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Lesson 3 of 37

Start to Finish Newborn Shoot: Baby Pram Prop


Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 3 of 37

Start to Finish Newborn Shoot: Baby Pram Prop


Lesson Info

Start to Finish Newborn Shoot: Baby Pram Prop

you want babies milk to come in I had three caesareans I gotta tell you I was in the hospital for five days my milk oh my boobs my scar off honestly it was so hard to get me just to go to the bathroom let alone going for a newborn session salute and so I feel like the two day stage is a little too early three days a little too early um we've turned five six days successfully if mom's nursing you really gotta talk to mama how is that baby feeding is that baby getting milk are you supplementing because if they're not getting milk what's gonna happen they're not going teo last a long time they're going toe cluster feed they're going to be starving because they're just not getting enough milk so sometimes it may require that visit to the pediatrician to say hey what's going on you also you know we do a lot of pregnancy newborn so we do educate our clients at the pregnancy stage so our clients are kind of prepared but we d'oh thank you let's talk about something that I feel like is going on...

in the industry right now the past two months we've gotten frantic calls from mom's saying they're told it's too late to photograph their baby that people are posting on their facebook page that if they don't pre book their baby now they're not going to get in and if they don't pre book before the baby's born they're not going to photograph them and if they don't come seven eight nine ten days it's too late they've missed the window and how many calls have we gotten lately where they're like I'm so sorry it's too late I'm like do tomorrow I'm there like packing for the hospital and I'm not going to get in and and home sister maybe it is already a week old and I went to three other photographers and they're like yeah it's kind of too late or or they haven't even talked to the photographer they've gone in the photographer's facebook page and the photographers like I'm booked till march I can't take nobody else I'm full and if you're a photographer and you don't need any more business and you want to say that your book to march fine no all power to you but what's happening hiss um there's scaring people away and we have had more calls in the past two months about people freaking out because they haven't pre booked and pre paid for their photographer while the baby's in utero and I'm like ease up ease up ease up guys I'm pretty busy I've got a big clientele I'm never too busy for a mom that's had a baby I also schedule my life accordingly meaning that I have room I'm closed sunday monday I only worked late one to two days a week I don't work every saturday what does that mean if I have ah it's my baby's twelve days can can you get me and I can get him in if your schedule is overbooked over packed and you aren't willing to get in new babies that's fine but I just want to say be careful what you're putting out there into the world because you're freaking mom's out and they're calling us up and we're like it's okay it's okay and then I'm getting calls from mom my baby was in the nick you I'm so sorry is it too late and my baby's had surgery and you have to understand how many babies aaron the nicky where you guys have you ever visited nick you I have friends and that our nick you nurses babies don't just pop out come home with mama and ten days later they're ready for a photo session that's a very small percentage men many many many many many babies have developmental issues have lung issues they need extra care never mind mom mom I've had mom's bleeding they need to go back in and I'm holding her I haven't given her to you because I'm like if I'm gonna keep her in any deeper um because making weak so put a cream like a cream something um doesn't have to be a for I thought that was saw something thick cream I think in that first batch so I'll finish my little soapbox we have to remember that we're dealing with newborn babe jeez I've had newborn babies without years without a finger um I've had babies a touch too heart monitors I've had moms that it had to go back in for surgery I've had moms who have had twins and have lost the baby you know I feel like right now everybody's so excited they just want to get that perfect newborn shine if you don't come to me with a seventy nine ten maybe I can't get it at the end of the day this is a baby you guys if it if someone calls me a four weeks and they're like is it too late no it's not too late am I going to promise the froggy pose no of course not you do different poses for difference baby stages right ah froggy poser me mainly getting a certain amount of time and you know what talk oppose you may only get mr meantime they only khun bend and flex for so many weeks those first couple of weeks when they're still like they're in utero is how they're going to be bendy um but I just want to encourage that all newborn photographers out there just think about what you're posting encourage and lift up mom's too so say you know I am looking went to two weeks out but I do have room for last minute newborns I am available to you as I said if you don't want to be available no problem pass them on to someone who does can I tell you something amazing that just happened recently to me while we're putting her in here corruptions would you um she sent a blanket no this's from prissy prissy props I think it just came with you know what that little soft one from customs photos homes that one is too dark let's just try it will be too dark to see that's pretty too no no oh yeah let's try um I'm gonna do a shout out to a photographer because she asked me to photograph her pregnancy which was fine I do it all the time for other photographers there's no big deal and then we did our newborn not once not twice but three times we had so much fun she just was like I want this and I went that and if we can get it great but what I think is amazing is she started referring her clients too because she's on maternity leave and I was like I want to see more of that I want to see more people say I'm on maternity