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Shooting 207: Newborn Photography

Next Workshop begins: September 15, 2014

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Have you wondered how newborn photographers get their subjects to sleep and molded to create awe inspiring images?  Have you wondered how and why they set up and use the products/gear they do?  This 4 week course will walk you through everything you need to know to make a newborn session successful.  You will learn how to find and use natural light, soothe newborns to sleep, and pay attention to the details while posing.  Instructional videos will show Alicia working through an entire newborn session, starting with selecting a natural light area, setting up in the client’s home, transitioning through poses, and working with families.  For more information on this course, view the video promo here. 

course fee:

$300/person for full participation

$150/person for study along

30 participants

For more information about our policies and workshop FAQ please click here.

If you need to know how to access the workshop, please follow the instructions on this PDF.


what we cover:

Week One – Understanding Newborns and Light

Week Two – Newborn Posing Workflow

Week Three – Family Interactions

Week four – ‘Older’ Newborns and Featured Artists: Amber Scruggs, Jenni Jones, Lacey MeyersCorinne McCombs, Sara Blanco


what you get:

  • weekly lessons and assignments
  • detailed and individualized feedback from the instructor and TA each week
  • instructional videos showing posing and working with families
  • supplemental videos showing editing techniques
  • newborn actions for photoshop
  • maternity posing guide

what you need:

Participants should be comfortable with the basics of exposure and the technical aspects of photography.  Participants need a camera and lens, ideally one that opens up to an aperture of at least 2.0 if they have access to a newborn during the course.  A general understanding of post-processing is helpful.  Access to a newborn model is not required, but it is recommended.  You will need an older model for week 3: child, friend, spouse, etc.

course instructor:

Alicia is an on-location, natural light photographer who specializes in capturing newborns and their families.  She is known for her clean posing and processing. She lives in NJ with her husband, 2 children and 2 pugs.  Alicia has been running a successful photography business for over 5 years.  Alicia’s portfolio can be viewed at

teaching assistants:

Jenni Jones, Marissa Gifford, Melissa Stottmann


Student Reviews of Shooting 207: Newborn Photography

  1. Julie Kiernan August 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    This was such a fabulous class! Alicia is such a wonderful instructor, and the TAs and AHs are so helpful as well. This course is jam packed with information. The most information I have ever received in a course from CM or otherwise: PDFs, video tutorials, Q&A, extra videos during the course, two LIVE video taped sessions, links each week to helpful CM posts, guest artists, workflow information, editing videos and actions, pre-session with all sorts of lists of props and vendors. I am sure I am forgetting something, but my point is, there is so much information in this course. This means you will feel completely prepared for your newborn sessions and know exactly what to practice after the class is finished. We learned how to formally pose, but also how to incorporate lifestyle and flash. I cannot say enough good things about Alicia and the course. It is great for someone new to newborns, as well as someone with newborn experience. I loved every moment and there is a great Facebook group to keep up with after the course. We share sessions, ask questions, and have fun on a regular basis. If you have ever thought about adding newborn work to your business (I love it for shooting year around indoors) take this course.

  2. Amanda August 18, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Wow. This course is a totally game changer. If you are even slightly considering photographing newborns TAKE THIS COURSE! Lifestyle or posed – take it! It is such an eye opener and packed with a tonne of info. Alicia is very quick to reply and is so patient (and so kind – it totally shows through in her material). You can feel her heart and soul has gone into this workshop.
    The lighting section of the course is worth it alone. Fantastic info.
    Stop reading reviews and hurry up and sign up!!!

  3. Erin July 20, 2014 at 2:45 am #

    This course is amazing! I struggled with so many aspects of photographing newborns and Alicia’s course addressed every single issue. My work improved by leaps and bounds after taking this class. I strongly encourage full participation if you can – the feedback from Alicia and the TAs was so detailed and invaluable at helping me see what I needed to work on. I can’t recommend this workshop enough!

