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Family Photography: Capturing Connection

with Julia Kelleher

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About The Class

capture the journey of parenthood.

As children, our parents define how we understand love. As parents, we learn what unconditional love truly means – learn how to capture all the emotions of parenthood with images that tell the story of a family.

Family Photography: Capturing Connection with Julia Kelleher will show you how to tap into the hearts of your clients through fine art family photography.

Julia Kelleher will teach you from basic to advanced - posing for parents. Create images with great posing that elicit genuine connection and speak to your client’s journey as a parent. You’ll learn how to work with parents and their young children to get photographs that reflect the sweetness and intensity of a child’s first years. Julia will assist you with developing:

  • Ideas for posing newborns, toddlers and children
  • A clear set of family posing rules
  • Lighting and post-processing technique
  • How to apply your unique experiences in parenthood to your own work
  • Storytelling strategies that promote your studio

Julia will cover the technical elements of family photography: lighting, posing, editing, and processing. She’ll cover artistic style and getting creative along with building a solid business foundation. She’ll also share the more intangible elements of a successful family image, and teach you how to connect the families you photograph and to capture that connection in camera.

Tumultuous, heart-warming, and joyous, parenthood defines who we are the moment our children arrive to us. Learn to capture the journey emotively in fine art images that transcend time and speak to your talent as a photographic artist — endearing your clients to you and giving them the confidence to invest for life.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01


  2. 02

    Psychology of Parenthood

  3. 03

    The Power of a Story

  4. 04

    Composition and Color

    Learn how the rule of thirds can be used to make your image resonate more deeply with its viewers.

  5. 05

    Psychology of New Parent and Connecting

  6. 06

    Pre-Session Questionnaire

  7. 07

    Posing Basics for Connection

  8. 08

    Shoot: Parent Pose with Newborn Part 1

  9. 09

    Shoot: Parent Pose with Newborn Part 2

  10. 10

    Shoot: Toddler and Newborn

  11. 11

    Shoot: Parents with Toddler and Newborn

  12. 12

    Shoot: Parents with Four-Week Old

  13. 13

    Connection with Yourself and Creativity

  14. 14

    Your Inner Critic

  15. 15

    The Five P's of Creativity and How to Steal

  16. 16

    Parenting Themes

  17. 17

    Prepping for Concept Shoot

  18. 18

    Frozen Themed Shoot: Mother and Newborn

  19. 19

    Frozen Themed Shoot: Mother and Daughter

  20. 20

    Concept Shoot: On the Ground with Newborn

  21. 21

    Concept Shoot: Mother in Water

  22. 22

    Shoot: Dad and Newborn

  23. 23

    Book Concept Shoot: Dad with Daughter Part 1

  24. 24

    Book Concept Shoot: Dad with Daughter Part 2

  25. 25

    Closing Thoughts with Q&A

  26. 26

    Post Production: Skintones

  27. 27

    Post Production: Liquify and Selective Color Part 1

  28. 28

    Post Production: Liquify and Selective Color Part 2

  29. 29

    Post Production: Concept Shoots - Winter Theme

  30. 30

    Post Production: Book Concept Shoot Part 1

  31. 31

    Post Production: Book Concept Shoot Part 2

  32. 32

    Printing and Self Mounting Fine Art Piece

  33. 33

    Photo Mounting Demo Part 1

  34. 34

    Photo Mounting Demo Part 2

  35. 35

    The Buying Mindset

  36. 36

    Marketing Fine Art and Hospital Contracts

  37. 37

    Pricing Fine Art

  38. 38

    Wrap Up and Review


Meet Your Expert

Julia Kelleher

Portrait Photographer, Julia Kelleher, M. Photog., Cr. CPP, specializes in newborn and family portraits out of her boutique, Bend OR, studio. She offers her clients a photographic style that is organic, textural and artistic, and specializes in creating heirloom albums ... read more

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  • pdf BD Design Cards
  • pdf Butterfly ClamShell Lighting Set Up
  • pdf Newborn Posing Design
  • pdf Newborn Prepartion Sheet
  • pdf Standard Lighting Set Up
  • pdf Studio Gift Card
  • pdf Keynotes
  • pdf Gear Guide
  • pdf Downloads with RSVP

87% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Natalia Malinko

    Natalia Malinko

    May 2017

    This is the second course with Julia I have seen. And it's amazing and very inspiring in so many ways! I appreciate so much the honesty of Julia, her spirit for doing things she loves. Like a photographer and artist myself, I feel identified with her perception of world and the passion for artistic and family photography. This course is about never give up, it's about hard work, and also it's about cultivating creativity and honesty. I highly recommended this course to every photographer who want to grow and understand himself and the business of professional high-quality photography. Thanks, Julia and Creative Live, for this one!

  • Creativelive Student

    July 2015

    So glad I bought this class - well and truly worth the investment. This course has helped me realise why it is so important to make an emotional connection and how to use it to my advantage {while giving my clients the very best too}. I cannot wait to try some new printing/mounting glad Julia was kind enough to share this! I got a lot out of this course and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to take their newborn photography business to the next level.

  • Jenny White

    Jenny White

    May 2017

    This class was amazing!!! Julia does a great job of showing her process, how she captures beautiful images from start to finish. It was worth every dollar I spent!!

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