2020 Online

Newborn Retreat


Ready to fall in love with

your newborn sessions and feel more confident

than ever?


Let me ask you a question...

  • Ever find yourself feeling un-inspired on your shoots?  
  • Are you frustrated you can't seem to book enough clients?
  • Do you want to produce more creative images?
  • Wish you could see how other photographers run their sessions?

Learn from 26 world-class instructors

(...all from the comfort of home)


2020 {online}

Newborn Retreat

hosted by The Milky Way

Regular: $347 USD. save $50

  • Learn newborn posing, wrapping + styling ideas (to elevate your work and bring more creativity to your sessions)
  • Discover new techniques for maternity posing and lighting (so you can help your clients feel confident and your sessions run smoother)
  • Marketing ideas that are working today (so you can book more clients)

Who are the teachers?

and what are they teaching?

2020 Newborn Retreat
Claudia Aguilar
Captured by Claudia Photography
Photographer 1 - Claudia

Colour & Angles

The ​do's and don'ts

Claudia brings her colorful style back to the retreat, and will once again thrill us with her artistic applications of color palettes when posing newborns.

This year she will focus on props - specifically incorporating color and styling in creating colorful floral setups with props. Claudia navigates with you through ​the added challenge of finding good angles to show off both your creativity AND the newborn while using props.

Get ready to put your creativity and craftsmanship in high gear!

​​Editing ​shown: Yes



Tanha has spent many years perfecting a workflow that results in images that she knows parents will purchase, and steering away from those she has learned they simply don't buy.

In this video, come with her in studio to see her workflow first-hand, and how she creates ​poses and setups that are bestsellers that parents want to print large and hang on their walls! ​

​Running Time: 71 min
Editing shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
Tanha Basile
​Winni and Mini Photography
Photographer 2 - Tanha
2020 Newborn Retreat
Heidi Hope
​Heidi Hope Creative
Photographer 3 - Heidi

The Art

of In-home Newborn Sessions

​After 10 years running a multi-million dollar studio, Heidi left it all in pursuit of new challenges, but was left with no studio and very few props.

Learn how she marketed and sold in-home newborn sessions that thrilled clients and commanded her same sales average.

In this class Heidi will ​take you through marketing, workflow, finding light and using digital backdrops. She will also be sharing some finished galleries.

Running Time: 75 min

​Maternity Aerial

​Portraits in Studio

​​Melanie is known for her stunning maternity portraits, and you have the chance to learn exactly how to set up and capture a very special and sought-after style: the aerial maternity portrait in studio.

​It can be tricky, but Melanie will take you along step-by-step so you can learn how to get the right angle to shoot maternity portraits from above.

Your clients will be thrilled with these most gorgeous aerial ​maternity shots.

​Running Time: 30 min
Editing shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
Melanie Winter
​MOK-A Photographie
Photographer 4 - Melanie
2020 Newborn Retreat
​Sujata Setia
​But Natural Photography
Photographer 5 - Sujata


Animals into Indoor Newborn Sessions

​In this video, Sujata will take you through how she creates beautiful and memorable images of newborn babies and their furry buddies in a natural indoor setting.

You will understand how best to work with these sensitive subjects and also how to bring together the final image with the help of correct lighting, styling, posing, gear and settings.

She will also show you how the final image will look following post production with some of her actions in Photoshop.

Running Time: 48 min
Editing shown: Yes

​Beds, Buckets,

Baskets & more

Once you've mastered beanbag posing, it's time to break out the props!

Charlotte will show you how to keep the prop variety going in your sessions by ​teaching you how to pose and shoot newborns in beds, buckets, baskets & more.

The result? You will deliver full galleries to ​clients filled with a diverse range of images that they will no doubt adore! ​

Running Time: 58 min
Editing shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Charlotte Gamache
​Charlotte Gamache Photography
Photographer 6 - CharlotteG
2020 Newborn Retreat
​Bianca Hubble
​Bianca Hubble Photography
Photographer 7 - BiancaH

​That's a wrap!

(Newborn Wrapping)

​Bianca joins us again to ​underline her reputation as Wrap Master!

You'll go into the studio with Bianca as she teaches a few artistic ways to wrap a newborn and how to then pose them into a bowl/crate.

