NEW! 2017 {online} Maternity Retreat hosted by The Milky Way



hosted by The Milky Way

Ready to rock your maternity sessions?

20 talented photographers join forces to inspire your maternity photography
along with an amazing community of fellow photographers).

  • Discover new maternity posing techniques
  • Gain confidence posing all body types
  • Find inspiration and fall in love with your maternity sessions again (or for the first time!)

$297 USD

or choose 2 monthly payments of $149 USD

Videos have subtitles in English, Spanish + Portuguese (Brazil)

Here's what a few students had to say already...

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

Watch on YOUR Schedule

You can watch when it works with your schedule!  Enjoy instant access to all videos!

Download the Videos

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

Bonus Facebook Community*

Connect with fellow students in a safe, drama-free space.

Who are the teachers?

(And what are they teaching?)

Kelly Brown

Little Pieces Photography

Fine Art Maternity Portraits

Join Kelly Brown in her studio to get your creative juices flowing and learn how to create simple yet truly unique photographs that your clients will adore.

During this video Kelly will take you through two completely different stylized setups demonstrating how she connects and confidently poses her clients allowing them to shine. You will also learn different lighting techniques, composition and camera angles to get it right in camera every time.

Running Time: 33m

Rachel Vanoven

Rachel Vanoven Photography

Studio Maternity Sessions

Rachel will take you into her studio for a behind the scenes look at shooting both an elaborately styled shoot--complete with real flowers and foliage and a professionally styled mom-to-be.

She then switches it up with a simply posed maternity + family session.

Both shoots use studio lights and include audio from the session so you can hear Rachel interact with her clients, creating a relaxed atmosphere for everyone!

Running Time: 35m

Erin Elizabeth Hoskins

Erin Elizabeth Photography

Sunset Beach Maternity

Join Erin Elizabeth Hoskins on the beach and in her studio as she takes you through her sunset beach maternity workflow from start to finish.

Erin will walk you through the workflow for several past sessions in her studio, before she demonstrates working in the most difficult shooting conditions imaginable - a back-lit, incredibly windy, sea-spray-filled beach in the harsh Australian sun.

Running Time: 53m

Alli Peck

Glow Portraits™

Posing The Curvy Mama

Join Alli as she details how to correctly (and incorrectly!) pose a mama with curves.

She'll go over every image and explain what should be done differently and then show an alternative image that works best.  Angles, lens choice and clothing options are covered.

Curves are to be embraced, and you'll watch Alli as she edits 2 images from SOOC to finished product.

Running Time: 26m

Angie McCabe

Myrtle and Moss Photography

Making the Connection

Join Ang McCabe as she walks you through her process of planning sessions that evoke genuine emotion from both your client and the viewer. Get an insider look through a behind the scenes video of an intimate maternity session which will provide tips and tricks on posing and directing clients.

This video will provide insight on how to get closer and more intimate with your couples. You will feel confident in choosing the right wardrobe and location to create a mood. You will understand how the gear you choose and the style you edit will affect the feeling of your images.

Finally, you will learn how to identify and capture little details that set the scene and tell your clients’ story.

Running Time: 41m

Julia Kelleher

Jewel Images

5 Methods to Maximize Maternity Bookings

If you can get the maternity session, you've got the newborn! Learn to grow your newborn business by securing the session with mom before she gives birth.

Maternity sessions mark an incredible time in a woman's life and capturing that for her establishes an enduring relationship that will last right through the newborn session. Join renowned business and marketing educator, Julia Kelleher, for this lesson on maximizing your maternity bookings.

She'll teach you five, low-cost, effective methods for bringing more moms through your door. With these 5 simple strategies, you can become the "it" maternity and newborn studio in your area, differentiating yourself from other "shoot and burners."

With solid techniques and the right mindset, and understanding your ideal client, you can command the best clientele, charge what you are worth, and in turn make clients naturally want to gush over your art and service.

Running Time: 1hr 9m

Eden Bao

Eden Bao Photography

Mastering the Dress Toss

Come join Eden at her studio and learn how she photographs her signature flowing dress maternity images!

