When I heard the news about being named one of the top 10 Child Photographers in the World I was shocked. The world? No way! I quickly read through the others that were listed and to even be mentioned with those super talented child photographers was enough for me. Well the excitement has faded just enough for me to share with you here! Most of you know I specialize in newborn photography in the Auburn/Opelika area but many of my clients drive from Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama. Baby’s first year is such a blur so to photograph them as newborns, 6 months and 1 year is so important and so fun! I love comparing their newborn and 1 year photographs to see how much they’ve changed. Watching them as sleepy newborns and then bouncing off the walls at their 1 year sessions is just really incredible. I’m so honored to have such loyal clients that keep coming back to me for their child’s first year but it’s even more exciting when they call me with the news that they’re expecting their second, third or fourth baby! It helps to absolutely love what you do for a living but to bring others art that they can cherish forever is the most rewarding. Newborns, babies and especially the 1 year old photography sessions can be so unpredictable and each one of them has their own unique personalities so thinking on your feet is important. I’ve captured the most precious expressions by just letting them be who they are. I know parents just want that smile but some of those serious expressions are my absolute favorite. Their big eyes looking right into the camera just melts my heart. Please take a moment to see some of my favorites from the fall and this year.

 

It’s hard to believe it’s already February so if you’re expecting or have a milestone session you’d like to book please don’t wait to book. Spring is just around the corner which is when my busy season takes off and my international workshops kick into high gear. Newborn photography is best done at 5-21 days old when babies are still sleepy and curly:) Sitter sessions are anywhere from 6-8 months depending on when your baby is sitting up on her own. 1 year sessions take place either in the studio or on location and is a great time to sneak a couple of family photographs in. Be on the lookout for cotton mini sessions soon!

 

Sister loves!

Walker and his awesome hair!Letting her play

The Newborn WhistlerHer favorite place to be.We don’t encourage eating tin pails at Dewdrops but we snapped this really quick. It’s hard to stop a teething baby:)

Those eyes!

Top 10 Child Photographers in the World can be found here: http://www.topteny.com/top-10-best-child-photographers-in-the-world/

Auburn Alabama Newborn and Child Photographer

If you’re interested in booking a session please don’t wait until the last minute as I stay very busy with my newborn workshops and mentoring sessions. Summer and fall cotton mini sessions are a very busy time as well.

Please find out more information by clicking here: http://www.dewdropsphoto.com/investment/

 

Join me and Nicole Smith Photography for this complete lighting newborn workshop. We will cover everything you could possibly need to know about newborn photography and have a few laughs in the meantime!Amy will be covering STUDIO lighting, camera settings, custom white balance for best skin tones, exposure and how to get the best image Straight out of Camera. Nicole will be covering NATURAL light and her unique styling with her focus on simple organic styling, wrapping techniques and angles. You will learn how to safely pose newborns and to refine and perfect each little finger. We will cover soothing, transitioning, and how to prep parents.You will be able to use all and the images you take for your portfolio.
Weather permitting: We will also meet in the evening for outdoor newborn session

Both photographers will go over how they post process in Photoshop and ACR.

Weather permitting we will be heading outdoors for some incredible sunset maternity and newborn images!

Nicole and Amy met online and became fast friends, so they decided to teach a workshop in Texas together where their attendees have given them rave reviews. They all agreed that they learned so much and had a fun time! Nicole and Amy will discuss both in person sales and online sales.

DETAILS

  • $1,800 USD Non-refundable
  • $800 deposit USD Non-refundable.
  • Final payment due 1 month prior to workshop.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Continued Support Via Facebook, Email and Private Group
  • Vendor sponsored goodies

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Basic Knowledge of Photoshop.
  • You must own and understand DSLR camera, and are comfortable shooting in Manual Mode and have basic Knowledge of aperture, shutter speed, and Iso settings.
  • I recommend either 35mm or 50mm.
  • You do not need a computer, but are welcome to bring a laptop if you would like to work along side us while we demonstrate Post Processing.
  • You are responsible for your accommodations and airport transfers.

Day 1

  • 9:00: Meet & Greet
  • 9:30: Divide into two groups to learn our beanbag workflow with studio and natural light. (You will switch teams on day 2.)
  • 12:30: Lunch, light snacks and beverages included
  • 1:30-4:00: Prop, parent and sibling setups with both
  • 4:00-5:30: Editing workflow from each photographer Q&A business discussion.
  • 5:30: Head to outdoor location for maternity and newborn posing (Weather permitting) **Dinner to follow – included

Day 2

  • 9:30-12:30: Switch teams for more beanbag posing with studio and natural light.
  • 12:30-1: Say Goodbye

Studio address:
Dewdrops Photography 1913 Wrights Mill Rd. Auburn Al 36830

You will fly into the Atlanta airport. I suggest Courtyard by Marriott in Auburn on Pace Ave. and Groome Transportation from the airport to Auburn or renting a car.

