As we work on dates for next years workshop….we always like to ask our workshop attendees for their feedback.
We want to know how we are doing, how we did at the workshop and more importantly after the workshop; are we following up for that continued learning via email, workshop based FB group and our Newborn Goodness Forum?
Its important to us…we want to make sure we are evolving and meeting the needs of our workshop attendees.
After reading some of these reviews, we knew we must share!! The reviews bring us such joy, help us grow and make us see that we are blessed to share our passion and love for newborn photography and business with our students.
We continually strive to be better and we appreciate your feedback. Thank you for helping us grow!
Workshop Reviews below from those that attended between October 2011 & June 2012.
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Workshop Review by Teddi Zonker of Teddi Zonker Photography - Keller, TX
“Greatness! This is my third photography workshop and honestly one of my favorites. Laura is a complete open book, made everything look very easy and simple, but most importantly, possible for me to do! She keeps it simple, keeps it real, is honest and great person; never a negative word about anything or anyone. I learned how to set up, prepare and move baby, simple props, simple and clean edits and ease of studio lighting. Coming from natural light only, I was worried about a studio lighting workshop; it is affordable and possible to do. Thank you for amazing insight and a fabulous day!!”
Workshop Review by Melissa Treen of Melissa Treen Photography - Greensboro, NC
I had the unique honor of attending Laura’s two day workshop in Greensboro, North Carolina. During the workshop, Laura demonstrated her set up, calming and posing techniques on multiple newborns. I learned so much from her approach to shooting a newborn session and her shooting method is revolutionary – you will never over shoot a newborn session again! Laura also discusses business and marketing techniques, as well as gear, equipment and vendor recommendations. It was two days packed full of information from an expert in the newborn photography arena. If you are ready to take your newborn work to the next level, Laura’s workshop is definitely the way to go. The best part, it doesn’t stop there. Join the Newborn Goodness Forum and interact with other newborn photographers, including Laura. The forum is an excellent source for newborn photography information, questions and feedback. Laura is also only an email away if you ever have a question, and she responds extremely fast! I am so grateful for the opportunity to have taken Laura Brett’s workshop. It has solidified my focus in photography and provided me with specialized knowledge in the area of newborn photography.
Workshop Review by Nicole Lancaster of Nicole Lancaster Photography – Emerald Coast
“When first starting in the business a year ago, I told myself that I would attend a Laura Brett Newborn Workshop. Her well-defined style, consistency with studio lighting, and attention to detail with posing drew me to her work instantly. When I finally had the opportunity to attend, I JUMPED on it. Laura was incredibly down-to-earth and fun! Every question was met with an open answer–from everything to lighting set up, posing, business Q&A. Laura was an open book! <3 I walked away feeling extremely confident….and like I had made a great friend! A definite MUST if you are in the baby business! <3″
Workshop Review by Sabrina Koogler of Sabrina Koogler Photography – Galveston, TX
I truly wish I wasn’t so embarrassed by my “before” shots so I could do more “before and after” the workshop comparisons. But now my “befores” are SOOOO awful! While I felt like I had pretty good sense of lighting and posing, the little tweaks and tricks I learned at the workshop really brought me up to the next level–and people noticed! The business and SEO tips we learned have really brought tons of new business (new clients from web searches–not just word of mouth!) so I am so thrilled! As far as the lighting/posing/client management I felt like I could not have learned from a better teacher. I have such a better sense of confidence when I go into each of my newborn sessions now.
Workshop Review by Amy Columbus of Amy Columbus Photography – Plano, TX
I was so excited to attend Laura’s workshop, and she met all my expectations. I’ve been photographing newborns for over four years and was trying to figure out how to cut down the length of the sessions and run them more efficiently. Laura’s workshop opened my eyes on how easy it is to get a variety of shots and transition newborns into different poses. On a personal level, Laura was so down to earth, easy going, and willing to answer all of the attendees questions; she was an open book. She keeps the size of the workshop small, which is also very helpful as you not constantly trying to push your way through the masses to get the photo. I would highly recommend Laura’s newborn posing workshop to anyone. You can’t go wrong with that Southern Gal.
Workshop Review by Tami Wilson of Tami Wilson Photography – Denver, CO
It took me awhile to finally take the plunge to sign up for a newborn workshop but I knew it was something I needed to do in order to take my business to the next level and provide my clients with high quality newborn portraits. After much research I decided to sign up for a workshop with Laura. It was the best decision I have made for my photography business yet! Being able to watch Laura pose the newborns and have her explain her workflow and business decisions was invaluable to my business.
