I’m a firm believe that if you’re not learning then your not growing. I’ve taken online class after online class for newborn photography. I’ve read books and watched webinars everything I could get my hands on. I want to be as knowledgeable as possible with your newborn baby and because of this I invested an opportunity. I had the privilege to attend a newborn mentoring session with Bethany Hope Photography. I traveled to Chicago to spend a full 12 hour day with her learning everything she knows about lighting, angles, posing, and editing. I learned so much especially about how small adjustments can have a huge impact on the resulting image. During the day we had two newborn little girls. One was a younger newborn within the two week typical newborn time frame, and the second baby was an older newborn who was 5 weeks old. We talked about swaddling which is something I had issues with when I was a new mom. I will give you a few tips when you come in! Bethany showed me her soothing techniques for babies. (Luckily being a mom to a clingy baby I already knew most of these.) We went over posing on the beanie bag, posing with props, how changing accessories can add to the gallery without disturbing the baby, and family shots. After we cleaned up from our sessions we headed out to grab coffee and do some editing and discuss business strategies. I left feeling so much more confident in my newborn photography. I felt like the things I had learned online were finally clicking after seeing them in person in action and being the person to put them in action.
The one negative to attending the workshop was drooling over Bethany’s prop collection. It’s to die for. Her wool was amazing. I ran out and bought roving so I could knit my own. She makes her own headbands which you can find here. I would totally be willing to trade services if you bought her headbands for me! Or if you could make me a wooden bed prop.