Tea Jo is a Croatian-based photographer and she is specialised in newborn photography. Tea is photographing a couple of days old babies in the most magical way ever. The sole tranquillity of the babies and the settings around them make these portraits so unique. Even if you’re not a parent and you do not resonate well with children, the portraits are just pure fluffiness, calmness and magic.
She started working on portraits while studying photography. At the time, the market was flooded with wedding photo services, but she has chosen the hard way to build a career. She found a whole new world of newborn photography online and after years of exploring and self-learning, she stumbled upon the work of Jade Gao. Jade’s work mesmerised Tea and she has finished her education under Jade’s mentorship. “That was the movie twist everyone is secretly waiting for,” she said for The Plaid Zebra.
The photographer has to prepare the scenography before the parents and the baby comes. The shooting lasts for four or five ours. During that time, the baby eats, sleeps and gets prepared for the shooting. Most of the time they are just trying to organise the setting and the baby to make everything safe as possible. The sole atmosphere is calm and meditative and, as Tea told us, fathers often fall asleep.
She has an insatiable desire for creativity, aesthetics and perfectionism. That is why she has chosen this line of photography. As Tea states: “Working with babies is extremely hard and so relaxing at the same time. Newborn portraits are challenging. It fulfils me.”