Upon returning home my first newborn session went so much smoother and after about five more newborn sessions I was blown away by how quickly I was improving with each session and becoming more and more comfortable with posing. Before the workshop I would book one newborn every month or two and now I’m averaging about four newborns a month.
My client workflow has also become more streamlined and so much more organized thanks to all the tips I received during the workshop. There were many “aha!” moments during the workshop that have beneficial to my business.
Lastly, Laura has also been extremely helpful after the workshop with follow up questions I have for her. She is truly an open book!
Workshop Review by Misty Smith of Oh Baby Photography – Ogdensburg, NY
“These words only surface my gratitude for Laura and her baby business mentoring. Prior to going to her workshop I was clearly lost in the business aspect. I had no website, blog, twitter, marketing tools and a select number of vendors being used. I joke saying that I am Laura’s perfect transformation student because I now have all of the above. My photography skills/techniques when working with newborns has improved drastically. It is true without her expertise I would not have had the tools to move forward to become a registered business. I promise that you will leave her workshop with the knowledge, skills and confidence to grow a successful photography business. The information that you will learn is invaluable.
I had been to workshops prior to hers but none compare. There were seven other talented photographers in the room but you would never have known. She has the ability to make you feel that you are the only one being taught while making everyone else feels the same way. She stands next to you and guides you through a typical session from start to finish. Laura was willing to share her secrets of success and give you a push in the same direction. What I valued most about the workshop is the continued relationship with Laura. I went to the workshop hoping for two great mentoring days but left with what I feel like is a friend. I had searched for a long time for a great mentor that would continue to truly be there even after the money was paid and the workshop had ended. Honestly, that is exactly what I found from her. My questions haven’t ended and neither has her mentoring. I feel honored and privileged to have been able to attend one of her workshops and I will be eternally grateful! Thank you! ”
Workshop Review by Melissa Schuett of Melissa Schuett Photography – Milwaukee Wisconsin
“The biggest ah-ha moment for me was the idea of having everything laying out and ready for a newborn session – not giving the family a choice when they arrive… if they have special requests then they need to make it ahead of time. I have close to zero experience with newborns – the few I have done I way over shot and fumbled moving from one pose to another.
I still need a lot of practice working with newborns but I feel 100% more confident now that I know how to efficiently and strategically work through a session. Having a plan for a session is a huge burden lifted. I also have zero experience using anything other than natural light and I was pretty skeptical that I would ever consider using a flash. I came home and ordered everything for myself and I’m loving it – there is no way I’d be able to do successful newborn sessions during gloomy Wisconsin winters without it.
I already have 5 newborns lined up for the coming weeks using your suggestions so this is exciting for me! I appreciated your no-nonsense business talk, this is very much how I run my senior photography business but needed your guidance and reassurance that it is the same with newborns. I think my lack of confidence in shooting newborns translated into lack of confidence in the business aspect of the business also – weird, I know! I’m over it.
I hope to follow-up with you this time next year with a super exciting success story!!Thank you for your short, to-the-point, no fluff inspiration!”
Workshop Review by Samantha Parks of Firefly Photography – Richmond, VA
Laura’s workshop was by far the best workshop I have taken. As an established photographer, I really wanted to take my newborn work to the next level. She was an open book with anything from posing to the business side. She made us feel so comfortable that there wasn’t anything we were afraid to ask.
The best thing that I took from her workshop was her workflow during her sessions. I was very haphazard with my newborns, and often ended up taking much more than 2 hours for a session. Laura had a simple, methodical way of doing things that totally clicked with me. What I loved was that I could take her tips and tricks and adapt them to my own style. I didn’t want to be Laura Brett, I wanted to be me with Laura’s awesomeness! Since her workshop I can’t believe how much easier it is to do a newborn session. I thought for sure it would take a lot of practice for me to truly benefit, but I was seeing results after my first newborn session. I can’t recommend this workshop enough!
Workshop Review by Jodee Pedersen of Artography - Winnipeg, AB
I have attended several workshops and have to say that Laura Brett’s was definitely the best overall. It can be very expensive, especially factoring in travel, but I feel that what I learnt from Laura and the continued follow-up even after the workshop, benefited my business such that it has more than paid for itself many times over now! Not only is she a gifted artist, but a great business woman and relays this in her workshops and mentorships. I would recommend to anyone to attend her seminar/workshops and would even consider a second one for myself! Thanks Laura for everything!
