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Bella Baby Photography Reviews

Updated March 23, 2018
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Pros
  • Working for Bella Baby has been the most rewarding job I've ever had (in 21 reviews)

  • Working with babies is a lot of fun (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes there aren't a lot of babies to photograph, but the numbers usually even out (in 7 reviews)

  • 100% commission based so you work a lot for free (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Photographer"

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bella Baby Photography full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best Environment, Nice Management, Good Oppertunities

    Cons

    No Cons Observed at work and senior management

    Advice to Management

    compensation and benefits are good but little bit improvement in it, is highly appreciable.


  2. "Photographer"

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Photographer in Edison, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bella Baby Photography part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun job, interesting work, and lots of babies.

    Cons

    Unreliable hours. Holidays and no overtime or hourly wage

    Bella Baby Photography Response

    Mar 9, 2018 – COO

    Thank you for your thoughts and comments. It is commission based and can be very exciting and fast paced. Our photographers do a wonderful job keeping up with the work and have the ability to earn a... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Management ruins a good thing. Chicago region 2."

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    Current Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bella Baby Photography part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The concept itself is great. Gain experience, fast. Photograph babies. Meet other cool photographers. Part time so if you have kids, a great way to work and still see them. Learn how to sell.

    Cons

    Management is awful. They constantly badger you to get no declines. Meanwhile you are left being pushy or begging moms to let you take pictures, just to stop getting yelled at by your boss. Saying “they aren’t interested” even if it’s the truth is is not ok with management. If you do photograph and they don’t buy that’s an hour of your life you never get back. Use all your own equipment. Commission only so you can make $0 even if you work a full day. Requests off only approved a month out. You are told “don’t buy a plane ticket until it’s approved!” but when you request off for events months out, you are told they will let you know only a month before. So forget planning a vacation or going to a wedding. Lots of negative feedback, very little positive.

    Bella Baby Photography Response

    Mar 27, 2018 – COO

    Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback. It is a fast paced environment, where our photographers thrive by their sales, as well as growing in their craft. Our clients are truly satisfied... More


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Photographer"

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    Current Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bella Baby Photography part-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience for new photographers.

    Cons

    Terrible management. All they care about is how much you can sell for them. 100% commission based so you work a lot for free. They demand a lot of you but don't want to pay you for all the hard work you put in. No such thing as a pay raise because they don't pay you an hourly wage. Terrible management.

    Bella Baby Photography Response

    Mar 20, 2018 – COO

    Thank you for your feedback. We are committed to each of our photographers' growth, be it artistically or professionally. Our photographers are able to thrive and enjoy the work they do day in and... More


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Photographer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bella Baby Photography part-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience with your camera

    Cons

    Horrible pay! Lies to you when said that they will pay you hourly if you don't make commission. They also don't pay your milage driving from hospital to another. I made about 2.00 hr working two days and almost 18 hr shift. Managers do not answer the phone. Ask you to go to work sick when they are newborns. Just horrible horrible company. When hiring they promise that you can make $25 an hr thats if you can sale and have about 8 clients who are really going buy. Do not go for this job.

    Advice to Management

    Better management and maybe not lie to ppl when they are going to hired.

    Bella Baby Photography Response

    Mar 9, 2018 – COO

    We are a sales based company that prides itself on professional photography. This does require hard working and commission based skills. We pay our photographers fairly and many are very happy to... More


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Not for Me"

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    Former Employee - Photographer
    Former Employee - Photographer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bella Baby Photography part-time

    Pros

    If you love photography and are looking for something to do in your free time for EXTRA money than this is the job for you. Would not recommend using this as your main income. Great to practice and perfect your photography skills.

    Cons

    When I was hired, I was told I would be compensated for what I didn’t make in sales. That is not true!!!! You only make your 35% commission and that is it. Many hours of waiting around for moms to want photos WITHOUT BEING PAID may I say. In my opinion, not worth it. Glad I left. It’s kind of a scam. Some days would drive to hospitals for there only to be one baby and moms wouldn’t want photos anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers are amazing. Others were hard to get a hold of when needed and very pushy about hitting sales.

    Bella Baby Photography Response

    Mar 9, 2018 – COO

    We stand by our photographers and the hard work they do each day. It is a commission based job and a fast moving environment. If you would like to tell us more, please contact us at... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to grow as a photographer"

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    Current Employee - Photographer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Photographer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bella Baby Photography part-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn how to sell.
    Working with babies is a lot of fun.
    Photography is fun.
    You will learn how to shoot quickly.
    You will learn how to edit quickly.
    You will become an expert at off camera flash.
    The photography standards are pretty high and it will force you to grow as a photographer.
    Friendly and supportive management and co-workers.
    Know your schedule in advance--work schedules are released monthly.
    Higher commission percentage on holidays.
    Most days my shift lasts only 5-7 hours. Get home before rush hour traffic.
    Customer support is awesome.
    Welcoming, inclusive work environment.

    Cons

    You have to provide your own equipment (camera, flash, laptop, Lightroom subscription, cell phone).
    Pay is low to begin with for most until you get your groove and are able to sell more.
    No benefits.
    Sales tools aren't awesome. No brochures, website isn't very informative, online ordering is painful.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more in-depth initial training. My first solo day felt completely overwhelming. Provide ongoing sales mentorship and training so that we can bring in more revenue per photo shoot.

  8. Helpful (2)

    ""Photographer""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bella Baby Photography part-time

    Pros

    Set your own hours

    Cons

    -They don't pay you hourly, but demand you be available all day (not legal)
    -Expect you to be available all day to work for free, so when they email or call you are expected to respond even if you aren't at work.
    -YOU DO NOT GET PAID

    Advice to Management

    Maybe realize who is making your money and treat your employees better. One day the words and phone calls and nasty emails are going to catch up and someone will have the time to invest in a decent lawsuit

    Bella Baby Photography Response

    Jan 18, 2018 – COO

    Thank you for your response. Our photographers are paid fairly and work very hard. It is a sales based position, and our employees understand and excel in that environment. If you would like to... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bella Baby Photography part-time

    Pros

    Sometimes you can make good money for the time worked

    Not a standard 8 to 5, so you can get days off for appointments

    Cons

    Work holidays and weekends
    Schedule can be very unpredictable
    Requires you to work as if you are salary
    No benefits
    Owner can be rude
    Poor training overall
    Hard to keep other people on staff and you end up working more than what you were hired on for to pick up other people's slack...even though 100% commission
    Some days everyone declines, so you wasted money and time
    Poor communication with the hospital and our policies
    Low commission rates
    Probably will not move up, takes a long time to become lead

    Advice to Management

    Set up specific guidelines for all workers to know. All specific guidelines should be given upfront to all workers instead of trying to reprimand workers after the fact.

    Speak to workers before assuming the worst

    Increase commission rates

    Stop forcing holidays, the day after Christmas for example can have more workers to get everyone from the day prior. Hospital pictures are not life or death. Treat your 1099 employers better. They are 100% commission, they should not be forced to work holidays.


  10. "Ok if you like sales"

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    Former Employee - Newborn Photographer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Newborn Photographer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bella Baby Photography part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with newborns
    Flexible Schedule
    No long hours
    Beef up your photography skills

    Cons

    Commission only
    Owner can be rude at times
    Sales

    Advice to Management

    Offer a base pay


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