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From the New York Times’s Sunday Business section comes this article about a “new trend” in photography: women who have set up businesses taking pictures of babies. (The photo here, showing baby photographer Laura Brophy, was made for the Times by Max Schulte.) The article is mostly based on facts and figures supplied by the Professional Photographers of America. The premise is that all the popular, affordable digital SLRs have allowed weekend photographers to take their work to the next level. Overwhelmingly, these people are women. Once they start selling photos of the tots, they often use the money to buy better cameras, and the cycle repeats. But let’s face it: This kind of business begins and ends with baby love. You’ve got to have an abiding affection for the little ones, and the ability to work fast before they start screaming.
—David Schonauer