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Lesson 13 of 37

Clothing Options and Metering


Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 13 of 37

Clothing Options and Metering


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Clothing Options and Metering

where elise we're starting with one so I guess we're starting with um gent gent jeans who's which one is the genes jen jen yeah we can start with it we may add a shrug to it but we can start with it I cannot change the top I'm sorry it's a little too can we put the ruffled mama top on her and can I explain why I'm doing that you want to be my example jen jen is eight months and so she brought on time thiss little thing she brought a jean skirt which I like because it's below the belly we're not gonna worry about stretch marks bless your heart for bearing your belly I thank you I know it's a big deal we will make your belly look amazing don't re about stretch marks those at your war wounds is a very important here's here's what I don't like about this top I did design the top so I like the top and it's beautiful but I don't think it I designed this top for bigger women I designed some of the things that I designed is not for every woman and that's important to say when you're buying clo...

thing when I'm buying an outfit if I'm buying an outfit I'm not necessarily buying it for every pregnant woman I'm gonna photograph when I'm designing clothing I'm not designing it for every woman there are certain outfits that I have that will work for any size in any body type this is not one of them this is more for a smaller tested woman but god bless them they're going to come in very handy we just don't want to show so much of them so I'm going to give her I think the ruffled mama tops we think we're going to put on and the reason I like this top is because it's going to bring the girls in a little bit seymour and what's just try and see how it looks then we can add an optional shrug so you're going to come back um and then what we're going to dio which by the way I know we're not using my fan but we do want to have that handy so natalie she's like we're isn't my time natalie is seven in the half month am I saying that your name right okay can we show them your shoes I know you walk a little differently and then then you did but let's look at the shoes isn't that fun and so I love when women just pull these things out of the bag there like I've got my andy's oh and I've got these shoes I'm like this is where I talk about girl being a woman I feel right next to next to her like a girl because I would never wear their shoes but I've always wanted to wear shoes like that but I feel like you just have to be an amazing woman to wear shoes like that so your right now my amazing woman so what she is wearing just going in she is wearing new underwear and this is a sheer gown so it is going to catch the light so if we turn sideways you can go ahead and drop and I'll just kind of lets just talk about bodies before I shoot so I think it's important you're gonna come over natalie to could we put a shotgun natalie so I picked this gown because it's it's sheer it's it flows and I think it will flatter a more modest woman I don't know if she's modest or not are you you know what that means she's not stay team for the next segment because when they are we'll tell you but when they're like I don't know I'm like we have potential look for those cues if you're wondering how to find out if your woman is modest that was the example just now and so here we can put a shrug and the reason why I added this shrug wass what happens when I add the shrug what's the situation here let's talk about the elephant in the room her boobs are justus vegas her belly now that's a great thing her baby will be very blessed and so we want that right many of us are jealous of that um but I need to focus on her belly right now now if she said and I love my boobs let's show them we could do that right but I think you want to focus on your belly yeah yeah do you think okay so by doing that we put the shrug on and then and then it takes the emphasis off the arms I do not like the back of my arms to you you're okay with it you modest you're not modest way couldn't make this moves in belly just getting okay so she's she's good that she's comfortable you're comfortable in your skin good I want women that are comfortable in their skin but not everybody here like you too I'm not comfortable in my skin so I bowed down to you two I do not like the back of my arm it's now one of the things that you want to be careful in is she has a very thin arm but we want to be careful that if it's too close to the body it's gonna look bigger than it is and so we want to just pull keep your hand there pull the arm away from the body but I want to keep her shoulders down she's so tiny I want to kind of lift her up and really get her belly out and we're going to kind of angle and position her in different ways to really show show the belly this mama here if we just put our hands underneath our belly I don't know left the gown go and we just put our hands here I want to stand hauling your posture and now what I would change here is by bending a leg because I don't want the cartoon character effect and the cartoon character effect is just like the stick with a bump right so I want movement