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A quick post to share with you my beautiful new light.

There have been A LOT of articles written about natural light verses artificial light.  I’m not going to go into which is better and why because quite simply it should be what you’re comfortable using plus it always ends up in a debate and I’m way too busy for that 😉

Over the years I have used both flash and natural light and have always preferred to use natural.  I’m just not a fan of large bursts of light on a newborn that could potentially cause a startling effect or you know yourself when a flash goes off in your face that your eyes take a little while to adjust afterwards.  And then there are the parents who are trying to relax in the calm environment that I have created – I want them to be able to sit and enjoy watching the session without the impact of light every few minutes. But hey that’s me personally.

My studio is filled with amazing natural light, I have large sliding doors that are north east facing and I filter the light with sheer curtains to make it beautiful and soft for my baby photography.  But when I travel for work I don’t often have the luxury of natural light which is why I have purchased the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED with the 50cm soft ball diffuser which is a continuous daylight balanced light.  I can set up during a session the exact same way I would with a window.

After posting a picture on social media of my new light I had a few requests from photographers wanting to see some resulting images.  So I thought I would share with you some photos of this handsome little man using both light sources to show you the results.  I have also included pull back shots of both set ups.

I used large black sheets to block out the natural light for the Jinbei image and then turned the light off and pulled the black sheets down to use the window light.  You don’t have to block out the windows as this light would also make a great fill light on low light days or for other similar scenarios.  I just wanted to show the results using it on it’s own – the same way I would a window 🙂

Full details about the light with links to where you can find it are at the bottom of the post.


ARTIFICIAL LIGHT – shot with the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED

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NATURAL LIGHT – Large windows to the right filtered with sheer curtains.

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I will always love natural light and will continue to use it in my home studio but I’m so happy to have found a light that I can travel with that will allow me create beautiful soft light in any environment.  The results are so similar to shooting with my large window.  And I have to admit I love the little catchlight in his eye from the Soft Ball.


A few more details about the Jinbei EF 200 –  it’s a 200watt light which equates too a 2K output in Tungsten. Unlike tungsten it is daylight balanced and extremely bright , you also have the ability to control the output from the camera with the optional transmitter. The light does NOT overheat because of its unique built in silent fan system, which is it’s best feature if you are shooting Video like I do as there is no noise. No other LED monbloc currently has this quiet fan. The Soft Light Ball is available in 30cm and 50cm and both give unique soft direct light as well as reflected.

I purchased mine from Protog and Tony Holden was more then helpful in finding the perfect light set up for my needs.  If you have any questions you can drop him an email tony@protog.com.au or checkout their website – http://www.protog.com.au/buy/jinbei-monoblock-style-ef-200-watt-sun-light-led-5/JBEF200


Other items used during this shoot are…

Soft Ball Diffusor – Jinbei 50cm Soft Ball Diffusor with Bowens Mount

Light Stand – Jinbei 2.6m Air Cushioned Light stand JB2600FP

Backdrop by – Sideshow Backdrops by Conny Van Lint – sideshowbackdrops@outlook.com

Nest by – Island Vine Designs – marymcmillan77@hotmail.com

Felted wool and curls blanket by – Little Vintage Fox Prop Shop




  • Organic Moments Photography - February 14, 2018 - 03:45

    WOW! These images are stunning! As a fellow newborn photographer, I really appreciate your stunning use of light and angles that provide depth and interest. You have a true gift. The parents must be thrilled with the art you have given them. Gorgeous work!ReplyCancel

  • Grace - September 1, 2017 - 02:22

    Thank you for the article. I would like to ask why you prefer the ball diffusor instead of another option like a softbox or an umbrella. Is there an advantage to it?ReplyCancel

    • Kelly Brown - September 4, 2017 - 10:51

      Hi Grace, this is just personal preference. Kelly actually uses a range of artificial light modifiers, and the ball diffuser is just one of them that creates a soft light. Try out a variety of them and decide which works best for you. -MelindaReplyCancel

  • Lili Sweet - March 15, 2017 - 03:14

    Thank you so much Kelly, for sharing your lighting knowledge with us. Upon your suggestion I purchased this lighting system about a year ago and I absolutely love it! I am a natural light photographer but this baby gets turned on as the light progressively gets dimmer on some days. It does a wonderful job of mimicking natural light and everyone seems impressed by it’s unique look in the studio. I think it’s important to turn it off between takes to give it a chance to cool down though. This is not something I suggest to leave on for hours at a time. It’s perfect for photographing newborns but it is also perfect for capturing small families.Wonderful purchase all and all.ReplyCancel

  • Newborn Photography Adelaide - May 18, 2016 - 20:19

    Hi.Very adorable and lovely photography. I like yours dedication,patience and imaginative skills.

