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Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 19 of 37

Shoot: Movement with Fans


Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 19 of 37

Shoot: Movement with Fans


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Shoot: Movement with Fans

okay I think alicia is gonna show us how we move right alicia john years I know if we didn't have a model you would step in hi mama are you feeling like a pregnant bride yes I have a secret I've never worked with this gown we just made it before I came I went into my seamstress this is based off my original gown from seven years ago that was the all mama and I went into my seamstress and she never understand anything I'm saying and I'm like trying to draw it and can't draw my daughter who's my sketch artist isn't there and I'm like layer we have three layers so we can blow and she's like okay so because I like layers we've got three layers in here and we have a sheer skirt and we're gonna bend the leg throw on a fan and see what this baby does right color let's go back to color the one of the reasons why I love you materials and fans as I it's like a pregnant woman I feel like she's so full of life and I just I just want to get that out I don't know if I would ever have the courage to ...

do this I need a glass of wine first and then I'd have to be pregnant I can't do that so you know I always I think live vicariously through my clients I think that's what I do because I really want to be this pregnant woman that's all flowing I've totally changing up on you you might want to test that john I was like great he's like what are you doing I keep thinking of in my studio sorry you can overrule me conover romy I it's just a natural habit to change my lights now here's the great thing about working with fabrics and materials were going to bring out with c c we're going tow bring out just some pure material teo tryto work with it but the good news is you're probably never do the same shot twice the bad news is you'll never do the same shot twice so if you get this killer shot have like things blowing in the right directions give yourself a bow because you probably won't get that ever again so what I tell women when they come in and they're like that shot that you got those amazing my great that was her her shot her energy that space that time can't duplicate that exactly but I can take you where I took her to get that okay you know I don't promise shots I never even with the baby I don't promise anything I'm this servant I'm here with my camera I'll do my best that's all I can do and uh yes I have a question yes oh this fan is obviously not your regular house fan what what kind of band it's not one I have in my house what kind of fan to use and where can you get that kind of fan okay this is from amazon dot com I love amazon they should be a sponsor if you go to the art of pregnancy and newborn dot com on the home page go down there's I think it's called lighting overview and I wrote this before a photo weak because everyone kept asking me so on there there's a lighting over you and it shows a link to this fan on amazon but I just have tried five thousand million different types of fans and I hated every single one of them and I was in new york and renting a studio and what I love about new york studios of the movies huge power tunnel thing is that they use for sense so if you've ever been on a set those fans those industrial whipper snappers are to die for but the really expensive so when I was in the new york studio I was like covering this fan like I have to have a fan like this but it was it was bulky and industrial weighed five hundred pounds so then I went on amazon because everything's there and I found this baby and then I told creative I've a photo week I had to have it and I paid for it to come here then they shifted home and then I was like they should be shipped home because I'm going back even though I didn't know it was going back was just hoping and then I came back and I said I'm shipping my fan back so here we are here's your job the fan is gonna go on and you've got to tell the client what they're doing because they have no idea so we're going full power and we may need to bring this closer you're gonna back up a little bit good good and so you're out with this stress and you're gonna just lift it up and let it go down she's like which layer yes and so when we're playing like let's say you lift up the top layer of the top two layers the top two she's like I have a lot of layers you have this one too I told you it went a little crazy with the layers way could even if you hold the top one let's go to the bottom to do what they're gonna do now you gotta keep those legs bent and keep the arms gentle and the legs have been closer yes yes and you're gonna be we're gonna experiment what happens if you uh now when you go up told that material little back more behind you I may even need tiffany um that kind of help out here but so we're gonna go taller here I really want you having a problem so yeah so many keeping high because you know what I'm looking for uh all you have to do is stand there way need a camera I don't know that lights in the way john would see it turn shin to me god no your body's just like that this army spends a little bit yeah and what if you look this way yes yes below that belly out now here's what I want you todo is I want you to move thiss will only work if we can move so I'm going to give you permission to move for a minute it's just mean you know what I said in the green room it's just you me so when you're like this you're going to go like this and you're going to go like this and you're going to switch your legs you're gonna look that way and you're going to look that way and you can look down and