2016 Newborn Retreat - The Milky Way - a photographer's resource

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hosted by The Milky Way

(No travel required!)

$347 USD or 2 payments of $175 USD

Ready to rock your newborn sessions?

23 talented photographers join forces to elevate your newborn photography
along with an amazing community of fellow photographers).

  • Learn new posing + wrapping techniques
  • Refine your workflow + editing to save time.
  • Come away inspired, confident + ready to create!

Retreat videos are released Jan 31st - Feb 2, 2017
(but you can watch on YOUR schedule!)

$347 USD   (2 monthly payments of $175 USD)

It only just started, but here's what students are saying already...

If you could book just ONE extra session based on what you learn, it will have paid for itself!

Watch on YOUR Schedule

Once released, you can watch the recorded videos when it works with your schedule! 

Download the Videos

You can download the videos
so you have them for life!

Bonus Facebook Community*

Connect with the teachers and fellow students in a safe, drama-free space.
(Teachers will be in the group until Feb 14th, 2017)

First retreat experience with us?

2017 Newborn Retreat

Here's how it works...

Imagine an in-person conference except all the sessions happen online, you don't have to 'pick' which class to attend (you can watch them all!) and you don't have to travel anywhere!

23 talented photographers will present their expertise on a wide range of topics via videos, that you can download and keep forever.

The videos are pre-recorded so you don't have to "show up live" at a specific time (so it works for all time-zones and all kinds of work schedules!) - and now that they are all released, the will videos stay up on our member site until Dec 31st, 2017 (and to ensure you have them for life - you can download them!)

You'll also receive an invite to our BONUS* private Retreat Facebook group where teachers will be answering questions until Feb 14th, 2017.  The group will then stay open so you can keep receiving support and advice from your fellow students (so long as it remains a positive, drama-free zone!)

Teacher videos will range from 20-75 minutes.  Some will be video footage of the instructor in action showing specific posing and wrapping techniques, while other topics will be presented in a slideshow or screenshare format.  

These are not professionally filmed, so if that's a deal breaker for you, please wait for a future retreat! 

But if you're ready to walk away feeling inspired with your newborn sessions, we would LOVE to have you join us!

Ready to say yes?

$347 USD (or 2 monthly payments of $175 USD)

Who are the teachers?

(And what are they teaching?)

Luisa Dunn

Luisa Dunn Photography

Wrapping + Posing in Nests and Circular Props

Luisa will demo her two different wrapping and styling techniques used when creating elaborate nest and round prop setups in-session and then simplified by shooting for planned post-session composites.

Both techniques are useful in planning for a smooth and efficient session workflow especially when babies are fussy and unsettled.

Learn how introducing digitally creative elements to your session workflow also allows for expanding client galleries and providing additional styling choices to clients without blowing your client/session time budget.

Luisa will also demonstrate how to achieve multiple wrapped looks with one base wrap and one overlay.

Rachel Vanoven

Rachel Vanoven Photography

Working with Assistants

In this video, Rachel covers what you need to know when working with an assistant (and why it's important).   

Even if you don't have an assistant today, after this session you'll have the information you need on how to hire and train one when the time comes  - and it may come sooner than you think - especially once you see how having an assistant with prop posing can shave off time in a session!

Imagine what your sessions (and session prep + clean-up) could look like when you bring someone on your team. 

Kristen Cook

Kristen Cook Photography

Capturing Emotion
in Newborn Sessions

In this presentation, Kristen will be discussing the importance of emotional connection in newborn portraiture.

Why it matters, what to look for, how to capture it and how you can increase the emotional power of your imagery.

Imagery that not only feeds us as creatives and artists, but our clients also.

Let's push beyond the boundaries of expectation and see how we can connect with photographs on a different level to what we may be used to.