Workshop Review by Jennifer Brasnick of Jennifer Brasnick Photography – Keller, Texas
It was so great to see Laura in action. She has a very simple style that translates so beautifully to film. This workshop made me realize that less is more and you can do a newborn in two hours! It was great to see her flow in posing and photographs and to get to see how expertly to work with the babies to get the posing that you want. Her tips and tricks with babies as well as the moms, has really helped me become more confident. Her business knowledge and simple workflow will help me focus more on my business and getting clients in the door. I totally recommend taking a workshop with Laura Brett.
Workshop Review by Blythe Winslow of Blythe Winslow Photography – Cincinnati, Ohio
Laura Brett is a consummate professional: efficient, savvy, and sharp as a tack. Her newborn images are ever-consistent in their quality and beauty, and her workshop allowed me to truly see how she achieves this. Even as important was her business advice–clearly Laura knows how to operate as an effective businesswoman. And, too, her commitment to her workshop attendees does not end after the workshop…she seems ever willing to continue answering emails and creating spaces for her attendees to improve. Thanks, Laura!
Workshop Review by Kristy Abellar of Gigglebug Photography – New Jersey
For me, I think the most valuable aspect of the workshop was seeing Laura in her “zone” and working with the newborn to achieve these poses. It was also valuable to see how she handles the session when babies do not necessarily do what you want them to do, and how to adapt your posing on-the-spot to go with what the baby will tolerate. I also enjoyed getting to know other photographers and talking with them about what their challenges are when photographing newborns. It made me feel a little bit less alone and that I was actually on the right track. Another great part of the workshop was the computer time, when Laura basically told us all of her insider secrets to her SEO success. That was really valuable! In general I would say that the experience was a valuable investment in my photography training and I would recommend it to photographers of all levels.
Workshop Review by Tracey Waid of Marin Mason Photography - Statesville, NC
Pre-workshop I was already pretty comfortable with my newborn sessions, but I really wanted to learn about the business workflow that Laura has perfected. I learned how to make my newborn sessions more efficient, thus shortening my session time. I also learned how to drastically cut my editing time by implementing several of her suggestions to make my workflow go much faster and eliminating extra steps. From a business standpoint, it was a very wise decision as I am hoping to move my business in the direction of specializing in newborns and baby first year. I am primarily a natural light shooter, but I loved learning about studio lighting and adding that to my repertoire so that I can shoot newborn sessions at various times throughout the day now. It was also a great experience to share with other newborn photographers, exchange ideas and helpful hints and vendor information, as everyone was there to learn. Laura was truly an open book throughout and I learned a ton of information that has already helped me streamline my business so I can spend more time with my family and less time on the back-end.
Workshop Review by Sowmia Kamath of Sowmia Kamath Phtoography - SouthLake, TX
Laura’s workshop was a great investment for my business. She has streamlined her sessions and workflow so well and it was wonderful to learn how to simplify everything- from shooting to editing. I learned a lot about how to get consistent lighting in my newborn work and how to avoid overshooting, which will save me a lot of time in post-processing. I also learned tricks on batch processing and blog post design that I put into action the NIGHT I got home from the workshop! Laura really understands the perspective of a working parent and so much of what I learned was about saving time (so you have more precious time to spend with your family!). I appreciated that she also covered business and SEO tips because the business side is such a huge factor in a photographer’s success. I would totally recommend Laura’s workshop for others who want to learn how to simplify their newborn shooting and editing.
Workshop Review by Jill Shadden of In the Moment STL Photography - St Peters, Missouri
“I really enjoyed the Nashville workshop in February, and my newborn photography business has been growing ever since. I am booking 8-10 newborns a month. I feel much more confident in my newborn posing, and I feel like I have a good understanding of studio lighting for newborns as well. I know I pay more attention to the finest details in posing now, and I have been nailing those tricky poses that I was only getting about 30% of the time before the workshop. On the business side, I really appreciated Laura’s straightforward suggestions. Many of my clients are now finding me through internet searches because of some simple advice and changes that she recommended. Besides meeting some wonderful new friends, the workshop was invaluable to me and my business. I would recommend Laura’s Newborn Posing Workshops to anyone wanting to improve their newborn photography business.”
Workshop Review by Paige Walker by Paige Walker Photography - Forth Worth, Tx
“This workshop was exactly the push I needed to take my newborn photography business to the next level. I already have a strong newborn portfolio, but seeing Laura in action and learning all of her tips and tricks has raised my confidence considerably. I used to have pregame jitters and worry about my newborn sessions, and now I coast right through and can’t believe how much harder I was making it on myself. Laura is spunky and charming and very easy to connect with, you can ask her anything! Mentoring with Laura was such a blessing and I would recommend this experience to any newborn photographer, whether just starting out or a seasoned pro. It is worth every penny!”
