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Newborn Photography Bootcamp

Lesson 1 of 29

Course Introduction


Newborn Photography Bootcamp

Lesson 1 of 29

Course Introduction


Lesson Info

Course Introduction

this is the most comprehensive class that you've ever taught not just on creative live whatever is that correct definitely and I've been traveling the world for the past two years teaching and never have I done anything this big so it's actually exciting lots of work has gone into it and it's incredible to share it with you so yeah really really cool well I know we've talked about this but everybody out there might not know that I started as a new born photographer maybe about six years ago and it was really hard on I didn't know what I was doing and I got scared and I stopped and boy do I wish that I had what you're about to offer up to everybody back then so I imagine that a lot of you are feeling that way out there and we have a wonderful studio audience in here thank you all so much for being here and I think it's time to get started right definitely all right let's do this yeah yes a welcome thank you for coming and joining may it's um it's early in the morning here in the states ...

but it's even earlier where I come from so I've got a couple of friends back home who are wide awake at two a m which is exciting to share this with them but yeah thank you so much for being here and coming along today's lesson plan which we're going to shoot live with you is my flow posing it's something that I've had so many questions about over the last couple of years and finding ways new ways tio to develop our sessions and get them flowing as easy as possible so yeah let's have a little look at the rest of the course um like I said today flow posing and then we're gonna walk through my home studio and the planning that it took to get me there and yeah I want to share it with you so it's that's really exciting to bring you there they were going to talk about you know the foundations of building that and the essentials that you need we're also going to talk about you know portfolio building for your clients and also you know shadowing other photographers and what that's like to you know t get that experience to move forward in our industry then we're gonna look at posing with young siblings posing with older siblings posing with a stunt baby we're also going to look at poses that most newborns khun do which is really really imp horton and then we're gonna walk through you know my advanced poses and you know during this this course like I've been doing a lot of pre recording and you're going to see that when I'm in my studio actually come across you know instances that don't always go to plan I have babies that don't sleep I you know I go through all of the same things that every other photographer out there goes through so it's really important for you to know that you know it's not perfect for every newborn photographer we don't get all the perfect babies it is really life and that's what you get to see you get to see me kind of stumble my way through awake babies and uncooperative babies but you know what they're not uncooperative their babies being babies and that's what we need to remember when we're working with him so yeah then we're gonna walk through you know what it is that I have in my studio my five essential props we're going to go through making our own props and everything that's involved with that through you know safety to planning and size and things like that we're gonna pose then with props lots of babies and we're going to shoot for kompas it's and when I say shoot for confident compass it's I mean like shooting siblings with props and things like that when you can't quite get them to be in the photo with the baby and then we're gonna look at outdoor sessions which is really fun something I like to do we're also going to talk about marketing which is something that so many people have contacted me about and we're going to go through the evolution of my marketing you know where I started my first logos which are a little bit embarrassing that I'm going to share it all with you we're going to talk about branding and products which is fun to because you know they're the most exciting things for me to share with my clients and then we've got building your marketing plan where do you start so that's really exciting teo do because I think you've gotta have a plan to be able to move forward and having a marketing plan just means that you're going to put all the steps in place we're going to talk about I went back with him we can talk about post processing photo galleries and everything that's involved with that I'm going to take you through my step by step post processing plans my guides everything that I do and then we're going to talk about you know what it is that I provide my clients and then you know the final sales closing every sale and keeping those clients and getting them coming back a ll the time so moving along this I mean like I'm still talking and that I haven't even finished so much in this god it's crazy isn't it pricing I mean everybody has problems with pricing and knowing how much to charge so we're going to go over that in depth we're going to talk about policies and workflow which is also really important for the administration side of your business how to create a what to expect guide so you can prepare your clients before decisions and then we're going to talk about building your team you know are you able to outsource you're going to do it all yourself what is going to be the best solution fear and then balancing your career and life something I had to learn the hard way and I just threw myself into this whole heartedly and came across so many obstacles in the process so yeah I'm going to share with you how I how I manage that and and why and why it's so important to have that balance and not not neglect your family but also more importantly