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Little Pieces Photography ~ Newborn Photography by Kelly Brown

When clients come into my home studio the majority of the time they have no idea what is involved in a newborn photography session.  And I just love seeing their expressions while I’m posing and taking photos of their baby.  So I wanted to share with you a short video of some behind the scenes footage from a recent session.  You will see the attention to detail and the care that I take throughout every session.

 

Little Pieces Photography.  International award winning photography by Kelly Brown. located in Brisbane, Australia.  Kelly specialises in baby portraiture and travels worldwide teaching newborn photography posing classes and workshops to photographers.

Video made with Animoto and Music provided by Triple Scoop Music

 

  • Pursey - December 4, 2015 - 04:27

    bundle of joy – always a pleasure to see a newborn.

    JooloReplyCancel

  • Malou Peters - November 13, 2015 - 04:55

    Love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Liana Alarcon - November 10, 2015 - 12:34

    Hi there, could you please provide your quote for a new born shoot for my baby boy who we are expecting in January next year.
    Love the video clip!ReplyCancel

  • Alina - November 6, 2015 - 14:49

    Love your photographs…ReplyCancel

  • Shaina Forde - November 1, 2015 - 18:22

    Hi, I was wondering if could please have a quote for a new born photo shoot for twin girls towards the end of February. Thanks – Shaina 0431305088 email – Shaina.forde@my.jcu.edu.auReplyCancel

  • Michelle Fulcher - October 23, 2015 - 11:39

    What beautiful hand placement, angelic!ReplyCancel

  • Anda Yoel - October 23, 2015 - 08:26

    Adore your work and wish to attend to one of your workshops.
    AndaReplyCancel

  • Anda Yoel - October 23, 2015 - 08:25

    Adore your work and wish to attend to one of your workshops.ReplyCancel

  • Carole - August 7, 2015 - 06:56

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for everything! you inspire me everyday 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Kennedy - July 22, 2015 - 09:42

    Hi Kelly,

    Im just inquiring how much a newborn session with you would cost?ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - July 12, 2015 - 22:33

    I just love your work Kelly. I have been a fan for several years now and I am always amazed and completely in love with your style. I hope to attend a workshop in the US. I wanted to attend the Heide Hope collaboration but unfortunately didn’t have the funds. Please plan a trip back! Would be honored to learn from you!ReplyCancel

I’m going back to CreativeLive!!!!

March 9th – April 10th  2015

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to be heading back to CreativeLive on March 9 to teach another class

Newborn Photography Bootcamp with Kelly Brown!!!  

 

My Bootcamp is going to cover every aspect of the newborn photography world!  And it’s not just for beginners it’s for photographers of all levels.  For the newcomers to our industry it’s going to guide you on how to set up your baby photography business.  And for experienced newborn photographers it will uncover new skills and services for you to apply to your existing businesses – so you can get to that next level.

I’m going to be sharing in depth with you…

  • Posing for newborns – Everything from the most-requested classic poses to more advanced and creative posing using the safest possible ways.
  • How to set up a home studio – What you need, what you don’t, and how to create a safe, polished, and inviting space.
  • Props – How to make your own props and safely pose babies in and around props.
  • Business and marketing – Pricing, policies, and generating the right publicity that will attract your target market.
  • Safety – Best practices for handling infants will be a key theme throughout the series.
  • And Post processing – how to give your images that finished look on screen right through to the final printed product.

I will also demonstrate my flow of posing for newborns and every variation there is to each pose, so you will have everything you need to get incredible shots. You’ll also learn how to create beautiful soft lighting and how to use it.  And my favourite – shooting timeless images that your parents will love for years to come.

I’m going to be sharing ALL of my tips and tricks so don’t miss it!

For more information here’s a link to my course page…

https://www.creativelive.com/courses/newborn-photography-bootcamp-kelly-brown

 

 

 

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  • Jackilyn Jensen - March 13, 2016 - 10:02

    Hello Kelly!

