Documenting those precious first few weeks of life is a beautiful endeavor, and one that demands a great deal of care and specialization by the photographer. Participants will receive in-depth theory lessons before moving on to a live demonstration with a newborn model, as you learn everything from swaddling to lighting, as well as building trust with parents. You’ll learn how to safely wrap newborns while creatively using props and styling to create unique images for families to cherish. When lighting a newborn subject, you’ll need to know essential health and safety guidelines, as well as the techniques that best highlight the soft and delicate nature of newborns. The workshop will end with a post-processing demonstration, and you'll also receive a video from your instructor, covering image-editing best practices, so you can always access these lessons in future shoots. At the end of the workshop, you will leave feeling confident in your ability to create beloved photographs that due to justice to this beloved moment.
This workshop has a maximum number of 6 students to maintain an intimate experience for students and babies.
This workshop will cover:
- Photography session planning and workflow
- Health and safety when working with babies, photography gear and environments
- Communicating with parents and siblings
- Newborn settling techniques and adapting to unplanned situations
- Creative wrapping and posing with a variety of props and backgrounds
- Working with studio lights and camera gear
- Framing, composition and post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop
- Shooting time may be limited to ensure the comfort and safety of our newborn models.
- All images taken during the workshop must not be shared online without the express, written permission of the model’s parents.
- We may ask that you share your images with the parents of the newborns as a "thank you."
- We'll need to maintain a warm environment to ensure the comfort of the newborn models, so we recommend wearing loose clothing.
- For health and safety reasons, students will not be allowed to touch the newborn models.