This week PhotographyKC had the opportunity to interview Jessica of Jessica Bridgewater Photography. Jessica is an amazing Kansas City photographer specializing in Newborn and Family photography.
I lived in Minnesota until I was 5 or 6. The moved go Gardner, I went to school here until 7th grade. Then moved to Olathe and graduated from Olathe North High School. Now, I am back in Gardner with my 4 kids!
I LOVE IT HERE!!! The people, the food, things to do. I am SO glad I live in Kansas City. Everyone should come visit our city at least once!
I started in Highschool with the ‘old’ 35mm film cameras. I was actually more interested in the film development; I had no idea how to actually work the camera. It use to be a running joke in the class on ifthe pictures I took would be White OR black . White- Overexposed. Black Underexposed. I got my own camera 7 years later and everything just ‘clicked.’ <– No pun intended!
My first was a Nikon D90. and Now I shoot with a Nikon D810 and D750 as a back up.
It’s my creative outlet. I love pulling colors together, building props. The parents of the babies actually inspire me a lot. I love watching how they are with their baby, seeing their personalities and going from there. I do have a questionnaire I send out to get a base line. But I find I will often change or add to the setups once I meet the parents.
Newborns and Babies!!! I love families too. But I only take about 25 family sessions a year. Newborns are my speciality and I LOVE LOVE watching the babies grown and often becoming friends with parents.
My studio and anywhere with great light!
There are so many great photographers in Kansas City. I guess I always try to make sure parents are comfortable and feel welcome. I keep an open line of communication no matter what. I provide everything for the baby during the session from diapers, wipes to all props used, I do this whether it’s a newborn session or a milestone session. I almost always over deliver images. My Assistant says she’s going to start counting my clicks and say “Ok that’s enough!” lol! Parents often look at my work and give me full control over styling the session. (This goes back to the what inspires you question.) and probably the biggest thing – I am a HUGE newborn safety advocate. There are some poses that require the baby to be supported from 2 different angles . So I take two different pictures and put them together in photoshop, basically editing out my hands.
If parents are looking to book a newborn photographer, I do believe they should always ask questions of their photographer. Things like, What kind of training have you had. Are you vaccinated (if this is important to the parents.) Basically, interview us like you would a pediatrician or a daycare provider! Oh and the 4 flowers in my logo – They represent my own 4 children. 1 for each girl. Yep, I have 4 girls!!