Nicki Kristof Photography
Photography Magazine Interviews Nicki Kristof Photography
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Did you go to school to study photography?
Yes – I went to McFatter Technical Center in Davie, FL
How long have you been a newborn photographer?
How would you describe your style?
Fun, Colorful, Whimsical and Sweet
How many newborns do you average per year?
70-90 Newborns Per Year
On-Location or Studio or Both?
I set up my portable studio in my clients homes.
What gear do you use?
Nikon D3 & 50mm 1.8(most of the time) Einstein Strobe with 80″PLM
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
I use it to “perfect” the final images- But I really strive to get it technically right in camera.
Are you a MAC or PC lover?
What has been your career path?
I started out taking pictures of my baby cousin who I used to babysit a few days a week… and I fell in love with it. Soon I had other people asking if I could take pictures of their kids… I met an AMAZING baby photographer who happened to do pictures for my boss at the time and talked to her about photography for a while- She is the one who told me about the school that I ended up going to. While in school, I was an assistant to that same photographer. I ended up working for her for a few years and then eventually started on my own. (She ended up getting into interior design and out of photography).
How did you make the transition from aspiring photographer to professional newborn photographer (making a living)?
Slowly- over about 6-7 years…
What are the ingredients for a successful newborn photography career?
Patience and knowing how to talk to new parents and make them feel comfortable.
Have you seen your any changes to you clientele as a result of the saturation in the market?
Yes- several years ago I had TONS of clients because I had a low session fee and they would generally order $110-$200 worth of prints (usually nothing bigger than 8×10). Now, having tried to set myself apart, I consider myself a “boutique” photographer and the clients I have now seem to really value my work and perceive it as art, which I love and am so grateful for.
What are some elements by which you would consider an image great photography?
Emotional response – which to me is what you “feel” when you look at an image. To me, that is what’s most important for the images I shoot for clients. I want them to feel something…love, adoration, awe, etc…
What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
My camera strap – I tend to be a little “clumsy” at times and it keeps me from dropping my camera… Plus, it’s Leopard print- and that’s awesome!
What lighting equipment do you use?
Einstein strobe and PLM
How do you ensure you remain inspired?
I try to constantly learn – I take classes either on line or in person, attend trade shows whenever possible, and I also find that having friends in the photography business helps; and I am lucky to have a few!!
If you could have one super hero power what would it be?
Teleportation (is that even right??-lol) Why? being an on-location newborn photographer, I spend 1/2 my days loading up, traveling to my clients homes, setting up, packing back up and traveling back home…. Think of the time I could save if in the blink of an eye I could just be where I needed to be with all my stuff!!