Newborn Posing Guide

I can’t even begin to tell you about how excited I am about this project. But let me try…

Maybe you are just beginning or perhaps you are more established, but whatever your background, we are both already bonded by one thing – our love for capturing those perfect little newborns. Several years ago, I was like many of you – a mom with a nice camera and a vision to take gorgeous, stunning photographs of newborns… not only did I want to capture all of their perfect little parts, but I wanted to create art… art that families could forever treasure. And by practicing (and making mistakes) and practicing some more, I was able to fine-tune the art of the SCP Newborn Session.

When I started holding my SCP Newborn Mentoring Workshops, I fell in love with teaching others to do what I do (this is probably due in part to my years teaching high school math) and thus began the start of designing and creating the SCP Newborn Posing Guide. Not only does this guide provide you with step-by-step instructions of newborn poses (and when I say step-by-step, I mean I lay out each photograph and describe in detail what to do and how to transition to next move), but it also gives you advice on scheduling the newborn sessions, prepping parents, soothing techniques, shooting strategies, perfecting each pose, posing order, my studio setup and of course, where I get all of my favorite session goodies. This is literally my entire newborn mentoring workshop, all of my secrets, my strategies, my tips, my knowledge on something I am so entirely passionate about…. poured into one document.

Had something like this been around when I first took on this “newborn photographer” title, it most likely would have saved me days and weeks (and months!) of time. And perhaps that is my biggest reason for wanting to share this with all of you… because it’s not that you won’t have to still practice (because you will!) but this guide will provide you with the tools necessary to create this amazing newborn art… it will lay out every detail from when the parent books the session to your studio setup to poses that you will learn to do (in the right way, the right order) so that you, too, can feel confident in your newborn sessions and the work you can produce.

I’m a big believer that dreams can come true (no matter how little or how big) if you believe in yourself and in your ability. Combine this with the proper knowledge and you are taking the first steps to becoming better at what you do. So whether you are new to this whole art and are ready to try your first newborn session or if you are ready to truly take your work to the next level, I do believe in you and I do believe in the power of the guide.

The 58 page guide is filled with the following information:

* studio and lighting setup

* what I use for each newborn session (dimensions of posing blankets, etc…)

* scheduling your newborn session and directions to give parents

* shooting strategies (ideal settings, etc…)

* soothing tricks

* how to perfect the poses

* the exact posing order to follow during your session

* step-by-step instructions (with pictures and a plethora of detailed information) for 14 of my favorite poses

* all my favorite vendors and where I get all of my goodies

** now also includes access to a private fb forum where you can ask more questions, get tons of follow up advice, receive constructive criticism from myself and get more exclusive SCP guidance!!

* Please note this is a digital download.

Due to the digital nature of this product, there are no returns.


* The SCP Newborn Posing Guide is $375.

* Please note this is a digital download.

And just some of the reviews…

Cathryn K – “I absolutely CAN not believe how detailed this is! I have only ran my eyes over it so far but OMG! this is really really really worth it! Stephanie Cotta Photography you have out done yourself big time! This is amazing and all aspiring newborn photographers are going to be over the moon with this! So much time put into something like this.”

Holly T:  ”Wow Stephanie it looks amazing! I have bought several posing guides but they have nothing that remotely come close. You should be proud. Seriously amazing. Thank you for sharing with me….I can see your apprehension about selling it. It does have everything!”

Jen L – “OH.MY.GOSH!! This is amazing! I just skimmed through it quickly before I put the kids to bed and it is sooo detailed! This is so awesome! Thank you for all of the hardwork you put into this! This is so helpful in making a newborn session run smoothly!! You rock!!”

Samantha R: “”I have to email you to tell you how incredibly thankful I am to you for creating this guide. I absolutely can not believe how detailed you are with every thing!! From your setup and what you use during the session to the poses and the order (and the million pictures and directions!!!)… It is truly amazing! I have purchased other guides and they honestly do not even come close to what you have put together. I’m happy that I was able to use the discount from today but I would have gladly paid WAY more for this guide!!!”

