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Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 36 of 37

Are You Good Enough?


Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 36 of 37

Are You Good Enough?


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Are You Good Enough?

okay the question of the day are you getting a that's the question right because I think that in everything what stops us is this we're not good enough we're not good enough to charge we're not good enough teo exhibit our work we're not going to submit our work for competition we're not good enough for the client to travel we're not good enough to establish a business we're not get enough so are you are you get enough therein lies the question what drives you td jakes if you can't figure out your purpose figure out your passion for your passion will lead you right into your purpose see how easy that is remember the story that I told you of evan having to paint eva my youngest has to sing she's been singing since she was eighteen months old she will not get on stage but she can not not sing she just has to say and if you catch her alone in a room cleaning she's singing if she's brushing her teeth she's singing that is her passion in there that's that's part of who she is and if you tell...

it to stop singing shall see my memento they told me to stop seeing him like never stops singing and let us know when you're ready to go on stage and we'll help you get there she's not ready but she already knows her passion does she know what our purpose is in life no she's eight she may not discover it thirty year until thirty years from now but she knows what her passion ists olivia loves animals right kept saying go back to children she she can talk to animals like I've never seen before she loves animals that is her passion if she will help an animal she will love them care for them she khun draw them she's an amazing sketch artist and as I keep saying go back to children if you don't have children just go go to the park don't be weird but goto the part and just watch a child's observe look look around you children naturally go into their passion they have no idea what their purpose is but if you put five kids in a room and you set up art math science teachers know this and you set up all the areas that would represent a future business and you put them all in there around four five years of age and they'll go like magnets will go put adults in that same room what's gonna happen we're bumping into each other I don't know I love this salad that I live this end of this but there will be one thing that catches your eye there always is and we put it behind us this is the passion is just a hobby yeah I just I like doing that I could never make any money from it think of the professional surfers in the world you think anyone woke them up and said you were going to be a professional's over I mean no but uh betcha they love to serve I'm actually they love the water and so I always called different things that oprah effect because I'm a big oprah fan I don't know just oprah anyone that's a positive speaker in the world anyone that's a positive source I surround myself with positive energy and reading because if I don't I go into a dark space so I that's something important that I want to tell you if you're somebody that says oh I just get so down on myself and I get I put myself down and I have health issues and weight issues and I'm a newly single parent or whatever it iss because we know life is not perfect and things get thrown in the way all the time if all of that you on ly surround yourself with things that are good it will pull you out and that could be something different for everybody some people it's going to church some people it's being part of a youth group ah photographers group sometimes moms group maybe you going unit with someone or you go in you get pedicures with someone there's someone or something in your life that can pull you out and so much thing is if you if you were like oprah were you on ly surround yourself with positive things you're not alone long enough to get in that negative black space because open income a billionaire overnight right and she said her story a million times she was not on the list to become a billionaire and if you think of anthony robbins if you listen to him who was over way and struggling and broke right and you listen to all the great motivators in the world regardless of their business they m one thing in common and what is it it's on the screen somewhere passion we can take care of the business stuff you can get training on the ordering software you can buy a better camera you khun perfect your newborn sessions you can nail your transitional posing with pregnancy but at the end of the good day you're going to go to bed miserable and feel like you aren't good enough if you aren't surrounding yourself with things that are positive and if somebody's bugging you and their negative and they're draining you down pull away some of the most successful people in the world have a small circle of friends for that reason I said I'm quite content with just my family I have so beautiful amazing friends that have been there when I need them and they know who they are but at the end of the day I'm quite content just being at home with my family and so when I say is when I first started out I first started to work to earn money and gain experience right I've always worked and so in my teenagers you know my first job was clothing you know sixteen I know I don't need thio conquer the world I'm just trying to get experience and understand who I am and going through all the jobs that I did even web design I didn't say I'm going to go in a web design and being a passionate web designer I know how it started wass how did it start I was working investment firm in new york city going to school working full time going to school full time at pace and I was leaving the city and I job searched every sunday and there was a job for a computer trainer for a company called nobody beats the wiz back ese which I don't think they exist anymore and their electronics company maybe like flat screen tvs I have no corporate training experience right I knew how to use word and excel I've always been good a computer programs so why don't I go take this job and apply thirty five thousand dollars a year why not so I went and apply and they're like do you know how to use word and excel and can you talk in front of people we need a corporate trainer to train you know we have a huge company will give you a training facility will give you eight computers and your own room in a budget can you do it I guess we're not wasn't my passion no I was working to gain earn money and get experience and because I'm very good at computer programs and I went to school for accounting I ended up rewriting their entire bonus program using excel in macro because they don't have anyone to do it I had nothing to do with my training room and I remember getting that five thousand dollar bonus and they're like wow anna like no one's ever done that and I was like you had a problem and I just want to fix it I was just doing things and when along my work experience my philosophy wass if someone asks I answer the call right let me just I don't know where I'm gonna be ten years from now I wasn't thinking about kids family so if you're watching this regardless of if you're eighteen or sixty you may be in a position where right now you're just working to earn money and gain experience and that's okay and if you're doing photography as a hobby or you're playing around that's okay that's kind of a part of life then is you earn and learn your shift will change directions to meaning and to me that's just part of a jj right when you know better you do better that's so maya angelo says when you learn you teach the more you get the more you give that's just part of a life cycle and I have to self motivate myself every day and what I do is I continually surround myself with quotes that's gonna get me through the next day that have nothing to do with photography by the way and most great innovators in this world and leaders in this world and the most cecil in people in this world if we say did you ever have doubt did you ever even securities did you ever think you weren't good enough yeah but they had what that kept him going they had passion passion for what they're doing okay and so I think that in our question lor we want we just want to nail that perfect baby pose and we want a beautiful smooth session to music and one were the baby just flows from one post to the other and the mom looks at you and says here of the baby whisper there's nobody like you in the world you're amazing and then when that happens you wake up and you do it all over again you know I mean there's no that quest for the perfect baby image doesn't exist the quest for the perfect pregnancy mit doesn't exist there is no one photographer in this world that is the best at everything there's room for all of us right we don't have to beat out the person next to us stop trying to compete with the person next to you you don't know you see it on the facebook feed and they have a good picture you don't know what's going on in their life that could be dead broke but yet you're following after them like a puppy dog because they nailed that image you're not in their home and in their space you don't know what they're going through they're probably going to the same thing you're going through but I was so afraid to put himself out there I put myself out here for three days you guys I'm giving you my sweat my tears I've tried to show you some tips and tricks techniques with newborns after to show you howto post pregnant women try to give you a glimpse of selling I can't tell you every single thing I know in fourteen years I can tell you every single baby pose I'm done I can tell you all of that I can tell you I can help you with your newborn sessions and then you take that and do it on your own style you know many people only goto workshops of photographers of a style like they like and then I'll say how was the workshop was great did you get that image oh yeah I got up got like the best baby member okay which is what she say about business we don't discuss business well we should say that editing so she used actions okay what did she say about marketing we just kind of discuss that over dinner so would you get and get a great baby image yeah that's awesome now what else got any us because you need more than a great sleeping baby to succeed in this world way more that's just two cherry on the cake okay so I don't want it to be about not everyone's gonna like my style I don't expect everybody to like my baby me just don't expect everybody to like my pregnancy images but guess what you're not my client they are and if they like my work and they're paying me and I get zero likes on the image but I got a three thousand dollar order on that image or a hundred dollar on that order on that image that's what I care about can we put our focus there instead of how many likes we got on our image