(slideshow-style session)

Amy McDaniel

Dewdrops by Amy McDaniel

The 'Huck Finn' + 'Chair' Pose

Join Amy in studio as she walks you through her process for setting up and refining the 'Huck Finn' pose followed by the transition to the 'Side-Lay' pose on the beanbag.   

She'll also guide you to posing babies safely in the posing pod chair.

Using both studio + natural light in her video, you'll have a chance to see the angles she uses to capture each pose (along with light placement).

Amy will also walk you through an edit from the session, so you can see her workflow from shoot to final image.

Erin Elizabeth Hoskins

Erin Elizabeth Photography

Maximizing One Pose

Join Erin in her natural-light studio where she will demonstrate her starting setup (baby on their back in a bowl) and show you how she can capture almost 1/3 of her gallery (with her 24-70 2.8L and her 100mm 2.8L macro) in this single setup, with minimal disruption to baby's sleep.

It's her 'go-to' setup - no client is allowed to leave until she's got it!

If you've been struggling with sessions that last way too long and worry about having enough selection for your client - do not miss this session!

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Emily Lucarz

Emily Lucarz Photography

Lifestyle newborn photography: How to shoot in "non-ideal" lighting situations in homes.

Want to know how to get great newborn images in homes that are darker?  Emily will take you along to a lifestyle newborn session and explain how she shoots in low light and still gets beautiful images.

She will also show some examples from previous sessions and offer tips and guidance on how to edit the images as well.

Douglas + Courtney Weittenhiller

Twig + Olive Photography

Designing and Shopping for Newborn Prop Setups:
A How-to

Having trouble coming up with inventive and creative newborn prop setups? It's easy, and less expensive, than you may expect.

In this video, Doug + Courtney will walk you through how to find amazing gems for your littlest clients, all on a budget, and design something inspired and beautiful!

They'll also take you behind-the-scenes in a session where they model those props with newborns to show you how they're used and can be re-used and remain unique to each client!

Bethney Backhaus

Bethney Backhaus Photography

Natural Parent Posing

In this behind-the-scenes video in her natural-light studio, Bethney will show her workflow for capturing parent (and family) images that show genuine interaction and emotion.

She’ll guide you on how to integrate these unique images seamlessly with her natural/unposed style of newborn photography to create beautiful, natural images your clients will love - all with an efficient workflow you can incorporate into your sessions.

Keri Meyers

Keri Meyers Photography

Newborn Editing (PS + ACR)

Newborn skin...is there any edit more challenging for a photographer?

In this video, Keri will guide you through her editing process with a focus on achieving beautiful (and believable) skin tones.

Using both hand-edits and actions, you'll see the step-by-step transformation of five separate images from start to finish, using ACR and Photoshop.

Erin Tole

Erin Tole Photography


Having a few additional go-to wrapping options is always helpful to add variety to your galleries (and when working with an awake or fussy baby).

In this demo video, you'll join Erin in studio as she guides you through the 'egg wrap' into relaxed posing.

Stephanie Robin

Stephanie Robin Photography

Making the Most of Macro

Join Stephanie inside a newborn session where you can watch her weave macro imagery into her workflow.

While photographing at least 6 different features, she’ll guide you through her creative process, including tips on nailing focus and best angles for images clients love.

Learn how macro imagery can increase you gallery size/variety (especially with fussy babies), but also boost your product sales.  Then watch along as she shows you her macro editing  -  in both colour and B&W.

Alli Peck

Glow Portraits

Working with Siblings

Watch behind-the-scenes in Alli's studio as she shows you her take on working with siblings.

Over several sibling sessions, she explains what she is looking for when working with siblings including examples of one or more siblings and baby.

There's nothing easy when it comes to sibling images, but after learning alongside Alli, you'll be feeling more confident going in, with a clear idea of what to expect.

Lisa DiGeso

Milk & Honey Photography

Working with Older Newborns

Join Lisa in studio during several newborn sessions to see how she works with older newborns (3 weeks - 6 weeks).

Discover new tips to customize each session and achieve a beautiful gallery your client will love.