    I bought your Bootcamp class and am trying to hunt down the Facebook page for it. Could you point me in the right direction? I have looked high and low ?. Thank You,

    Jackilyn JensenReplyCancel

  • Eliza - November 25, 2015 - 16:20

    Thank you Kelly for the wonderful pointers that you have shared with us.ReplyCancel

  • Starofservice - July 17, 2015 - 16:15

    Great work kelly as all time. and love what you post thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia - April 13, 2015 - 19:36

    Thank you so much Kelly for sharing your experience with us. I love your work and your videos. you are very inspiring and talented.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - April 11, 2015 - 03:24

    Thank you so much, Kelly! The boot camp was utterly amazing! For those who missed it live I can’t emphasize how valuable you have been during these 5 weeks in so many ways!ReplyCancel

  • Can’t wait till I have some time to watch this! Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

  • Kari Layland - March 21, 2015 - 01:53

    Aw man I’m just seeing this now! I hope to catch a rebroadcast – you guys are great 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Candice - March 18, 2015 - 03:53

    Just love watching you work! Thank you for being so open with your knowledge!ReplyCancel

  • Mitchell Briggs - March 11, 2015 - 11:21

    Hi Kelly,

    I’ve just discovered your work, and as an amateur/enthusiast photographer myself, I must say your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I would love to attend one of your bootcamp/workshops in the future to learn more about this field of photography. Do you plan to hold anymore this year? Again, love your fantastic work.

    Cheers,

    MitchReplyCancel

  • Jennie Lennon - March 11, 2015 - 01:03

    Thanks so much for doing this Kelly, you are so inspiring and your work is absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to learn from the best newborn photographer out there!ReplyCancel

  • Patrice - February 27, 2015 - 10:15

    I am excited to take your class on Creative Live. Thank you for doing a second class. Happy photography. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brandy NicCole - February 21, 2015 - 12:32

    pre registered already, I always come away with a wealth of knowledge,
    TYReplyCancel

  • Christin - February 3, 2015 - 03:12

    I can’t wait! Thank you for doing another Creative Live! I always learn so much from youReplyCancel

  • A-Fotografy - February 2, 2015 - 11:22

    Can’t wait Kelly. It will be one more fully packed day of awesomness.ReplyCancel

  • andria fontenot - February 1, 2015 - 01:10

    YAY! thank you for all you do Kelly! Can’t wait! We have all learned so much from you! God blessReplyCancel

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

 

 

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  • 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
    CarlaReplyCancel

  • 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

2014 has definitely been the biggest year for Little Pieces Photography!  I have put a small video together of all the highlights and babies I have had the privilege to take photos of using my favourite slideshow company Animoto along with beautiful music from Triple Scoop Music.

It certainly was incredible year!!!  139 Newborn Babies Photographed, 23 Photographers privately mentored, 19 newborn posing classes in 12 countries to 193 photographers and 3 photography conferences!  Oh and a few new trophies along the way as well 😀  Winning the AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year 2014 is the biggest honour!    I have so much gratitude for the opportunities and the support I have received over the past few years – it’s unbelievable!!!  Thank you my beautiful clients that trust me with their baby photography and to all the wonderful photographers that I have met and most importantly my incredible family for putting up with me.

I wish you all a year filled with adventure, embraced opportunities and endless love and laughter.

Kelly Brown 🙂

 

 

Newborn & Baby Photography by Photographer Kelly Brown

Lately I’ve had a few messages from new photographers to our industry regarding the safety of certain newborn poses so I thought I would share some of my thoughts regarding safety, some tips and a couple of images.

 

The safety of the baby is the most important aspect of your session. And, parents will also feel more comfortable throughout the session knowing that their baby is in safe hands.

 

We must remember that it is a privilege to be asked to photograph these little bundles and I believe that too often then not we get caught up in getting ‘the’ shot that we forget the real reason we are hired – which is to document every little detail of these babies and this incredible time in our clients lives so that it can be remembered forever.

