Less Is More: Mastering the Minimalist Style of Newborn Photography with Bethney Backhaus

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Bethney Backhaus takes a unique approach to newborn photography by utilizing minimalist and simple components to accentuate a baby’s purity and newness. In this Breakout, Bethney shares her newborn philosophy and how simplicity and minimalism play a role in creating her distinctive images. She will share how to shoot a full gallery with these types of images, how she uses natural light, and some secrets to obtaining natural looking poses. You’ll learn how to shoot a full gallery, how to use natural light in newborn photography, how Bethney makes her sessions flow, and the secrets behind her natural looking poses. You’ll also get to delve into some behind-the-scenes videos to see where she shops for sessions, how she sets up, and how she cleanly processes her images to emphasize the simplicity she loves.


• Minimalist Philosophy and how to implement this style in newborn portraiture
• Where Bethney shops for her distinct backdrops and wraps
• How to shoot a full gallery with very simple and natural images
• Bethney’s posing and post processing workflows
• How Bethney sets up for her sessions
• How to pose newborns to make them look “unposed”
• Post processing techniques to enhance simplicity and negative space for more impact


PDF full of detailed information, techniques, tips, pullbacks, and inspiration

An on location shopping video showing what Bethney looks for while shopping for her sessions

An editing video using Lightroom and Photoshop

A video of Bethney setting up for a session

A LR preset and Photoshop action

Q&A Video

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Bethney resides in central Florida with her husband and two daughters. Armed with a Canon 5d Mark iii and a variety of prime lenses, she loves following her girls around all day and capturing their day to day life together. For client work, Bethney is known for posing newborns in a simple and natural style. Jane Austen, Friends, crocheting, and seeing the world are some of her favorite things.

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  • 5
    Love everything about it!

    Posted by Tereza Thomas on 16th Apr 2018

    This break through was amazing and it goes into so much details.. there’s info on what wraps and blankets to buy, it takes you through a session set up, and then you get to watch babies being posed and photographed and she explains where to position your light source! I’ve been shooting for a few years but I’m a total newbie to newborns and I feel like this breakthrough along with a short safety course prepared me so well for my first newborn session. I wish I could submit an image from my shoot to show you, I’m so happy with how it turned out! Worth every penny.

  • 5
    Absolutely fantastic and amazing values for money

    Posted by Sasha on 25th Feb 2018

    As the title says! So worth the money and much more information than I expected! Would love if she did a black and white editing video to go with. Maybe she has this elsewhere. Must have a look.

  • 5
    Fantastic for a newbie to minimalistic newborn photography!

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Jan 2018

    Loved every part of this course. So thankful to Bethney for sharing all this information for us to learn. Very informative, clear, easy to understand and goes into great detail in the videos. Thank you!

  • 5
    Extremely Informative

    Posted by Sheena Kaszynski on 17th Sep 2017

    This is one of my favorite breakouts that I have purchased from Clickin Moms. Bethney is an excellent teacher, and she proves that you don't need a lot of expensive things to create beautiful, simple images. I highly recommend it!!!

  • 4
    Perfect for a Newbie in Newborn photography!

    Posted by Gina Wiseman on 24th Jan 2017

    Thanks so much for offering this class...Im just starting out in Newborn photography and was clueless as to where to begin! This class was very helpful! Im excited to get started! Thanks to all!

  • 5
    Less is More by Bethney Backhaus

    Posted by Laurie Van Allen Photography on 2nd Jan 2017

    I found the material to be informative and interesting. Although much of it I knew, there is always something to be learned. I liked that Bethney shared so much that she does at her sessions and she does beautiful work. I also appreciated her sharing her product vendors, many who I also use. I think anyone wanting to do a more focus on the baby type session would learn a great deal from this and at the price, it is more than worth the money. Most of what is taught in this along with the photos and the fact you can print it out and have right on hand, is worth more than many in person mentoring sessions that cost hundreds of dollars. I highly recommend.

  • 5
    Worth every penny and more.

    Posted by Heather on 17th Dec 2016

    I have a similar aesthetic to Bethney, so as someone starting out, this class was amazing for me. A wonderful guide to the basics and has given me so much confidence in embracing the simple style I love in an industry saturated with props and heavily posed photos. Worth much more than the $40 price tag. Thank you.

  • 5
    Comparable to every other online Mentoring out there

    Posted by Jovana Padilla on 14th Dec 2016

    $30 is a complete steal. Not only is she very descriptive, she give you so much more than you could have ever imagined. This is by far the best purchase I've made in regards of education, inspiration, and business. My "before" images vs my "after" images are completely different and I've grown so much from this experience. Thank you.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 8th Nov 2016

    I have never done newborns, but recently have been getting into it all. I love her simple, natural take on poses and colors! Only complait is the video of her in the fabric store doesn't have sound :( not sure if it's on my end or what. Either way it was great and I learned a lot!!

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