The Art of Posing & Lighting Newborns

  • Instructors:
    Julia Kelleher

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    As a photographer, your littlest clients can be the most challenging. When photographing newborns, time is of the essence, as is comfort, safety and parent satisfaction! In this class, PPA instructor Julia Kelleher, teaches you posing techniques and tips for a smooth shoot and an end result that everyone will love.

    Listen as Julia covers posing basics like positioning the parents to show their loving relationship; using lighting to create softness and innocence; making Mom feel comfortable, trim and happy to be in the photo.

    Moving onto safety, Julia discusses how to put parents at ease so they are safe and secure when holding the baby, the importance of having three points of contact and how the composite can fix it all! Don’t worry about the risky pose when you’ve got Photoshop to help you save the day!

    Julia then walks through all the various poses you’ll want to use with the parents, how to incorporate siblings, the props to use and how constant communication and reassurance throughout the shoot makes it better for everyone.

    In this very real, on-target course, Julia gives you the confidence and knowledge you need to be the Baby Whisperer AND deliver incredible images!

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  • Duration: 0:35:48 Expand video to full screen for best view.

      • Julia Kelleher

        M.Photog.Cr., CPP

        Portrait Photographer Julia Kelleher specializes in newborn and family portraits out of her boutique Bend OR, studio. She offers her clients a photographic style that is timeless, textural and artistic, and specializes in newborn and family portraiture, specifically focusing on relationship images. Since moving her studio Jewel Images Portrait Design from Portland, OR to Bend, OR in 2009, it has grown from running her entire business solely, to now operating with 2 employees and thriving despite a slow economy. Julia has earned a PPA International Silver Medalist, Gold Level Photographer of the Year and several Kodak Gallery and PPA Loan Collection awards for her images. She is also a PPA Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman. Picking up her first 35mm film camera at age 14, she put it down after college to pursue a love of broadcast journalism, and spent over a decade traveling the country anchoring the news and covering general assignment stories for all three television networks. After working Portland, OR's ABC affiliate for 6 years as an on-air anchor/reporter, she left television news to pursue photography full-time. Her experience with the news industry, and expertise in media relations and public communications have given her the speaking skills to and communication techniques to help other photographers understand their clients, and improve their businesses.

        Julia's teaching experience stretches worldwide for Time Exposure's ProSelect software, and she also is featured as one of a handful of instructors for the world renowned professional photographer’s video series Photovision. Also an Imaging USA and PPA affiliate school instructor, Julia excels at topics from lighting and posing newborn relationship portraiture, to marketing, in-person sales and media relations. She coaches photographers is client workflow and business systems management, and offers private mentoring in both newborn photography and sales training.

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