The Hybrid Newborn Photographer: Merging Posed & Lifestyle Newborn Portraits with Chelsey Hill

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Learn how to effortlessly merge posed newborn portraits and styled lifestyle portraits into one newborn session.  

Effortlessly merge posed newborn portraits and styled lifestyle portraits into one newborn session! Chelsey Hill will show you her efficient beanbag posing workflow with studio lighting & props that can be used for all types of baby temperaments! Then she’ll show you how to use natural light and a posing flow in a lifestyle session that enhances connection and emotion!

what you’ll get:


A beautiful, content-rich eBook covering everything you need know about running an efficient posed newborn session and a styled lifestyle newborn session


Two full behind-the-scenes session videos (1 posed beanbag session incorporating 3 props & 1 styled lifestyle family session including siblings) covering in-depth posing, wrapping & lighting techniques


Learn the secrets to getting perfect newborn skin, enhancing depth, editing a composite image and creating an overall polished look


Setting-up for the session & wrapping tutorial covering the 5 most commonly used techniques

*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.

what you’ll learn:


An efficient posing workflow using studio lighting and a mix of beanbag and prop poses that can be used for any baby


Editing techniques that cover newborn skin, enhancing depth, editing a composite and creating a polished look


How to distinguish your imagery through composition, depth and perspective


Step-by-step lifestyle workflow in a beautifully styled room using natural light, with a focus on enhancing connection


Client preparation including styling tips


Finding your voice and using that to enhance your personal artistry

about your presenter

Chelsey Hill is a newborn, maternity & family photographer based out of Ohio.  Her work has been featured in many prominent publications including Click magazine, Milky Way magazine and Beauty Revived magazine.  Outside of her profession, she can be found spending time with the loves of her life: her husband and two little girls. 


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  • 5
    Essential topic, inspiring and actionable

    Posted by Amanda Myers on 31st May 2019

    I jumped into this breakout during the last few days of the live run ahead of an in-home newborn + family session. It had been awhile and I wanted a good refresher. This class was much more than I had expected! I was able to take what I learned and apply them immediately in that session. For me, I started out doing posed newborns - I had the beanbag and the backdrop and all the props. I studies posing and spent probably (definitely) too much time at a client's home waiting for baby to get sleepy enough to pose. After a couple friends had babies, I took pictures "as a friend" and took a more lifestyle approach. When I realized how much more laid back that approach was, and I really loved the resulting images, I got rid of all my stuff and only offered lifestyle sessions. However...clients who had me before and now are having additional children still wanted a few posed shots. Clients who have had previous photographers or see their friends' pictures on social media, they still want a few more traditional posed newborn shots. Chelsey taught that you CAN have a middle ground, it doesn't have to be one way or the other. She's built a successful business giving clients what they REALLY want - not one or the other, but a beautiful variety of both posed newborn portraits and lifestyle family pictures. (Disclaimer: I've only gone through the ebook, I haven't yet had a chance to go through the videos! The ebook alone was well worth it!)

  • 5
    This breakout is filled with fantastic content for newborn photographers.

    Posted by Leigh Koch on 28th May 2019

    The e-book contains exceptional information, explanations and descriptions of theories, processes and workflows. Additionally, the videos are beautifully done and easy to follow and understand. The amount of content and information you gain from this for the price is amazing!

  • 5
    I highly recommend getting this breakout

    Posted by Tiffany on 28th May 2019

    - it is packed with so much information and the session videos are invaluable! I loved getting the opportunity to watch Chelsey pose babies and I LOVE the fact that she only uses easy poses- I’ve always put pressure on myself to perfect all the newborn poses out there and I’m definitely going to be changing the way I pose after reading through her material. It was also a treat to watch her lifestyle video- her styling tips and posing will definitely help me with not only working with newborn clients, but also my family sessions as well!

  • 5
    This breakout is an incredible bang for your buck!

    Posted by Lacey Jinks on 28th May 2019

    Chelsey jam packed her pdf with SO much priceless information! I have always shot “lifestyle newborn” sessions but over the last few months, I have been feeling called to incorporate some posed options into my in home sessions so this breakout couldn’t have come at a better time! The behind the scenes videos and exercises are amazing!

  • 5
    This is such an amazing deal and a great breakout.

    Posted by Lisa Poseley on 28th May 2019

    Very well done and thorough, packed with lots of materials. The videos are well edited and clear, definitely learned a lot and got more than I had expected from this breakout!

  • 5
    I can’t believe what a good deal this was!

    Posted by Meg on 28th May 2019

    Chelsey explained things in an insightful, clear way. She lead us through some very helpful exercises to help us really internalize the concepts. I love the included PDF and videos. If you’re on the fence about this course, get it! It’s well worth it! I’m a seasoned photographer, and I still learned a lot!

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