Newborn Photography Bootcamp

 

Newborn Photography Bootcamp

 

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Pose newborns in basic as well as advanced poses, including with siblings and parents.
  • Set up a home studio in a short time frame, from the studio space to the prop essentials.
  • Expertly (and safely) use props for baby photography -- or make your own.
  • Run a business, without being so terrified of things like setting prices, marketing, and building contracts.
  • Handle infants safely, including using easy techniques to get those babies sleeping.
  • Tackle creative newborn photography, like outdoor sessions and Photoshop composites.
  • Shoot and edit newborn photos with confidence.

ABOUT KELLY’S CLASS:

Documenting the first months and days of a baby’s life is a powerful art form — but it’s also a demanding one. In this Newborn Photography Bootcamp, Kelly Brown covers every aspect of the exciting field of newborn photography, from shooting and editing to running a photography business.

Develop the skills to photograph -- and handle -- an infant with confidence. Learn the flow posing technique for getting a variety of images without waking that sleeping baby. Create beautiful soft lighting. Capture infants and siblings together. Create seamless newborn photography composites.

Start building the foundation for a successful newborn photography business with advice from a veteran photographer that's led workshops in 20 countries. Discover how to design your own props. Learn how to perfect baby photos with easy, realistic Photoshop adjustments. Deliver high-quality prints to your clients -- then book some more with marketing essentials. Find answers to the most frequent FAQs among newborn photographers.

The Newborn Photography boot camp is an ideal class for any photographer that has questions about photographing the tiniest portrait subjects -- and making money at the same time.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • New photographers: Learn the basics of setting up a business and working safely with infants.
  • Intermediate photographers: Discover what essentials your young business is missing and learn how to grow your craft in classics.
  • Experienced photographers: Uncover new poses, props, and ideas to expand your business without having to fast forward through basics like exposure.

MATERIALS USED:
Props, camera gear, and Adobe Photoshop are all pieces used in this course.

Lessons

  1. Course Introduction

    Step into the world of newborn photography in this first lesson, which introduces the course and preps you for what's ahead. Learn what to expect in the course and meet the instructor.

  2. Flow Posing

    Unlike a portrait session with adults, much of a newborn session is spent getting the baby calm. Flow posing is a technique that helps keep the baby content by minimizing handling while still creating a variety of poses. Adding in compositional variety, such as close-ups and varying shooting angles, expands the variety even more. Learn how Kelly creates multiple poses with small adjustments for big variety.

  3. Kelly's Home Studio

    Walk into Kelly's home studio and learn why you don't need a crazy big, crazy expensive studio to get started creating memorable baby images. Explore the space where Kelly works to jump-start your own space.

  1. How to Set Up Your Home Studio in a Week: Planning

    Kelly set up her own studio in just one week. Gain insight into the planning necessary to launch a home studio, from obtaining the necessary permits to finding an appropriate space.

  1. How to Set Up Your Home Studio in a Week: Foundation

    What do you need when you get started capturing baby photos? Probably not as much as you think. Kelly walks through the "musts" and the foundation for a great home studio space.

  1. How to Set Up Your Home Studio in a Week: Essentials

    Learn how Kelly created a space that allows both parents and newborns to feel comfortable during a session. Kelly walks through setting up her lounge area, organizing props, the camera equipment and other essentials in this lesson.

  1. Portfolio Building Clients & Shadowing Other Photographers

    Getting started in newborn photography is one of the trickiest parts. Kelly walks through building a portfolio and shadowing other photographers, from offering free images to friends to handing out business cards to potential clients and using social media.

  1. Babies Posing with Young Siblings and Families

    In the first live photo shoot of the class, learn how Kelly works with both newborns and toddler siblings simultaneously, starting with getting both kids dressed and comfortable. Learn essentials like wrapping, posing with siblings, and settling the baby.

  1. Babies Posing with Older Siblings and Families

    Posing a newborn with a toddler is different than posing a baby with an older child. From setting up the backdrop to posing the child and infant together, learn how to capture those cute moments between siblings and parents to create a family photo with the newest addition.

  1. Posing with Stunt Babies

    Stunt babies or newborn posing dolls allow photographers new to taking baby pictures to practice posing, wrapping, and more. But besides just posing practice, these dolls can also help choose props and more. In this lesson, Kelly walks through using stunt babies.

  1. Go to Poses that Most Newborns Can Do

    In this live photo shoot, learn three go-to poses that are comfortable for babies, easy for beginning photographers, and, of course, cute. Watch how to safely pose the baby on the back, side, and belly.

  1. Advanced Posing for Newborns

    Every baby is a little bit different -- these poses may not work for every baby, but for the right baby, these poses can create memorable images. Learn trick poses, posing twins, posing with the parents, and other more advanced posing techniques in this lesson.

  1. 5 Essential Props & Props Safety

    Newborn photographers can easily get carried away spending loads of cash on props -- but you can take great baby pictures without elaborate props. Kelly walks through all the possibilities using just five props: a beanbag, bucket, bowl, nest, and crates.

  1. Making Your Own Props & Safety When Making Them

    Newborn photography props don't have to always be bought from an expensive props store. Learn how to determine if a DIY newborn prop is safe, and watch Kelly make a prop similar to the one used in the bonus video image.

