PPA Merit Class:
Fine Art Maternity and Newborn Photography Workshop with Christie Newell M.Photog., Cr, CPP
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Class
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Break for Lunch
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Class
Find out how the Fine Art Maternity approach attracts the right client you want to keep coming back. Christie will walk you through her process of marketing to these clients, stylizing their unique sessions and creating an unforgettable experience to cherish forever. Christie will be doing a live maternity session to demonstrate her approach, dramatic lighting, flow posing and editing for the Fine Art Finish.
In this workshop you will learn all aspects of catering to your clients and building lifelong relationships from the maternity session through the first year of baby’s life and beyond.
In the afternoon, Christie will be going over how she prepares for a newborn session with stylizing and making it memorable and unique for each client. She will demonstrate safe handling of babies, wrapping, posing, transitioning poses as well as using natural and studio lighting. She will share her proven concepts in styling, client handling, time-tested marketing ideas, efficient post processing and final product selection for both Maternity and Newborn. Over the years Christie's clients are coming back to her for her perspective, creative vision and masterful execution.
Register early. Space is limited. Attendees must register and pay in advance. No refunds or onsite registration.
ABOUT CHRISTIE NEWELL M.Photog., Cr, CPP
The studio, Sonshine Portrait Design is a second-generation portrait studio operating out of Germantown Hills, Illinois. Christie's passion for photography started at an early age working with her mother Barb who established the studio in 1977. Christie took over the shooting in 2002. Growing up surrounded by the love of photography, Christie is proud to carry on her mother's dream and now owns the business.
Sonshine Portrait Design was relocated to Germantown Hills in 2006. In 2021, Christie's husband and stepfather built an addition on to the home for additional studio space. While newborns were Christie's specialty, she has developed a love for empowering women through boudoir portraiture. Christie feels that by getting to know each client individually, she can create a product as unique as they are. The end result is a portrait tailor made for each client. Christie's talent for design, light, and final composition to her artwork sets her apart from her competition. Personality and attention to detail keeps clients coming back. Christie holds the Professional Photographers of America, "Master of Photography'' degree, "Photographic Craftsman" degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She is additionally a member of Professional Photographers of America and has served on many committees through PPA over the past several years.
Since 2006, Christie has won numerous awards for her photography on a local, state, district and international level. These awards include the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, 3 Kodak Gallery Awards, 2 CPP awards, 2 Lexjet awards and many others. She has been part of team USA competing in the World Photographic Cup!! Her work has been featured and published in the PPA International Loan Collection, PPA magazine and Lensational magazine. She has also been named in the top ten photographers for Illinois several years.
Christie is now speaking and sharing the studio's success with other photographers across the country. Giving back to the profession that has given her so much.