 

When photographing newborns, it doesn’t have to be complicated. The simplest of images are often the most beautiful and treasured.

 

These are the safety rules I have in place for my studio…

 

  • Never leave a baby unattended in a prop, on your posing bag or with a young sibling.
  • Always have a spotter or parent next to your baby when using props
  • Use a support hand or finger when posing the baby and clone it out later in Photoshop.
  • Don’t force a baby into any pose. Instead, adjust them to where they are comfortable.
  • Have your camera strap around your neck when shooting above the baby.
  • Never stand on anything above the baby in case you fall or it breaks.
  • Never put a baby inside or on an object / prop that could potentially break or fall.
  • Glass props should never be used.

 

There are some poses that you may be asked to create by your client. I can’t stress enough how important it is to know how they are created safely.  Some being composite images that will require Photoshop to put multiple images together.  Composite images are the only way to really ensure the safety of the baby when doing poses like the ‘froggy’ or ‘cocoon’. You need to be able to explain to your clients what’s involved with creating these set ups as they will be required to assist you if you don’t work with an assistant.

I would explain to the parents that if the baby becomes uncomfortable at any stage, you would move onto the next pose. I personally would leave images like these if they are requested till the end of the session and I would not attempt poses like these on your own if doing them for the first time.

 

If the baby isn’t going into a position easily or is showing signs of discomfort by waking or wriggling it’s time to move on or finish the session if you are at the end.

 

I am lucky enough to know a lovely photographer by the name of Fiona McGuire who before having her own children worked in neonatal and paediatric intensive care and special care wards as a physiotherapist. A while back we had a discussion about poses like the ‘froggy’ and the ‘taco’ regarding the dangers. I believe it’s very important to understand babies and what they’re capable of when handling them. No shot is worth the risk if something was to go wrong.

 

And I’m a big believer in “prevention is ALWAYS better then cure”.

 

The positioning…

The ‘froggy’ pose puts the hips into a bent up and spread wide position (flexion and abduction). This causes their muscles up the back of the legs and bottom to stretch. When in utero most babies hips and knees are bent up like this, which is why after birth their legs will remain up and bent when they’re on their backs. So in theory there should be little risk of dislocating hips in this position as dislocation usually happens when the legs are bent up and bought in together.  My main worry with this pose is the placement of the hands – getting them into position requires a very sleepy, relaxed baby. If they’re wriggling around in this upright position they will be very unstable because a newborns neck is not strong enough to support their head – Most babies are top heavy as their head accounts to roughly 25% of their body weight. And if the hands and head are not properly supported the weight of the head can put a lot of strain on their little wrists.

 

Vertex presentation

The hip positioning in the ‘froggy’ pose is basically the same as in the ‘taco’. But in the ‘taco’ pose the weight of the upper body is on their lower half, which can be very uncomfortable to the baby if they are not supported and positioned properly. I tend to only attempt this pose on newborns that naturally draw their legs up into this position.

 

If a baby has unstable hips with a tendency to dislocate this should have been picked up during their screening after birth at the hospital. I would check with the parents about screening before attempting either of these poses.

 

And, use common sense. If the baby isn’t easily going into a certain position or is showing signs of discomfort do NOT force them.

 

The more comfortable you make the baby during your sessions the more content they will be. If they are continually moved and disturbed during the shoot they will become over stimulated and unsettled. Gentle, small movements that transition babies into different poses will keep your babies nice and calm and ensure a smoother session.

 

And remember that every baby is different. They will all have ‘their’ comfy spot so they need to be worked with and photographed individually.

 

 

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Above left the ‘froggy’ pose on the left and above right a safe simple hand held set up using the posing bag.

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Above the ‘taco’ pose.  This image has been rotated counter clockwise to make the baby look like they were lying flat.

