Last weekend saw me training with multi award winning newborn photographer Karen Wiltshire of KW Photography at Rivendell Studio, Hampshire run by husband and wife team Derek and Lysa Pether.
As a photographer I feel it is important to keep up with training and although I've trained with other newborn photographers previously, I was two years out of date and felt the need for more training to update and learn new skills.......it's always good to see varying styles of photography from other photographers to enable you to develop your own unique style, this is what stands you out from the rest! I follow many newborn photographers and love all their styles but have been following Karen for a while now, her style is plain and simple and that's what I like about her photography.
On arrival at the studio we were greeted by Derek and Lysa with a nice mug of coffee......Derek knows me so well!! There were six of us on the course and after introductions from each of us and a run down of our photography journey and what level we were at, Karen gave us a running order of the day. During the morning we had baby R who was a little poppet and slept pretty much most of the morning, which is what we like! Karen posed baby R in several poses throughout the morning, teaching us how to pose safely which is paramount when handling newborn babies and she went through the easiest way to transition from pose to pose to ensure the session ran as smoothly as possible whilst ensuring Baby R was comfortable and safe at all times. Karen taught us wrapping techniques and at the end of the morning session was able to answer all our questions.
After lunch we had two babies and were able to do some hands on posing under the careful supervision of both Karen and Derek........boy these babies didn't want to sleep!!! This was good for us because it brings in the reality that every newborn session is different and a challenge, some babies sleep, some don't, some will pose easily and some won't, it's all about recognising and reading signs from the baby....
Fantastic day with professional training, would highly recommend it.
Thank you to Karen, Derek and Lysa for having us, your hospitality was very much appreciated.