Maternity, Newborn and Family workshop ~ with Dewdrops Photography and Anja McDonald Photography

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting an amazing photography workshop here at Images by Katie headquarters!

I had two world-renowned mentors here to teach a small group of photographers the art of our profession – and let me tell you, they went above and beyond to completely blow our minds!!!

One of the amazing masters we had here, came all the way from the U.S.A! Amy McDaniel of Dewdrops Photography specialises in newborn portraits and uses studio lighting. She thoroughly went over her flow posing, wrapping, prop posing, parent posing and ensured the entire time that she discussed her light placement which is vital for achieving those gorgeous creamy skin tones she is so well known for, which was handy as she also covered how she edits her perfectly posed newborn images.
I have had the pleasure of having Amy as a mentor for the past 3 years. I have hosted Amy twice now and attended 3 of her workshops. After each time, my work has improved immensely and the guidance and commitment to her attendees just keeps giving. I can truly say, I would not be where I am today without her! Thank you Mrs McD xx

This time Amy decided to team up with the talent behind the camera at Anja McDonald photography. Anja flew here from Perth, W.A and boy, she didn’t fail to impress! Anja is a woman of many talents! She prides herself on being able to use all aspects of her photography to ensure she runs her business successfully and maintains a busyness which can often be a concern here in Australia by sticking to one genre. She went over everything from her epically amazing outdoor sessions – both family and maternity, Anja also covered indoor maternity and poor natural lighting which is a great help being in Melbourne, because let’s face it, the weather isn’t always as lovely as Perth! Anja was also generous in sharing her knowledge in her marketing strategies and extensively went over how she edits her outdoor images – entirely by hand with no actions used what-so-ever! Let me say – this woman blew my mind! Anja – you ROCK!

Both these amazing women were so accommodating of each of the attendees and went over everything, with everyone, in detail. There were photographers that had been in “the game” for a while and were looking to polish their skills and others that were just beginning their journey – no question was too hard or too simple. Both Anja and Amy ensured each element that they were teaching was clearly understood and everyone was grasping their new found knowledge!
I think I speak for all students when I say the information from the two days that were spent with incredible educators, was life changing. Not only did every single person learn amazing ways to improve their business and therefore give more back to our clients – I mean, that’s why we do this anyway, right?! But the laughs shared, the friendships gained and the memories created will last long after the workshop ended. These woman went well beyond the call of duty to create a fantastic learning environment and have not stopped giving since! By far the best investment I have made to improve my business!

If you are on the fence about a workshop – choose one or both of these fabulous woman. They wont disappoint.

I am so honoured to have learnt so much from them in my short career. I’m pretty certain, my clients thank them too!


Thank you Amy and Anja, so much. I think I have told you both about 100 times already, but you truly have changed my life and my business. You are both so kind and generous with your knowledge and it really is an art to make that many women feel comfortable and relaxed where there were so many skill levels involved. I look forward to seeing my work grow more in the coming years and take myself to the next level and provide the best art I possibly can for my clients.



K xx


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