and shape so when you bend when you bend the leg we're bending are we bending crossed over a little bit more see how it it adds just a little bit of a difference you can relax you're balancing on those shoes aren't you watch these hands and just adjusting the shape so these are the things we're gonna talk about we're going to talk about transitional posing the hair I would normally blow your hair with a fan and I'm not doing a fan in this segment so this is going to be a challenge for me I almost feel like we should bring it and have it ready and I may just pop the hair for a minute and I can go in instruction later so I'm going to start with you because you have part of your own clothes so I want to explain how I would get some movement that gives you time to get comfortable in your shoes she's gonna do soon movement all right so come sit down and jen we're going to start with you now we are starting with natural light seattle light I love seattle light when I'm cozy in my bed and I don't have to do a photo shoot I think it's beautiful light on def I was outside I would like the light as well so I'm going in and this is what I tell women I'm like hi nice to meet you I'm going to get very up close and personal with you and I will be invading your personal space so if you know I'm in the personal space right if she wass anywhere else but here she would not want anybody doing this right even if she's modest you're like people please back up I have a job to do my job is to get in there and take amazing pictures of her so I do have to say I'm rolling up my sleeves hair is usually up it's kind of bugging me and stan but I'll get over and and we're just going to go in I'm going to direct you I do wanna watch the hair I think I may just do an opening shot blown your hair my opening shot is usually just hands on the belly we're going we're going to always just bend the like just get that foot a little bit closer just sitting your seat a little bit and just bend we're going to just have hands on the belly a little bit closer what am I doing right now modeling right you've got a model it because if you're not feeling it they're not going to feel it so I'm modeling so I'm saying I'm saying this is what I'm going to dio and we're gonna have a reflector appear we're gonna put a fan behind me that's for the staff behind me if they're listening and and I'm going to direct you that very first shot we're gonna move that chair is you just looking down to your belly will you just take one step back and the reason I'm having her look down to her belly my opening shot anyone know why that is come on ashley you're killing me you know why is it to make her more comfortable thank you to make her more comfortable to take the emphasis off of her staring you you're staring at me let me do a test shot and I'll say testing just like I do with the newborn I like to tell people I'm testing several different doesn't have to freak out so I say testing all the time testing testing doormat just testing you stay there like you still testing and so um I'm going to shoot natural light we're going to reflect the light back in I want to talk for two minutes about mean a ring because we missed that yesterday the question yesterday was how are you mean a ring and I went right over and we're talking about focusing points and then like at midnight last night I was lying but I went meandering and I was like facebooking john but clearly he was sleeping saying john and I were mental meet oring were mental metering I don't know if you knew that but that's what we're doing I'm going to talk about meandering in I could spend a day on it when I first started I was black and white film and I I had no idea what I was doing I and my hands lotta me's books my college books I knew exposure I knew the big three I didn't understand it I know we didn't know what I was doing I bought a light meter went to the camera store asked the guys of the camera counter who are very few good any camera store and you asked me to help you with the light meter they're usually pretty good give me give me a five minute tutorial on how to use my psychotic light meter and I use this iconic light meter for I seriously think you can ask my husband maybe like six straight years of me going hold it meaner okay sent me camera hold it meter can you move okay I got to meet her again wait we're going here you're going in the ground I gotta meet her again what happens when you meet her over and over and over again for six years starts to settle in your brain and you start to understand light even though I went to school and took lighting workshops and what wasn't clicking in my brain and then all of a sudden when I went digital it was a whole string of nightmares for me I'd go out on the beach and I blow everything out and go in the dark I'd lose it I blew out my highlights lost my detail I was a hot mess back to my meter we go so now I'm back on the beach everywhere we go for digital I think I meet her digital for two years before I finally put my meter down and it's been collecting dust in my closet ever since and I continually forget when I goto workshops things like I didn't pack my meter because I forget that there's so many beginning people what happens when you start to understand exposure you start cutting out your variables john and I came in there he says