If you’re interested in working with me, I think we should get to know each other. I am a pet and newborn photographer, but that doesn’t tell you much does it? I’m going to give you a little insight into why I choose to photograph babies – both with and without fur. That is why I am doing a new blog series called “A Little Something About Me..” so we can become better acquainted. I’m going to tell you some things that I believe as well as some guilty pleasures of mine. Now let’s get started!
First things first… I believe dogs don’t become family pets just because you have a baby. My dog, Abby, didn’t become a family pet when my little girl was born… she became a big sister.
As a parent, I understand the unconditional love you have for your child regardless if they have fur or not. These are things only a parent can appreciate about their kids like the soft, delicious scent of Miss W’s skin, and the mystifying way Abby’s paws smell like freshly baked bread.
I love finding the intimate yet playful moments that celebrate the bold love parents have for their children by seeing them through their eyes.
My name is Kim Hartz, and I am an intimate photographer for babies and fur babies.
It’s always fun to photograph Dachshunds. Their big ears and long bodies are so adorable, and I love it when you can see them stretched out to get the full effect of being a wiener dog. Both Ben & Betty Lou had some energy going for their session. Not to mention they were both very attached to their mama. It can be challenging when a pup is very attached to their parent, but it is all worth it when I hear their parent tell me how much the images show off their pup’s personalities. That is one of my favorite things about being a pet photographer, as well as getting to photograph puppies!
I loved having Ben & Betty Lou in the studio because it reminded me of how much energy puppies have in those little bodies. Abby, my golden, is now five, and she still has a ton of energy. But, after seeing these two, they put her to shame! I am definitely thankful Abby isn’t as crazy as she used to be, but I like the reminder of what it’s like to be a puppy. I also use the term “puppy” somewhat loosely… I believe dogs that are two or younger are still puppies!
Miss Lorelei was my first newborn to photograph since having my own precious baby arrive. It has been extremely hard getting back to work because I don’t want to ever leave her… not even for an hour. Guilt has become a huge part of my life. But, after meeting Lorelei, I know going back to work is going to be so much fun and so rewarding. Wilhelmina has grown so fast already that I barely even remember how small she used to be. Lorelei was born 8lbs 9oz, and holding Lorelei reminded me just how small and dependent newborns are on their parents. It’s amazing how easy it is to forget the blur that you life becomes in those first couple of months.
Lorelei reminded me of those sleepless nights, difficult times nursing, and breaking down to tears at the smallest, silliest thing. As bad as those things may sound, she also reminded me of just how wonderful it is to have a baby. To create a beautiful, living, breathing, baby human is truly amazing. Yes, life is easier now that Wilhelmina sleeps through the night, eats on a schedule, and is much more predictable. But I wouldn’t trade those first moments for anything.
Thank you Lorelei for helping me remember one of the sweetest, most intimate, sleepless, emotional, chaotic, and best times in my life. It’s pretty incredible when someone who has been alive for only seven days can teach you to enjoy every minute because change happens in the blink of an eye.
A lot of things have changed since the arrival of Miss Wilhelmina, and the ease of traveling without an infant is definitely one of them. Little Miss Willie took her first plane ride recently, and I will admit I was a little stressed. Not only did she get her vaccinations the day before our flight, she was also only 9 weeks old.
After timing everything perfectly with takeoff and her feeding schedule, we waited in our seats only to be delayed by a maintenance issue. Her schedule was off and I was sure we were going to have a screaming baby. But, she proved me wrong. She was absolutely perfect, and a fellow passenger even came up to me after the flight and commented on how great she was on the plane.
So, thank you Wilhelmina for teaching me not to stress and worry until there is something to worry about!
After a very long wait, we have finally welcomed Baby Hartz! She took her sweet time arriving 9 days late after an almost 24 hour labor, but she was definitely well worth the wait. Life has been pretty different since her arrival… Different but great. I’m slowly adjusting to being at the beck and call of a tiny human that is totally dependent on me. But, she is a great baby – not very fussy and she sleeps!
