-sachs/