Jodie, from Daleys Point operates a photography studio in the northern Sydney suburb of Killara, and another on the Central Coast.
‘I’m passionate about newborns and capturing images of new families,’ she said. ‘I love to create unique images that families will treasure in years to come.
Jodie goes to extraordinary lengths to create her award-winning images and often spends days hand-painting backdrops and props.
For the image ‘Maple Leaves’ (below), she dipped leaves in wax, painted them with varnish, and even used a laser-cutter to create the studio setup.
‘Sometimes I come up with concepts, while I’m and stuck in city traffic. But I prefer to listen to my clients’ stories, so the images are significant to them.
Jodie said she she has learned many lessons as a newborn photographer, but the priority is always newborn safety.
‘Newborn photography requires a very different skill set, compared to other portrait photographers. A newborn photographer must understand how to calm the baby, know what poses are safe and understand how the final image will be created.
‘We do not hang babies in the air from tree branches’, she noted.
And a final word of caution for aspiring newborn photographers: ‘Beware of a baby with no nappy on.’