She'll share tips on how to have a successful session when working with both sleeping and awake babies, and offer advice on how to prep your clients to have realistic expectations going in to ensure they walk away excited about their session.

Bianca Hubble

Photography by Axsys Design

Bum-up Posing/ Dad Posing

Get a behind-the-scenes look while Bianca sets up her session for the classic 'bum-up' pose, including tips on how to prep the surface.  She'll guide you through the pose, offering tips and guidance to refine the pose and shoot for the most flattering angle.

You also will have a chance to see a studio session where she is posing with a dad.  Learn tips on getting dad comfortable and watch as she flows through 2-3 poses that are always a hit with clients. 

Heidi Hope

Heidi Hope Photography

Going with the Flow:
Keeping sessions under 2 hours for maximum profitability

Part 1:  Heidi shares her newborn session flow depending on different scenarios (ie: when baby starts awake, when baby starts asleep, when baby wakes up mid session, when baby is awake the whole time) with photo examples from past sessions.

Part 2: Come behind-the scenes as Heidi gives a demonstration of newborn posing (with baby under 2 weeks) in 2 favorite off-beanbag setups that can work for babies who are awake or asleep.

Amy Cope

Amy Cope Photography

Working with Twins

Come along with Amy to a session with twins where she walks you through her workflow on the beanbag and with props.

You'll learn how to use the poses already set up to get individual shots of each baby without creating more work, and see how she uses composites to ensure both babies are in focus when using a low f-stop.

Jennifer Veitch

Jennifer Veitch Photography

Flow Posing

The key to shortening your sessions?  Having a consistent workflow that works for you.

Jennifer brings you into a newborn session to show you how she transitions between poses smoothly and effectively and in a way that works for her every time!  

(Includes parent posing, beanbag and prop poses).

Ana Brandt

Ana Brandt Photography

Newborn Transitioning
with Layers

In this video, Ana will show how she starts with a baby in a basic wrap and then transitions through seamless poses and works with felted layers to add dimension to her sessions.

She will also include the post-processing steps she takes with one of the felted wrapping images from her session.

Aoife Millea

Cleare Photography

Newborn Composites

Creating realistic composites is an art - it's more than just the work done in Photoshop - it's about paying attention to details in the shoot itself  - light, shadows, angles.

Join Aoife on a shoot where she walks you through the things she is looking for when shooting a newborn image to be used in a composite.  She'll then take you into Photoshop so you can see how she works her magic to create a believable (and beautiful!) finished image.

Susan Scott

Susan Scott Photography

Outdoor Newborn Sessions

Come behind the scenes with Susan as she brings you along for one of her signature outdoor newborn sessions.

Learn what she looks for in a location, tips on finding the best light and tips on styling your outdoor sessions to make your images shine.

She'll also be sharing a simple edit from the session.

Jessica Rogers

Lil' Buttons Photography

In-Person Sales

Making the transition to In-Person Sales? (or thinking about it?)  Or perhaps you already do and are just looking for a few extra ideas.

In this video, Jessica outlines her IPS process, including the welcome packet, her pre-session consultation, the session, gallery viewing and product delivery.

You'll be able to come behind the scenes to watch an actual IPS session (because sometimes being a fly on the wall is the best way to learn!)

Shannon Morton

Shannon Morton Photography

Create a Gushing Client:
Building Your Business Through Word of Mouth

Word-of-mouth is king when it comes to marketing and building your business. Referrals from an extremely satisfied customer or even another business can lead to a huge influx of inquiries and paying customers.

But how do you create a gushing client? You know, the type who tells all her friends that they *have* to use you as their photographer because they will LOVE you??

Join Shannon as she divulges the tips and tricks she has used to build her business into a 6-figure career with many gushing, repeat clients. She'll outline not only the critical steps needed to win clients but she'll also share personal stories, including ones when a client is NOT initially happy.

