I am so honored to be sitting down with Newborn Photographer, Robin Long. Her work is absolutely stunning, and each photo has such a natural and beautiful feel to them. Robin’s work makes newborn photography look like a piece of cake and captures the most genuine touching moments. Thank you so much Robin for taking the time out of your schedule to sit down with us.
1. Robin, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I started photographing children modeling clothing lines in 2005. I’ve always been passionate about babies and children. Their pure innocence and love of life is exuberating and infectious to my soul. I could not live in a world without children.
In 2008, I fell in love with newborns after photographing my granddaughter. I knew then why God gave me such a passion and love for children. Nine years later, the passion has grown in to photographing newborns naturally and capturing the emotional connection in Motherhood.
2. What are 2 pieces of equipment you could not live without and why?
I’m a pretty simple kind of person and choose to work with little as possible. I would have to say my beanbag and 50mm lens. I’ve had both of these since I began and feel they are a necessity of my shooting style.
3. Is there anything you’ve been dying to get your hands on, or a new technique you’ve been wanting to try?
I would really love to get my hands on the Sigma Art 50mm lens. I’ve heard such great things about how sharp it is, but I haven’t purchased one yet. I really do love my Nikkon 50mm lens, but I may have to try it out some day.
4. If you could photograph anything, that’s out of your comfort zone, what would it be and why?
I would have to say editorial fashion. I would love to shoot for magazines. I’m not sure that I would love doing it all the time, but it would be fun to do just once.
5. If you could have anyone photograph your family who would you choose?
I would have to say Elizabeth Messina. I’m in awe of her vision and style. It’s so ethereal and the soft color palette makes me feel so peaceful.
6. What is it about newborn sessions that really draws you in and keeps you coming back for more?
God’s little miracle, created in his image evokes the true essence to my passion for newborns. They are beautiful, fresh and untouched from the world. They are helpless and depend on your to keep them safe, warm and happy. Being able to comfort and hold a newborn in your arms is truly a blessing not to be taken lightly.
7. If you could say one thing to new mother before a session what would it be?
Mothers need to know their baby is well cared for and loved. Their greatest fear will always be to lose their child or have something bad happen to them. My goal is to help ease that fear by letting them know how passionate I am about their baby and their well being. Not only will I tell them so, but also demonstrate though the handling of their baby.
“I want you to know that I will love and care for your baby as if he/she were my own. I will never put your baby at risk and will be right by him/her at all times. Feel free to relax, knowing that I am well versed and experienced in handling babies and if there is anything you are concerned about, please don’t hesitate to talk to me.”
8. I love that you are also an educator, and have traveled all over teaching hundreds of newborn photographers. Is there one class, or location that really sticks out for you?
Oh Gosh. There are so many worth mentioning! If I have to pick just one, I would have to say it’s the Melbourne, Australia class of 2011. This was a 2-day class with 12 students. The dynamics from this group were incredible right from the start. The babies were perfect and lifelong friendships were born from this class not only from one another, but with me as well. It’s a bond I will always cherish.
9. What do you hope people take from your classes and workshops?
My workshops have changed a bit over the years. This year I started teaching a very specialized “Wrap-Posing” Class. It’s a 3-hour class focusing on specific wrapped poses and transitioning to a natural posing flow. My desire is that each student walks away knowing how to simplify their wrapping and posing flow so that they are able to cut down the session time and work seamlessly through the session.
10. If you could give one piece of advise to both new and seasoned photographers what would it be?
Always follow the passion in your heart and not what others are doing. Keep your life and business simple and uncluttered. “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.” ~ I Thessalonians 4:11
Thank you again Robin for joining us, and please be sure to check out more of her beautiful work in the links below.
Rebecca Wang is a documentary and lifestyle photographer that lives on the beautiful central coast of California. She has 2 boys, ages 3 and 7, and an amazing supportive husband whom supports all of her ideas. Rebecca is a military spouse, so traveling and change is very common for their family and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Rebecca is inspired by her daily life and the adventures and traveling her family do. She has had many blog interviews and guest appearances, a spread and cover photo on beyond the wanderlust photography magazine, had an honorable mention and two nominee photos in the child photo competition, and is currently doing her first 365 photo project. She is so happy to be apart of the Light Inspired team, and can’t wait to find, meet, and showcase inspiring artists for you all to meet.