By far the best investment that I have ever made in my photography career was going to a Newborn Posing workshop. I cannot stress how important attending a newborn posing workshop is and in so many aspects!!!
- Newborn posing safety—do your research and find a reputable newborn photographer who mentors. Your mentor will enlighten you to safety factors that one needs to pay utmost attention to when working with newborns. I say “do your research” because unfortunately there are many people out there who attend a workshop themselves and immediately start holding workshops themselves with very little or no experience in working with newborns.
- Newborn posing—my mentor is AMAZING when it comes to posing newborns. There are so many tips and tricks that I have learned from her that are priceless!!! I WOULD NOT be where I am today with my newborn photography if I had not attended her mentoring workshop.
- Continuous support—my mentor is available to me at all times. If I ever have a question, need advice, need help, etc. I can just email her, message her, call her, text her, etc. And she is right there to help me out. I cherish and am eternally grateful for the lifeline that she extends to her mentorees.
As you know, I am a former educator and I believe in professional development and continued education. So when my mentor announced that she would be holding a private refresher/retreat for her past mentorees I was over the moon excited!!! I am proud to say that this past May I attended my second Newborn Posing workshop. Like my last workshop, it was a fun-filled, jam-packed two days. The difference was that it wasn’t one-to-one mentoring, but it’s okay because I had a one-to-one mentoring session last year. This year 15 of us gathered for some newborn posing refreshers. My main goals for this workshop were to see where I was after one year of working on my own after my workshop last year and to re-learn the 2 poses I was struggling with and still haven’t mastered.
The workshop was a success and I am feeling very, very fortunate to have had not one, but TWO wonderful opportunities to learn and grow from my mentor. She is a wonderful person, mentor, photographer and friend. I am truly blessed to have her in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you to my mentor 🙂
Here are the two poses that I still need to master. Please take note that these newborns were posed by my mentor.