Class Description


  • Confidently work with pregnant moms, babies, and toddlers
  • Calm a newborn for a successful photo session
  • Wrap and pose a newborn
  • Safety work with newborns and props
  • Create, flattering, glowing photos of mom-to-be
  • Select props and wardrobe for maternity and newborn photography
  • Cull and pre-edit images in Lightroom
  • Build a successful newborn and maternity photography business
  • Master in-person sales


Capturing images of pregnancy and newborns is an art -- and a challenge. Learn from newborn and maternity veteran Ana Brandt of Anamaria Brandt Photography and Belly Baby Love in this in-depth class on pregnancy and newborn photography. From getting the shot to getting the sale, learn the art of newborn and maternity photography through live sessions, behind-the-scenes insight, and advice from an industry professional.

Jump right into a live newborn photo shoot, creating a workflow to help keep baby calm. Learn how to soothe, wrap and pose a newborn. Master transitional posing to create variety without waking the baby. Work with natural light from windows and studio lighting. Add in the new parents -- and siblings -- for a family portrait with the newest member of the family.

Learn the art of a successful maternity photo shoot. Develop skills for helping moms feel comfortable inside their changing bodies while showing off that baby bump. Build a wardrobe that flatters, and learn how to use simple fabrics to creating flowing, goddess-like images of pregnant women. Work with posing and lighting to bring your own maternity photo ideas to life.

A passion for maternity and newborn photography is a must -- but what do you need to move from hobby to business? Gain valuable business insight from Ana. Start with getting a business license, then build a portfolio, get your name out there, and increase your sales. Whether you are new or have spent a few years in the industry, learn how to grow your business with marketing and in-person print sales.