    Newborn Photography AdelaideReplyCancel

  • Tradetec - February 22, 2016 - 06:23

    that’s really great thing, I appreciate for good thought.ReplyCancel

  • Rinat - December 7, 2015 - 16:39

    Hi, Just want to say thank you!!i’m struggling with artificial light for a while…
    I’m going to try this one (:ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Fulcher - October 23, 2015 - 11:43

    I’m a natural light photographer too, not sure what it is I just love the challenge of working with what’s available.
    Your studio sounds amazing, do you have any blog posts with photos of your space?ReplyCancel

  • kim - October 18, 2015 - 02:44

    Hi Kelly, thanks for sharing. I really like this softball, do you still use this ? I’m living in the netherlands, so not that easy to get this item 🙁
    Do you think, there is enough Light for photograph older kids? Can I do my shutterspeed high enough? On this moment I used flash a lot… but, I didnt like that light so much. ThanksReplyCancel

    • kim - October 18, 2015 - 05:02

      Can anybody tell me where I can Buy the soft ball ? I’m living in the netherlands, maybe someone have an idea for me 🙂
      And, is it heavy to take this set on location? gr kimReplyCancel

      • jennyhanh - October 28, 2015 - 08:59

        I’ve got it from Italy ( I’m living in Italy) in totally happy with this light. Big Thanks to Kelly <3
        You can search and find it in Europe, my husband found one link selling this light from Germany 100w & 200w, 2 size ball 30cm &50 cm. I bought the 200w with the ball 50cm about 600euro but I just release that too much for my small studio, may be with 100w and the 30cm ball is good enough. Hope you can find the link and get the right one for you;)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Cartwright - September 11, 2015 - 06:51

    Hi Kelly,

    We have just bought one of these but have read on the Facebook group page others are struggling with intensity and WB. What were your camera settings and light settings for this shot? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Morozov - July 6, 2015 - 12:07

    Hi there, your photos are amazing. I was wondering if you can help me please? I would like to learn and set up a mobile newborn studio in my town of Geraldton WA and am confused how to handle lighting, it may not always be possible to use all natural light depending on house I am photographing from , and the Jenbi lighting you use is rather expensive. I would like something versatile that I can also use for families, pets ect. Is shoot through stove going to be ok for infants ? Continuous? Not continuous? Soft Box?
    Thank you so much for your help,
    Regards RebeccaReplyCancel

  • Samantha Bachand - April 3, 2015 - 01:56

    Your light is always so perfect! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - March 26, 2015 - 10:57

    Kelly, thank you so much for your willingness to share all your helpful information about props, lighting, techniques, and everything else that you are sharing with all of us. It is so greatly appreciated. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Candice Wong - March 18, 2015 - 03:56

    Very informative! Thank you for posting.ReplyCancel

  • Fatima - March 15, 2015 - 16:42

    Hi Kelly,

    What f stop does this light go down to?ReplyCancel

  • ana - March 11, 2015 - 08:30

    Kelly I am big fan of yours, I purchased your class on CL. You share and mentor in a beautiful way. Wholehearted like your photography. Thank you xxxReplyCancel

  • Carla - March 4, 2015 - 04:38

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for all the information you are sharing with us. Via your blog and via the courses (I purchased all your courses from creativelive). I (also) prefer natural light but from time to time there is just not enough light available (dark rainy days) and then I also use artifical (continuous) light. I wonder, with what aperture/shutter speed/iso you can shoot using the artifical light you use?

    Thanks in advance

  • Janice - February 5, 2015 - 09:41

    Awesome idea! Do you have to get a continuous light with this. I have strobes so they wouldnt work.ReplyCancel

  • Hope Connolly - February 2, 2015 - 09:38

    Hi Kelly

    Thank you for this, some beautiful images and great info!
    Love the bucket! Do you have a company that does them or was it a random find?ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey Good - February 1, 2015 - 04:34

    Thank you for sharing! I have been looking for a continuous lighting set up… and now I have one I trust to give amazing result 🙂 thanks again xReplyCancel

  • Ani Tsatourian - January 31, 2015 - 08:33

    Thank you Kelly, for sharing this wonderful information. I wanted to learn more about the nests you use, but the link in the article for Island Vine Designs doesn’t seem to be working. I was wondering if you could share the link again. Thank you in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - January 30, 2015 - 02:09

    What white balance did you set on your camera when using shot with the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED? Thank youReplyCancel

  • Jessica - January 30, 2015 - 02:08

    What white balance do you set on your camera when you use shot with the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED? Thank you for the article. I have never used anything but natural light but looking for indoor lighting options and this looks great.ReplyCancel

