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Newborn Photography Mentoring

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Private Mentoring & Group Workshops

New to newborn photography, eager to learn the ropes? Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from the mistakes and successes of another? Or perhaps you are an old pro looking for enrichment, seeking a fresh perspective on your craft? My own journey as a photographer was deepened through newborn photography mentoring, and it’s an absolute thrill to now share in the progress of others.

I have been teaching other photographers since 2013 in either a 1:1 or workshop setting. I am “hands on” and take great joy in seeing you get the most out of your day with me: all your questions answered, and armed with a new confidence and excitement for your journey ahead!

Melbourne newborn mentoring and workshops.

“Our Lorna Kirkby Photography newborn workshop was my first workshop and I am now glad it was. My confidence has increased tenfold after having seen her at work. Her calm, open and honest, ask-all-the-questions-you-need approach really allowed me to learn all I could. I learnt importantly about “the head tilt”, perfect baby exposure, baby posing/wrapping and most importantly, some much-needed post processing advice. Her story too is inspiring and it’s nice to hear that you don’t have to start with the best camera and all the best props to achieve the best photos. So thank you, Lorna. I cannot wait to put my new skills to use.”

(Lisa Luyten)

Private Mentoring: One-on-One

I offer 1:1 private newborn photography mentoring sessions and host the day in my studio in Fawkner, Melbourne. We cover everything from the nitty-gritty of equipment, set-up, lighting and camera angles, to the art of posing, soothing, safety and the use of props, to the challenge of post production and business. There’s plenty of space carved out through the day to work through your questions. I share my resources with you and remain available to you once the day comes to a close for any follow-up questions. You can also interact on my Facebook group page I host for the photographers who have previously mentored with me. My objective for newborn photography mentoring is to tailor-make the day to fit with where you’re at and where you want to go as a newborn photographer. I want you to succeed, to leave the day inspired, confident and ready.

Requirements: A DSLR camera and 50mm lens or your choice of lens. You should have a sound knowledge of using your camera in manual mode and using aperture, ISO and shutter speed. A fair knowledge of Photoshop is necessary to understand post production.

The day begins at 9:30am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch and refreshments are included. While our experience ends there, our relationship doesn’t, and you’re free to call on me for guidance into the future.

Normal Cost:


Yes, for the remainder of 2018 only, the private mentoring cost is the same as our normal workshop price. This is your chance to get one-on-one mentoring for the cost of a group workshop!

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to book your place and the balance is due four weeks before. (Payment in three instalments can be arranged.)

If you’re interested in newborn photography mentoring, please contact me.

“I just completed mentoring with Lorna Kirkby Photography. Going into it I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to continue with newborn photography as while it’s a great job it is very challenging and I had no idea. With that in mind, I actually went in thinking that perhaps I wasn’t doing it so badly, so why not learn as much as I could. After all, knowledge is power. Well wow! I had countless “AHH HAA” moments, moments where I thought that’s how it’s done! I’ve come out of it more confident and ready to take on the next chapter of my career in newborn photography. And to think I was ready to give it up. Now I’m refreshed and armed with many new techniques. I wouldn’t have known any of it if I didn’t do the course. You can research all you like but having that hands-on experience is just priceless. Thank you, Lorna. You’re worth your weight in gold.”

(Kareena Spall)


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Melbourne Small Group Class

If you are looking for a small group setting to safely learn with others and ask your questions, then this is the class for you.


Where: My Melbourne studio (Fawkner)

Details: This class is limited to 4 photographers. Times are 9:30am-5:30pm. We will cover everything from equipment, set-up, props, posing, soothing, safety, lighting, white balance, exposure, post processing, working with clients, procedures and workflow. I will share what has worked and what hasn’t worked for me. There is plenty of time for questions. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Requirements: A DSLR camera and 50mm lens or your own choice of lens. You should have a sound knowledge of using your camera in manual mode and using aperture, ISO and shutter speed. A fair knowledge of Photoshop is necessary to understand post production.

What is included: Access to a private Facebook group for all past attendees with continual support and feedback.

Cost: $1,200

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to book your place and the balance is due four weeks before.

(Payment in 3 instalments can be arranged.)

