Newborn Retreat Teacher HQ
Crafting Your Retreat Video
While we don't require Oprah-level quality, this is a paid experience, and we want to ensure our students receive teaching videos with quality video and clear audio.
Videos that do not follow guidelines will need to be resubmitted (and that's no fun!)
If ANYTHING is unclear, let us know as soon as possible - before filming!!
NOTE: We'll reimburse the costs of mic + camera rentals if you need them for filming as well as up to $500 for a videographer
When choosing your models for the session, please include underrepresented and diverse body sizes, races, ethnicities, and family structures.
Please watch the video below
You'll need the password from the video above 🙂
We dive into more detail on each point below - but here's a quick checklist to reference.
Include intro, lesson and wrap-up
Film in landscape and ensure it's in-focus
No naked babies (this is a teaching video vs client session)
NO music used in any part of video
No white-noise, baby-shushers or fan heaters
Clear audio (we'll cover mic rental - also, if showing editing, ensure to use consistent volume throughout edit)
Show safest posing (using spotter/composites/neck straps)
Export at 1280×720 (1920x1280 even better)
Structure of the Teaching Video
Class length: 45-90 minutes
Part 1: Introduction
Please start by introducing yourself, your studio and letting people know what you will be teaching in the video. This if often easier to film AFTER 'the lesson.'
NO music or animated intros/title pages, subtitles or logo please.
Video needs to be shot in landscape (ie: it fills the screen).
We'll be adding our Retreat intro with your session title + studio name so everything is consistent.
This is usually just a few minutes long.
Part 2: The "Teaching Part"
This is the part where you dive into your topic.
Imagine your MOST eager student sitting right in front of you, and anticipate ALL the many, many questions they will have as you are going through your presentation.
(and they will have MANY!)
Try to answer as many as possible in the presentation - keeping in mind the main take-away you want the students to walk away with.
Including camera + lens used (where applicable), camera settings and anything they will see in the video will save you LOTS of questions!
If a video shows you in action, please show the resulting edited images for each segment or pose.
NO NAKED BABIES please! Have them in a diaper cover, a little outfit or wrapped to keep for their privacy.
(reminder: NO music or white noise/baby shushers please - it makes it too difficult to hear you!)
Part 3: Editing (if applicable) + Wrap Up
If you are showing an edit from your session (which students absolutely LOVE), please be sure to explain what you are doing every step of the way, what tools you are using and the settings!
It can sometimes be hard to see this on a screen share!
Also, be sure to keep your voice volume consistent throughout the edit. There is a tendency to get quieter as the edit goes on.
If you are doing an editing video - you could simply end the edit with a "Thanks so much for watching, I hope you enjoyed the class"
OR - you could have a final short video clip of you on screen doing a quick wrap up/thanks for watching..
Please do not reference other links, special offers, etc in the video.
We have a place to put this on your teacher page, which ensures the videos remain timeless (because links change!).
Clothing REQUIRED 🙂
To protect our little models, all newborns filmed MUST be wearing a diaper/diaper cover/wrap or little outfit.
No bare bums or bits showing allowed.
This is a teaching video (not a client session being filmed) - so please remember this point.
We cannot accept videos with naked babies.
+ Baby Safety
For videos involving sessions with newborns, please ensure there is a spotter (either an assistant or one of the parents) right beside baby at all times (and visible in your video).
If you are showing prop images or any potato sack/froggy style images, please ensure it is a composite so students can see how hands are on baby at all times.
We have a variety of experience levels who take our retreats and we want to ensure that we are showing the safest possible options at all times.
When shooting above baby, please also ensure a neck or wrist strap is being used.
PLEASE test your equipment and settings before filming day!
Example of In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session
Example of Newborn Demo
Example of Business-Related Teaching Video Using Slideshow Presentation
Example of Maternity Studio Demo