We had the good fortune of connecting with Natasha Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Natasha, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I think the habit that has most helped me succeed is the honest and truthful kind treatment of my clients. I always want my clients to feel welcomed and cared for when they are having their session done with me. I want them to know how much I appreciate them and make it an effort to connect with them and their families in our time spent together. I think creating a habit of building strong client to photographer relationships is vital in the success of your business and it bleeds into the art of the industry. The more you connect with your subjects, the more you will feel connected in the image.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My specialty in the photography world is newborn studio portraits. My technique is a more hands-on approach when it comes to safely posing and capturing the sweet and tiny details of a newborn. I love to incorporate soft subtle hues as well as bold vibrant colors, setting me apart from many in the industry who only shoot with the colors they are comfortable with. I strive to be able to give my clients a variety of beautiful colors and textures when it comes to photographing their newborn. It took several years before I became comfortable and well-trained to work with newborns. It requires training on newborn safety and signs of discomfort when working with a newborn. I have attended multiple workshops that specifically train on working with newborns in a studio setting. It took dozens of newborn clients before I became comfortable with handling a newborn confidently, and now it feels like second nature.
I have learned that comparing your art to someone else’s art is the fastest way to discredit your ability. It is so easy to compare yourself to others in this industry when you start to do side by side image comparison, but that is what should be celebrated in this industry. The difference in how you capture and create art is what should be celebrated and not compared to one another.
I want the world to know that I am passionate about what I do and working with newborns has been my dream come true. I didn’t just “end up in newborn photography”, I strove to learn and acquire the right skills to do this passion on a daily basis.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The places I would go to eat are Marty B’s, Hugo’s Lost Colony, The Mexican, Hard 8 BBQ, and Earl’s Pizza. Great hang out spots include Marty B’s coffee, Kimzeys, Mike’s Bistro. A good night out would include the Toyota Music Factory or taking in a Dallas Mavs game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family are my biggest supports when it comes to the day in and day out world of business for me. They are often the subjects I love to capture the most and the ones who give me a hug at the end of a bad day. They push me to grow my knowledge and experience in the photography industry. Other creative artists who have truly inspired me include Paloma Schell, Allyson Lezon from Silver Bear Creative, landitphotography in McKinney TX, Jamie Denholm Photography. There are so many wonderful people in this industry!

Website: www.ndcphotographystudio.com

Instagram: @ndc_photography_designs

Image Credits
NDC Photography Studio

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