Hush~A~Bye: A Newborn Photography Workshop Experience



HELLO!  If you’ve made it to this page, we’re ecstatic that you’re here and wanting to take your newborn photography skills to the next level!  Most of us are visual learners and by taking the leap of attending an in depth workshop or mentoring of sorts, you’re making an educated decision to invest your earnings back into your business in order to fine tune your skills and begin offering a better overall product to your clients.

This November 16-17th, 2015, my gal pal Lisa Rapp of Little Chics Pics and myself of Sugar & Fig Photographs are teaming up for a fabulous 1 1/2 day newborn photography and posing workshop.  Lisa and I specialize specifically in newborn and baby portraiture and are so very excited to be teaching others in the industry everything we know!


The faces behind Hush~A~Bye Workshops: Lisa Rapp (left) and Sara Marcellino



Hush~A~Bye: A Newborn Photography Workshop Experience will be held in Sugar & Fig’s fairly spacious in-home studio in Wentzville, MO, which is about 40 minutes west of good old downtown St. Louis.  While you’re here, make a mini vaca out of it, and be sure to tour The Gateway Arch, the Anheuser Busch Brewery, the St Louis Art Museum, the Soulard NeighborhoodMissouri’s Botanical GardenHistoric Saint Charles Main Street, and maybe even the Saint Louis Zoo.  There are so many fun things to do in the Lou, and those are just a few!

*Attendees must conduct business at least 85 miles away from both 62810 and 63385 zip codes.*





*This is a rundown of how we expect the days to go.  We will try our best to stay on schedule; however getting off track slightly is a possibility.*

Day 1:

8:00-8:30 ~ Meet & greet.  We will have a short time to meet each other and introduce ourselves, while discussing specifically what each attendee wants to learn the most.

8:30-9:00 ~ We will show you what equipment we use and go over a rundown of how to use it.  We’ll teach you ideal camera settings and talk about how we prep for our sessions.

9:00-1:00 ~ First newborn models arrive at 9:00.  We will focus on bean bag posing: froggy, taco, side lying, bottom up, hands under chin, posed on back, etc. Each attendee will have time to shoot most setups.

(10:55-11:05 ~ Short break/snacks provided).

1:00-2:15 ~ A catered lunch will be provided.

2:15-6:15 ~ Second models arrive at 2:15.  We will focus on prop shots, and flokati posing.  Each attendee will have time to shoot most setups.

(4:10-4:20 ~ Short break/snacks provided).

6:15-7:15 ~ Lisa will show you how she edits (Sara will teach editing the next day).

7:15 ~ Goodie bags are passed out.  Yay!

7:15-whenever ~ We plan to go out locally to dine.  Dinner/soft drinks are on us.  We can discuss the day, answer any questions, and get to know each other better!

Day 2:

Since the first day is a long one, we want to start a little later the second day.  Plan to eat a late breakfast and late lunch (both on your own).

9:00-10:00 ~ Sara will show you how she edits.

10:00-1:00 ~ Last model arrives at 10:30. We will focus on parent posing, [possible] sibling posing, and review anything you would like to see again.  Each attendee will have time to shoot most setups.

(11:25-11:35 ~ Short break/snacks provided).

1:00-1:30 ~ We will wrap it up and say our farewells!


Featured Vendors

Each attendee will receive a GOODIE BAG, which will include a number of handmade items and promo codes to be used in the vendors’ shops.

We plan to add a few more vendors, so this list should grow (yay)!  A huge thank you goes out to each of our fabulous vendors for their generous donations and support!

A Mother’s Love Upcycled Newborn Hats & Headbands: Find them on Facebook and visit their shop here.

AR Backdrops:  Find them on Facebook and visit their shop here.

JuJu Bee’s & Co:  Find them on Facebook and visit their shop here.

Khristine’s Kreations:  Find them on Facebook and visit their shop here.

Lavender Gray:  Find them on Facebook and visit their shop here.

Roses and Ruffles:  Find them on Facebook and visit their shop here.

Toodlebug Creations:  Find them on Facebook and visit their shop here.

Unique Hats and More by Joan:  Find them on Facebook and visit their shop here.

LemonDrop Stop : : Backdrops and Floordrops:  Find them on Facebook and visit their shop here.



Q & A

Q:  What will be covered?

A:  You will learn countless things at this workshop, including (but not limited to) preparing parents for a successful session, session prep/setup, equipment you need, camera settings, studio lighting, white balance, intricate posing, best angles, macro photography, soothing tips & tricks, post-processing in Photoshop, and the list goes on.

Q:  Is this a studio lighting workshop only?