Eden will cover lighting & set-up, technique of the dress toss, the best gowns to use and post production - everything you need to know to create a jaw-dropping image for your client.

Running Time: 25m

Stephanie Robin

Stephanie Robin Photography

Building a Maternity Wardrobe on a Budget

Join Stephanie in studio as she assembles and demonstrates key features of a versatile maternity wardrobe. You will also learn the 6 key items every photographer should purchase when assembling their studio wardrobe.

Stephanie will go through a sampling of wardrobe items both on and off our maternity model demonstrating the features of each to look for when shopping for your studio wardrobe. She will share price points as well as a private Pinterest page built just for you featuring currently available items for easy online and in person shopping.

You will learn how to successfully assemble your studio wardrobe without breaking the bank and may even pick up a few dance moves while you're at it.

Running Time: 26m

Rachel Brenke

The Law Tog

9 Legal Tips for your Maternity Business

Rachel Brenke, the mind behind TheLawTog, presents her top legal tips for your maternity business.

From conception through terms and into delivery, you'll be equipped with information and guidance to birth a successful business.

Running Time: 25m

Jenny Cruger

Jenny Cruger Photography

Natural & Organic Studio Maternity Portraits

Watch Jenny photograph a maternity session in her small, natural light studio utilizing various angles, lighting, and provided wardrobe to create an organic studio session that naturally flows together. See how Jenny interacts with her client, see her studio & wardrobe, and how she shoots each pose.

Then, watch Jenny as she edits this maternity session going over her complete Lightroom and Photoshop editing steps.

Running Time: 1hr 6m

Lisa DiGeso

Milk & Honey Photography

Creating Gallery Diversity Through Lighting

In this video, Lisa will show you how you can create a wide variety of 'looks' using simple lighting with a few standard backdrops.

Guiding her model through a series of poses, you can see and hear how Lisa interacts with her clients and positions them.

While natural light is used in this video, the same principles apply if you use strobes or continuous lights.

Running Time: 42m

Tiffany Burke

Tiffany Burke Photography

Boudoir Maternity

Join Tiffany as she covers the basics for a maternity boudoir session. and go behind the scenes as she shoots and poses in a boudoir setting.

Tiffany will be covering comfort levels, what to wear, lighting and posing. Finally, have a look at an editing session where she shows you how to get a clean, editorial look for your photos.

Running Time: 41m

Dana Pugh

Dana Pugh Photography

Underwater Maternity Portraits

Join Dana Pugh as she details the gear she takes on an underwater maternity session and then goes through a recent session providing tips for greater success.

Plus, she will show you how she edits her underwater images to get such great skin tones.

Running Time: 1hr 2m

Brigette Schaffarzick

Penguin Pictures

Lifestyle Family Maternity Sessions

Come along with Brigette Schaffarzick as she photographs two Family Maternity sessions.

Watch how she captures magical and tender moments between mothers and their first born children and keeps the session FUN for the little ones while still maintaining control with toddlers and young energetic children.

Running Time: 38m

Rebeca Price

Beka Price Photography

Snow Maternity Sessions

Join Rebeca Price as she walks you through her planning and preparation to shoot maternity portraits in the snow.

Come watch behind the scenes of two sessions and see how you can get the most out of outdoor sessions in snowy conditions.

Also included is an editing video showing her workflow and a clean edit.

Running Time: 42m

Reina Procee

Reina Procee Photography

Embrace the Unique in Fine Art Maternity

Join Reina in two maternity sessions, where she shows in detail how she poses the female body. In the first session you will feel like you are in the studio with us, while the second video will show her perspective of the model and what angles she would shoot at right from her camera.

The main takeaway, aside from posing, is the understanding of how women are unique and to not be afraid to be inspired by their bodies. Do not feel stuck in a box of doing the same poses over and over, and instead, feel free to explore new ways to show your client just how incredibly beautiful she actually is.