​​Expect your wrapping game to be on point after this class!

Running Time: 33 min

Modern Maternity:

Creating Beautiful and Impactful Portraits Using Minimal Styling

​Many clients are drawn to a minimal and modern style, which they will want to see when hiring you for maternity portraits.

Tianna shows you how, while using lighting and minimal props, ​you can create timeless and beautiful photography for your clients who want nothing but impactful maternity portraits for their home.

​Running Time: 55 min
Editing shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Tianna Jarrett-Williams
​Tianna J Williams Photography
Photographer 8 - TiannaJ
2020 Newborn Retreat
​Chris Scott
​The Printmaker System
Photographer 9 - ChrisS

​How To

Add a "Baby's First Gallery" Product Promotion to Your Business

​Looking for ways to increase sales while also putting more of your work in your clients' homes?

​In this class, Printmaker System Co-Founder Chris Scott, will walk you step-by-step through setting up a "Baby's First Gallery" promotion in your business.

By the end of this class, you'll have everything you need to start offering beautiful (and profitable) growing-gallery walls ​in your business today!

Running Time: 37 min

​The Newborn


​​Thought all newborn sessions have to take 4-5 hours? Lizzy is here to change that perception by introducing the concept of Newborn Mini-Sessions.

​She will weave her magic and reveal how to create a variety of beautiful, unique images in under an hour! ​She explains the process, workflow, and what angles to photograph for best results in a short time.

Her presentation will include a live newborn model, so you can see ​the newborn mini-session model in action!

​Editing shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Lizzy McMillan
​Momento Studios
Photographer 10 - LizzyM
2020 Newborn Retreat
​Daniela Herling
​Little Click Photography
Photographer 11 - DanielaH


Lifestyle Newborn Session​s

​Daniela will take you inside a clients home and show you how she runs an in-home newborn lifestyle session from beginning to end, including a few posed baby shots.

She will go over ​her entire workflow from styling and prepping clients to ​culling and editing a session. She will gently guide you through all the 'what-ifs' - ​enabling ​you to conquer your fears of the unexpected when going into an unknown environment, and ​by knowing how to handle all the curveballs that these sessions can throw at you.

​Running Time: 51 min
Editing shown: Yes


Beanbag Workflow

​​Are you looking for a consistent workflow? Do you want to cut down your time spent posing baby on the beanbag?

Cherise is sharing her customized workflow that she personally uses ​in this video. This workflow will allow you to maximize your time and poses on the beanbag with minimal disturbance to baby!

​​Editing shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Cherise Kiel
​Cherise Kiel Photography
Photographer 12 - CheriseH
2020 Newborn Retreat
Anesha Collins
Unashamed Imaging
Photographer 13 - AneshaC


Video-Marketing: From Social Media to Website Content

​The future consumer has a lot of influence in the way businesses need to connect with their target consumer/audience with the use of video-marketing and brand uniqueness.

Did you know that people remember 10% of what they hear and 50% of what they see? Video is one of the most solid ways to bring people into a brand experience way before they make a purchase or engage with the business they're interested in. In this session with Anesha Collins, you will learn how video-marketing helps to grow your business, connects you with your target audience, strengthens your brand persona, and helps to market your business the right way. Anesha will also teach you about:

  • Using Organic Video Content
  • Using Video at Customer Journey Touch-points
  • Using Video on Social Media (Instagram focused)

It's time to level-up your brand experience with video. Anesha is here to help you take a practical approach towards incorporating video-marketing into your business marketing strategy.

​Running Time: 42 min


Your Newborn Sessions

​We all want take better photos, spend less time in ​our sessions and speed up ​our editing process so ​we can spend more time with ​our loved ones.

In this class, Russ is going to teach you 10 tips that have definitely helped ​him over the last ten years. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned newborn pro, this class will definitely have something for you!

​A large part of that is learning how to speed up your sessions and spend less time in front of the computer, and Russ will show you how!