Tiffany Burke

Tiffany Burke Photography

Social Media Marketing: How to reach your ideal client

This is a speaking video with pictures and slides as examples. Tiffany will teach you how to get authentic engagement online and how to reach your ideal client.

She will teach you about the optimal content, posting times, finding your audience, getting organized for your marketing and tips on running a targeted Facebook ad.

The class is focused on Facebook and Instagram, but can also be applied to other social media platforms.

+ some fun surprises!

If you went to an in-person conference, it could cost you $2,000+ once you factor in the price of the ticket, airfare, accommodation and meals. 
(And while we love in-person events, it's nice to be able to learn from home, on YOUR schedule, with videos - all for a fraction of the price!)

$347 USD (or 2 monthly payments of $175)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I HAVE to be online at a certain time? No! You can watch on your own schedule

Is this professionally filmed? Nope! In fact, each presenter will be creating/filming their own presentation which might be a slideshow presentation, a video of them in their office, studio or on location showing you some posing.   You will enjoy a jam-packed event with info, tips and inspiration to help you with your newborn photography (but it won't be up for any videography awards, so if that's a deal breaker for you, give this a pass until a future retreat)

Can I download the presentations?  Yes - you can download the videos so you have them for life - and you'll be able to able to access the info on our private Retreat website until Dec 31st 2017.

*Is there a Facebook community for the retreat?  We'll be hosting a bonus Facebook group.  Please note, this pop-up community is a bonus - not a paid part of the Newborn Retreat experience.  To participate, there is a set of community guidelines to follow (basically - be awesome!), but those who are not awesome, will be asked to leave.

Can I buy this with a group and share my login?  No.  We appreciate you respecting our teachers and your fellow students by ensuring your log-in is for your eyes only.  Not only is that the respectful and ethical thing to do (it's also the legal thing!) :)  Thanks for being awesome!

Is this beginner-friendly?  Yes!  While it isn't a A-Z guide to newborns, we also know that new and aspiring newborn photographers will really enjoy it and take away a lot of great info.  If you are completely new, you may also wish to check out "Beyond the Beanbag: our complete guide to newborns"

Is there a discount for past students?    We don't have additional discounts as we are working with new teachers at each retreat.  We do, however, have alumni discounts on our Milky Way classes - Illuminate + Beyond the Beanbag.

How is this different from the 2016 Newborn Retreat? Should I take this one too?  Lots of new speakers and new topics!  At the end of the day, only you know if you could use a little more guidance or inspiration when it comes to your newborn photography.  If you don't, carry on being your awesome self!  If you could use a little boost of inspiration and motivation and you want to refine a few things, we would love to have you join us! 

Do you have a money-back guarantee?  Sorry friends, tickets are non-refundable.  We DO know you will get your money's worth in value but if you have any hesitation, wait for the feedback from attendees, and join us at a later date (but the early-bird sale will be over).

What currency is the price?  USD

How does the payment plan work?  If you choose the payment plan, your first payment will come out when you register.  The next payment will automatically come out in 30 days (using the same method of payment you use to register - ie: Paypal or Credit Card).  You WILL get full access to the retreat experience - you do not have to wait until the second payment is made (because we know you are awesome and will complete that second payment!)

Is there tax added?  If you have the good fortune of living in Canada, then yes, there will be GST  and/or HST charged. If your business is registered, it is more of a 'paper shuffle with the CRA vs added cost.  If you don't have a business tax ID  we know tax can seem like a bummer, but think of all the wonderful things it provides....free healthcare tops our list!

Have a question not answered?  Email us at lisa@themilkyway.ca

Teaching Opportunities

Interested in speaking at a future Retreat (family, newborn, maternity)? 
Click here
to fill out our initial application.

*IMPORTANT:  the Facebook group is a BONUS, not a paid part of the program.  We have community guidelines (basically be awesome) - if you aren't, you will be removed.  Teachers will be in the group until Feb 14th, 2017.

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