I'm Melanie.

I'm a mother, daughter, wife, sister, auntie and friend.

I'm a leading international newborn photography trainer, newborn safety expert, print competition judge, qualifications judge, photography mentor, and published author in the subject of newborn photography. I run my newborn photography studio in Bristol, UK.


I left my career as a lawyer fifteen years ago to establish my career in newborn and baby photography and I've never looked back.

Photographing newborns safely and creatively and teaching photographers is my passion. I love to see photographers thrive in their art and in their business. I'm a giving person, and I like nothing better than to help photographers establish themselves within the competitive newborn photography market. I help and teach photographers how to set themselves apart.

I teach photographers all over the world and have taught in the Cayman Islands, Italy (several times), Belgium, Denmark, France and Spain. I am due to teach in Canada in 2020.


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A few things about me


I always take my coffee as a decaf half shot - in a takeaway cup


I have an addiction to Belgian chocolate


My favourite film is ferris bueller's day off


I love to listen to classical music while I edit


Or Queen


I collect vintage tea cups and saucers


I love to play stupid tricks on my husband


I have two ragdoll cats, a tortoise, and hens




Melanie East is a specialist newborn photography trainer and newborn safety expert. Her belief is that newborn safety should come before any shot, and that taking risks with newborn babies is unnecessary. Melanie is a published author on the subject of newborn photography and teaches newborn photographers throughout the world.


T. 07590 813858


E. melanie@theartofthenewborn.co.uk