not neglect yourself and I think that's a lot of a lot of the problems is that when you're a mother like me and you're working so hard at your business you tend to put yourself on the back burner and yeah I've had quite a few discussions in the last few days with a very good friend of mine about that so yeah we'll go into that a little bit more later on but most importantly you know finn you born photographers the thing that I can't emphasize enough is that you have to have patience so for my audience that have been here with me and some of our appreciating sessions you've seen how patient you've got to be with babies that don't really want to go to sleep when you want them to and you need to shoot with them and just having that patients not also in you're not only sorry in musicians but um with your business being patient because you know rome wasn't built in a day we've gotta work at this and we've gotta have patients to see it come to life and then we've gotta have persistence you've got to be persistent with what you're doing if you're not then you're not going to to reach your goals you're not going to get to that place where you really want to pay so being persistent is really important and finally you have to believe in yourself um that's something that like I was saying before you know we put ourselves on the back burner we tend to put everything else forward and if you don't have that belief in yourself you know you're not going to value yourself for your time and then you're not going to you know to have an incredible life and you're not going teo to enjoy what you're doing in the end we start out loving what we do and then you know as time goes on we've put so much time and energy and everything else except for ourselves that we start teo to dislike our job so yeah this's may two thousand six way all start somewhere and that's what we have to remember is that we're on a different journey we're on a different path and we're travelling at a completely different speed to everybody around us and it doesn't happen overnight that's two thousand six and then we go to two thousand fourteen you know and I've had patients I've been persistent and I believed in myself because I knew I could do it deep down I just had to be reminded a couple of times when you start to lose fight but that's human that is only human okay kelly and just get a stuffy right here because I want to go back can we go back teo that two thousand six image because it's such a more striking difference when you look at the before and the after right it's amazing uh just to know that you we're kind of like many of us probably feel right now but also to see where you've gone and then it but that you did have the patients and the persistence what was sort of the number one thing that kind of kept you going I get asked this quite a lot actually because you know everybody starts somewhere and it's easy to give up when something doesn't go according to plan and is really easy to give up but to me I had to find that dr what was it that drove me and then I had to find the determination on guy had been told that I wouldn't ever succeed in this industry so I was determined to prove that person wrong and I was like no I am actually going to do this and I was you know years ago I was ashamed to say I was a baby photographer because I was you know there was a stereotype around baby photography they are like pixie photo these to say which is a company in australia that is no longer because I like to think that now that baby photographers are doing such an incredible job that we kind of put them out of business way didn't let anyone you know there was so much syria type around what baby photography wass and it took a really long time for me to build you know tio build that reputation and be confident in what I did so yeah I was determine megan and I think that's that's kate you know you find that dr you get determined and you just love what you do you find that passion and you you know and it comes from within you can't help it who who was the person that told you you could never do it previous employer another photographer actually what was the rationale I showed him my portfolio and he had been he owned an incredible photography studio in my home city wedding photography studio I was hired as a re toucher so I wasn't a photographer but at the time like I was I was working in photography for myself but I wasn't a photographer to his standard so when I showed him my portfolio you just kind of skin through it and he said you know this um ok working here but I really don't think you're going to make it in this industry and it cut me because I've been working so hard and he didn't know that I'd been studying photography at night when my babies were young and little things like that when somebody says to me that I can't do it it just makes me even more determined to prove them wrong and I do have something to prove I am worth it and I deserve to do what I love doing and get that enjoyment from it so yeah

Class Description


  • 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.


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.


  • 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.


Kelly is a highly-celebrated family photographer and the owner of the Australian studio, Little Pieces Photography. She's known not just for her heartwarming baby photos, but her easy-to-follow teaching style. The winner of multiple photography awards, she'll also share a behind-the-scenes look at one of her latest award-winning shots in this class. Along with continuing to run her photography studio, she now leads newborn posing workshops across the globe, heads up the instructional website, and serves as a judge for international photography competitions.


  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.



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!!!!!


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