what aperture do you want to shoot aperture is one of my three variables and I say well I'm more comfortable shooting at a three point five open into two point eight if I have teo I'm going to stay for pregnancy I usually um at five six six three uh because I'm shooting the woman I need her it properly covered from head to toe so women I met six three seven one in my studio and so I'll say to john I need this aperture I have him here I don't have him at the studio I set my own things at the studio when I'm in studio meant one sixty one sixty what has happened it eliminates two of my three variables I said I could go through something so in studio lighting because I control the lighting and I'm a fast shooter I don't go less than one sixty for me if I go less than what I'm sorry shutter thank you I just flipped didn't I just thought you guys were still with me thank you I might shut her because I'm a fast mover if I'm in a hundred if there was one hundred said to john I caught a couple soft images because I'm going up down and I'm moving I could get into the whole law of the shutter speed the reciprocal value of your lens and I'll say that for another time but me personally I like one sixty one of my my seven one around twenty forty seventy in studio because I control the lighting I keep my s o the same as my shutter yesterday we did one hundred one hundred in my studio at home I do in sixty one sixty there it leaves one variable what is it my aperture right let's say I want to shoot it six three and I take a picture at one sixty one sixty six point three there's not enough light what do I do I'm in a studio turn of flights because I want to hold that aperture right very simple when it's natural light and we come in here and I say john I want to shoot at five six and I'm gonna take a picture without a reflector and I met one sixty five six thirty two hundred look what I have now I'm going to say john's going to say do you still want to keep it up five six I still do right now let's bring in a reflector let's bring in a fan and let's shoot it again and see if I can keep that aperture if you are a newbie if you're new and it's okay if you're new so we all start somewhere get a light meter get a light meter take a lighting workshop understand it learn it it's okay and you do it over and over and over again and so one day you're like I got it and you start men don't you just start meandering if I'm on location sometimes I may zoom up to my subjects face outside and look at you know put it on auto and look at the number and then go back and manually change it right so you can play with the in camera meet a ring that I know many people don't do that that's fine so go back in again john uh should I might have to put my hair up for the fan segment um so john come on in looking her already okay now I have not changed anything um look up a little bit more jenna I like you looking at me with the hair so look at me with their way back and forth between pictures so she closed her eyes in it so go can we go back to the picture before okay so here's staying at five six and at thirty two hundred and there's more light than the one before yes and I haven't changed every allowed to even go back one more no okay there's her no reflector no fan now we add the fan and the reflector we get more light and then we went one more where she closed her eyes and I bumped it up to four thousand I esso and I felt like there was a little too bright right so all I need aged was the reflector what does that mean you're in control so if you need help you can go and meet her in your camera put it on auto see what the cameras doing but you need to understand that if you're outside the background was probably going to be brighter than her skin tone you to compensate for that you need to adjust and then studio lighting know thatyou have control I could spend a whole damn lighting we don't have that kind of time but I wanted to address the reason why I'm not showing you meet ary is because we we've both have come from a similar school of thought thank the lord and he's a new yorker and a virgo match made in heaven works and I know that I'm usually not that lucky my assistance on ly know that from me working with them and me training them and I have never had an assistant that's come in knowing that this is rare this is rare so you kind of have to know it I can't take john home I still will continue train my assistance and they've all learned a lot actually want to say something real quick I don't know if anybody else says this question online but when you're meeting ring are you spot me tearing or how are you muttering I spent a whole day on the final day of me during your time spot metering but I mean there is you know a baby versus a pregnant woman I don't have time I don't have time don't time to go over all of that but I think you're just safe I think you're safe would spot me entering right now I'm really focused on this right here right this is what I'm focused on and I'm not gonna lose her belly because my aperture I am not shooting a pregnant woman in two point eight let's make that clear I will never photograph a woman less than five point six unless I'm zooming in on the belly and um outside then I may open up

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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