  • New photographers passionate about infants and pregnancy
  • Hobbyist photographers ready to turn a passion into a business
  • Self-taught photographers ready to take their business to the next level


Ana Brandt started her newborn and maternity photography business from scratch after moving across the country. She went from working full time and shooting on the side to running a large photography studio and educating other photographers. Ana is well-known for her patience and stunning imagery. Along with teaching and running her studio, Ana also owns TAoPaN (The Art of Pregnancy and Newborn Photography), a resource and online store for newborn and pregnancy photographers. She's also the author of multiple books on newborn photography.


  1. Get the Sellable Shot

    In the first lesson, gain an overview of the class and meet your instructor. Then, begin the first live shoot of the class, where you'll see a full session over the first four lessons. Learn how to get the first guaranteed, sellable shot in the first 15 minutes.

  2. Start to Finsh Newborn Shoot: Mauve Cloth and Basket

    Move from that first sellable shot to the second set-up. Learn what to look for in props, how to keep a new baby calm while switching sets, and how to work in transitions for maximum variety.

  3. Start to Finish Newborn Shoot: Baby Pram Prop

    In the third set-up, watch Ana work with a more complex prop. See how to work with a prop that requires an assistant's support for safety. Gain insight into the newborn and editing workflow from student questions.

  4. Start to Finish Newborn Shoot: Newborn with Parents

    At the end of the live session, learn how to work with the newborn and parents. Gain tips for posing both the baby and mom and dad for a portrait of the new family.

  5. Baby Safety

    Newborn safety is a must for photographers. Learn what to do when you are sick, how to keep everything sanitary, and how to make sure baby is safe at all times. Go through the baby safety checklist to ensure a safe session.

  6. Art of the Wrap: Basic Wrap with Twins

    Newborn wrapping is as much of an art as photography. Learn how to create a basic wrap in the second live shoot of the class, a session with twins. Get a precursor to studio lighting with an overview on the lighting gear used for the live shoot.

  7. Art of the Wrap: Egg Wrap and Side Wrap

    The egg wrap keeps baby cozy while showing details like the toes and that new belly button. Learn the art of the egg wrap, then move into an easy side sleep bum wrap.

  8. Art of the Wrap: Final Shots

    Take those simple baby wraps and learn how to incorporate more variety by mixing those wraps with props and poses. Learn additional simple wraps like the middle twist and essential tips for a successful wrap, like listening to the baby's cues.

  9. Studio Light Shoot: Newborn and Toddler with Moon Prop

    In this lesson, learn how to work with siblings during a newborn shoot. Go behind-the-scenes in multiple sibling poses and gain tips for working with toddlers.

  10. Q&A and The Challenging Toddler

    In this lesson, gain tips on working with challenging toddlers. With student questions and an additional live shoot, learn tricks to working with challenging toddlers for sibling shoots.

  11. Baby Emma Edit

    In this live edit, learn the post-processing workflow for a newborn session. While editing images from the first live session, gain insights into quickly culling images, pre-cropping, and coloring images by working with presets.

  12. Maternity Photography 101

    Maternity pictures go hand-in-hand with newborn photography. In this lesson, learn maternity photo basics, like why maternity shoots are important, how to prep maternity clients, and how to help pregnant women feel beautiful.

  13. Clothing Options and Metering

    Clothing choices can help an expectant mother feel beautiful with that pregnant belly. Learn how to build a wardrobe for maternity photography, what to look for in maternity photography clothing, and clothing pitfalls to look out for. Then, tackle metering to gain a better understanding of exposure.

  14. Shoot: Transitional Posing

    Transitional posing isn't just for newborns. Learn how to work variety into maternity sessions by directing transitional posing for a mom-to-be. Go behind-the-scenes of a live maternity shoot, through multiple outfit changes, and gain insight into posing that's flattering for that baby bump.

  15. Shoot: Studio Lighting

    Continue working with maternity photography by mixing that transitional posing with studio lighting. Start with a simple lighting set-up, then move to more dramatic studio lighting.

  16. Shoot: Couple and Monochrome

    Learn how to incorporate Dad into the maternity session with this live couple's maternity shoot. Gain tips for posing mom and dad together, as well as insight into monochrome photography.

  17. Shoot: Silhouettes and Back Lighting

    A mom-to-be's body shape changes dramatically during pregnancy. A silhouette can be a great way to celebrate the shape of that new life. Learn how to create a silhouette in studio, as well as working with additional types of backlighting. From wardrobe choices to camera settings, master backlighting in this lesson.

  18. General Q&A

    Find the answers to frequently asked questions from maternity photographers like you. In this short lesson, students ask questions from the live maternity shoots.

  19. Shoot: Movement with Fans

    Fans on set help create movement, creating a beautiful, flowing look for that mom-to-be. Learn what kind of fan to use and how to use it during maternity sessions. Gain insight into creating movement in maternity photos.