leave here's another photographer because she didn't have to do that ah lot of people are afraid to do that for competition she's in l a I'm in orange county I don't consider her competitors consider her colleague and I recently photographed one of her clients and I just feel like it was so nice I was like we need let's create a network amongst your community of other newborn photographers and when you're on maternity leave or you're sick I can't she when I'm sick right andi you're out or family calls why not have a network of photographers that you can pass things back and forth to and open up the community so that if someone is booked you khun say open so and so's not booked because she needs more work and I have too much work why not that so I want to say thank you to captain reid photography because she did that and I was like you want her bottom lower you yeah I think so okay well see so this is a teeny tiny bram noticed that I got her in position on my leg when you're using a prop this is the last thing we're going to do because we are running out of time it probably took a little too much time if I haven't done that second basket segment we would have done the beanbag because keeping my my say I do two to three so really that was to this is the third normally I would have done basket prop beanbag but that's okay because we have like five other babies so keeping in mind that were so still keeping that two hours shoo we're going to do this and then mom dad baby we're going to wrap it up and I'm getting her in the position that I want her in the prop okay we're going in so you take her bomb this is tight yeah thank you john no she yeah so I think she has to hang this way and I can't put her down she has nothing under I think she needs a big one living big ones things get a little flatter underneath way need like has a chapter of like a new born photographers for nigeria this hand gun under her chin and that way yeah it eliminates the if you don't book your baby now with me no one's gonna shoot photograph your baby could do that you gotta do it without competing with each other to shed a scripture bum back a little further there's little way so yeah she's like really cozy this way now this little graham thing from pissy props that was from detecting the source of the research she warned me it is tiny but it's really soft and safe in adorable now this is one where you see how should I have to hold her but do you want her head here do you want in front well look how cute face but um particularly because what I'm thinking is you bull racing I think I definitely can't look over no no no no no no she okay I have her but I feel like I've I've loved was trying to put this gonna take her out I lost you sorry I wasn't comfortable when you're not comfortable if you just pull it out this shot once I get it is two minutes so I would much rather just when I feel like she's like knew that I was seated holder just let her know it's gonna be okay wanting anything the harmer and I want to shove her in a teeny tiny thing there's actually plenty of space and there we just have to position it right I wish that top went down yeah that would be perfect yeah yeah can we put a light out or um well actually no john no you know why this was what I was saying it's more darker looking it's just her face and probably well are positioning I would maybe put like a sandbag here so that it wouldn't yes now that we have a saying here that's the way you put it there maybe while we're positioning and I'll move it away too so it's not going thank you back and forth e can I ask you a question creative photography wanted to know if you always shoot from above when you're shooting with props only when it's a basket like I did before okay now I'm gonna shoot you're going to see that I'm not shooting from above you have a bottom of her bottom can we take her head that was I needed to get her hands under her head and get her cozy the minute you feel like something's not working change it immediately approximately how many poses will you do in a particular send a two hour session keep in mind that I'm only doing about two to three setups within each set up I'm going to do about it four to five transitions so I would say unique poses thirty years for dio like a basket bucket or proper something and then being bad and then within each one I would say a few variations like hat rap headband on rap knew I could easily show forty different looks you need something in the way you have her I have to use the little disc already really it's under here and it seems like he couldn't do this buyer so what you here you need an assistant you can't you can't need a little more you might have to hold her head under the scythe how do you feel about this left hand over here so if you let go your hand I have ahead let's figure out where you're gonna be I need you let slide all of that off the staff her head is not not going to stay it's not going to happen I'm not even gonna pretend that it's going to happen there is no reason for it tiffany is going to put her hands here and we're gonna get the shot it's just that simple I am going to put a shout out to retouch up dot com who I know is one of our sponsors who I did a thousand re touches with last year I am not a re toucher I am a photographer I have no desire to be a retouched sir I know how to retouch I know howto photo shop I think everybody should know the basics but I've got better things to do with my day so this shot I will upload to retouch up dot com and hopefully if they're watching they will have to us by the morning and they're going to take tiffany out I am not I have no desire to take tiffany out if I can do this we're the weight out they're going to do this and I have to tell photographers who spent all night retouching why are you spending on lightly touching ru photographer or re toucher because I don't want to be a re toucher I would love her hand underneath her head but I am not going to stress I'm gonna shoot it and then perfected and if we get it it's a bonus I always say I get the shot and then I can perfect it and if I get it the way you want it then it's a good day so I see fuzz inner face so I'm gonna try and get a hand under it if you stay there and then we