To book your place or to be put on the list to contact when new dates are released, please email me today!

“I attended a mentoring day with Lorna Kirkby.  I had been admiring Lorna’s newborn photography for quite some time and thought it best that I approach Lorna to see if she would be willing to spend some time teaching me some of her amazing skills! The mentoring day was a great help and through Lorna’s teaching, I was reassured that a lot of what I was already doing was correct. Lorna also taught me new and better ways to do certain things as well. My newborn photography has jumped ahead in leaps and bounds since the mentoring with Lorna, and I am busier than ever and loving it! Thank you, Lorna!”

(Leanne Curtis  |  Leanne Curtis Newborn Photography)


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Bump 2 Babe Workshops

A 2 day informative workshop covering Maternity, Newborns and Babies.

 Learn how to master each session to create a wonderful keepsake for your clients.







Posing workflow

Flattering angles

Working with curvy women

Connecting with and directing your client



Posing workflow

Anatomy and safety working with newborns

Soothing techniques

Nailing angles

Wrapping and styling


Posing workflow

6-12 month characteristics 

Engaging with the baby, tricks to help you

Styling and props


All sessions cover the following

Camera equipment and settings
Using natural light
Session workflow
Post production
Portfolio building
Pricing and marketing your business
Client liaison
Setting up your business workflow

  • A DSLR camera and lens of your choice. I use the 50mm1.4. You should have a sound knowledge of using your camera in manual mode and using aperture, ISO and shutter speed. A knowledge of Photoshop is advised.

  • Access to a private Facebook group for all past attendees with continual support and feedback from myself.

Workshops are limited to 8 photographers.
Day 1, 9am-5pm
Day 2, 9am-3pm

Cost: $1595

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to book your place and the balance is due four weeks before.

(Payment in 3 instalments can be arranged.)

To book your place please email me today or drop me a line via the contact form!

Newborn Photography Mentoring and Workshops.

“I got so much out of my newborn photography mentoring session with Lorna. She was so patient with my endless questions. I knew I chose the right mentor to help me embark on this new exciting career in newborn photography. Lorna is extremely knowledgeable in her field. Just look at her incredible photos!”

(Elisa Elgstrom)

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Watch Me Work


Where: My Melbourne Studio (Fawkner)

Times: 11:00am-2:30pm

COST: $250

Have you ever wondered how other newborn photographers run their sessions, what they do first, how they settle the baby and how they deal with their client? When I was first starting out I would have given anything for a sneak peek into a newborn session. Well, now you can!

I’m pleased to offer “Watch me Work”—where you can watch me run through a typical session. This is not a teaching class; it’s purely a way to see how I work and conduct my sessions. Glean tips and tricks as you observe and see how I make decisions based on the newborn’s varying moods. A family set-up is also included as well as an hour of Q&A after the newborn session.

Please note, this is very different from the normal workshops I host. As mentioned, this is not a teaching class. In Watch me Work, you won’t be shooting, just observing. There’s no need to bring your camera.

This is limited to 10 people.

To book your place please email me today or drop me a line via the contact form!

Articles and resources for newborn photography mentoring.

Articles and Resources ~ Newborn Photography Mentoring

You’ll find numerous articles and resources on this site that are geared to enrich and equip newborn photographers. And, of course, have a look at my newborn gallery for ideas and inspiration.

I look forward to meeting you.

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  1. Loretta Williams
    March 6 @ 8:44 pm

    Was wanting to know if you have any mentoring spots avaliable


    • Lorna Kirkby
      March 8 @ 8:49 am

      Thanks for your interest, Loretta. Will email you with further details.


  2. Christo
    March 18 @ 10:33 pm

    I love the behind the scene photos…


  3. Shona wiffen
    March 19 @ 8:55 pm

    Can I book in for the mentoring on the 2nd may!! Thank you 🙂


  4. Veronique Whitaker
    March 23 @ 11:08 am


    Can you please let me know if you have any spaces left for the the Melbourne Workshop on 2nd May.

    Thanks very much


  5. Marney
    June 3 @ 2:53 pm

    Enquiring about 1:1 mentoring session. Thanks


  6. J'nae Seeley
    June 10 @ 10:21 am

    Good morning,

    I was hoping to enquire about a 1:1 session with you?

