Hello all! This is my blog where I'll be posting all about newborn photography training, interviews with delegates and all sort of other interesting snippets!


Newborn training with twins

I had the pleasure to teach an established newborn photographer who wanted to learn how to safely light, pose and photograph twins. I therefore created a bespoke twin newborn training one to one day.

One to one’s are bespoke training days completely tailor made to your exact requirements. They are perfect because it means you learn simply one on one. No other delegates. No other distractions, just you and me, meaning that you can learn completely at your own pace.

I taught Cary, who travelled from South Wales for the day. I have taught Cary a couple of times before, and she’s a very lovely photographer. Cary believes in the importance of safety with newborn babies and absolutely did the right thing in coming to me to be taught before posing twins herself. I have taught Cary a couple of times before and she is always a complete pleasure to teach.

We had the delightful Millie and Benjamin come to model for us. They were completely lovely little babies (as all babies are!). Cary wanted to learn how to light two babies at once, how to be creative within the session, ideas for posing, and, of course, safety.

I use one light when I photograph newborn babies and photographing twins was no different. There is no need to complicate matters by adding in additional lights when they are not needed. My studio is painted white, so I am able to use one of the walls as a reflector to lift shadows should I wish to do so.

As well as photographing each baby individually we also, of course, photographed them together. There is a real art to doing this properly and safely. I never ever take risk with newborn babies – and I always teach photographers that safety comes before any shot. When posing twins, you need to be aware of the health and safety of *both* babies at the same time. You also need to take into account the parents, who will be quite rightly watching your every move. You need to ensure you don’t block their view – it amazes me when I see newborn photographers working where the parents can’t see their babies!

Cary had a great day – and says:

“I can’t recommend Melanie highly enough. I’ve come away from every training session invigorated and motivated, and progress has been clear in the next session. It’s been worth every penny!”

Here is just one of the images from the day.

Newborn training with twins

To find out more about my one to one training – please click here. If you would like to take part in newborn training with twins let me know and I will source twins and book you in! To book me to photograph your baby, please click here

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Newborn Photography Training – Welcome

Welcome! I’m guessing you are here because you are interested in newborn photography training, or I’ve taught you before and you follow my work. Whatever your reason, welcome to this blog.

The first thing you should know about me – is that I absolutely *love* my job. I love photographing newborn babies, children and families. If you want to have a look at some of that work then please follow this link.

I *really* love teaching photographers! I teach all levels, from beginning right through to advanced. I teach in the UK and worldwide. I’ve taught in the Cayman Islands, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and Spain. I am due to teach for the fourth time in Italy 2020 and will be teaching in Canada also in 2020.

I run workshops at several points through the year and my one to one newborn photography training is very very popular indeed – I’ll be writing a separate post on one to one training vs workshops shortly.

I’ve been a newborn photographer for fifteen years, and training photographers for nearly a decade. I really love to see photographers get those “lightbulb moments” – and to realise all that is possible for them both in their business and their art. Rightly or wrongly I feel a sense of pride when I see photographers improve vastly in both and to reap the successes they truly deserve.

I first started teaching when I was asked to do so by a well known photography institution. I thought long and hard about whether to do so, because being a great newborn photographer, and being able to teach are two totally different things. I didn’t want to let anybody down if I couldn’t get my knowledge across in an engaging, intuitive and easy to follow manner. So I gave this a huge amount of thought and then thought “well if I don’t, I will never know if I can”. So I did, – I carried out a two day photography workshop and the feedback both from the association and the delegates was phenomenal. So I’ve never looked back.

That’s all from me for today – this really was just a quick “welcome” post. Follow along, feel free to comment and we will go from there!

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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