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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, watch the video promo here.
4 weeks plus break week
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
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.
Alicia Gould 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. Her portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: Understanding Newborns and Light. We all start somewhere, right? Take a look at Alicia’s newborn journey, as well as those of the inspiring Featured Artists. This week will set the stage for learning how to soothe babies to sleep and finding the most flattering light.
Assignment: See how different angles, locations, and times of the day affect your lighting.
Reading: Newborn Posing Workflow. This week you’ll get several videos that show different poses, workflows, and soothing techniques. 14 final client galleries will help you visualize my sessions. Bonus material includes 10 editing videos including Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements. The majority of the videos use ACR + Photoshop. Learn how to speed up your workflow and create composite images.
Assignment: Getting variety with each pose.
Reading: Family Interactions. Posing tips and inspiration for siblings of all ages, parents together and individually and the family altogether. Video this week includes a family session with an 18 month old sibling.
Assignment: Setting up the perfect shot and paying attention to the details.
Reading: ‘Older’ Newborns and Featured Artists: Amber Scruggs, Jenni Jones, Lacey Meyers, Corinne McCombs, Sara Blanco. Go behind the scenes with these 5 photographers to see how they set up (natural and studio light), the gear they use, and a full gallery from a session. Bonus PDF on maternity posing.
Assignment: Creating your dream images.
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.