The Business and Art of Newborn Photography :  1.5 Day Group Workshop

Instructors: Dawn Potter and Brianna Chaves

Seattle, WA  –  March 10th & 11th
Boise, ID – May 5th & 6th

Newborn Photography Workshop

Come spend two days with Dawn and Bri and learn all about the ins and outs of running a successful newborn photography studio.

Things we will cover:

  • studio lighting
  • equipment, settings  & white balancing
  • styling for your session
  • choosing and working with props
  • parent prep
  • Dawn’s posing flow
  • newborn wrapping
  • transitions and shooting angles
  • editing workflow
  • In Person Sales vs Shoot and Share
  • pricing yourself and your products
  • marketing and partnerships
  • SEO and creating a web presence

You will have the opportunity to shoot along and use the images you capture for your portfolio!

What you need:

  • DSLR camera with 35mm or 50mm lens. Macro lens optional.
  • knowledge of shooting in manual mode
  • notebook or laptop for taking notes on the business portion; we will cover a lot of information!
  • knowledge of photoshop is recommended

What is included:

  • lunch and snacks for both days
  • ongoing support via Facebook private group and email

Transportation and accommodations are not included in the tuition.  There will be an optional no-host group dinner the evening before day one so we can all get acquainted ahead of time.  Workshops are not open to those who currently mentor.  We ask our students to honor a 1 year non-compete contract from the date of the workshop.

Total tuition cost is $1200.  $400 deposit due to secure your spot with workshop balance due 2 weeks before workshop date.

Brianna Chaves with BC Photography Images featuring her hospital installation.Newborn Photography Workshop

Booking will open on Sunday at 9:00am PST October 8th.




Dawn Potter is an award winning photographer who specializes in newborn photography.  She established her business in 2014 and runs a successful part-time studio in Issaquah, WA.  Brianna Chaves is an award winning photographer also specialized in newborn photography.  Her photography studio is located in Boise, ID where she has worked hard to earn partnerships with 3 local hospitals who proudly display her work. Dawn and Brianna met at a CreativeLive class in Seattle in 2015 and immediately became friends.  They are both passionate about the industry and helping others learn and grow their own photography businesses.

Newborn Photography Workshop


    Seattle maternity photographer, Dawn Potter Photography has a commercial studio located in downtown Issaquah – just minutes from Seattle and easily accessible from I-90. Please contact us for booking information.

    Michelle’s maternity session took place at the lovely arboretum in Maple Valley.  When spring flowers are in full bloom and the sun is shining after months of gloom, you get outdoors and take advantage of all the beauty that nature has to offer.  I much prefer photographing maternity sessions outdoors.  Especially when momma wants to include her family.  Lots of room to move and explore and there’s no better backdrop than those beautiful trees and flowers.

    Sharing a few of my favorites from Michelle’s outdoor maternity session.

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    Seattle Maternity Photographer

      Bellevue newborn photographer, Dawn Potter has a commercial studio located just a few minutes east of Bellevue in downtown Issaquah.

      Chase was just 6 days old when he came in for his newborn session. Sweet as can be with his beautiful little features and soft fluffy hair. I’m pretty sure he didn’t open his eyes at all the whole time he was with me!

      Momma had a few set ups she was really hoping to get during his newborn session. One of them was the baby in the hanging basket. I made it a priority to get that set up done right away to be sure we were able to get it. The other was the baby in a sling image. This one was a bit trickier to pull off. Luckily, with dad’s help and patience, I was able to get what I needed to bring the final image together in photoshop. And just to help put everyone’s minds at ease, baby was never actually suspended 🙂

      Momma also planned way ahead and ordered this special little knit outfit in Seahawks colors just for Chase’s newborn session. It fit him so well and I loved it so much that I went ahead and ordered one to have in the studio for my future babies. Just in time for football season!

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        Seattle newborn photography session with little Jackson, just 6 weeks old!  Jackson and his momma came in for a petite newborn session, which gave us just about an hour of time to photograph this little nugget.  Most 6 weeks old newborns are quite a bit more alert than the 2 weeks I typically photograph.  They are also often times starting to smile on cue.  I have to tell you, seeing this little due with his bright blue inquisitive eyes starting back at me was pretty amazing.  And the adorable little smiles he flashed just sealed the deal for me!

        Sharing a handful of my favorite images from Jackson’s six week Seattle newborn photography session. If you’d like to see current work and behind the scenes photos, be sure to check out my Facebook page!Seattle newborn photography 1
        Seattle Newborn Photography Session
        Seattle Newborn Photography Session
        Seattle Newborn Photography Session

          Newborn photographer Seattle, Dawn Potter Photography, has a commercial studio located just minutes from Seattle in downtown Issaquah at the historic Gilman Village. Please contact us for information on booking your newborn session.

          Capturing family moments is such an important part of what I do.  Even though Avery’s big sister really didn’t want to pose for the camera, we were still able to get a few images of the four of them together.  Images that capture their oldest daughter’s personality at that time in her life perfectly. 😉

          When families come in with older children, we spend the first half of the session focused on getting those family images.  Afterward, dad usually takes the other children out for a bit while I finish up the remainder of the session photographing baby by themselves.  Gilman Village has lots of stores on site where dads can take their little ones to walk around and explore.  There is even a coffee shop on site with a child friendly play area, so dad can grab a cup of joe and relax.

          Here is a little peek into Avery’s newborn session.

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