Professional Orange County Newborn Photographer

Call: (714) 758-5366

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Newborn Photography Education and Mentoring

Below are options for newborn photography education with Jennifer McNeil Photography.  Choose from several 1 on 1 options or learn with a friend!  Contact Jenn for information about 2 on 1 options.  All photography education, training, and workshops available as a resource for those currently practicing photography as a business.  Mentee should have their own DSLR camera for most sessions.


Beginner Level Education:

Shadow Newborn Session

  • 2 hour
  • Session with live baby
  • Pre and post chat with Jenn
  • Watch Jenn swaddle, soothe, pose, and photograph a newborn baby under 3 weeks.
  • Ask questions before and after about the process

Hands on “SIB” Practice

  • 1.5 hours
  • Watch and learn from Jenn as she positions a lifelike Stand-in-Baby
  • Get hands on experience using this state of the art photography training tool
  • Choose from a variety of topics including wrapping and posing
  • Suitable for any level, customized to your needs

Safety Demonstration

  • 3 hours
  • Session with live baby
  • Breaks throughout to discuss in detail the safety of each aspect of a session
  • Learn techniques for holding and positioning baby to keep him safe!
  • Practice alongside Jenn with SIB

Intermediate / Advanced:

Assist A Newborn Session

  • 3 hours
  • Gain confidence with newborns by learning hands on
  • Watch as Jenn poses baby and help with safety and details
  • Practice wrapping a live baby and soothing her to sleep

Portfolio Builder

  • Pre-Requisites:  Shadow Session, SIB Practice Session, and Assisting Session
  • For those looking to add beautiful examples to their portfolio
  • Jenn will guide you with wrapping and posing
  • Use of studio equipment, props, wraps, and lighting
  • Photos you take are yours to edit and promote yourself with

1 on 1 – Q & A

  • 1 on 1 Q & A – $100
  • Speak directly with Jenn and get answers to questions about working with newborns
  • Available in person, via phone, or online with Skype, IMO, or similar ap.


Monthly Mentorship

  • Includes 1 monthly 1 on 1 meeting
  • Weekly assignments and image critique
  • Continuous support via email
  • 10% off any additional education/workshop/training while enrolled
  • Limited to 3 students
  • 6 months for $475, 12 months for $800

SIB + Shadow Day

  • 5 hours
  • Includes a shadowed newborn session and a hands on SIB session
  • Bonus extra hour of SIB practice
  • Takes place in one day
  • Includes lunch
  • $475 value

Portfolio + Pre Reqs

  • Includes all 4 trainings
  • Watch, learn, and practice your newborn photography skills
  • Portfolio builder to take place 1-2 weeks after completion of pre-requisites
  • Includes lunch when SIB + Shadow taken on same day
  • Bonus extra of 1 free month mentorship or $150 off a mentorship package


Photography Education Disclaimer

All education requires a 50% non-refundable retainer fee.  Balance is due 2 weeks prior to session or training.  Monthly mentoring is to be pain in full prior to enrollment.



Sessions by appointment only.
Consults: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Phone: (714) 758-5366
Email: Contact Me
Serving all Southern California including Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego


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About Jennifer McNeil

Jennifer McNeil is an experienced maternity and newborn photographer having taken newborn photos of more than 3,000 clients in Orange County. She brings her talent, expertise, enthusiasm, and endless love for creating treasured moments to each pregnancy photo session whether it is in the photo studio or on location.