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Above the ‘cocoon’ pose.

  • Gustavo Gonzalez - November 13, 2017 - 18:57

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I own your CL class about this topic and I love to see how you work.ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle - March 15, 2016 - 09:29

    Kelly,
    Thank you again for putting a huge emphasis on safety, and for teaching it firmly. I enjoyed watching you on CL talking about this important topic. Any photographer willing to specialise in newborns should watch your class, and this blog post is a must read too!
    IsabelleReplyCancel

  • Diane Bartoo - September 22, 2015 - 16:47

    Thank you for sharing this information on newborn safety. Learning the specifics on why these poses need to be a composite and seeing the images that make up the final portrait is so helpful.

    You are a true artist, you work is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Michael Lunny - March 25, 2015 - 21:44

    Beautiful work Kelly, I will definitely be following you. You are an amazing new born photographer. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Candice Wong - March 18, 2015 - 04:00

    What a great post, Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Candice Wong - March 18, 2015 - 03:59

    Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Tabatha Long - January 27, 2015 - 19:23

    Thank you for this post! I have shyed away from taking clients with newborns because I don’t have children and am always afraid something is going to happen. I think I will try out your suggestions as my friends have children to get myself more comfortable. Thank you for the information!ReplyCancel

  • canvas prints - January 22, 2015 - 00:21

    The picture look amazing. you can really tell that your a true artist. really nice work.ReplyCancel

  • Ginni Tuggle - December 16, 2014 - 04:43

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with your followers. It is so helpful! Last week i had a newborn session that I was doing as a gift for one of my husband’s employees. When mom arrived with her baby, she informed me that the baby has acid reflux and has stopped breathing after being fed. I was almost afraid to do any poses with this baby because I was afraid she was going to stop breathing on me! She was 7 weeks old so I knew from the get-go that I wouldn’t be able to do some of the poses that I could with brand new babies, but when her mom told me about her breathing, I was even more afraid to move her. I ended up placing her on her side (mom said that is the best position for her breathing) and doing a wrap with several different bows, headbands and hats. It was frustrating but I explained to mom that this was the best I could do given her breathing issues. What would you have done?ReplyCancel

  • Rozarfedo - November 20, 2014 - 22:48

    The poses in which the photography of a new born has done are very helpful and it shows that lots of efforts have been made for the new born photography. Well Done.ReplyCancel

  • Frances Mcgoldrick - November 15, 2014 - 20:41

    Love your work…you are so patient and gentile with the babies..an artist at work—like magic!
    Thank you for the tips and insight
    FranReplyCancel

It’s hard to believe I’m writing this post while I’m in Daugu, Korea 🙂  Feeling very grateful for the opportunities to travel to the most amazing countries I have only dreamed of.   I am speaking at a 4 day photography conference for the Professional Photographers of Korea.  They have been so kind, and they are the most hospitable group of people I have met – plus a heap of  fun!

Anyway enough about my adventures 🙂 the real reason for this post is to share some photos of my brand new Brisbane Newborn Photography Studio. My husband and I have been planning this space for the past 3 years and it was finally completed 2 weeks ago – making ME the happiest baby photographer around!

My very talented Husband designed and created the shelving unit for all of my newborn props – which couldn’t be more perfect!  😀  He has done an incredible job putting the whole studio together – and with a little help from of our good friend Garrett.

And my stunning hand painted backdrop was created by Conny Rogers who has just started offering them to photographers.  The two canvas prints hanging on the wall are printed by Brilliant Prints.