you can go this way and you just give yourself permission to just go in a different space for like thirty seconds it's up to you I can you know I'm a fast shooter I could do anything whatever feels good keeping in mind you have a belly and a baby in there and I do want to see it and below that billy out keep the posture up smile angle keep your arms away from your body and have fun pull that pulled away from the middle little bit more froth front yeah just let it go that like should be in a way yes good and here we go bend those arms seriously get yeah yeah you're good you're good you're a pension down good now go back the other way and I'm gonna help you out go back this way and go like this yeah like this yes yes yes I go here I'm tiffany take her gown and lift her up and just blow it ready on chin down anyone t three and take this hand and so here I go here way to get her belly out so john let's let's put the fan in front of her and let's blow yeah so it's going to go in yeah in between those life that was actually pretty weak there look down look down while he's moving let's just too soft for a minute take their tops off and just go like this go this way yes and look down let's perfect that because I think that can be pretty while he's moving china you have to be over here so you're gonna be here and we're just relaxing we're relaxing here when you're like this and you're gonna bring your head more this chin this way camp oh sorry oh this hair ben ben ben bend bend bend bend bend bend spends beautiful little smile chin down to the right shoulder okay now you're gonna face the fan drop and let the material go tiffany's gonna blow with you now people always feel like when they have materials that they have to do it alone if you have dad's there get him involved if he's not get somebody so I'm wondering if wait just wait just lift up let the place fall just lift this up you know I mean there we go way go hands on the tummy take this leg bend this leg up up up up huh look familiar you guys pose right stay right there I'm sorry I'm like myself a little smile tiffany blow up and let it go yeah baby ready she needs to go a little closer to the fan take one step closer okay should not you gotta go higher tips bring it into her body like go like this go one two three even go closer come right into the centre you so pretty way see it it was one that I loved I like that little flip on the end wait where was it you uh there it is that was it beside that was that was where was it when what was it that won meritus that shot we crap in and it's beautiful now can we looked down and do this one more time because I like to do things more than once because I want to see what I see that makes sense okay so you're looking down chin is out big smile relax those shoulders pressed a rupture in down go ahead two more times if closer beautiful turn a little bit more towards me just a little bit good really really been that leg bring your chin to your right shoulder right there good put the other hand on top of the belly the left hand switch okay go ahead to you two fall see how fun now obviously turn that fan off obviously this is one of my dresses we created it's fun but you don't have to have this let's say you just take a material we're goingto play with just some material and you take a materially and you do this but it's so funny is because the mom would be like do you have the address that you have that material or do you have a think and do something fun with it and love to do stuff like this is the beach because you can really let the material go and play with it I just want to do a couple more straight on and we're going to bring in cc for the fan um for the material john I'm sorry to bring the fans back so come more straight on okay here's what I want to do this is something that I tell a lot of women to do we're gonna end with this with you and then we're gonna bring in cc I asked them well they just dance for me for fifteen seconds she's like man I was so close to being done here's what you do it's so simple you're just going to go like this it's actually technique I do with little girls all the time I say well you just dance and that's something someone like this we get to see like who's got rhythm and who doesn't but I'm just like look let's just try it let's just see what we get all I'm doing is moving my legs the hip movement is up to you and I'm gonna ask you to just move your arms with the material and you're gonna put a fan on I don't know you tell me it's your shoot come on now look at me oh maybe bring a wall layers so I could see your belly way go oh my god and really really been those legs one on top of another and bring the hair forward tiffany their forward as much as we can and when you're doing it I really want to accentuate the legs she's going so fast we're good and then those arms a little bit so they're not so out so they're more in yeah in and even in a little bit more and you can turn hey she's like now are stepping it up and not and maybe even one arm goes up one arm goes down good girl look I'm dancing with you and freeze and look down this way thank you that was beautiful fine hat that was fine you did it like six that's beautiful stunning c c's gonna come on over there look at that I love it oh my killing my audio people I'm sorry that was fun right when do you get to do that when do you get to celebrate motherhood like that this is what it's supposed to be about we're celebrating life let's let's make it about life why is this I guarantee that we have a million years to make it great right let's make it great now not tomorrow right now right thanks for making a great you're good nose wonderful your sister's watching you

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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