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Start to Finish Newborn Shoot: Newborn with Parents


Pregnancy and Newborn Photography

Lesson 4 of 37

Start to Finish Newborn Shoot: Newborn with Parents


Lesson Info

Start to Finish Newborn Shoot: Newborn with Parents

let's get a little headband do I have a little white pants little white wins in the end just think something a little more white he's a little creamy youjust stay holding her dad I'm going in perfect good mom ok here's what we're gonna do dad you're up first we're gonna put it on your arm you're gonna be like this tiffany's gonna spot you one hand's gonna be holding on the bottom the other hand's gonna be in the top you're gonna get a shot of just the baby on your arm that I'm gonna ask you to just look at her and smile and be amazing and you're gonna give her a little kiss and then you're gonna look at me then mom's gonna come in we're doing a family then we're gonna end with mom you're going to holding baby I'm gonna get a real close you're gonna just look at me look at her give her a kiss then dad comes in and we're done got it perfect seem retouch up we'll take that out well actually I could take that out here's my rule if if you could do in two minutes you can do it in house that'...

s my rule if anything takes longer than two minutes sometimes I'll see tiffany playing with an image might if you've got work to dio just send it to retouch up we all want to do it aaron you're probably watching this sanitary touch up because we like to play her pants from backwards I'm going with this fine stream looking tying a bone when she's under all right we'll go okay you know what we all like to play I'm going to say I'm going to go back to the model thing if you want to play just do it on your own time you want pink headband or you wanna keep a cream color mom and I have a question do you always do mom and dad in pictures I found a lot of moms don't want to get dressed up for pictures with the baby so do you always do that and if you do how do you ninety nine percent of the time this is what I tell them years from now when your baby is older she's gonna want to know what her mom looked like when she was holding you I know you have a little more weight than normal you just had a baby I will shoot close up we won't show below the bosom let's just make it about the relationship between you and the baby and just shoot close up we just do one we just do one we'll do it sometimes that goes sometimes they don't want to and that's okay but don't get me started about my story because I'm adopted kate if I need you okay I'm gonna take her for a minute and I don't have any photos of me as a new born or my mother holding me my biological mother not my mother my biological birth mother my mom knows I love her my adoptive mother and I'm not missing anything in my life but I think it's important I think it's a big deal I'll come over there no I'm sorry you're their dad you're their superior there I think it's a big deal face tiffany do we want the bean bag under here or are we okay dad when you step back let's just seriously here face it here to me ryan and facing tiffany you're gonna put the arm over the beanbag this way um so I would encourage the moms to do it and tell them that you will take care of them turn yeah he wants to come on this ain't no I'll just see if I can turn her she like okay let's just get our cozy way ahead I'm gonna get her feeding close to you she's not feeling supported because her head in her feet are just flying so lets you hold her head let me support her feet they have to have their head and feet feeling supported and they're not going to settle so let's get your feet that's one there's her feet we got the feet I must take that off wei have feet dad you're gonna check the speed in time way to get the other hand we're gonna try to see if this doesn't work we're gonna put on the chest theo e wayne turn you come okay I'll follow you so I do this I follow the dads I don't like let go we're this is what we do we stay pretty on them we're going tow ship this really quick okay so uh it's good okay there you have it to my phone okay stretch your other hand underneath her like that she's not gonna change positions you're going to come we're going we're going to do it differently we're gonna reverse it out you're gonna hold her we're going to start with family she's she wasn't ready for that position because she's ready so mom you're gonna be right here and we're gonna put her way up here you're gonna this elbow is gonna be in her bum so you're like this yet way up there this hand holds her head so get all the way up there yeah when they were gonna arrest this hand now we're gonna she's ready she's ready you're doing really well mama food time so west that hand had more towards me dad can you put your finger in her mouth just pinky yet and here's what I want you're turning this head right to me we're gonna finish off with this I'm gonna direct you guys and really fast here's what you're gonna do down your arm is around you're gonna lean in you want to keep your chin out and down and come in nice and close to two beautiful beautiful john let's get the let's make sure we cannot turner had workers me and keep it up more beautiful than he had even warned me yes yes yes yes let her go you got it let's move this here so I don't trip on it I probably need a little ladder possible they're just call okay can we get the apple box tiffany testing well well sorry was already with my camera I gotta go I gotta go tto find six a little bit more hold on to me dad turn a little more this way with your face I don't pull the shadow john pull the light a little bit more in there okay here we go dad you're going to get when I say ready just get ready put your hand down underneath mom you're both gonna look up at me and we're going to look down and smile okay ready one two three well you two were looking right up at me and smiling relax those shoulders keep the bodies up to the chins down just nice to relax smile mom lean right into dad and just kind of relax just settle dad turn a little bit more this way and just relax you too you're holding your baby smile relax good beautiful mom relax those shoulders turn that head back a little bit more turns me for baby I wanted teeth smile mama wait really just relax those shoulders and it was a lot going on relax good look down a baby you two big smile chins out big plow happy t we're happy we have a baby very oh you two look at each other give a kiss little kiss good dad you're out step away for a quick second mom looked right at me big smile can you rest your head right on the baby's face beautiful look right there eyes up into me chin up a little bit chin up a little bit big smile love it big smile you're happy good right there beautiful got it I'm gonna try and one minute to get a picture with that and we're done dad you're gonna come here you're gonna put both arms out like this because you want it yes we want to keep the same kind of pose that she's at so she's gonna be just like this better food to your chest relax those shoulders shoulders down thank you town turned the baby's head to me way got it I'm gonna shoot her in your arms you're gonna lean over and give her a kiss then you're gonna go cheek to cheek you ready mom put your finger in there thank you think you could do whatever makes you feel comfortable we're gonna slide the bean bag under here way mom do me a favor when you do that keep your hands right underneath it's gonna be a shot with just baby in your hands with these hands are right underneath I want to turn the baby a little bit more to me not your body's just baby baby goes more this way to protect those feet in mom when you get that hand out it's gonna go underneath the shot is gonna be the baby's with both hands and you're just gonna pull your body back a little of this ready here we go one two three go just talk to her rocker turner a little bit weird sort me turn to face a little bit more turns me even a little bit down more good stay right there mom pull away dad you have her you're gonna lean over and give her a kiss beautiful right there good just lift up now and look at her smile makes my little closer just lean down and look at her she's your first love I love it you're gonna go cheek to cheek right now and look right up at me let go whole more sideways yes john let's get the light and dad john come around this way good good good good not too much not too much dad turn your face a little bit more to me turn baby a little bit flat we're almost done a little bit of thought good and you turn back up you gotta you gotta stay there and yes yes yes mom come right in come in quick quick quick mom you're holding hands and bring around this say yeah yeah yeah we got it we got it relax your shoulders relax breathe breathe sir actually maybe space turn the baby a little bit more towards me I wanna see that baby's safe we're almost there we're almost there right there mom good good both you just look down with your eyes close your eyes both of you and just relax and just breathe

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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