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Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 26 of 37

Model Calls


Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 26 of 37

Model Calls


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Model Calls

one of the things that continually comes up over and over and over again including a girl I'm mentoring right now is model calls how do I need models I need people I need where do I get them where do I get them one of the things I'm working on that I'm going to try and help everybody out is kind of doing a pregnancy and newborn model database that people can discreetly put their information in that they're available for modeling because what I see what's happening right now is everybody's blasting in on facebook right couple things about facebook I have a news flash for you you want to hear it not everyone's on facebook I know that's a really hard to imagine but in any given day I'll settle client are you on facebook oh no are you on facebook no are you in facebook no my assistant marissa is not on facebook tiffany was just saying I'm getting our facebook do you know how many young people you are not a facebooked you know all generations lawyers on my clients that are lawyers are like ...

we're not even allowed to have facebook because people investigate the case so like lawyers are out you know so it's like you know I start talking a lot of my professional women there like I have no time I'm my company's blocked in the firewall when I'm home taking care of my kids I'm not on facebook I actually find more people on instagram that on facebook because it's quick and they have to do with the drama they could just see pretty pictures so the issue with model calls is you keep blasting and on facebook I no one's responding it could be a million factors involved I just don't think it's probably the best way with model calls you need to be specific on dh I'm going to jump around here when I say be specific you also need to choose one model type at a time when I did my modeling required requested my modeling whatever did my mother calls I spent six months focusing on pregnancy I spent six months focusing a newborn I didn't do today when do pregnancy today I'm going to need warrant today I'm going to the three year old because I feel like I mean into home my my skill one pregnant women wasn't going to do it I needed a white woman a brown woman a black woman a pink woman I needed women of all skin types very important to me I I'm you know puerto rican my husband's white we have mixed children it's a reality I need to work with different skin tones on dh so that was big to me we had a lot of friends that are mixed african american and white with a lot of friends like that so I was took to the task many times with some of my friends like you want it bring it my husband's ten shades darker than I am and I remember being like I went on there's no one to tell me what to do what we do he's really dark she's like white with red hair so that I remember that session like yesterday pictures is still on her wall and we did it in her home sliding glass door he's here absorbing the light and she's in front of him I didn't even have a reflector so like if he blocks it a little bit gives it to her what can I d'oh and so with your model calls be specific what I would do is write down in your notebook the things you struggle with the most is it plus size women is that women of color is it babies under ten days is it babies at six weeks of age is it three month olds it and when you're writing that list down and this is key do you really want a photograph that this is a big one I don't know if you've heard I went back to school and went to school for almost ten years it was the school from nineteen to twenty nine years old and I remember the professor of the last school that I went to the last school that I went to his golden west college in heading to beat because I if I moved I enrolled in the local college that was my thing was my safety blanket so when I moved from new york to huntington what ideo I enrolled in golden was college I joined their equestrian uh group and I I've been riding horses on and off for years on my adopted father from argentina we love roses so I was like oh I'm going I'm going to ride again and I want to learn how to jump so I love being in the question center ended up volunteering for the question group to help them photograph kids with special needs who ride horses we'll talk about doing giving back and with my professor he was like you have to have a portfolio and shooting something you love oh yeah I got that I love horses home my god I can't photograph horses it's embarrassing and I remember going out there photographing the worse and coming back he's like what's that you know it's a really bad picture of a horse it's like why are you showing chris is because I love horses you love to do what I love to ride do you love to photograph them no but I love looking at photographs of horses I love it do you like doing it no when you're making your list don't just make it to make it intention intention and purpose are they are the words today right here list and go do I like that because you might cross one or two off now say okay I write it down I'm going teo focus on the one that is the hardest you gotta go you gotta just go for it the one that is giving you the most struggle that's what you start with I struggled the most with whatever uh pregnant women I need a pregnant woman and I'm going to tell myself I need thirty days of shoot how much time do you have or you working a full time job are you part time or are you only doing photography but your mom how many hours do you have to tell yourself how much time do you can you commit to this because this is a commitment and you make yourself a commitment one hour one hour a week you know I was I was going to school I was working full time going to school at night like I I kind of have some time I'm in our two a week to do this I was doing film at the time I've got to develop and go in my closet and pull them eggs how much time do you have today don't overwhelm yourself because you know if you put too much on your plate you're going to this is what all you're gonna be doing but doing nothing else when you are trying to get clients and you're trying to expand your portfolio that shouldn't interfere with your day job when I was doing model calls I still had a full price list I still had a business card in a web site and I was still a professional I feel like people are like oh I'm just gonna wait time and shooting like pretty women for like a year well how long have you been taking photos oh yeah since I've been like you know sometimes like ten so I'm sorry what are you waiting for now I have to wait until until it's safe I photograph like ten women and I get like twenty likes image my facebook page and then I'm quite certain people like me and then you know maybe then I think someone will call me no you put your shingle out you're a photographer you come up with your base pricing this's what you're charging you need some work we all need work that's your evening job I have like three jobs okay you write down your visions or ideas doing your inspiration journal start ripping things for magazines printing things from the internet when inspires you I don't care if it's a dove model a victoria's secret or or something I've done you know way cell posing as in her store for that reason you supposing guys and research so that people have inspiration to go through that was that's the purpose tons of people sell posing guys you know get yourself your little inspiration bucket because that's what you're going to draw too because when you do your model call you have purpose an intention and you have to deliver you don't over promise and you never reshoot you have a six pickled knew more and that's a model call and it's all going to hell and you're like we do this again and you're not paying me and it was a learning and it's a model call house next week and next week comes we'll just try it one more time we'll just try one more time no this is what it is what can you do differently did you get one shot you got one if you're lucky my professor you say thirty six is shots in a film if you get one you're good you expel out the details of exchange its varied over the years I say you get a free session if you want to buy something too percent off now digital all promise you twenty to twenty five images back in the day if I wasn't sure I'll give you a free session in one eight by ten because I can guarantee one image don't over promise what can you comfortably deliver if you feel like I can promise five images then that's what you promise and if you get more it's a bonus you offered them a discount to purchase okay don't reshoot this is the time this is your time to play don't play with your clients that are paying you this is the time to play you're going to say where do you get your models aren't you get your mama lt's number one who is around you that is not your client I'm looking for one word two words and friends friends and family they are not your clients I'm sure it's somewhere else in mikey no they're not your clients can you repeat after me your friends are not your clients your family is not your clients don't shoot for a friend that you've been having pedicures with for six years and then you're pissed that she's not paying you come on let me ask you question your brother in law's of plumber toilet gets stepped up you gonna pay him first you're you're thinking no I told you you've got to be honest with me today no no your friends a lawyer you got yourself in a bit of a legal buying just need a console ts you know which lawyer consults are but sure you're best friends a lawyer you're gonna pay her your husband's alert you gonna pay her no no so why are you expecting your friends to pay you for your photography if you have to take their pictures and they asked you and you responded stop doing that okay you can do a friends and family discount you can say because then there's your friends and then there's your friends to me a friend is if I can call you at three a m because I'm upset about something you're my friend it's that simple right you were dating isn't it if your friend can pick you up vomiting off off of a floor in a club or jail right whatever it is if they can pick you up and you have no clothes because you spent the night at somewhere else you know that you know you know the friends sorry my revealing too much those of your friends and then there's your friends where you see once in a while you seem on the baseball field you like him they like you your acquaintances what they call you if there has been just left them probably not what you call them probably not but you like him they're sweet they're kind give him a discount because then when that happens issue bring him into your circle but now you can get into their circle marketing circles

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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