  20. Shoot: Movement with Fan and Fabrics

    Mix your new-found fan knowledge with fabric to create additional movement and fun wardrobe variety. Learn what kind of fabric to use, from fabric store finds to those same newborn wraps, then watch that fabric incorporated into a live shoot.

  21. Shoot: Pregnancy Session Start to Finish Part 1

    Build on what you've learned from the previous maternity shoots and head behind-the-scenes for a full pregnancy session. Gain insight into posing and the flow of the session with this full live shot.

  22. Shoot: Pregnancy Session Start to Finish Part 2

    In this continuation of the full pregnancy session, work with silhouette shots and backlighting. Learn how to add in the future big sibling -- including tricks to get toddlers to interact with mom's belly. Then, add in dad for a couple's silhouette. Work with the entire family for a family maternity shot.

  23. Pregnancy Session Start to Finish Part 3

    In the final segment of the full live maternity session, work with additional poses, like lying down and side lying. Gain additional insight from the included Q&A session.

  24. Become a Recognized Newborn Photographer

    How do you build a photography business when no one knows who you are? Learn how Ana started from scratch after a cross-country move and built a business while still working a full-time job. Gain insight into how to get your name out there in your community.

  25. Get Motivated to Market

    Get into a marketing mindset not through odd tips, but by finding your own motivation. Learn how to find your own motivation, and how to use that to reach new clients.

  26. Model Calls

    Need to build your portfolio? In this lesson, Ana walks through model calls and tips to reach out to models. Using model calls is a great way to work on your own weaknesses.

  27. Preparing for Future Opportunities

    With some preparation, marketing can help prepare you for future opportunities that you may not even foresee. Learn the marketing essentials, like why printed material is essential.

  28. Getting the Word Out

    Gain insight into getting the word out for your business. Start by understanding your audience. Then, build on essentials like creating a referral program and an email newsletter.

  29. Capturing the Legacy

    Go deeper into your marketing audience with multicultural marketing. Learn why diversity in marketing is important, how to be proactive in marketing, and how to build a legacy for your business.

  30. Marketing Materials

    Learn the marketing materials essentials, like newsletters, printed materials, and a website, then tie them all together. Go behind the scenes for Ana's social media and website workflow for her business.

  31. The Business of Newborn Photography

    What separates a hobbyist from a professional photographer? Learn the business essentials of newborn and maternity photography, including obtaining licenses, hiring an assistant, and getting equipment.

  32. In Person Sales

    Selling in person leaves a lasting impression with clients. Learn why selling in person is important, and tips for a successful in-person sales session.

  33. Selling Your Work

    In this lesson, Ana offers advice for photographers on selling your work. From must-have newborn art to selling while you are shooting, gain insight into increasing sales in this lesson.

  34. Sneak Peak and Sales

    Do you edit all the baby photos before displaying to the clients? In this lesson, Ana explains why she only edits 2-3 images before the in-person sales, educating the client on how the remaining photos would be edited. Learn how to handle sneak peeks.

  35. Lightroom Demo of Pregnancy Shoot

    Work with the images from the live maternity shoot as Ana demonstrates how she uses Lightroom for in-person sales. Pick up tips on helping clients choose the best images for print.

  36. Are You Good Enough?

    Every photographer asks themselves that question. Ana shares how passion and positivity is a must -- and how everything else can be learned.

  37. Battling Insecurities

    Ana finishes up the class with some final advice on managing insecurities as a photographer. Everyone has insecurities, she says, but it's the successful people that get over them and move on.


a Creativelive Student

I enrolled in your course because I was wanting to expand my photography business to something other than weddings. I never knew just how amazing and important pregnancy and newborn photography would be. I am feeling so much joy, love, inspiration and the need to do this now; all because of you and this course. You have captured me and led me to believe I was meant to do this type of photography. Thank you for your amazing course, your talents in what you do are unmeasurable! I look forward to learning more from you in the future while watching your course over and over. I can't wait to start this new journey of imagery. Thank you!

Mindy St Onge

I cant believe I got this on sale! So happy with this purchase. The one thing I feel I would have changed is I feel she rushed through the newborn sessions really quickly and spent ALOT of time on maternity. I would have liked to see a lot more of the newborn posing and info versus a dozen maternity. But all in all its full of a lot of great info and I love that its not voice is true time so I can see how she is interacting with the clients. Thankyou Anna I love love love your work always!!

Kate Marsh

I loved this class! I learnt SO much and I have actually gained confidence with my work from watching Anna. She is a great teacher and I absolutely love her work. This is definitely the best class I have purchased on Creative Live. Thank you! :)

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