Bellies to Babies: Capturing the First Six Months
with alison winterroth
october 9, 2017
november 13, 2017
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The first six months of a baby’s life are gone in a flash- time flies from the last few weeks of pregnancy to the moment when a baby is suddenly laughing, smiling and sitting up. You will learn a simple approach to photographing newborns and babies using natural posing that feels organic and will stand the test of time! You will find the best ways to flatter a pregnant figure and create classic images to treasure that a breathtakingly beautiful. You will also learn to incorporate DSLR video and learn quick and easy ways to edit!
Join us as we photograph and film these amazing moments in a new family’s life- easily forgotten through the fog of too little sleep. Whether you are a professional photographer wanting to improve your skills or a mom to be who doesn’t want to miss a single milestone, this workshop will teach you how to make the most of those first six months! (Please note that there will be a break week between weeks two and three.)
Weekly shooting required
4+ hours required per week
this course has prerequisites
Students should be comfortable shooting in manual mode and have a lens that has a focal length between 24 mm and 50 mm wide.
Alison Winterroth is a portrait photographer in the Tampa area. Her specialty is pregnant mothers and sweet newborn babies- photographing them in a simple yet beautiful way. Alison has become known for her light and airy style and her bright 750 square foot studio has become a destination for families in the Central Florida area. You can find her keeping busy on a mini farm with her outdoorsy family in the Tampa suburbs. Her portfolio can be found here.
• 4 shooting videos
• 4 editing videos
• 4 weekly PDFs
• Bonus weekly video tips
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Video Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading:Introduction to maternity photography; gear and equipment, styling a maternity session; posing women in the most flattering way; editing a maternity session.
Assignment: Find a pregnant model to photograph (or any model willing to let you practice pregnancy poses with her), run through the simple poses and pick one image to submit for critique.
Reading: Introduction to newborn photography, gear and equipment, 5 newborn poses workflow, styling a newborn session, working with family at a newborn session, on location newborn photography, newborn photography editing.
Assignment: Photograph a newborn baby (or use a doll), move through the 5 poses, edit your favorite image for critique.
Reading: Introduction to working with babies, gear and equipment, working with and connecting with young babies, milestone sessions with babies, using family to enhance your baby photography, baby photography editing.
Assignment: Photograph a baby somewhere between 3-6 months old and work on finding 25 unique poses for a session. Pick your favorite image and edit your favorite image for critique.
Reading: Introduction to DSLR video, focusing techniques, stabilization techniques, adding video to your sessions without extending session time, shooting video with a baby, editing a film, music licensing, sharing videos
Assignment: Shoot several film clips (either at a session or in your home) to supplement your still images, edit them and place them together to make a film.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.