Editing ​shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Russ Jackson
​Russ Jackson Photography
Photographer 14 - RussJ
2020 Newborn Retreat
​Sarah Jordan
​Miles of Smiles Photography
Photographer 15 - SarahJ

​3 Steps

to Make More Money NOW in your Business

​Tired of feeling like you’re working 24/7 in your business - but not making the $$$ you deserve? Well, it’s time to give yourself a raise and start making more money doing what you love to do. You deserve it!

In this course, Sarah will walk you through 3 easy-to-incorporate steps that you can work ON this week, work IN to your business next week, and as a result – start making more money in your business.

Whether you are an In-Person-Sales (IPS) photographer or if you do online galleries for clients, Sarah will cover ways to treat your business like a business and take it to the next level.

Do what you already do… then find realistic ways to do it better, and start paying yourself well in the process!

​Running Time: 72 min



​​Are you paralyzed with fear and apprehension when your clients say "we're having twins"?

No need! Amy brings you right into a session with twins and shows you some of her ​favorite twin poses and how to perfect them. You will also see the specific workflow she uses to capture these babies both together and individually in a smooth and seamless way.

Finally, she will edit an image from the session so you get a glimpse into her editing style.​

​Running Time: 85 min
Editing shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Amy Haehl
​Coffee Creek Studio
Photographer 16 - AmyH
2020 Newborn Retreat
​Mary Maloney
​Pebbles and Polka Dots Photography
Photographer 17 - MaryM


to the Wild

In this video, Mary of Pebbles and Polka Dots Photography will take you through how she creates artful imagery of expectant Mamas in the most imaginative way. Taking that Mama and her womb out to the wild.

You will understand how best to work creatively with each expecting client and also how to bring together the final image with the help of wardrobe, creative mind set, posing, gear, settings and a little magic.

She will also show you how the final image will look following post production with some of her edits in Photoshop.

Running Time: 35 min
Editing shown: Yes


Pose. Light

Rebecca will be teaching wrapping and posing using the egg shell wrap-around wrap on a flokati rug in her video.

She then shows you how to master your light for creative effect (covering both front-lighting and back-lighting, and how to control and move your light to create more contrast, or adjust for a softer look and how to shoot from the shadows). ​We will also cover angles and macro shots for this pose!

Finally, you will see a step-by-step guide on how to put the finishing touches ​to your image with post-processing in Photoshop.

​Running Time: 50 min
Editing shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Rebecca Connolly
Rebecca Connolly Photography
Photographer 18 - RebeccaC
2020 Newborn Retreat
​Dawn Potter
​Dawn Potter Photography
Photographer 19 - DawnP

​Bean Bag

Posing Flow

Having a ​smooth workflow when posing newborns is essential to ensure you ​littlest clients stay happy and you create the needed variety of poses.

In this video, Dawn shares with you her typical beanbag posing flow from start to finish. ​She will show you how she uses studio lighting during ​her session, as well as ​her go-to camera settings to achieve consistent results.

In the end, she will cover ​her editing workflow so you can see the final results.

​Running Time: 84 min
Editing shown: Yes

​Money Matters:

What No One Told You About the Cost of Your Photography Business

​Discovering how much it truly costs to run your business can be quite the reality check!

So many times new photographers will simply post an image they took in a Facebook photography group and ask others how much they should charge. This is the worst possible thing you can do!

Why? Because each photographer in that group has a completely different CODB (cost of doing business), lives in a completely different part of the world and is in a completely different financial position.

Knowing your own numbers is the only way to truly price for profit. In this lesson, Michelle will help you discover your individual cost of doing business and help you learn how it impacts the pricing structure you choose.

Running Time: 20 min + liveQA in group

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Michelle Brewster
​The Profitable Studio
Photographer 20 - MichelleB
2020 Newborn Retreat
Megan Macdonald
​Megan Macdonald Photography
Photographer 21 - MeganM



​Join Megan as she shows you how to easily transition between different types of props.

Megan will guide you through how she creates forward facing photographs in props as well as how to transition from one prop to the next. You will learn how to producing a wide variety of photos for your galleries with a minimum of fuss.

Megan will also completely edit of one of the photographs from the session.

​Running Time: 71 min
Editing shown: Yes


Creative Communities

​Learn how creating your own communities through shootouts, co-working projects or even that shared studio space you’ve been dreaming about, will expand your network, social impact and bank account.

