Kelly Brown | Learning from the best

When i decided i wanted to focus specifically on newborn photography it was Kelly Brown that influenced me the most. I love her work, from the way she makes her clients feel the moment they walk through the door, to the natural earthy colours & props she uses to the beautifully edited images. She is calm & professional and makes the whole experience special from start to finish. This is something that i want to provide, i want people to invest in beautiful imagery of their babies and in return i want to give them a luxury experience.

I would LOVE to do one of her 2 Day intensive workshops where she covers everything from safe work practice, posing through to the editing , products & client delivery. These cost $2000 and i would have to travel to Australia for it so at this time it is not an option for me 😦 I have contacted her and asked if she would ever be running an of these in the UK and if so can i be top of the list 😀

She is at the SWPP in London in January 2017, where she will be participating in seminars and is running a short class….but by the time i had found out about it there was no spaces left.

I am a huge fan of Creative Live and the resources that they provide for photographers are brilliant, you can watch free broadcasts and also buy the full courses if you wish. Last year i managed to watch a couple of the Newborn Photography Bootcamp by Kelly Brown and it was amazing but i couldn’t afford to buy the full course then. I bought it a couple of weeks ago and have started watching the course, it was run over a 4 week period and there is so many incredible videos as well as class materials, documents & guides. Once i have finished the videos i am going to begin to work through these and adapt them for my business.

Kelly Brown | Contemporary Practitioner

Kelly Brown, Master Of Photography with the AIPP.

Specialises in newborn & baby photography, she runs her business Little Pieces Photography from her home studio in Kenmore Hills, Brisbane, Queensland which she started in 2005.


Which she soon outgrew and has now extended it into her garage, it has a full wall of windows providing her with plenty of natural light. She has become so busy that her husband chose to give up his job to work alongside her and looks after the business & marketing:

Kelly’s calm persona and concern for baby’s safety at the same time as creating beautiful portraits has really excelled her business, she has diplomas in Business & Photography and has spent time learning about newborn babies to have an understanding of their little bodies is really important when you are going to be posing them and putting them in different positions. She has a wealth of knowledge in this area and has become one of the most well known Newborn Photographers and teaches all over the world, she wants to provide people with the skills they need to run a successful newborn photography business and to help maintain the standards of the industry:

creativeLIVE Speaker – Newborn Posing 3 day Workshop

creativeLIVE Speaker – Bumps to Babies 3 day Workshop

creativeLIVE Speaker – Newborn Photography Bootcamp


AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year 2014
AIPP QLD Professional Photographer of the Year 2013 and 2014
AIPP QLD Family Photographer of the Year 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
AIPP QLD Portrait Photographer of the Year 2013
AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year 2012

WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Individual 2014
WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Group 2014
WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Children’s 2014
WPPI 1st Place in Creative Composite 2014
WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Individual 2013
WPPI 1st Place in Portrait Group 2013

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize – Finalist 2012 & 2013



Universal Principles Of Design

This is a book dedicated to making the most out of the design of an object and determining how it is perceived to market it in the best way possible. And human psychology plays a huge role in this and how the brain perceives what it sees. I read through all the areas which seemed relevant to my photography, it is a big book though and i think it would be a handy one to own rather than loan so that i could reference it as and when needed.

Newborn Posing Workshop

I have booked myself a place on a newborn photography workshop in Cheshire on the 17th July, this is quite an investment but I hope to get a lot out of it. It is hosted by the very talented Jillian Greenhill –

She is an award winning newborn photographer and her photos are amazing and the standard that i would like to produce. The course covers newborn posing, safety, editing and marketing so i’m hoping this will be very valuable for me. Everyone that has done her course previously has said that it has excelled their business. I have already been doing some newborn work but I would like to back it up with more tuiton and certification.

Any qualifications I get will be put on my website and I think that they will be extra reassurance of my experience and capabilities for my clients.

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Kelly Brown – My Inspiration

I have followed Kelly Brown for years, she lives in Australia and is my favourite natural light child photographer, i think she is amazing. Its not just her end result photos that inspire me but its her approach to the whole procedure.

There is so much involved in baby photography, firstly safety is the most important thing then providing a nice cosy relaxed area for the clients.  A newborn shoot can take up to 4 hours so making everyone comfortable is essential. The happier everyone is the better the photos will be and Kelly Brown was my guru when i was learning, i was lucky enough to watch her workshops on Creativelive and it was amazing to watch her work, her professional efficient, calm caring motherly nature was exactly the same as what i wanted to convey to my clients.

Jordan Voth

Jordan Voth is one of my favourite photographers! I love his work – Portraiture, Engagement & Wedding photography, his landscapes are incredible. I love the colour to his photos, they all have such a rich earthiness to them but not over-processed, he captures fun & emotions in her portraits, and so much love in his couples photography, and the backdrops to his photos are incredible he goes to the most amazing locations.

So for me, if i could get the chance to work alongside someone….even just for a day! It would be him! So……Jordan if you are reading this just tell me when to book my flight to seattle! 😀

Here are a few screenshots i have taken and cropped from his Pinterest page –

Sebastio Salgado

I read Salgado’s book – An Archaeology of the industrial age, where he pays homage to the manual labour of all the men and women in the later 20th century. A life which is now only present in the third world countries. He travels all over the world and gets up so close and photographs them in a way it makes you feel like you are there. His black and white images were taken using Leica and Pentax cameras, he used only available light and captured the realness of each moment and how hard each day was for these people. He almost always used Kodak Tri X and he just loved the grainy images it produced. Once he moved to digital Canon cameras he had his tech assistants to use software and add grain to mimic that film.

I also read – on Sebastio Salgado and I found this a very good read, it explained a lot about him as a person and the reason behind his photographs

“Photography is not objective. It is deeply subjective – my photography is consistent ideologically and ethically with the person I am.” – Sebastião Salgado

            He encourages other photographers to become knowledgeable about history, geopolitics, sociology etc to enable you to be wise about the world we live in and that will then show in how you take your photos…something which I hope to achieve in my own photography journey.

These images really stood out to me…

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