  4. Chaya Braun July 6, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Firstly, I WISH that I had taken this course as FP, but I hadn’t known what to expect, so I took the SA version. Alicia is so generous with her knowledge – OMG, I had no idea that there are a million things to know about newborn photography! From keeping the baby and parents calm, to utilizing window light in different directions at various times of the day, to using wraps to parent shots – wow!

    I would advise you to have at least 15 hours a week to take this course, and 20-25 would probably be ideal.

    There is so much to learn from all the assignments that everyone in the group posts, and that Alicia and other talented photographers critique, but it really takes time to read through about 30 assignments every week, in addition to all the other material – and actually doing and posting your own assignment.

    I have 2 newborns scheduled for this month, and then I want to re-study all of the material in this course again, since I know that it will sink into my brain differently once I’ve tried to apply it to babies.

  5. Heather April 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Whether you see yourself as a newborn photogrpaher, or someone who photographs newborns as one of many other session types, this class is for you. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as it was my first CMU workshop, but I was blown away by the amount and depth of information included in this class. I’ve purchased many online learning materials, and have often found myself a little underwhelmed or feeling like I didn’t leran much new. However, there was much to be learned every single week. The coverage of lighting alone was worth so much – it has changed the way I set up my newborns, certainly, but this new knowledge has also filtered into my other sessions as well, because much of it can be universally applied. When I entered this new year, I said I wanted to work on newborns and lighting. I had no idea I would get both from this one class! I am so glad I took the plunge and invested in this class. It has changed my work for the better, and the knowledge gained continues to impact me as I move forward on my photography journey.

  6. Rebeccah March 18, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Where do I even begin…?
    First off, anyone reading this who is drawn to more lifestyle newborn work, this course is still for you! I don’t own a single beanbag, newborn headband, backdrop or basket prop for a baby to go in and I have still learned more than I can articulate. This was my 3rd CM course and first FP seat and Alicia really exceeded everything I could have hoped for in an instructor. The PDFs have a ton of info, I’ll be re-reading them a long time. The videos- seriously people- the videos are priceless! And the info from all the other CMPro newborn photographers is fabulous. Even my understanding of posing non-newborns in flattering light in a home was improved from the course (and I’ve taken MNLI!)

    Alicia is credibly helpful, insightful, available and encouraging. If you are at all interested in newborn photography- posed or lifestyle- you really can’t afford to not take this course.

  7. Brittany November 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    If you have any interest in newborn photography, this course will benefit you in numerous ways. There was a good mix of participants with all skill levels and I can honestly say that there is something for everyone. This course changed how I approach newborn photography and has given me confidence and the skills that I need to move forward with a successful business. Alicia and all of the TAs were so attentive and helpful, giving honest feedback throughout. This was my first course with CM and I didn’t know what to expect… I was blown away. It is obvious that these instructors want to see you succeed. I cannot think of one negative thing to say about this course… take it in the next run!!!

  8. Erin November 19, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    This course was absolutely amazing. The amount of information was incredible, and Alicia and the TA’s were so helpful… It certainly shows how much Alicia put into this workshop. You will regret not taking this course as a FP seat. I have a BO on newborn photography and some Creativelive workshops on newborn photography, and thought that there wouldn’t be anything new in this workshop, and that was so untrue. The critique’s from Alicia and the TA’s and discussions with classmates was invaluable.

  9. Karen November 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    As a beginning newborn photographer, I patiently waited for the first run of this course to open. I jumped on the opportunity for a full-participation seat as soon as registration opened. I was hoping this course would be everything I was looking for, and it ended up being that and SO much more. Alicia is an amazing instructor, and she has some of the most involved class assistants I’ve ever had in a CM course. As much as I valued the videos and PDF instruction, the conversations in this class were equally, if not more, valuable to me. With detailed critiques, opportunities to ask questions with incredible response time, and access to additional learning videos as the need arose, I felt as though Alicia and her assistants went above and beyond to make sure we all walked away with an awesome learning experience. Additionally, Alicia is very patient with the inconvenient timing of the births of newborns as models, and goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has an opportunity to turn in assignments as able. If you aspire to be a newborn photographer, or already are one, do not hesitate to sign up for this course! You will not be disappointed in the experience.

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