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Newborn Photography Secrets

Learn all you need to start shooting your newborn photography sessions.
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Created by José Cruz
Last updated 8/2014
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This course was created for all newborn photography enthusiasts and in it I share the methodology that I have built in 8 years of expertise and over 2000 sessions. Through 25 classes, and more than 4 hours of content, you will realize all the details of the strategy I use to develop my photography sessions. This course is subtitled to English.


If you sign up for this course, you will benefit from all the processes my experience has led me to create and you will be able to accelerate your learning process and to avoid many of the most common obstacles and frustrations.


  • Before the session: client contact, studio and equipment preparation, hygiene and safety care, session plan;
  • During the session: calming the baby, posing preparation, session sequences;
  • After the session: image post-production, delivery strategy.


These contents are presented throughout a sequence of videos recorded during one of the latest workshops I had the opportunity of organize and every class is complemented with informative slides.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course was developed for every newborn photography enthusiast, whether professional or amateur photographer or even just a mum/dad who'd love to take fantastic pictures of their children in their first days.
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What Will I Learn?
How to prepare the studio (home space) for the session
Which hygiene and safety precautions to take
How to light a newborn shooting
How to calm the baby
How to set up different newborn poses
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  • Basic photography knowledge
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 03:42:28
Client contact
3 Lectures 36:43

In this video you will learn about how we establish the first contact with our client.

Preview 13:15

This lecture will show you how we prepare our client meetings.


In this video you will learn about how we manage our appointments.

Studio & equipments
5 Lectures 58:29

In this video you will figure out how to set up your support material.

Support material

In this video you will learn how to set up the temperature and sound for your sessions.

Ambiance (temperature and sound)

In this video you will get some insightful information about props and setups you can use.

Props & setups

In this video you will learn all about my lighting setup.


In this video you will get to know what capture settings I use.

Image capture
Hygiene & safety
2 Lectures 24:23

In this video you will learn about what hygiene care precautions you should take.

Hygiene and safety - part I

In this video you learn about the most important safety precautions you should take.

Hygiene & safety - part II
1 Lecture 17:30

In this lecture you will learn about the most determinant variables regarding the newborn (age, gender, weight, length, feeding, sleeping, health, skin)

Preview 17:30
Planning the session
1 Lecture 03:16

In this video you will get to understand the importance of planning and improvising.

Planning vs improvising
Beginning of the session
2 Lectures 13:28

In this video you will find out how we welcome the newborn and his parents in our studio - a fundamental moment to the success of the photo shoot.

Arrival to the studio

This lecture will show you how to set up the baby and how to make sure the parents will allow you to develop the session your way.

Setting up the baby and parents
Session sequences
7 Lectures 51:39

In this video you will learn some really important aspects about calming the newborn.

Calming the baby

This video will show you how important it is not only to adequately prepare the pose but to maintain it as well.

Preview 06:45

In this lecture you will get to learn about the different poses we work with.

Types of poses

Here you will get some important tips about photo composition that will make you rethink your captures.

Types of composition

In this lecture I will show you some insightful info about framing and perspective.


In this video I share with the sequence of poses I commonly use.

Posing sequence

In this video you will get to know my usual setup sequence.

Setup sequence
1 Lecture 04:02

The post-production lecture will show you our elementary editing process.

Basic correction, selective color and composite images
1 Lecture 08:43

Here you will learn some tips about the very important moment of delivering your work.

Printing materials and customer loyalty
1 Lecture 04:15

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About the Instructor
4.7 Average rating
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630 Students
3 Courses
Fotógrafo e Formador Português de Bebés Recém-Nascidos

Único fotógrafo português distinguido com certificado europeu na categoria de retrato de bebé recém-nascido, considerado dos melhores fotógrafos internacionais.

A experiência de José Cruz na fotografia começou há mais de 20 anos. Este foi um percurso sempre ligado à fotografia de retrato, categoria na qual se tornou Fotógrafo Especialista (2011, AFP). Mas foi no trabalho com recém-nascidos que encontrou a sua verdadeira paixão e, após 8 anos de dedicação, alcançou o reconhecimento do público e dos profissionais de imagem, tanto a nível nacional, com a distinção de Mestre Fotógrafo (2012, AFP), como a nível internacional, com os certificados QEP e MASTER QEP (2012, FEP). Mais recentemente, tem investido na formação em Programação Neurolinguística e Coaching (Certified Practitioner, 2013, ITANLP), com o intuito de se tornar um melhor formador e comunicador.

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