Lucy O – “I knew after attending the SCP newborn mentoring workshop I had made a great investment into my photography. I learned so much and felt really confident about taking on more newborn sessions… and then I had a newborn session! I found myself wishing I had a tiny Stephanie (if she could get any tinier, right?) sitting on my shoulder telling me to keep calm and carry on. All my prayers have been answered with the SCP newborn posing guide! It’s the next best thing to having Stephanie at every newborn session with you. She demonstrates and explains every detail you could possibly need to get started and perform all of those adorable poses safely. This posing guide is an essential aid for anyone starting to photograph newborns or looking to improve their techniques. I promise this guide is worth every penny!”

Daniele M – “WOW, you know I was hesitant.. but I thought if I could learn one more thing it would be worth it. In the 1st few pages I see it’s already amazing, and already got me thinking of then next session. I cannot thank you enough for this. You are terrific. I was luck enough to get the discount but I would gladly pay the full price. It’s worth every penny. ”

Morgan H – “OMG! this is amazing!! You have given me a photography gift that I cannot begin to thank you for!!! Thank you for being so generous and showing your amazing style and talent with us!!”

Gemma C – “Stephanie the guide is amaziiiing!!! Haven’t read all of it properly and have just ordered some props to get this show on the road!!:)Thank you so much for sharing your amazing skills! Looking forward to being able to offer this style of photography to clients in the United Kingdom:)Thanks a million:)

Ashley B – “I have read completly through all 58 pages and I CANNOT wait to implement your tricks and tips into my shooting. I want to find a newborn to photography tomorrow and get started perfecting my skills. I am also pregnant and I know I will have the best newborn portraits ever not to mention as much practice anybody could ask for. You have done an AWESOME job on this! Thank you for sharing your talents!”


(thanks to Donna Harris for all of the background shots of me for the guide!!)

How sweet are my models for the guide??? Much love to Hayven, Harloe & Alizee. …. and to their mommas – for following all of my instructions precisely so that I had three very sleepy, well fed babies to play with!

SCP Newborn Posing Guide



Heather Simmerman - January 18, 2013 - 7:21 am

I’d LOVE to be entered for a chance to win the Newborn Posing Guide! Considering there is only one winner that will receive this, how would the rest of us go about purchasing one? I think you do amazing work and truly have God-given talent! You create beautiful masterpieces that families will cherish for a lifetime. Thank you so much for offering up such a fantastic deal :-) ….I only wish there were more you were giving away to increase my odds! hehe I’ve never won at anything and don’t expect my luck to change with this awesome offer. Best of luck to ALL entries!

Angela Varnum - January 18, 2013 - 4:32 pm

Beautiful photography.

Susan Fierro-Baig - January 20, 2013 - 8:49 pm

I shared on my business and personal page. I hope I am notifying you in the right place!! Lol.

Iris DeLong - January 21, 2013 - 5:17 am

I shared your photo so I could win a copy of the guide for my daughter-in-law, a budding photographer. She’s fantastic!

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jaki miller - February 4, 2013 - 5:16 pm

absolutely beautiful images

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Lisa - March 22, 2013 - 3:08 am

This guide looks amazing!

Geraldine Young - April 4, 2013 - 1:31 am

I love love your photography style. You are an awesome photographer.

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Jenny - September 19, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Hello, I’m really thinking about purchasing this does it cover editing? Or is it worth to wait until you release the one with videos with it? And how much will the new one be?? Thanks, Jenny Hood

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baila - August 12, 2014 - 3:21 am

Do u have a sample page for viewings I am going to enroll in college and might want to buy this after thanks

Amazing, useful and comprehensive guide to newborn posing, great work here :) Congrats to Stephanie!

Liz Swain - September 18, 2014 - 1:02 am

Hi, I am interested in buying one of your downloads but don’t know which one to get. I the mastering wks hop just an updated version of the posing guide? Do you need one before the other? I look forward to hearing back and learning all you have to offer. Thank you, Liz Swain

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