Natalie Howe APP M.PHOTOG I
2016 AIPP AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
"To be honest, totally shocked, I never entered the newborn category thinking I would take out the top honours. I entered knowing I had 2 pretty strong images out of the 4 in total and was concentrating more so on earning enough points for my 2nd gold bar to my Masters. I was totally taken off guard, which was clear from my pathetic acceptance speech."
NATALIE'S WINNING IMAGES & BACK STORIES
Harry Potter Little Caleb was booked in like every other newborn, just a standard session, however, when mum turned up, she brought the little Griffendorf hat with her and I knew I had to quickly come up with something suitable. They had had a hard time in the past year, with her mum passing away from brain surgery complications. Something that is close to home for me, considering I suffer from the same condition her mother died from. I wanted to make them smile and exceed their expectations, considering my son and I are both massive Harry Potter fans, I had the props necessary to take the image to the next level.
Noughts & Crosses This image is my most proudest newborn image to date. There are so many meanings that can be taken from it, and I have found that those that look at it, take away something different. It seems to affect people differently. For me, it represented a specific client of mine. It’s not even her baby that is in the image, but another clients. But the day of this session, I received devasting news that she had lost her 5th child. It affected me quite profoundly, but I had a newborn session I was setting up for so had to get ‘into the mood’. When my client arrived, I asked her if I could shoot a concept after her session and explained what had happened. She was more than happy to oblige. This image is to pay homage to all those who have ever struggled to conceive, whether it be their first or their 5th. Sometimes one of the most natural things to do as a woman doesn’t come so naturally to some and this image represents those struggles.
Baby Isaac and Macey Every family starts off with a puppy, it's your first baby realistically before you graduate to a human one. Baby Macey was Rob and Mel’s first ‘baby’ after their wedding. I also had the honour of capturing their beautiful wedding, so when they called to say they were expecting, it was a natural progression for me to capture another milestone. With baby Macey being the apple of Mel’s eye, that soon was going to change as a human baby took over all the attention. I wanted to show this through imagery, placing Isaac in the centre, the centre of attention, while Macy although still very much loved by her human parents, was no longer the centre of their universe, was placed, just outside.
Baby in hanging basket To be honest, this was a ‘omg I need a last photo for my entry’ type of shot. I had taken the image approximately 6 months prior and I knew I loved it. I saved it in my ‘potentials’ folder and when I realised it suited the look and theme of my portolio I gave it the thumps up. There was no real hidden meaning behind this image. It makes me smile, and when an image makes you smile it has to be shared.