 

Little Pieces Photography Studio …

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  • Kathrin Schierl - September 7, 2017 - 22:56

    It’s so amazing!
    I hope some day my studio will look like yours!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Lichty - June 30, 2016 - 11:48

    I love your work, i hope to have a studio like yours one day.ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - September 3, 2015 - 07:47

    I love your work, style and studio space. I was wondering if you could share what shade of paint you used in your studio. Do you love it?ReplyCancel

  • SAM - August 24, 2015 - 17:27

    Wow! This was simply amazingReplyCancel

  • Lili Sweet - August 16, 2015 - 04:17

    Truly inspiring, what a gorgeous space. It must be so exciting to work there everyday. Thanks for sharing all your info so generously too! Bless you & so happy for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - June 24, 2015 - 04:05

    My dream studio!! This is truly amazing.ReplyCancel

  • hanh trinh - June 8, 2015 - 21:58
  • Amaresh kumar - May 26, 2015 - 04:33

    very nice and unique studio..ReplyCancel

  • Katie - May 15, 2015 - 15:35

    Beautiful space, I love the light airy feeling it has. Just wondering about the size of your studio!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Fotografia - May 14, 2015 - 20:52

    Fantastic studio. Im jealous! Greetings from Poland.ReplyCancel

  • Felisha - March 21, 2015 - 13:44

    Beautiful studio. About how many sq ft or sq meters is your space?ReplyCancel

  • Candice Wong - March 18, 2015 - 04:03

    Absolutely stunning studio! Just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Aurelie Noyer - March 16, 2015 - 22:02

    Amazing space Kelly! You’re an incredible inspiration for any newborn photographer! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Kristy - March 11, 2015 - 16:17

    Hi Kelly, LOVE LOVE LOVE your space!! It’s stunning. When you have a minute, can you please let me know where you got your backdrop wall system from. I’m after something similar to this. Thanks so much xReplyCancel

  • Wendy - November 23, 2014 - 17:37

    Wonderful space, love it. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nelly Rahman - October 22, 2014 - 00:33

    It is a dream come true to have a beautiful studio. You definitely deserve a studio worthy of the art you create for your clients. Congratulations !ReplyCancel

  • Bailey - October 7, 2014 - 12:46

    Simple, clean lovely space . This make me want to purgeReplyCancel

  • Melissa - September 21, 2014 - 06:50

    Beautiful and unique studio space. Congratulations on the new space!ReplyCancel

  • Katey - September 6, 2014 - 10:29

    Wow, this looks amazing Kelly!ReplyCancel

  • Shimon - August 29, 2014 - 21:14

    Hi Kelly,you have Amazing Photos you are a Inspertion for new born Photography.

    may i ask where did you get The parquet Boards (by The Window)?ReplyCancel

  • Darwin newborn photographer Susan - August 27, 2014 - 21:50

    What a wonderful studio. Thank you very much for sharing. I could only dream of this space and beautiful set up xxReplyCancel

  • Erin Martin - August 27, 2014 - 12:47

    I just wanted to tell you that your workshop on creative live has changed my world. My view on my work and having more faith in myself. Thank you! now all i want is all your blankets and I will be set lol. I cant wait to see what my work looks like in a few year. I will be learning from you every step of the way. p.s please come to miami so i can do a workshop with you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Newell - August 23, 2014 - 07:53

    Kelly – your space is incredibly stunning! So extremely excited for you!!! LOVE seeing the new creations that are coming from this space! Congrats my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - August 22, 2014 - 10:41

    Kelly,

    Your home studio inspired me to transform my little room into a studio… Although this space is looks amazing, I will forever remember your home studio as my inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - August 22, 2014 - 10:43

      And congratulations on the new studio!ReplyCancel

  • Rana - August 22, 2014 - 05:19

    Wow…this is just gorgeous! Congratulations on the addition to your space! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - August 22, 2014 - 04:51

    Wow, simply beautiful space. Could you tell me what backdrop you have handing from the ceiling? I m searching to find one. Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • kerrie - August 21, 2014 - 14:32

    Kelly this is a beautiful space, do you have any information on how we as photographers can get in touch with Conny Rogers about the beautiful canvas backdrop?ReplyCancel

  • Tarra Fleming - August 21, 2014 - 03:30

    Stunning… such a beautiful and welcoming space – LOVE it! You and your husband have done an amazing job at creating such a tranquil place for all your new parents to come & have a wonderful experience 🙂 Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • SugaShoc Photography - August 21, 2014 - 01:38

    Gorgeous studio and beautiful space Kelly! Makes me long for my own huge space!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Nash - August 20, 2014 - 22:01

    Congrats on your new space Kelly!