 

Follow link here to register: http://dewdropsphotography.bigcartel.com/product/dream-baby-newborn-workshop-auburn-al-october-5th-6th-2016-deposit-only

 

Hello Laken!

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing this beautiful baby recently and I’m trying to get better about blogging sessions instead of just advertising my workshops.

She was such a great sleeper and I don’t even think she woke up except to have a quick snack. Her brother was so sweet and entertaining and as you can see by looking at the sibling photo that he is in love.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

 

Auburn, Al newborn photographer Opelika, Al newborn photographer Auburn, Al baby photographer Opelika, Al baby photographer

 

 

San Clemente,  May 21st-22nd, 2016

Join me and Dewdrops Photography by Amy McDaniel for this complete lighting newborn workshop. We will cover everything you could possibly need to know about newborn photography and have a few laughs in the meantime!Amy will be covering STUDIO lighting, camera settings, custom white balance for best skin tones, exposure and how to get the best image Straight out of Camera. Nicole will be covering NATURAL light and her unique styling with her focus on simple organic styling, wrapping techniques and angles. You will learn how to safely pose newborns and to refine and perfect each little finger. We will cover soothing, transitioning, and how to prep parents.You will be able to use all and the images you take for your portfolio.
Weather permitting: We will also meet in the evening for outdoor newborn session

Both photographers will go over how they post process in Photoshop and ACR.

Weather permitting we will be heading outdoors for some incredible sunset maternity and newborn images!

Nicole and Amy met online and became fast friends, so they decided to teach a workshop in Texas together where their attendees have given them rave reviews. They all agreed that they learned so much and had a fun time! Nicole and Amy will discuss both in person sales and online sales.

DETAILS

  • $1,800 USD
  • $800 deposit USD
  • Final payment due 1 month prior to workshop. Non-refundable.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Continued Support Via Facebook, Email and Private Group
  • Vendor sponsored goodies

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Basic Knowledge of Photoshop.
  • You must own and understand DSLR camera, and are comfortable shooting in Manual Mode and have basic Knowledge of aperture, shutter speed, and Iso settings.
  • I recommend either 35mm or 50mm.
  • You do not need a computer, but are welcome to bring a laptop if you would like to work along side us while we demonstrate Post Processing.
  • You are responsible for your accommodations and airport transfers.

Day 1

  • 9:00: Meet & Greet
  • 9:30: Divide into two groups to learn our beanbag workflow with studio and natural light. (You will switch teams on day 2.)
  • 12:30: Lunch, light snacks and beverages included
  • 1:30-4:00: Prop, parent and sibling setups with both
  • 4:00-5:30: Editing workflow from each photographer Q&A business discussion.
  • 5:30: Head to outdoor location for maternity and newborn posing (Weather permitting) **Dinner to follow – included

Day 2

  • 9:30-12:30: Switch teams for more beanbag posing with studio and natural light.
  • 12:30-1: Say Goodbye

Studio address:
Lil’ Buttons Photography – 1210 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente 92673

Follow link here to register:

May 21st-22nd:
http://nicolesmithphotography.bigcartel.com/product/dreambaby-newborn-workshop-san-clemente-california-deposit-only

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole and Amy met online and became fast friends, so they decided to teach a workshop in Texas together where their attendees have given them rave reviews. They all agreed that they learned so much and had a fun time!

Reviews:
I hosted Amy McDaniel and Nicole Smith’s Dream Baby Workshop in March 2014. Having attended several workshops in the past, I thought I knew what to expect but I was BLOWN away at what these girls were able to deliver to their attendees. Nicole and Amy truly walked through (step by step) each aspect of their shooting and were able to give each attendee one on one time to go over their shots and critique. Now, one would think this is a pretty basic part of a workshop but attendees don’t always get good one on one time with the teachers – especially if the group is large. I was really impressed by how thorough they were with each photographer and you could just sense that they were invested in each person and really wanted to see them grow from the experience. The covered both the technical and the artistic side of shooting as well as took the group step by step through editing. I KNOW that the attendees left with a sense of accomplishment and arrived home determined to put their new found skills to good use! Last, photography is about so much more than good styling and shooting, it’s about the heart behind it. I LOVED that Amy has a group for her workshop and mentees where girls can ask continual questions and follow up to see progress. It’s such an active, amazing group of women and from that group there was even a prayer group specifically for photographers born. It’s SO refreshing to see photographers come together in a Christian way to support one another. If you are looking to get the best for your money (and SO MUCH MORE), I would highly recommend this experience to any newborn photographer! Jackie Cream n Cocoa Photography

