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Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 20 of 37

Shoot: Movement with Fan and Fabrics


Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 20 of 37

Shoot: Movement with Fan and Fabrics


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Shoot: Movement with Fan and Fabrics

come on over assisi so remember that silk that I used yesterday and we're all of us they're all hung tiffany tiffany replaced the baby stuff with this and I know if we told you but this was bed bath and beyond grab your coupons what to go fan over here and go to bed bath and beyond ora kia but I'm kind of in a little organisational maniac if I had to quit my day job and say this all the time I couldn't be photographer made cry but I probably designer and then if I couldn't do that I would be a personal organizer because that would really make me happy uh I would be really excited okay so this is silk every time I go to the silk I'm like how much a yard he's sick it's pure silk is pure so do most of my silk so and we also have these two that we use for well let's try this layer and see how we d'oh these raps we actually use for baby and for pregnancy and we actually have these in stock they're not in our store marissa they have been like four colors marissa you watching so she's like I'...

m already busy guys I'm already busy but you don't have to get it from us you know you can get it from anywhere this we don't sell this is just me going to the fabric store but this is what I do when I go to the fabric store I go like that if it's going to do that for me wouldn't do that for somebody else so go to the fabric store in play people always like what are you doing now and what he's doing now the fabrics throw people love me because I go in there and I bring them pictures and they're like what are we doing now so this is where an assistant kind of comes in handy he kind of looks stiff by great arms up let's see if you like you're standing in your in order you kind of leg ban thine I'm obsessed with the leg which arms down so we don't know what's gonna happen because I'm not a fabric predictor um I know you think I am so let's put the fan on they're beautiful and nice round valley tip you're gonna lift and drop and you can't really we don't have a lot of space in here but I have twelve paper in my studio when I love about twelve foot is I can really go crazy with the length of uh so don't feel like there's a limit to the late okay so I'm gonna just do a test to see how it likes all right now lift and drop it oh that's pretty to know that's pretty too I like it pretty I like that cc should more to your right shoulder and down down in here you know I like straight down go straight down looking at your belly I'm sorry cc go like this her hair her hair like this you're just gonna have to get your chin up for the hair I actually probably a few in my studio put a headband on you so I could see her face and let her hair blow you know I love him so since I don't have that let's just work with you looking up and do that again but I like standing one but if I kind of lost it a little bit so go a little put one hire one hand higher lower switch hands twist a little bit to me but look to the audience and sheena there it is what I like tiffany we just had a little bit out soft smile a big smile she not give me a laugh up up up more more more like you see a bug in the ceiling beautiful and let it fly one more time tiffany so try and bring in a little bit more on this side like pull her a little bit more you know it's so long on the other side yes yes there we go and let's concentrate on that side but you could also go like yeah now one more because now I'm gonna do just this shot I'm gonna do just this your chin is up shoulders are back and I'm this is the shot way pull it a little higher on the other side yeah now let it go left that you fall good look right at me put the fan or lower to her material so she can look at me even a little more lower now see how we're aiming it and it's blowing down there so the fans going way down there now her hair congee so bring your head where that back this macy this way yeah let this beautiful beautiful and then just look down one more time even more little smile lift up one more time like I missed it sorry I wasn't ready for more time I missed it again I'm sorry wear it isthe way good you have to experiment by silks lifespans by light color like very light airy materials and play quite a few people this filly and yea belly I wanted you to show how to rap with just fabric and then stephanie patents who is from lake jackson texas said can you please ask anna to demonstrate how to use the shawls from her shop as a skirt it'll sit great with this segment thank you so much oh my equipment odell wait clips we never found any my eclipse yeah okay so remember we were talking about baby wraps there's a couple different ways you can do things oh yes people love when I do this I forgot about that and since you're right you've abroad under there you want it it's just case you're asking I just gave it to see how you give me just give them the look and they start undressing that's how you do it folks somebody wearing a bra yeah no I know that seems so sure of that ha ha let's give her a color we'll do a couple different things feeling a little make it we'll be okay okay not much less than what way let's see what we have I do it different every time goodness so this is a show off ramp I have no clip I have no that's okay I'm gonna fake it see what I'm doing you see this it's very simple like about guys simple you like it okay do this with you well so actually also to give me one of those other shells that we used for baby that we put around the waist okay this if this is just a shawl or material or whatever you want a new it's literally if I was just doing it on the round the waist it's it's this simple people it's that simple but then what we could also dio you know the little ones and I used with stephanie a little little little little little ones the great ones that gray ones oh this this is one of my favorite and love to use this for a baby wrap and a little sexy mama I'm not even gonna make you take off your shorts hey I'm preparing you for labour when you're in the hospital giving birth and they're like you're half naked they're going to come back I already spent time with anna fine let's imagine she has no short son bend cross it bend your legs a little bit like no I'm sorry cross but it was really cute so so see santa so see how is not fun cute you see that I'm not taking pictures so if you could see maybe john can move that fan so so simple I'll do one more for you can you weigh lost john doesn't say that when the whole body on to you often do it like around like this on you clip it right here yeah took the clip correct behind underneath don't you yes but I don't have a clip but tiffany's right yeah so if if I used you and she's sideways I would just take this and these little home depot clips that I'm telling you that bay they usually green no oh well they would but I don't well maybe it's not what I want to show them my home depot clicks bring it tomorrow I love them I'll bring them tomorrow and it would just be literally that's simple and then you and you just clip it see and it's I like clean lines I like clean lines so that's what that is then you have another one john can we move this fan then let's say we take material yes we could also say let's say we're taking the same I'll show you to more things thiss I do with cheesecloth do I have cheese cloth here uh these two so this is cheesecloth that we wrap a baby with a really big one it's a big one I've had this one forever I just forever washed up five hundred times I'm gonna tuck it in her bra but I would normally tuck it with a clip and you feel being a human mannequin smile her yeah and I would I'm from here no because then if you give me that shawl back tiff so if I wanted to keep going I could go with a longer piece of cheesecloth so this legs bent she her eyes are like wide open she's like I got it I love it so let's say I had a longer piece of cheesecloth I would wrap it tio here right you know I could I could then just take this and do this but let's imagine they have a longer piece of cheesecloth you know it would be you could literally make you could make a whole dress so some of the key things with the wrapping yours I'm just trying to make sure that their separation with the boobs in the belly so a lot of the times I'm just overlapping so don't necessarily just wanted to you could do that but I don't think it's flattering so I'll try to find a way to to crisscross see how fun that isthe and sometimes it's just literally going like this and pulling materials down over and playing you know I'm in there I'm like hi what's going on what we haven't for dinner you know so there's some there's a million ways to sunday one easy easy easy thing that I do with jeans that I love is with jeans I would just take this and say you don't really need to wear that broad do you you don't take it off I would say it was like this is like mama wrapping one o one that could have been a whole segment and think of that see how easy that is so that's super easy or you could cover it here you know or you could do this and cover the arms and go thiss this's all with a stretcher just tie it and how pretty is that even its cozy even in black like black and then you throw a black wrap on it or shorts or genes and it looks you look amazing good can I ask a quick question from andrea ferrera and materials and props both how often do you wash them like every day I ask my husband everyday laundry every day oh yeah every day what big bags when I go home it's me in my laundry fact that I asked my contractor can we put a washer and dryer mice teo oh and you need a water pump in unit pablo and in a water pump you need this no I just want a washer and dryer let's only want I don't want a water pump so I'm trying to find out a better way to do it but I washed laundry today and I have three kids so I start laundry on sunday and I finished the next sunday

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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