    It’s beautiful! I love the shelving and how beautifully it holds all your props (mine are a disaster!)ReplyCancel

  • Davina - August 20, 2014 - 19:22

    Omg kelly its amazing:) Congratulations you deserve all the amazing things that are coming to you:) thankyou for been so inspiring:)ReplyCancel

  • Dagmara - August 20, 2014 - 18:29

    Beautiful space Kelly, well deserved, I’m in the process of getting my home studio together and I hope it’ll be half as nice as yours! Well done to husband too!
    Enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Curtis - August 20, 2014 - 18:16

    Well done, this looks absolutely beautiful. I wish you all the very best for the future of your business!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Yoon - August 20, 2014 - 16:53

    Congratulations Kelly! I love your studio as much as your work. Great space and something I’d love to create in a couple of years. Very inspirational! So good to hear you are in Korea. I am originally from Korea but a newborn photographer in Canada.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Cain - August 20, 2014 - 16:45

    Awesome Kelly, you so deserve it and your awesome hubby. Wishing you heaps of inspiring and continued fabulous work in your sanctuary 🙂 Regards from one of your New Zealand gals 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Emilia - August 20, 2014 - 15:16

    Wonderful space, well done to you and your husband for creating such a bright and welcoming space!
    What did you use on the floor?ReplyCancel

  • Mieke - August 20, 2014 - 15:12

    Omg how stunning is this!!! I’ve been waiting to see some pics after seeing you and hubby working hard on Instagram ;)! Well done! Hope to have something similar one day!! XReplyCancel

  • Adriana Pilonieta - August 20, 2014 - 15:08

    Kelly I am so happy for you and your clients! It is a dream come true to have a beautiful studio. You definitely deserve a studio worthy of the art you create for your clients. Congratulations !ReplyCancel

  • Mollie Meagher - August 20, 2014 - 14:14

    Such a beautiful studio Kelly! I hope I have one that nice someday. xXxXReplyCancel

  • Michelle Knowles - August 20, 2014 - 13:44

    Totally head over heels in LOVE… would be far MORE jealous without the knowledge of how much you deserve this (through your hard work) and what a wonderful woman you are x (now to ‘work towards’ my own beautiful space!)ReplyCancel

  • Carole Diamond - August 20, 2014 - 13:03

    Kelly your new studio looks incredible!

    You deserve everything that is coming to you as you work so hard and are the nicest person to go with it.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya McSwan - August 20, 2014 - 12:59

    Absolutely stunning! Great job everyone xxReplyCancel

  • Lee Anne - August 20, 2014 - 12:52

    Even your studio space is totally inspiring……thanks for letting us have peek <3ReplyCancel

  • Amy Tong - August 20, 2014 - 12:48

    Super jealous! It’s beautiful. Can’t wait to see all the wonderful photos created in this space by your talented self 🙂ReplyCancel

  • zoe hiigli - August 20, 2014 - 12:44

    I am so, so, SOOOOOOO jealous!!! One day I hope to have the same! Congrats, its completely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Jodie - August 20, 2014 - 12:35

    beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Riley - August 20, 2014 - 12:22

    Best of luck Kelly! It’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Cassidy - August 20, 2014 - 12:16

    Stunning Kelly! Congratulations 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Hope Copeland - August 20, 2014 - 12:12

    Looks lovely Kelly! Congratulations on the expansion of your space!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.

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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.

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  • 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

    Kelly-

    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.

    ChrisReplyCancel

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

    Brilliant video! What an incredible opportunity!ReplyCancel