Workshop Review by Carrie Smith of Carrie Smith Photography – Forth Worth, TX
Attended Duality Workshop with Laura Brett Photography & PinkleToes
“The workshop with Laura was unbelievable. She is a true natural not only with babies but also as a teacher. She’s open, honest, and forthcoming with so much helpful information. If you want to know how to create images as beautiful as hers, she will tell you step by step, leaving nothing out – from preparing for sessions, equipment, posing, editing, etc. You will learn where she finds her amazing props too! If given the opportunity again, I would not pass up the chance to learn again from Laura. The improvement in my skill and overall business was immediately noticeable. ”
Workshop Review by Meredith Black of Meredith Black Photography – Jacksonville, FL
I was so excited to get in near the last minute for the Tallahassee workshop. I loved meeting Laura and the other photographers. I learned many new techniques that have really helped me grow and improve. I had never used studio lighting and although I haven’t totally mastered it, I walked away with the knowledge to set up a small in-home studio. She was an open book and honest with her feedback. Laura was so sweet to respond immediately when I was having a crisis with my studio/camera set up right before a session. My only wish is that I could be like her a have a newborn session almost everyday! Maybe someday
Workshop Review by Stephanie Sifuentes of Dahlias and Daises Designs – Texas
Attended Duality Workshop with Laura Brett Photography & PinkleToes
It was so exciting! I had hit a wall in my newborn posing and needed a little extra help with some of those tougher poses. After the workshop I enter into every session with so much more confidence. The part which helped me the most though was learning a different workflow and gathering all sorts of software to look into to help me out. Michelle, mrs pinkletoes, shared a ton of valuable marketing information which I have put into place! I shot natural light at the workshop but learned enough about lights that making that transition was so much easier!
Workshop Review by Nikki Evans of Nikki Evans Photography – Louisiana
“Laura’s workshop was incredible! I had not been to a workshop that focused completely on newborns before this one and I was so happy with my decision to attend Laura’s workshop with all of the other options out there. She was very knowledgeable and talked you through the entire experience–from pre-planning the session, setting up, how to set up lights, posing, and what to do when a baby just will not cooperate. She has the entire process down to a science, which really helped me remember all that I was learning. Laura not only teaches you the photography side, but she knows the business side really well, too! Since attending Laura’s workshop, I feel like I’m more comfortable posing the babies and stress much less if they just won’t cooperate. :). If you are considering attending a newborn workshop, I can promise you won’t regret attending this one. Whether you are a studio or natural light photographer, you can apply all te principles to your business and learn to really rock the newborn photo shoots. AND–you’ll leave with a friend. Laura is always available even after te workshop is over to offer encouragement or answer questions. She works her booty off and because of that, she is amazing at what she does! ”
Workshop Review by Rebekah Stanfill of Southern Charm Portraits – Knoxville, TN
I was very pleased overall with Laura’s workshop. Even though I participated in the group workshop, Laura’s “down-to-Earth” personality made my learning experience feel very personalized and tailored to what I wanted to learn. She is quite open about her methods and techniques. I felt at ease to ask anything that crossed my mind and walked away from the workshop with a new arsenal of things to try. Even since the time of the workshop, Laura has continued to follow up with the attendees from our group, has given feedback, and answered any questions that we’ve had. If I had it to do it over again, I would!
“To be honest I was quite nervous. When I arrived Laura greeted me and I realized how down to Earth she is. She made me feel very comfortable and she was so natural with the baby models. It was a good experience to see her in action and to learn by watching. I think what helped me the most was watching her sooth the newborns, position them, and how she layed out her next set up. I wish I could relive the workshop. I was so inspired and eager to have my next newborn session! Thank you Laura for what you do.” – Vanesas Byrd Photography – Texas
“WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!!!!! SHE IS AMAZING!!! I cannot express how much I learned from Laura. She covers every aspect of the business, from posing, soothing, business, workflow, marketing…and to top it off, she is an amazing person, so real, and down to earth. As a host, I could not have asked for a better experience!!!! Huge thank you!” – Photography by Heather Lee - Metuchen, NJ
Workshop Review by Lynette Reeves of Only Imagine Photography – Plano, TX
I loved the entire workshop. Laura is great at explaining how she does things. I learned so much from the business side and I really needed that. Laura is very helpful and so willing to teach. i am so thankful that I decided to go to this workshop. After my time with Laura I am now making changes to my entire business, all for the better. She has helped me cut down my editing time, and I needed that!!! Laura Brett is Wonderful!! Thanks so so much!
