Newborn Photography

with alicia gould

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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 the best natural light, create soft studio 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.
“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.”

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.


200-level (Intermediate)

Course Syllabus

Welcome & Preassignment

Week One

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. Videos include setting up for a newborn session using one strobe and soft box and Alicia walking through several rooms in her home showing where she would set up and why.
Assignment: See how different angles, locations, and times of the day affect your lighting.

Week Two

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 Alicia’s 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.

Break Week

Week Three

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 and editing.

Assignment: Setting up the perfect shot and paying attention to the details.

Week Four

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 and finding your style.

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 receive instructor and TA critiques of the posted assignment each week and have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

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.


  • Kerie Griggs says:

    Alicia Gould is an amazing teacher and this workshop is worth every penny! I took this workshop as a Full Participation student during it’s June 2016 run. You MUST take Full Participation!!! Alicia’s feedback was so honest, encouraging, and helpful. There were a few assignments that I repeated a few times because I wasn’t pleased with my submission and Alicia was so patient with me and all my questions. She took us on a live tour of her house to talk about light – so helpful! We were even able to view a live session so we could watch her pose and calm the baby. I learn best by seeing things so this was an invaluable resource for me. I am so much more confident in my knowledge of lighting and posing and it’s all because of this workshop. Thanks again Alicia – you are a gifted teacher!

  • Jess Cadena says:

    I took this class exactly 2 years ago this month and it was my game changer. I’ve always loved newborn photography, and I tried for many years to get it before this class but so much was missing and I had no idea where to start. 2 years ago everything changed for me because of this class! I learned so much beyond light and poses and prepping too. I look at my newborns before and compare them now and the difference blows me away. I’m incredibly thankful for Alicia and the group of instructors that dedicated their time & knowledge to the class. My business has flourished because of you! I recommend this workshop a million times over

  • Michelle Kelly says:

    I took the most recon run of NB207 with Alocia Gould. I am a complete beginner to photography and even more so to newborns. The course is jam packed full of practical information and videos and Alicia’s feedback is in depth and thorough. During the course I photographed my very first newborn. I was very in control of the session and new exactly what I wanted to achieve from each pose and setup. Alicia helped me to perfect the lighting in my home which has been a game changer. I still refer to the workflow each session. I encourage anyone taking this course to consider Full Participation. Thanks so much for a great course Alicia :)

  • Danielle says:

    I took this class first run back in the fall of 2013, and let me just say that it was a game changer for me. It was the first class I took here on CM and I was just blown away by the amount of detail and {heart} Alicia put into it. She was AMAZING, as were the TAs. Not only did this class help me with posing, editing, and identifying good light, it also put me on the path to finding my own style. It was, in a word, fantastic. Photography is a journey. Alicia gives you everything you need to help you take your NB work where you want/need to go.

  • Gautami says:

    Thank you Alicia for sharing so much. Its been a great learning experience! It just took my work to a different level, with more confident and consistent results. Loved every bit of it, thanks again for sharing your hard earned learning with us!

  • Bree Hulme says:

    I took Alicia’s newborn course after 7 months of being in business and shooting quite a few newborn sessions. I cannot calculate the breadth of my learning during the 4 weeks of this course. I had numerous “Light-Bulb-Moments” – about lighting, shadowing, posing, settling, family work, colours, workflow and editing! Alicia and her assistants were so generous in their willingness to share knowledge, tips, advice and most of all their thoughtful and helpful Critiques on my work each week. If shooting newborns is something you are considering or something you are already doing I cannot recommend this course enough. You will learn so much and walk away with amazing skills and knowledge.

  • Kaela says:

    This workshop is amazing!! Not only did it help so much with newborn photography but it also was so beneficial for my photography in general. Alicia is a fantastic instructer and the information I learned in this workshop was so wonderful and helpful!!

  • Rachel Austin says:

    Taking course was transformational in my newborn photography journey! I noticed immediate improvement in my posing and it also helped me gain my confidence. Alicia is such a kind and wise teacher. I will be the first to sign up if there is ever a follow-up course!

  • Tina says:

    I seriously recommend this course to everyone with interest in photographing newborns or bettering their skills. Analyzing the space I was shooting in alone and getting that feedback was absolutely worth every penny. I would highly recommend going full participant if you’re contemplating it at all. The assignments and feedback on your particular shooting is so helpful. The change in my sessions from before and after this class is amazing in my photography and its interesting how I can now dissect other newborn work with a careful eye and even able to help others. Highly recommend!!

  • Dana says:

    This newborn workshop is for very beginner newborn photographers. The information was ok, but there was nothing about newborn safety. The videos were just ok. I wish there had been more videos on posing, especially how to get the baby into the taco pose. I was really disappointed in the TA’s. There was almost zero feedback from anyone but Alicia (and her feedback was always great and helpful). While it was great to see work by the featured artists, I would have liked more information on older newborns and less on the featured artists. Again, zero input from any of the artists or TAs. Also, I didn’t get any help with editing. I had questions on how to avoid grey skin and never had any helpful solutions. This workshop is perfect for an absolute beginner.

  • Julie Kiernan says:

    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.

  • Amanda says:

    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!!!

  • Erin says:

    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!

  • Chaya Braun says:

    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.

  • Heather says:

    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.

  • Rebeccah says:

    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.

  • Brittany says:

    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!!!

  • Erin says:

    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.

  • Karen says:

    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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