  • Agata Langer - January 30, 2015 - 00:36

    Thank you for this blog post, Kelly!
    Just wondering if your white balance was the same for both set-ups or if that artificial light you are using is close enough to daylight and you don’t have to worry about changing your white balance 🙂
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Marzia - Upho Studio - January 29, 2015 - 23:11

    Very useful review, thank you! I might buy this one.ReplyCancel

  • Luciana - January 29, 2015 - 22:58

    Thank you so much for another beautiful post, for always sharing your knowledge and inspiring us to try new things.ReplyCancel

  • luisa velasquez - January 29, 2015 - 20:55

    I love it!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Cleary - January 29, 2015 - 19:17

    Thank you very much Kelly. Gorgeous work as always. This blog post is SO helpful xReplyCancel

  • Mel Hersey - January 29, 2015 - 15:56

    Thank you so much for going to the trouble of sharing and the links too! Much appreciated 🙂ReplyCancel

We have arrived home from 3 INCREDIBLE days at The AIPP Nikon Event.  Every day was filled with the most inspiring speakers from all over the world!  To start the conference off husband and wife team Heather Swan and Glenn Singleman had everyone on the edge of their seats with their incredible presentation called Fearless.  Then we listened to Peter Rossi and Chairmaine Heyer, two of the nicest and ridiculously talented photographers I know!   They are pretty much my biggest inspiration.  We (and when I say we I mean my husband and I) then listened to Stephen Dupont and there are simply no words to describe what an artist this man is!  His work is astounding.  And then Dan O’Day entertained us with his genius – and even held a gallery exhibition during his presentation.  To finish  Alexia Sinclair – one of my favourite artists gave a wonderful insight into her creative masterpieces; to have half the talent this woman has would be incredible!

This year I was also asked to be a presenter which is a HUGE honour!  But will admit I have never been so nervous in all my life to speak in front of a group of people!  During my talk I looked out into the audience and all I could see were the faces of photographers I know and admire.  And everyone kept saying “but you’ve done this before!”  I have but not up on a stage in front of friends of the industry and without a baby in my hands 🙂  So I stumbled through my presentation and when it was over I could finally breath and enjoy the rest of the Event 😉

Photo below by Bambi Gosbell  ~ official AIPP Event Photographer.

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And here’s the video I created (with the help of my good friend Garrett from Garrett, Your Blog Mechanic) for my presentation, to show how a potential award image for the family category is created from start to finish after coming up with a concept.


It was pretty awesome to see my work hanging at the Brilliant Prints booth in the trade show, their canvas’s are incredible!

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And Seldex had a beautiful display using a gallery of mine as well.  I can’t wait to get my new USB boxes from them!

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I also got to pick up my new 3 annies camera bag – the Audrey Lu in distessed brown.  Seriously love this bag!

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And on the last night was the Gala Dinner With Charity Print Auction.  Every year each speaker is asked to donate one image to be auctioned off with all proceeds going to a chosen charity.  The charity this year was the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia.  And together we raised a whopping $59,000!!!!

I submitted this image of my daughter Mackenzie and I couldn’t believe it when it raised $1900!!!  😀

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Rob couldn’t resist – he had to have the image donated by Heather Swan and Glenn Singleman.  It raised $700!

Heather took this image of Glenn flying across the Australian Outback!!!

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And when I saw that Julia Kusmenko had donated her image Sugar Skull – I had to have it!!!!  It raised $2000!!!

Julia is a phenomenal artist and the sweetest lady.  I can’t wait to have it hanging 😀

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Now it’s back to work until next year when the Event will be held in Perth, June 29th – July 1st 2015.


  • Paul - August 17, 2014 - 01:11

    Baby photography not the easiest. however I enjoying it so much.ReplyCancel

  • Family Photographer London - July 14, 2014 - 22:03

    It’s so great to see different posing ideas, with I had an app with all your images on to refer to when I need inspiration!!ReplyCancel

  • Rana - July 6, 2014 - 06:17


    What an awesome opportunity! I am terribly jealous that you were able to be there at the event and here so many amazing photographers speak!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Kryzanek - June 14, 2014 - 09:17

    Kelly –

    Thank you so much for the video! Would love to have a slowed down version of the “nest” you made. Hint hint for youTube. The photo of your daughter is amazing too.


  • Michelle Newell - June 14, 2014 - 06:52

    Brilliant video! What an incredible opportunity!ReplyCancel

Last Wednesday I got to pick up my new album from Photo Mounts & Albums – I was so excited to see the finished product as it is a BRAND NEW product for Photo Mounts & Albums.

