We had the good fortune of connecting with Joanna Booth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joanna, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As a newborn photographer for over 6 years, there are so many thing that that bring joy and satisfaction. Meeting new parents and their sweet babies, seeing toddlers interact and love their new sibling, styling a session, and receiving news that the parent loves their pictures are some of my favorite things about being a newborn photographer. But sometimes you have hard session where babies cry or stay unsettled during a whole session. Sometimes toddlers will have a complete aversion to their new baby sister/brother, which will make it harder to photographer them together. Even in the business aspect, you will receive lots of inquiries then have clients not respond, say you’re too expensive, or not understand what it takes to run a viable business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I started my business in 2011, I was very excited to be a photographer, but then realized how hard it was. I took a break and didn’t work with newborns for four years. It wasn’t for me at the time. But the truth was, I wasn’t educated on how to execute a newborn photoshoot properly. When I returned to newborns in 2014 I studied more, did a mentorship, learned what props and wraps I truly needed and was much more successful.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I still consider myself new to the Houston area, although it’s been 4 years since I moved here. My favorite spots are food spots! Lol! I’m such a foodie, and Houston has lots of places that hit the mark. I love going into the city for brunch at the Breakfast Klub for their chicken wings and waffles. It’s definitely a top on my list! I also love Pappadeux seafood, and Willie’s catfish. Luigis in Cypress has the best NY style pizza! I’m in love with Hopdoddy, PF Changs, Tejas & Pinkertons barbecue, and so many more!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m thankful for my family and friends who have supported me over the years. Special thanks to my mom who has always believed in my talents and encouraged me to continue working within my gifts.
Joanna Booth Photography