Naturally Newborns + Family

with Annie Nelson

Do you tend to shy away from booking newborn sessions due to the props, backdrops, outfits, posing and wrapping and everything else that goes along with them? Well then it is time for you to embrace the NATURAL approach to newborn sessions, with NO posing or wrapping or props involved! Or maybe you already shoot posed newborn sessions but want to branch out and start going in another direction. Either way, this course is for you!


Newborn sessions were something I personally shied away from a couple of years ago, but they have become one of my passions. My hangup a couple of years ago was I didn't realize I could "do" newborn sessions without all of the complicated wrapping, posing, props, backdrops, expensive little outfits and everything else that goes into traditional studio newborn sessions. Once I discovered a more natural lifestyle approach, I was HOOKED.


Learning how to go into people's homes and capture their real stories and lives has been an amazing journey for me and my business. You CAN be a newborn photographer, studio or no studio, and without the hefty price tag that comes with the more traditional studio approach. And you can do it BEAUTIFULLY. 


List of things students will learn from course:


  • How to capture families and newborns naturally and beautifully, no posing, wrapping or props necessary.

  • How to authentically tell their story in their own home, or in a studio space (even a spare room in YOUR home turned into a studio, like mine!)

  • How to use natural light to create beautiful imagery, no artificial light needed.

  • Learn how I edit my own images in the bold and moody style while still keeping them very natural.

  • What presets and actions I personally use in all of my own work and how I tweak them to fit my style. 

  • How I go about styling my families and what very inexpensive items you can bring along to your sessions to help you level up.

  • How to deal with homes that are "tricky" to work in, small, cluttered, not much natural light.

  • How to get your clients on board with the lifestyle approach to newborn sessions so that you can shoot what you LOVE, rather than what you THINK your clients want.

Course Outline:

  • 75 page PDF covering my gear and settings

  • My explanation of "lifestyle" newborn sessions and why I choose to shoot this way

  • How to get clients to see your vision and want the lifestyle approach too

  • Styling information

  • Locations, both beautiful and tricky, and how to work with what you are dealt, and editing tips

  • Behind the scenes video of an in-home newborn/family session

  • Editing video using images from the behind the scenes session

  • Video showing the full edited gallery of the session

  • Video of other in-home sessions I've done including fully edited galleries.

  • Video of sessions done in my sunroom/studio, including fully edited galleries.

What's Included?


  • 75 page downloadable PDF Course 


  • Detailed video showing session flow and fully edited examples of several other in-home sessions

Editing Videos

  • 2 detailed editing videos from the BTS sessions.


  • Video showing the full gallery of edited images from the BTS video, including explanation


  • Students receive a $25 discount off of a mentorship booked with Annie

BTS Videos

  • Behind the scenes video with voice-over explanation


  • Detailed video showing session flow and fully edited examples of my sunroom-turned-studio sessions

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” - Steve Jobs


Meet Your


I'm a Minnesota based lifestyle photographer focused on capturing connection and storytelling. I’m a wife and a mama to my 4 girls, Betsy (6) Violet (5) Tess (3) and Joy (1). Like so many other photographers, I got my start in the craft after having kids and desiring to capture and save their fleeting childhoods. I fell in LOVE. I began to pour my heart into the art, soaking up all of the information I could on light, movement, location, emotion, connection and editing.

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