got it we got two parents and a couple questions yes make notes for your retouch er's if you do see linda you do see certain things that's my first part my question and the second is when I look in your photographic work your color temperature your style seems to have a certain feel to it do you also give them direction for how you want that toe look okay first part of the question I do put notes for sure I'm gonna put her hand under I will say my notes for this retouch will be remove adult remove sand bag that's it I will do everything else they do not process my images I process my images all they d'oh who may have lost her all they do is retouch so the reason my images there we go have the same look and feel is because I'm doing that larry asked retouching the original file all I care about is taking tiffany out and removing the sandbag I get everything else so they're doing the heavy photo shop lifting correct great that's great good to know thank you it is that is that the workflow take the photo send pretty much the raw to them they'll do the retouching and then you do your processing now okay what's that workflow here's the workflow we load images in my room and we do what I call a quantity at it I can take five hundred images and knock it down to sixty in no time no one can do a quantity at it but me a quantity at it so you're calling it a quantity and a calling okay my assistants don't want to do it they can't do it I know what I want I don't want duplicate poses my client doesn't need to see five hundred images I strip it down then depending upon time I either will do the cropping in light room or an assistant will do ninety percent of the time the assistant will do it but I am very fast so I can buy concern sorry I can I can do it pretty quickly so if I have the time I will do it um do me a favor it if angle the cream a little may be asking too much just turn the whole thing a little bit to you just a little bit just a little bit and then do it and then just do me one favor right here with your fingers are can you just tuck that in tap tap tap tap tap tap there not a big deal not a big deal breaker so I'm gonna go vertical on this I'm gonna go horizontal on this I can probably get rid of this front hand but I'm not worried just just leave it right there I'm fine holding she likes you she's holding on to you okay so I do a quantity at it then we go in for cropping let's say the assistance crop it now does it look weird when they re touch it because it'll look like your hands and just see if you can just relax it so I could like overhead yourself just keep her head I'd rather you keep her head there we go so I'm going to tell do you need the handle of the pram we think hair with the handle right here now we got it so um forget it that's a wrap let's get parents so I will tell you so I will do the crop let's say my assistants do the cropping then they'll say anna do you want to look at this before we export I will go in and use any filters adjustments minor minor minor touch up I do not retouch images before the clients see them what I do is I picked three to four I'm gonna hold her head when you take her body I'm going to do three to four beautiful and you could just hold on okay I will pick three to four for sneak peeks we're gonna pull this way and pulled a boner yet for sneak peeks for the client and I will ask the client do you want me to sneak peek because sometimes they believe it or not are not on facebook shocking I know but I will on ly in light room after we've cropped when I see one that I love I love that I pop it in the photo shop I use portraiture to smooth the skin love portraiture portraiture too smooth skin and if the parents are worried about pimples or whatever they're worried about you should pick one of those images that they're worried about the most clean it up to perfection for my little spin on it I only do this for three images maybe five five times usually one two three I will pick one image like this that requires retouch send it to retouch up they we schedule ordering appointments within seven days of them coming to see us so I sent it to reattach a protection has a back usually in forty eight twenty four to forty eight hours when they come in for the when they come in for the ordering appointment I will let them know that the images have been cut down for quantity and they have been pre cropped meaning if I cropped it vertical they wanted horizontal usually we can do that um I've only touched up a few every single image they buy will be touched up at no charge so they don't have to worry about that what they need to focus on we'll just pull it all the way down what they need to focus on is the posts and not worry about anything else so if you see acne if you see if you leaked on your shirt I don't care about any of that let's just look at the post and we'll go from there there is more to that because now you go into the whole selling which I think we're talking about a three yes I think that we're going to show images day three and go through this process great and you know people say I'm up until four in the morning because I need to clean up every single image thing to see my touch my flare no they don't you need to educate them on what you do is so that it puts value to that image they don't know they're up till four in the morning that your kids are mad at you because you never talk to me in bed last night and your husband cook dinner you're mad let's put papers away so you're mad because you stayed up all night then they didn't spend enough money to to justify the amount of time and energy that you spend editing their images I mean I have a client spend one hundred dollars I could have a client spend five thousand dollars there is no difference between those two dollar amounts based on my energy right tiffany isn't that true it's true I can do a thousand dollars sail one day and a three thousand dollars bail the next day and an eighty dollars sale the next day and I have not changed my process once at the end of the day it's going to be about their budget and what they're capable of doing and it's not gonna be about your editing

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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