  1. Posing with Props

    From creating newborn wraps to turning a metal basket into something comfortable, working with props is an essential part to the art of newborn photography. In this live shoot, learn how to pose with props, from learning how to wrap newborns to how to line a prop to be ready for baby.

  1. Shooting for Composites with Siblings and Parents

    Getting both a toddler and a newborn in that perfect position doesn't always happen. Composites with props allow you to work with each child individually for a number of different reasons, whether the big sibling wasn't feeling cooperative or it wasn't actually safe to shoot entirely in camera.

  2. Editing for Composites

    Photographing the composite is only half the battle. Finish the photo from the live session and walk through the process for editing a composite in Adobe Photoshop, including essential techniques and keyboard shortcuts.

  1. Outdoor Sessions with Props

    Newborn sessions don't always have to be indoors -- but there are more safety precautions with working outside. Kelly walks through outdoor session essentials, like what temperatures are safe for baby and dealing with factors like insects.

  1. Marketing Evolution

    Everyone starts somewhere -- in this lesson, Kelly shares how her marketing evolved from the start to now, and what she's learned along the way about marketing and developing a brand style.

  1. Branding and Product

    Newborn photography is artwork -- not casual baby pictures. Kelly walks through the importance of choosing high-end print products that clients can't find on store shelves. Then, walk through branding basics in the rest of this lesson.

  1. Building Your Marketing Plan

    Marketing is often a new photographer's biggest fear -- but with a plan, marketing can feel a bit less intimidating. Start with essential questions to tailor your marketing to your brand. Then, start building a marketing plan as Kelly works with students just like you.

  1. Post Processing/Final Sales/Photo Gallery

    Polish those newborn images with post-processing in Adobe Photoshop. Walk through a live edit of two different images, from start to finish. Then, learn the basics for creating online client galleries.

  1. Client Delivery

    After putting all that work into creating the images, don't skip at the delivery. Learn tips and essentials for delivering the final images to your clients.

  1. Pricing Packages: How to Price Your Work and Plan for Growth

    How do you price your newborn photography? It's something many new photographers struggle with. Kelly walks you through the process, including what to factor in your prices. Along with pricing basics, learn how to price for growth down the road.

  1. Policies and Workflow: Contracts, Client Agreements, and Lawyers

    Don't start a newborn photography business without considering the legal side. In this lesson, Kelly walks through creating policies, contracts, and client agreements. Learn how policies help your client understand what to expect and also offer you some legal protection.

  1. How to Create a "What to Expect..." Handout for Clients.

    Happy clients start before the photo session -- preparing your clients will help you create the best possible images from the start by starting with clear expectations. In this lesson, Kelly walks through how to set the tone for the session by creating a "What To Expect" handout for clients. A "What to Expect" guide is also included in the bonus materials.

  1. Building Your Team

    While newborn photographers can work solo, many lead a team to run a more successful, effective business. In this lesson, learn how to start building that team, from outsourcing to finding good team members.

  1. Balancing Career and Life

    Running a newborn photography business requires juggling to ensure a solid work-life balance. In this lesson, Kelly walks through tips to help photographers not just run a great business, but enjoy running a great business.

  2. Bonus Video: Creating a Concept Piece: Start to Finish

    In this bonus lesson, go behind-the-scenes of one of Kelly's award-winning prints. See how Kelly developed the concept and created the flower prop used in the shot.

Reviews

user-b7116e
 

What an awesome class! I actually started watching this, not because I was interested in newborn photography, but because I thought I could pick up some good ideas for photography in general. Kelly is such an inspiring person and so professional and such a good communicator that she has a lot to offer any photographer. I actually have been inspired to try newborn photography and can't wait to implement the multiple ideas Kelly has so generously given. I think it is wonderful for the profession of photography that she has the spirit to freely share what she knows to help those who are seeking advice and knowledge. Thank you!

Jennifer Traylor
 

I cannot say enough to relay the feeling of gratitude and appreciation for this class. I was very fortunate to be chosen as a studio audience member for this course and what I have taken away from this class will never be forgotten. Kelly pours herself into this class both on the head knowledge of photography and the heart knowledge of building a business and making it work in your life. She is such an amazing soul and I will treasure this experience always. This class is so thorough and works amazingly both all on its own or as a supplement to her other classes. You will not be disappointed. Her knowledge, her demeanor, her care, is brilliant. She pulls you right in, and even as an online viewer/purchaser for the previous two classes, I was able to feel her connection with the audience. She is an amazing teacher!!!! Kelly rocks, Kelly amazes, Kelly loves! Buy it today!!!! You will not regret it!!!!!! And don't forget, purchases get TONS of amazing bonus materials including extra videos and PDF's and manuals. This class is a bargain!!!!!

user-a1ed27
 

I really have been so happy & blessed Kelly to learn from you! You are gentle and I love your spirit in which you share your "Art". I am a Nurse and worked Hospice for many years. Many of my co-workers and I recently lost our nursing positions due to department integration and have decided that my passion and love for taking photos of children and babies is something I would like to pursue. I am learning so much Kelly from the way you take the time to gently get the baby in position, follow the baby's lead and enjoy the parents and each moment of the creative process. I am not at all a professional and am just really learning, but am enjoying practicing on my friends children and babies and of course my 4 month and 4 year old grandchildren. Thank you for providing free classes as I would not be able to afford any classes at this time in my life. You have a beautiful gift. Thank you for sharing so eloquently! You have made a difference in my life. Patty from AZ