Your workshop was absolutely inspiring and amazing. There is so much love and talent that go into each and every beautiful picture. I am beyond blown away and in awe of you. You are just incredible with those sweet little ones. Thank you so much for everything. I loved meeting you.
Jessica

I am thrilled that I had the chance to attend your Dewdrops Photography workshop with Nicole Smith Photography this past weekend. I couldn’t have picked a better workshop or group of ladies to spend the weekend with. Not only are y’all wonderful photographers but you are both great teachers as well. Thank you for being so attentive and guiding me through all the steps to getting consistently great shots. I really appreciate that you were open books of knowledge and answered all my newbie questions.

Not only was it jam packed with information, tips, and tricks but also with FUN!! You two are so sweet & totally hilarious!! I had one of the best times of my life! I laughed til I (almost) peed my pants.
Thanks for the memories (& education). LOVED IT!!!
Dawn

One from Dewdrops workshops:
I cannot tell you how awesome it was to spend the weekend learning from you. I had my first newborn session less than 24 hours after leaving workshop and I felt so empowered and excited to put into practice all that I learned. You are truly amazing and I am so thankful that you are willing to share your art and for the friendships created in Chicago. Worth every.penny.and.some!
Kayte Legacy Portraits

The world of newborn photography is ever-so saturated and finding the impeccable package of fabulous posing plus amazing style and safety, can honestly be quite challenging in this competitive market. As someone that just started photography this fall, I found exactly what I needed to take my business and talents to the next level! This weekend, I had the opportunity to learn from Nicole Smith Photography and Dewdrops Photography by Amy McDaniel in an amazing workshop where both of these inspiring photographers combined and brought all of their secrets to the table to share….
If you are looking to grow as a newborn photographer and continue to keep things fresh, their workshop is where it’s at! Captured by Clay Photography

THANK YOU AMY for such an incredible experience and learning opportunity at your Cincinnati workshop with Nicole Smith Photography!!! I loved every second of it and learned an incredible amount of knowledge! I can not wait for my next session and feel completely at ease now about so many aspects of my business. You two were amazing instructors and our host (Jackie from Cream n Cocoa Photography) was incredibly accommodating and lovely! Had a great time, made new friends, took my work to the next level and got to practice. AMAZING!!! DULCE BABY photography

Total cost for 1.5 day 1800.00 USD

 

Dewdrops workshops are the next step in becoming a more confident and efficient newborn photographer. If you need to improve on your posing, lighting, editing, angles or you just need to refresh your current workflow then Amy’s 1.5 day course has proven to do just that.

You will learn all about studio lighting and a little natural light (when available) camera settings, white balance for best skin tones, exposure and how to get the best images straight out of camera. You will watch Amy as she safely poses newborns during the beanbag workflow, prop shots, wrapping and parent shots.

Bring your cameras because you will also be shooting each pose and learn all about angles!

She will edit 2-3 newborn images start to finish and have an open Q&A discussion time over lunch.

You will be able to use all the images you take for your portfolio.
Deposit 600.00USD

Total 1500.00USD non refundable due one month before workshop

Saturday

9:00 Meet and Greet

9:15-12:30 beanbag workflow

12:30-1:30 Lunch and editing

1:30-5:00 Prop, flokati, wrapping and parent shots Q&A

Sunday

9-1 Go over posing again and each student will get to do hands on wrapping.

What it includes:
Lunch and Snacks
Continued Support Via Facebook, Email and Private Group (Conditions may apply.)
Vendor sponsored goodies

Limited to 8 students!

Register here: http://dewdropsphotography.bigcartel.com/product/dewdrops-salt-lake-city-workshop-august-20-21-2016-deposit-600-00

Studio address is 567 West 2600 South, Bountiful Utah 84010

Each student is responsible for transportation and accommodations.

Reviews:

I recently had the privilege of attending a workshop with the amazing Amy of Dewdrops Photography. Amy held nothing back and answered all my questions, no matter what. She was down-to-earth and easy going and kept the environment laid back and fun the whole day. I was able to learn so much by observing her, sometimes hovering right over her shoulder, but she didn’t mind, she just kept right along showing me how she works her magic. I was amazed by her confidence with handling not only the precious babies, but with the parents.