    Many thanks,


    • Lorna Kirkby
      June 18 @ 12:22 pm

      Hi J’nae

      Will follow up via email. Ta.



  7. Julie Thomas
    June 26 @ 10:46 pm

    Hi Lorna, I’m interested in The Brisbane workshop on 25th October at Geebung.
    Can you let me know if you have any spaces left.
    Many thanks,



  8. Poonam Lal
    June 30 @ 12:20 am

    Hello Lorna. I live in Craigieburn. I was wondering if I could have details on your mentoring sessions.



  9. Kyra Mayfield
    July 21 @ 12:38 am

    I am interested in a spot in the Adelaide session.
    please can I be emailed.
    Thank you


  10. Lisa Esposito
    July 24 @ 9:01 pm

    HI Lorna, i would like more details of your 1:1 mentoring sessions ie. price, your location, duration, your location etc. I am also interested in your upcoming Melbourne workshop – i understand you have not set a date but a rough indication of when you were thinking of holding it would be great. thanks, Lisa


  11. Roz
    July 24 @ 10:59 pm

    Hi. I am very interested in your perth workshop. Is this just for beginners ?

    Ps love your work !


  12. Jade Blyth
    October 12 @ 11:09 pm

    Hi Lorna,

    I was wondering if I could get some more information on your 1 on 1 sessions in your home studio, this is something I would be interested in. Thank you.

    Kind regards,


    • Lorna Kirkby
      October 13 @ 10:56 am

      Hi Jade. Will get in touch with you directly.


  13. ebony robinson
    October 17 @ 6:49 pm

    Hi there I am after some pricing and availabillity for a one on one mentoring session


  14. Kelly Campbell
    October 24 @ 2:02 pm

    Hi wanting to know when your Melbourne workshops start again next year?


  15. Jessica mangano
    January 20 @ 1:01 am

    Hi I am wondering if you do a workshop in perth ?
    Thank you


  16. Lisa
    February 26 @ 1:50 am

    Hi I am interested in the Adelaide session. Just wondering what kind of lighting do you cover and how in depth is the editing info? Oh, and are there any spots left for that session! Thanks. Lisa


  17. Caroline Flake
    March 1 @ 8:38 pm

    Hi Lorna, can you please tell me what the cost is for 1:1 mentoring? Thanks! Caroline.


  18. Karen Hutchinson
    April 27 @ 11:20 pm

    Hi Lorna,

    Could you provide further details on the 1:1 mentoring?

    Thanks and Best Regards,

    Karen Hutchinson
    KH Photography


    • Lorna Kirkby
      April 29 @ 1:31 pm

      Hi Karen. Will get back to you personally. Lorna


  19. Emilie
    May 14 @ 11:22 pm

    Hi Lorna,

    I would like some info please on your melbourne workshops and 1:1 mentoring I am in great need of help with handling the babies in particular.
    Thank you



    • Lorna Kirkby
      May 15 @ 2:29 pm

      Thanks for making contact. I’ll get back to you personally, Emilie.


  20. Amanda Adamko
    May 15 @ 1:05 am

    Hi I would like more info on your one on one mentoring please.


    • Lorna Kirkby
      May 16 @ 10:05 am

      Hi Amanda. Thanks for the enquiry. Will get back to you personally.


  21. Maja milosavljevic
    May 17 @ 11:33 am

    Hi, I was interested to know if you are doing one on one sessions at your studio within the next couple of months and if so the cost. Thank you very much


    • Lorna Kirkby
      May 18 @ 5:38 pm

      Hi Maja. Thank you for making an enquiry. Will get back to you directly. Lorna


  22. hayley jones
    June 3 @ 12:17 pm

    Hi just wondering if there are any spots left for your melbourne workshop


  23. Kylie
    June 3 @ 5:37 pm

    Hi Lorna,
    I was wanting to enquire about you workshop in Perth if there are any spaces left.
    Regards Kylie


    • Lorna Kirkby
      June 4 @ 6:13 pm

      Hi Kylie. Great. I’ll get in touch directly. Lorna


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