Help The Heros – Training session

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.




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



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


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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