Today we’d like to introduce you to LuAnn Warner-Prokos.
LuAnn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Six years ago, after working many years as a middle school teacher and school photographer at a local prep school, photographing families in my spare time, I started my professional photography business full time. I opened my beautiful studio in Delray Beach, booking sessions with children and families, as well as shooting head shots, in the studio and on location. Working with various photographers, I fell in love with newborn and maternity photography. As I styled my studio with the best newborn equipment available, as well as props and outfits for maternity, newborns, and children, I travelled the country to improve my craft under the tutelage of top newborn and maternity photographers. I was also specifically trained in newborn, as well as maternity, safety. I became a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America), was honored to be accepted in the NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers, as well as a selected as an area photographer for the Bump Society of the national publication, Beauty and Lifestyle Mommy Magazine. I recently won an international, to-the-trade online magazine photography award for one of my maternity images. I have been featured on the cover of PB Parenting Magazine five years in a row, and also in the to-the-trade international magazine TAoPaN.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I am confident in the quality of service and product we offer our clients and am excited about the growth of the business, positive feedback, and referrals from my wonderful clients! Having said that, as there are many photographers in the S. Florida area, I have worked hard to achieve a higher level of expertise in lighting, posing, editing, safety, etc.
More than just being known as someone with “a great camera,” we strive to make our subjects “pop” in an image, reflect the perfect light on their faces, and create an incredible and artistic final product. Having a studio helps us offer our clients something different for our clients, specifically stylized maternity, unique newborn, and artistic child portrait sessions. Marketing in today’s social media-driven world can be challenging, but our clients help to spread the word while we constantly look for new ways to serve our clients and community. We are fortunate that our clients love the personal touch and care we offer, as well as the beautiful photographs they keep for themselves and gift others, and we value their referrals. Also, although so many think they “need the digitals,” we help our clients see the value of enjoying this art in their home. Yes, it’s great to have some digitals for future use, but so many never get them off the computer. When our clients hold the final products in their hands or view the art gracing their walls, we see happy, satisfied clients, thrilled by the gift they have given themselves as well as others.
WP Newborns Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
WP Newborns of Warner-Prokos Photography is a boutique and service-oriented photography studio. We specialize in maternity and newborn photography. Our maternity sessions can be held in the studio or on location. We have a gorgeous variety of gowns, robes, and other outfits for our moms-to-be. Every woman who comes to us loves the experience, and ends the session not only feeling special and beautiful, but truly in awe of the images we create for them. Our newborn sessions are usually held when the baby is 4-14 days old and in our warm, inviting studio. The newborn session is a wonder to experience. The parents sit and relax, for the most part taking it all in, with their love and excitement for their little one so evident, and they leave so happy that they have documented this special time very soon after birth. We have a wide array of newborn outfits, props, wraps, and unique setups from which they choose, and we
individualize each session. During our pre-consultation sessions, parents-to-be choose their props and are an integral part of the stylized planning process. We also love having the parents and/or siblings in some of the newborns shots, and help mom and dad stylize that part of the session as well. We are passionate about child portrait photography. We offer two unique stylized sessions in this area: the jaw-dropping “Dramatic Studio Child Portrait” session, and the beautiful “Finding the Light” on-location session. In both, clients love how we capture the essence of their child. For girls, we have a selection of gowns and other outfits that make for beautiful images, and we have some options for boys. We also love our family sessions, especially those shot near sunset on the beach or in one of our preserved areas. Time passes so quickly while our children are young! Our parents are grateful we not only get mom in the picture, but also let the family or child(ren) play and interact as we capture the love and joy that emanates and highlights the uniqueness of their family.
We are known not only for our final products, but also for the care we show our clients and our detail-oriented style. We are most proud of the relationships we form with our clients and the joy we see in their faces when we hand them that fine art print or artistically created album, or hang the beautiful wall art in their home. So, as a boutique business, what sets us apart from many others is the stylized aspect of our sessions, as well as our editing and artistic skills, and our beautiful line of products.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to us, is the smile and joy we see on the faces of our clients. Our moms-to-be, to quote from that proverbial phrase, just “glow.” Even the most hesitant feels beautiful and special after her session with us, They love the pampering, attention to detail, and the artistic feel of the final images. To say that the new parents in our studio are enthralled by the session, is an understatement. We love watching them watch us work.
And, they get to relive the first early days of their child’s life every time they open that album or pass that wall art in their home. When our parents make that commitment to book a session for a child or their family, they are thrilled that we have had fun with each family member, that we make sure mom is in the photo, and that we have captured their joy and love for each other. When we hear a client has endorsed us, we know we are doing great work!
- Address: 10375 Rio Lindo, Delray Beach, FL 33446
- Website: https://wpnewborns.com
- Phone: 561-271-7954
- Email: Info@WPNewborns.com