Amy is an amazing mentor. And not only that, but she is willing to still answer my questions even after the workshop to help me to be the best photographer I can be. I just hope I can make her proud.

I have met other photographers in the past who let the success of their business get to their head, but not Amy. She was so humble and sweet and treated me like we had known each other forever even though minutes before we were strangers. She truly is the best and I am so honored that I was able to work with her and that she saw enough potential in me to allow me to learn from her.

I promise, you will not be disappointed with Amy and her workshops. She is superb!

Thank you Amy for an amazing weekend and for teaching me everything and anything you could! Much love sister!

Naomi Lineberry

I hosted Amy McDaniel and Nicole Smith’s Dream Baby Workshop in March 2014. Having attended several workshops in the past, I thought I knew what to expect but I was BLOWN away at what these girls were able to deliver to their attendees. Nicole and Amy truly walked through (step by step) each aspect of their shooting and were able to give each attendee one on one time to go over their shots and critique. Now, one would think this is a pretty basic part of a workshop but attendees don’t always get good one on one time with the teachers – especially if the group is large. I was really impressed by how thorough they were with each photographer and you could just sense that they were invested in each person and really wanted to see them grow from the experience. The covered both the technical and the artistic side of shooting as well as took the group step by step through editing. I KNOW that the attendees left with a sense of accomplishment and arrived home determined to put their new found skills to good use! Last, photography is about so much more than good styling and shooting, it’s about the heart behind it. I LOVED that Amy has a group for her workshop and mentees where girls can ask continual questions and follow up to see progress. It’s such an active, amazing group of women and from that group there was even a prayer group specifically for photographers born. It’s SO refreshing to see photographers come together in a Christian way to support one another. If you are looking to get the best for your money (and SO MUCH MORE), I would highly recommend this experience to any newborn photographer! Jackie Cream n Cocoa Photography

Your workshop was absolutely inspiring and amazing. There is so much love and talent that go into each and every beautiful picture. I am beyond blown away and in awe of you. You are just incredible with those sweet little ones. Thank you so much for everything. I loved meeting you.
Jessica
I cannot tell you how awesome it was to spend the weekend learning from you. I had my first newborn session less than 24 hours after leaving workshop and I felt so empowered and excited to put into practice all that I learned. You are truly amazing and I am so thankful that you are willing to share your art and for the friendships created in Chicago. Worth every.penny.and.some!
Kayte Legacy Portraits

The world of newborn photography is ever-so saturated and finding the impeccable package of fabulous posing plus amazing style and safety, can honestly be quite challenging in this competitive market. As someone that just started photography this fall, I found exactly what I needed to take my business and talents to the next level! This weekend, I had the opportunity to learn from Nicole Smith Photography and Dewdrops Photography by Amy McDaniel in an amazing workshop where both of these inspiring photographers combined and brought all of their secrets to the table to share….
If you are looking to grow as a newborn photographer and continue to keep things fresh, their workshop is where it’s at! Captured by Clay Photography

THANK YOU AMY for such an incredible experience and learning opportunity at your Cincinnati workshop with Nicole Smith Photography!!! I loved every second of it and learned an incredible amount of knowledge! I can not wait for my next session and feel completely at ease now about so many aspects of my business. You two were amazing instructors and our host (Jackie from Cream n Cocoa Photography) was incredibly accommodating and lovely! Had a great time, made new friends, took my work to the next level and got to practice. AMAZING!!! DULCE BABY photography

Amy, I cannot thank you enough for what you taught me at the workshop. I am so happy with the way my sessions have been turning out…especially on the beanbag poses. Using studio light has made such a tremendous difference in the outcome of my photos. I cannot wait to continue to learn and develop my new skills. Taking your workshop was by far the best investment I could have made at this point in my career. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I only wish I would have done it sooner!!

Amy’s workshop is absolutely incredible and taking it was one the best decisions I made in my photography career! I had been struggling with newborn poses and angles and finished every newborn session feeling frustrated. Amy not only showed us step by step how to create beautiful images from camera settings, props, set up, posing, angle, lighting and editing -but also gave us tons of opportunity to practice and continuous feedback!!!
It was so inspirational and enlightening leaning from her! And now I feel so much more confident in my work!!! I absolutely recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to learn to perfect the art of photographing newborns!!! Livia Debonet