Running Time: 1hr 8m

Danielle Navratil

Danielle Navratil Photography

Outdoor Lifestyle Maternity Sessions

Join Danielle Navratil as she takes you along on an outdoor maternity session during the golden hour.

You will get a behind the scenes look at how she uses light to capture the beauty of lifestyle maternity. She will also show you her go to poses during her video that she uses to capture a natural feel.

In addition, an editing video is included to get a step by step look at her workflow and simple editing process.

Running Time: 33m

Shelly Ferguson

Shelly Ferguson Photography

Fine Art Nude Maternity Portraits

Join Shelly Ferguson as she takes you through her small, simple studio set up, a behind the scenes peek at an actual maternity session and the post processing of her fine art nude maternity images.

Shelly will walk you through how she gets clients to book fine art nude sessions, how she prepares and works with her clients as well as her thought process behind the posing, lighting and editing of her fine art nude images. She will share some SOOC images, some final images and take you through an edit in Lightroom and Photoshop from beginning to end of one of the images captured during the behind the scenes studio peek.

As a bonus she also includes her steps in creating beautiful black & white conversions in Lightroom.

Running Time: 1hr 6m

Melissa Garcia

Oh! MG Photo

Photoshop Secrets to Polish Your Maternity Portraits

Join Melissa as she edits three images in Photoshop using liquify, warp transformation, and discusses different ways to fine tune your maternity images.

These changes done are typically at a clients request, and is usually a cosmetic lift or tuck.

Let's use the magic of Photoshop to create flattering works of art for every maternity client!

Running Time: 43m

Ana Brandt

Ana Brandt Photography

Transitional Maternity Posing

Watch Ana guide a pregnant Mama through transitional poses, and then have Dad join for some stunning couples portraits, again using simple but proven transitional posing techniques.

As a bonus, Ana is happy to offer students a handy posing guide!

Running Time: 46m

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First retreat experience with us?

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!

20 talented photographers will present their expertise on a wide range of maternity 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!) - the videos stay up on our member site until May 15th, 2018 (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 which will stay open until our next retreat 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 30-65 minutes.  Some will be video footage of the instructor in action showing specific posing and lighting 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, this might not be for you! 

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

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!)

$297 USD

(or choose 2 monthly payments of $149 USD)

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 a session, or a screen share where you can watch them edit.   You will enjoy a jam-packed event with info, tips and inspiration to help you with your maternity 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)

Is this subtitles? Yes.  Videos will have English, Spanish and Portuguese (Brazil) subtitles.

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 May 15th, 2018.

*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 Maternity 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. Teachers are no longer in the #AskTeacher threads but you can read past Q&As.

Can I buy this with a group and share my login?  No.  We appreciate you respecting our teachers (and the law!! by ensuring your login is for your eyes only.  Thanks for being awesome! It's a bummer when we have to pursue legal action to protect our teachers, but we will.

Is this beginner-friendly?  Yes!  While it isn't an A-Z guide to maternity, we also know that new and aspiring maternity photographers will take away lots of tips they can implement immediately (not to mention, the boost of inspiration!)

Is there a discount if I've taken a retreat in the past?    Sorry, as each retreat is a new collaboration with a unique group of instructors, there aren't discounts beyond the early-registration price.

We do, however, have alumni discounts on our Milky Way classes - Illuminate, Beyond the Beanbag and 5 Days to Photoshop.

Do you have a money-back guarantee?  No.  Ticket are non-refundable.  Just like an in-person conference, you go in knowing there are some sessions you are going to love and some that might not feel applicable to you.  At the end of the day, you need to decide what you are looking for and if the sessions described fit what you need! 

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 used to register - ie: Paypal or Credit Card).  You WILL get full access to the retreat experience on Day 1 - 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 healthcare tops our list!

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Teaching Opportunities

Interested in speaking at a future Retreat (family, newborn, maternity)? 
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*IMPORTANT:  the Facebook group is a BONUS, not a paid part of the program to connect with other students.  We have community guidelines (basically be awesome) - if you aren't, you will be removed. Teachers have stepped out of the Q&A threads now.

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