Workshop Review by Francine Mittenthal of Lilly Bellerose Photography – Chicago, IL
“The workshop proved to be worth every penny! Laura is amazing with newborns, and watching her mold them into those perfect poses was just what I needed to help my sessions run more smoothly. Her lighting instructions made SUCH a difference in my images. Being allowed to photograph the newborns and use the images on our site was the icing on the cake!”
Workshop Review by Lindsay Archer of Lindsey Archer Photography – Cornwall Canada
“Laura is down to earth and passionate about teaching. She is encouraging and provides a positive learning environment. I learned a lot from the workshop I attending. She not only teaches about posing and studio set up but she also provides a close look at the business aspect. I feel more confident in my work and my abilities since attending her workshop. Laura also provides feedback even after the workshop is complete. She offers quick and thorough responses to questions you may have even once you’re home.
I would highly recommend this workshop:)”
Workshop Review by Nicole Lowe of Nicole Lowe Photography – Red Deer Alberta
“I had such an amazing and fantastic time at the workshop. Loved every minute of it! First of all, Laura, you are a sweetheart… great teacher and love how you taught us everything from soothing a fussy babe, how to contact clients, marketing, lighting, posing, processing, shopping for fabrics and props… LOVED it all! Thanks so much! The workshop was truly worth it and I feel confident to move forward in my business and hope to photograph just newborns one day soonThanks again Laura! I highly recommend you to all my photog friends interested in specializing in newborns! ”
Workshop Review by Amy Lantz of DragonFly Studios – Chicago
“Laura’s workshop was fantastic! The entire day was filled with “aha” moments. Laura has changed my approach to newborn photography and made my sessions flow so much better :). Of course it doesn’t hurt that Laura is sweet as can be, and unlike other workshops, her help doesn’t end just because the workshop is over :)”
Workshop Review by Christina Coffey of Christina Coffey Photography – Cornwall Ontario
“I am SO happy I took the newborn workshop with Laura. She has everything down to a science and shares absolutely everything possible with you! I loved learning about her set up, what equipment she uses, her posing workflow, post processing and business tips. If you are looking to specialize in baby photography, this workshop will give you everything you need to know!”
Workshop Review by Lauren Harris of Lauren Harris Photography – Little Rock, Arkansas
“The workshop was amazing from start to finish! Laura was such a welcoming person and instantly made us feel comfortable to be there. She was willing to answer all of our questions and took time to explain why she does each thing a certain way. It was amazing getting to watch her work! We had a set of twins at our workshop so it was a unique experience getting to watch her work with the twins (especially since they were a bit fussy!). She truly is a master at what she does! We each got to take turns shooting each set-up and Laura took the time to check our LCD screens to see if we were getting the right angles.
Laura also went over the business side of things and answered each and every question we had. She goes over lots of valuable info, including pricing and SEO.Also, it may seem like a little thing, but Laura even went to dinner with us the first night. It was great getting to talk to her on a more personal level! She has even kept in touch with us after the workshop and offered support along the way. She is truly invested in our success!! ”
Workshop Review by Tricia Krefetz of Click Capture Create Photography – Santa Rosa, FL
“I had always admired Laura Brett’s work. Although I already had a bit of experience with newborns, I knew Laura’s workshop would help elevate my work to the next level. The little things she shared made the biggest difference. It also had a huge impact on my confidence overall, which has a tremendous affect on how newborn sessions go. Since her workshop, my newborn work has flourished. If you want to turn your work from good to great, I highly recommend attending.”
Workshop Review by Barb Ray of Barb Ray’s Photography – Wisconsin
“The workshop experience was simply amazing. Laura’s patience with the babies was incredible to watch and really helped me understand soothing techniques, poses, photography techniques, etc. She wasn’t holding anything back…she was open to share all that she knows and all that has made her such a successful newborn photographer. I look forward to watching my newborn photography go nowhere but up from here!!!”
What Other’s Have Said about our Workshop
“I had an awesome experience at the Atlanta 2-1 mentoring session. Seeing the entire workflow, from setting up for a session to finishing the ordering gallery, left my head exploding with new ideas. Thank you for being such an open book! I really feel like I now have the tools to bring my photography to the next level.”
“Attending this workshop I learned so much , so many tips and very useful ideas… The class was very informative, and very fun. Everything I learned I will put it all into practice I can’t wait to have my next newborn to start doing what I learned!”
“What can I say, I learned so much from Laura and so appreciate all that she gave to us. Just some of the little things that I didn’t think about on how to sooth a baby and how to handle babies is so helpful and I have implemented that and cut down on my time in the studio with a newborn. So worth the money. Thanks Laura”