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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*Please note: All items in this listing are digital downloads that must be downloaded to a computer (you may transfer to an iPad after your original download to a computer).  Due to the nature of digital downloads, they are non-refundable.

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
    Absolutely AMAZING.

    Posted by Jesse on 9th Sep 2016

    I'm a newbie self taught photographer. Only 1.5 years under my belt. I've always struggled with newborn sessions. I bought this and it COMPLETELY changed my newborn session. From the session time (4-5 hrs to just 2 hrs...and more images to give them), editing time cut in half and posing made easier! I posted a peek of the first newborn session and within an hour I had booked 4 newborn sessions. This is a great informational package that will completely change your newborn sessions. I didn't think it would be this big of a change but it was and I'm so happy I took a chance on it.

  • 5
    Jam packed with applicable info

    Posted by Amy Osborne Photography on 2nd Aug 2016

    I'm just starting out in my photography business and this breakout was very helpful! Jam packed with info that I can practice and directly apply to my business. LOVE IT!!!

  • 5

    Posted by Isabel on 7th Jul 2016

    This breakout is highly recommendable! I have taken other classes but this one really summarize the full process. It gives you many clues on how to set up for the session, how to nail main poses and also the transitions between them. What I like the most is that getting that minimalist output is simpler than I thought. Really worthy.

  • 5
    Informative and a Steal!

    Posted by Lavande Baby Portraiture on 4th Jul 2016

    I love Bethney's simple approach to posing and backdrops. She did have plenty of information included and I liked the pdf book along side the videos. It was such a great deal.

  • 5
    Simply Wonderful

    Posted by Emily on 12th Jun 2016

    This breakout was so thorough and informative. I purchased this to prepare for my first newborn session and it was absolutely the difference maker! Everything you need to know from lighting to posing to editing- worth well over its $35 price tag! Highly recommend!

  • 5
    Loved this!

    Posted by Unknown on 10th Jun 2016

    This was well worth the price - Bethney explains things in ways that make sense, and I've always been more drawn to the 'natural' newborn pics vs lots of props. I can't wait to incorporate this style into my sessions!

  • 5
    Beautiful & inspiring

    Posted by Fiona Bechtold on 5th Jun 2016

    I loved this breakout. Particularly the editing video. Thank you Bethany!

  • 5
    SO GOOD!

    Posted by Unknown on 5th Jun 2016

    Value for money +++ Most informative, easy to learn from and a great purchase! Thank you :-)

  • 5
    Worth every penny

    Posted by Unknown on 3rd Jun 2016

    I was SO pleased with this purchase. I am very new to photographing newborns and this helped me immensely! I felt like I really didn't know much of anything until I watched/read Bethany's take on newborn photography.

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