A:  Yes.  Lisa and I strictly use studio strobes for consistent and dependable lighting.  Never reschedule a session again due to weather!

Q:  What do I need to bring?

A:  All you need to bring is a DSLR camera with your preferred choice of lens (we recommend either a 35 or 50 mm prime), your gadget of choice for taking notes, and your best learning game face 🙂  That’s it!

Q:  What prior knowledge do I need in order to attend?

A:  You must have basic knowledge of camera operation, (understand aperture, ISO, and shutter speed), and you must feel comfortable with shooting in manual mode.

Q:  Will you be teaching post processing in Photoshop only?

A:  Yes.  Lisa and I utilize Photoshop only when editing/preparing newborn portraits for print.  Lightroom is also a good tool, but will not be taught.

Q:  How many attendees is this workshop limited to?

A:  In order to provide intimate instruction and adequate shooting time for each person, there will be a maximum of six attendees.

Q:  Do I need to conduct business outside of a specific mile radius?

A:  Yes.  Attendees must conduct business at least 85 miles away from both 62810 and 63385 zip codes.  It is your job to map the zip codes from your own before purchasing your seat.

Q:  Can I use images taken at the workshop for my portfolio?

A:  As an added bonus, you may use your images!  If you have a solid portfolio already, we encourage you to use images taken to enhance your portfolio.  However please do not fill your websites with mostly workshop photos if you cannot reproduce similar work, as this can be misleading to your clients.

Q:  Where can we view more of your work?

A:  Currently our Facebook pages are the best places to glimpse into our work.  Sugar & Fig’s website is brand new and not completed with portfolio yet (I know; I know…work in progress) and Lisa’s website is under construction right now.

Here are the links:

Little Chics Pics by Lisa Rapp 

Sugar & Fig Photographs by Sara Marcellino

Q:  Is my seat transferrable if I am unable to attend?

A:  Yes.  Your original purchased seat may be sold to a replacement attendee if you cannot make it.  The original purchased seat may be transferred once, and once transferred, that seat cannot not be transferred again.  It is your duty to provide to us the name of the person you sold it to and also to inform the person who bought it that it cannot be sold again.

Q:  Will there be any ongoing support?

A:  Absolutely!  Once you purchase your seat, you will be added to the Hush~A~Bye private Facebook group, where you will receive continuous ongoing education, support and guidance.  You may post questions, ask for advice or critiques, and keep in touch with other attendees.

Q:  Will there be other workshops?

A:  Of course.  More workshops are already in the works and we are looking for host studios, which will receive a significant discount in exchange for hosting.  Future workshop dates, locations, and details will be announced as they become available.

Q:  Is there a future teaching clause?

A:  Yes.  It is mandatory that you sign our contract stating you will not mentor or teach workshops for 18 months from the date of the workshop.  Please do not purchase a seat if you are not in agreement of signing the contract.

Q:  Are meals provided?

A:  Lunch will be provided both days of the workshop.  Let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian, and we will cater to your preference.

Q:  What should I know about lodging and transportation?

A:  Each attendee is solely responsible for their own transportation to and from the studio location.  The nearest airport is Lambert – St. Louis International Airportlocated at 10701 Lambert International Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63145.  The studio is located in Wentzville, MO 63385, approximately 32 miles west from the airport.  Interstate 70 is the most direct route between the two.  There are numerous places to lodge in both cities.  If you plan to tour St. Louis while you are here, we suggest lodging in a hotel in downtown STL.  If you are not planning any extracurricular activities, here are a couple of hotels we recommend in Wentzville, which are very near to the studio >>>  Nicest hotel option: Fairfield Inn & Suites.   Budget friendly hotel option:  Knights Inn.

In this blog post, we don’t wish to overwhelm you with a ton of information; we will do that at the workshop!  If you still have more questions, please email any questions to [email protected].



The total tuition for this invaluable learning experience is $1,600.  CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR $400 OFF THROUGH SEPT 15TH!  HURRY…SEATS WON’T LAST LONG!

A deposit of $800 secures your seat.  ($600 DEPOSIT WITH SALE)

The remaining balance of $800 is due by October 16th, 2015.  ($600 BALANCE WITH SALE)

Pay in full and SAVE $100!

To purchase your seat, please select your payment option below.

We expect the 6 seats to sell out FAST.  If you are interested, don’t delay.  We look forward to meeting you!

*Attendees must conduct business at least 85 miles away from both 62810 and 63385 zip codes. Refunds will be issued to anyone who lives within the 85 mile radius of either zip code.*

*Any and all monies received are non-refundable; no exceptions. Seats are transferrable one time (see above).*


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A sampling of Lisa’s gorgeous work:


A sampling of Sara’s work:



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