Malia will walk you through the steps ​of approaching and squashing loneliness being a creative , WHAT community is right for you to build and how to have the right words to REALLY get other photographers on board about working together.

By the end you’ll have a plan and action steps to get you started on creating your own creative community.

Running Time: 33 min

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Malia Battilana
​Malia B Photography
Photographer 22 - MaliaB
2020 Newborn Retreat
​Erin Hoskins
​Erin Elizabeth Photography
Photographer 23 - Erin



​Learn how to create stunning and timeless beach portraits for your maternity clients from one of the world’s top beach photographers.

Erin will take you through every aspect of these sessions, from the setup, to working with the conditions presented, to client communication, editing, and everything in between.

Running Time: 78 min
Editing Shown: Yes

​Siblings & Family

Posing with newborn

Learn how to pose your clients for timeless family & sibling portraits with their new baby, as well as Talea’s tips & tricks to keep young siblings engaged in the photoshoot!

She’ll also go over styling the family & siblings and how providing a wardrobe will help give the finished look your clients want!’

​Running Time: 70 min

2020 Newborn Retreat
​Talea Gaw
​Reflections by Talea
Photographer 24 - TaleaG
2020 Newborn Retreat
​Kelly Goggin
​Kelly Goggin Photography
Photographer 25 - KellyG

​Fresh 48

Sessions- Capturing Connection and Emotion

​The thing that terrifies most photographers about Fresh 48 sessions is having to ​shoot with ​natural light in ​dimly lit, cramped, and usually ugly hospital rooms!

​Kelly's class will give you the tips and tools you need to capture connected images filled with emotion in a less than ideal location.

Come along behind the scenes on 2 Fresh 48 sessions to see how it's done, and how you can nail those ​Fresh 48 sessions every single time!

Running Time: 94 min
Editing shown: Yes

​It's All

Join Lisa in her studio as she breaks down the small refinements you can make to each of your poses that adds a little extra polish to your work.

You've got the main posing down, now let's take it a step further.

Running Time: 54 min
Editing shown: Yes

2020 Newborn Retreat
Lisa DiGeso
​Milk and Honey Photography
Photographer 26 - Lisa

Here's what our retreaters have to say...

Ready to level-up your

newborn and maternity work?

First Retreat Experience?

Here's how it works...

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Imagine and in-person conference...Except it all happens online

You don't have to 'pick' which class to attend (you can watch them all!) and there's NO travel involved!

26 talented photographers will share their secrets and expertise on newborn posing, editing, marketing and more!

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Watch on your schedule

You will get INSTANT access to all 26 instructor videos (plus you can download them, so you have them for LIFE!)

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!).

Over 21,000 students

have experienced our online retreats...

will you be next?


It doesn't matter what country or time-zone you are in. Watch on

YOUR schedule!


Getting the chance to peek over the shoulder of your favourite photographers can be one of the most valuable training assets we can have.

And with such a wide variety of talent joining us this year to teach, we don’t just get to witness how one person works; we get to see the process from a variety of different photographers.

Because there isn't just ONE way to do things (and for that I'm grateful!)

2020 Newborn Retreat
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Created by

a photographer for other busy photographers.

Hello! If we haven't met yet, I'm Lisa!

When I first got started, I so badly wanted to learn from others. However, I simply couldn't take time away from my family (and business) to travel to in-person events.

Plus...I found my brain could only absorb so much info before what I'm learning goes in one ear and out the other (...and I also suffered from so much self doubt).

Can you relate?

That's exactly why I created the {online} retreat experience for you. It's a wonderful opportunity to refine your photography + posing skills , discover new inspiration from many sources and connect with a positive group of like-minded photographers - all from the comfort of home.

Sound good to you?

So, you now have 2 choices!

#1.  You can continue just scrolling through Facebook and Instagram and piece together some ideas and inspiration on your own. You can totally succeed on your own.


#2. You can have 26 instructors virtually come into your living room to show you exactly how they run their sessions, tips on refining your posing and editing and help you with marketing so you can fast-track your growth.


Where do you want to be

6 months from now?


If you're ready to elevate

your newborn + maternity sessions,

we would LOVE to have you join us!


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