Today we’d like to introduce you to Malka Ahmed.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Malka. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been interested in stories since I was a little girl, so it’s no surprise that I became a writer at an early age. (I went to college to study English Literature and Creative Writing). Writing stories, you see, is a lot like a time machine. It’s a way to preserve a moment, a feeling –it’s perhaps, the only way to return back to our memories. Or so I thought.
My camera is also another way to capture a story. I learned this as soon as my daughter Zorah (now 5) was born. The first year of a baby’s life is so incredibly fleeting and I wanted to make sure I captured all of it – her smiles, rolling onto her belly, sitting up for the first time, eating cake at her first birthday. Taking pictures of her was the easiest way to return back to all the milestones she had passed. My camera and the images I took of her will help me remember her at those fleeting stages of babyhood forever.
I’ve now been a professional photographer for over four years and opened my studio in Peabody, MA dedicated to photographing maternity clients, newborns and babies under the age of one.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Yes, the road to success is never easy and can’t be attained without your share of trial and tribulations. For me, the major hurdle was that the newborn photography industry isn’t regulated. Anyone with a camera can decide to photograph newborns, so as a result my industry is very heavily saturated with hobbyist. The real danger to that is there are so many photographers uneducated on baby safety and posing, and there isn’t anyone to regulate that lack of education. I see so many new photographers placing babies in unsafe poses and placing them into props without a spotter nearby and it terrifies me, both as a professional and a parent. I invest a lot of time and money into learning about safety and posing from some of the best photographers in the industry on a very regular basis and emphasize this to parents because as well – this is ultimately what helps me stand apart and helped me earn the trust of my clients and grow my business.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in newborn and child portraiture. I have studied the art of newborn photography extensively for over four years with some of the best photographers in the industry and am trained in newborn safety. For each of my sessions I offer a full service experience and provide my clients with beautiful, archival quality wall art. My new studio is located conveniently right of Lowell Street in Peabody, MA.
My studio is fully equipped with everything clients will need for their baby, including beautiful wraps, outfits and accessories–Parents just need to show up with their baby!
All of my sessions are customized for each individual client. I offer a complimentary design consultation over the phone or in person where clients can tell me what they envision for their portraits and how they want to enjoy them for years to come.
After each session I invite my clients back to my studio for their ordering session where they get to view all of their images and I help them design their custom art products.
As I tell each of my clients: I am in the business of preserving legacies and stories.
What were you like growing up?
I’ve always been an artist and definitely march to the beat of my own drums. My parents were immigrants and I grew up in a household where practical interests were often encouraged. I was the complete opposite. I wanted to paint, sing, write and photograph. Because I’m an artist I see the world very differently, and I’m grateful my parent recognized that and never held me back from growing as an artist.
We traveled a lot when I was younger, often visiting my parent’s families back in Pakistan. I think my appreciation for preserving legacies stems from the fact that when my parent’s returned back from visiting their homeland, all they had were photos and stories of their family and past. As an adult I am grateful for all of those old black and white photos.
- My creative fee is $250 and my packages start at $800
- Address: Malka Ahmed Photography
484 Lowell Street Suite LL A4
Peabody, MA 01960
- Website: http://malkaahmedphotography.com/
- Phone: (978) 795-7016
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malka_ahmed_photography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MalkaAhmedPhotography/
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