Abel followed in the steps of his big sister Clara by coming along to the studio for a newborn photoshoot……it seems he also followed Clara’s footsteps in not wanting to go to sleep for his photos so we captured some beautiful awake shots too.

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Clara was the most amazing big sister on the day, lovely and attentive and very keen to make the most of her chance to jump infront of the camera when Abel was having a feed!

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And this one wasn’t a planned portrait, but I loved the interaction between these too, some things you just can’t stage 🙂

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It’s a small world! Jiyaa contacted me from Mumbai in India and requested a truly bespoke training course.  Together we looked at where Jiyaa was currently at with both her photography and her business plans and then we formulated a five day intensive training course.

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Jiyaa started off shadowing me on a shoot and then gradually taking over with the next until she was confident to manage a full shoot on her own, and I think you’ll agree she did a great job. We spent a day covering different lighting, including maternity lighting and we also spent a day thoroughly covered editing in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

“Training with Elli was my dream come true. It was not all that I had imagined but much more.

The sessions were carefully crafted pertaining to my areas of improvement. They were extremely enjoyable and fun in Elli’s company and it was amazing how she broke down each aspect of photography and simplified it further for better understanding the subject and grasping it’s nuances with ease.  The hands on practical experience was enriching indeed. With Elli by my side, I believed I could. And this is the sense of confidence that an individual needs, which I received from her and for which I am truly grateful.

 This short training session has taught me aspects that I would hold on to for a lifetime. The money spent was only a part of the deal, the knowledge imparted is, in actuality, worth much more.”  – Jiyaa Arora

 

Here are some behind the scenes for you, and also a few of the resultant portraits from Jiyaa’s independent session.  You can see more of Jiyaa’s work at www.jiyaarora.com

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Jiyaa welcomed the opporunity to try out the brilliant Fuji XT1 too, it’s honestly the easiest camera to use with newborns; the combination of light weight and the tilt screen makes overhead shots a breeze.

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  • Praksha Maharaj - Wow. I love it. Well done JiyaaReplyCancel

James contacted me after hearing me speak at The Main Event conference and asked if I would be able to help train him as a newborn photographer.  James was an injured soldier and the wonderful charity Help for Heros helped fund his training so that he can move forward with a new career  –  a massive thank you to them and everyone that has donated.

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We had a fantastic two days together on the extended course, James was a true natural with the baby models that we had in, we photographed Flora together on the first day and then James led Georgie’s session the next morning. To help make working life easier with his injuries, we raised (very safely) our normal posing platform up so that it required less back bending and it worked out so well that I still now use that set-up for my own client sessions.  (A further blog post on that to follow)

We were also lucky enough to use a SIB prototype for our training session, SIB is short for Stand In Baby and is a brand new training aid that let’s us practise the posing and safety skills with a training doll before then working with real newborn babies. SIB was invaluable and I can’t wait to have my own soon, if you’d like to learn more you can find their details here.

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Here are a few behind the scenes shots for you showing James working with SIB, then our models and then the finished portraits.sib-posing-training
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We also covered flow posing, business skills, lighting and editing, I think James was one of my most dedicated students, filling notebooks as we went!  Below you can also see one of the images James took from his own session when he was back at home, showing just how much he took on board and learnt from our training!  newborn-photography-notes
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Best of luck with the new studio opening James, I can’t wait to come and visit soon 🙂

If you’d like to chat about your own newborn baby photography training you can contact me here, I’d love to hear from you.

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