And now for the info you really want to know… She was born on June 15 weighing 8 lbs 6 0z and 21″ long. Her name is Wilhelmina Maureen Hartz. I’m sure some of you are wondering where Wilhelmina came from, and it is actually a pretty cool story. Once we announced we were having a girl, my dad took to asking how “Wilhemina” was doing. I’m not sure where he came up with the name, but after my 20th week pregnant she became known as Wilhelmina. At first it was just a fun reference, but then my husband thought we should consider the name for her. By the time she was born everyone was referring to her as Wilhelmina. We had the name narrowed to two options, one being Wilhelmina, and after I saw her for the first time it just seemed to fit. We are still working on a nickname but no luck yet!
Here are a few of my favorite images from her newborn session we did last week. It was not an easy shoot having just had a baby… but again totally worth it! Plus, I had a great assistant helping… my mom. I hope you enjoy her images and think she is as adorable as I do!
In case you haven’t heard the news… Abby, Sammy, and Oscar are going to be big sisters and brothers in the next couple of weeks! You should expect to see these three lovely fur babies with a new baby in tow soon. We are so excited for this new chapter in our lives, and we can’t wait to share our newborn portraits. All three fur babies have been helping us get everything ready for Baby Hartz’s arrival too… Every time the nursery door opens, all three end up sprawled on the floor!
Just in case you are wondering, our studio is still booking sessions. However, we are not scheduling new sessions until mid to late July so we have plenty of time to spend with our new baby. Our schedule is already booking up too in July and August, so don’t hesitate to call or email us to book your session. We will be returning emails and phone calls as soon as we can during normal business hours, which are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please allow us a little extra time to get back to you since I’m sure we will have our hands full!
If you have any tips or tricks you want to share with us before we welcome Baby Hartz please let us know!
Some of you may know that I absolutely love talking about business for photography. Business is such a huge part of our jobs as photographers, and it is so often overlooked while we are trying so hard to be creative. The reality of a photography business is that the photography portion is a very small percentage of what we do. Business is the majority of what we do including marketing, branding, pricing, client management, and so much more. I have two upcoming speaking engagements where I will be discussing different aspects of the photography business.
First, I will be speaking at the Professional Photographers Guild of Houston on April 15 about Pricing for Profit. I will be discussing different pricing strategies to use in your business so that your products are priced so that you are able to cover your costs, pay yourself, and put money back into your business. You can see details and register for the meeting at the Professional Photographers Guild of Houston website.
Second, I will be hosting a Super 1 Day class through the Professional Photographers of America. My class is called “Build a Better Brand and Profitable Business”, and we will be going over how to build your brand and a successful business. My Super 1 Day class is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on May 5th, and it will be held at my studio. You can find more details and register at the Super 1 Day page on PPA‘s website.
Technology has become such a prevalent part of our society, and we are bombarded with it every day. This is probably part of the reason why people want the digital files from their sessions, and I understand the value of archiving memories and keeping them for the long haul. However, memories are best kept alive and well in custom photographic wall art for your home.
I’m sure most people think they just want to get their session on a disk, and they plan on printing their own images at some point. But, most people (including myself) will get the disk, it will go in a drawer, and probably will never see the light of day again. Let’s not forget that technology is constantly evolving, so that disk you receive now may become obsolete in the future like floppy disks.
Let’s look at the other side of this… A custom photographic piece made especially for you and your home. This piece will be available for your viewing pleasure on your wall each and every day because, let’s face it, art is meant to be enjoyed not stored in a drawer. This is why we specialize in custom photographic wall art for your home. We understand the value of preserving your memories, and there is no better way to do this than in a piece of art you can enjoy on a daily basis.
I’m not just spouting this for my own personal benefit either. I am firm believer in custom photographic art for your home because I grew up in a family where getting professional family portraits was a high priority. Those framed images still hang in my parents house from when I was just a few months old to being in high school. Every few years I also update our “kids” photo for my parents, and this past Christmas I set up a shoot for my sister, brother, myself, and my parents two fur kids, Ruby and Agador. What do you think was their favorite gift and now hangs in prime real estate so they can view it daily?? You got it… the images you see below.
So, why get something that is going to live in a drawer, possibly become obsolete as technology advances, and be on a medium that you can’t enjoy on a daily basis? Once you think about it, it does make sense. But, I do understand that some people just like having the digital files, so I do offer those on our “rewards” list that is available as an add on to your photographic print order. I also gift Facebook files of the images you purchase for your wall art to you free of charge because I do understand that sometimes you just want to share and have your images on your computer, tablet, or phone.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue as well, so please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!