It’s called the Vogue D’Arte and it is gorgeous!!!!   Choosing products for my clients is serious business, they deserve to have the finest quality and this is it!  🙂



  • Jill Smith - August 14, 2013 - 02:10

    What a beautiful album to offer! Goes perfectly with your “natural” style as well. I’m sure your clients will fall in love with them!ReplyCancel

  • littlepieces - August 11, 2013 - 16:28

    Hi Cecelia, all of my prints are printed on fine art paper then matted and I also offer other print products.
    Thanks. KellyReplyCancel

  • Mónica Banderas - July 10, 2013 - 03:57

    Kelly I want to thank You for the amaizing workshop You gave. I bought it and has be very helpfull for me, i,m from México and really You are amaizing thank You for share al the information You gave us, also thanks for share tus amaizing album and your supliaires.

    Thanks Kelly
    You are wonderfullReplyCancel

  • Mel Silva - July 8, 2013 - 17:03

    Beautiful!! I saw these at the Trade Show in Hobart fr the Nikon Event. gorgeous cover!ReplyCancel

Putting my excitement into words is NOT easy!!!

Last weekend was the annual judging of the AIPP QLD Professional Photography Awards for 2013 here in Brisbane, with the Awards dinner held on Monday night.

Sunday I went to watch the judging of both the Family and Portrait categories along with many other hopeful photographers eager to see their images come up and be judged by 5 Master Photographers.  Each judge gives the image a score out of 100 and the average score is given to your print.   It’s exciting and nerve racking all at the same time and I love it!!!

So this year my main goal is to achieve my Master of Photography status with the AIPP in September at the National Awards, to gain your Masters you have to earn 15 points within 5 years of becoming an accredited member of the AIPP.  Each Silver award is worth one point and each Gold award is worth two and you can only enter 4 images.   I need two points!!!   and these points can only be achieved at the National Awards not State.

At our State Awards we’re allowed to enter a maximum of 12 images but only 4 images into each category.  So I entered 4 into Family and 4 into Portrait in hope to find my 4 strongest images to send off to APPA’s in September.  I was ecstatic that my 8 entries were awarded 1 Gold, 2 Silver with Distinction and 4 Silvers.   Never in my wildest dreams did I expect at the awards dinner that my awarded images would win both categories and then I would be announced the AIPP QLD Professional Photographer of the Year for 2013!!!!!!

WOW is all I say every time I look at the trophy sitting in my office!   I just can’t describe how it feels, I had absolutely know idea that I would ever come close to winning something like this!!  And I’m only the 4th women to have their name on this trophy!!!!

I left my finished digital images with Foto Frenzy for printing and Matting and then the delivery of my print case, as I had to be in Seattle before the entry deadline.  Darren did such an amazing job  – I can’t thank him enough!

I also want to thank all of the judges and volunteers who put in countless hours of their valuable time to help us on our quest in becoming better photographers by entering these awards.  If it wasn’t for them these events wouldn’t be possible.  I also want to congratulate all of the other Category winners and finalists – their entries were AMAZING!  Queensland is full of so many talented to photographers.


You can see all of the category winners here…. GALLERY OF WINNERS




  • Alysia - May 26, 2013 - 12:31

    You are off to an amazing year! I hope that you will be able to achieve your 15 stars, you definitely deserve it. You are such an inspiration and I wish you the best.ReplyCancel

  • Stew - May 23, 2013 - 16:11

    Congratulations Kelly! Beautiful images.ReplyCancel

  • Ashly - May 23, 2013 - 13:32

    Congrats Kelly. I do fully believe you deserve it, great things come to incredibly great people. You are an inspiration!ReplyCancel

This year I have decided to make a few changes to the products that I offer and I’m so pleased to share with you this amazing handcrafted art book that you can now purchase with all of your images from your session.  When I first saw this book it took my breath away, it fits perfectly with my brand and the quality is simply amazing.  It’s made with museum grade archival fine art paper and organic materials.  I would love to hear what you think so please feel free to leave me a comment below…


  • Ioanna Zervos - January 22, 2013 - 11:38

    Hi Kelly, the album looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda slade - January 21, 2013 - 11:48

    How much will this album cost? It looks beautifulReplyCancel

    • littlepieces - January 21, 2013 - 11:58

      Hi Belinda, I’m still working out my pricing at the moment but should have it finished soon 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • Mel Silva - January 21, 2013 - 11:26

    LOVE this album company! I am a Wedding Photographer in Darwin and I recently had a meeting with the album company and I now offer the Vivaldi D’arte as an album. I love the belle d’arte for newborns – If I photographed newborns I would offer a product like this. beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Davie - January 21, 2013 - 11:20

    I love these Kelly! They have such a lovely natural, earthy look to them.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Wilson - January 21, 2013 - 10:55

    I LOVE THESE!!! Just beautiful!!! Especially the paper!! Well done! So beautiful and classy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Martine Harris - January 21, 2013 - 10:39

    Love it! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel