We are so honoured to be working with Momento Pro this year.   As a company who is a huge supporter of our industry they are providing every attendee with a 2017 workbook.  This work book is AMAZING and is full of handy tools that you need to run a better business as well as all the information you need to know about this years speaker line-up (Over 100 Pages).  Be sure to stop by the Momento Pro stand in the trade show  and say thank you for such an incredible gift.

Established in 2002, Momento Pro was Australia’s first and finest on-demand book service dedicated to producing hardcover books of exceptional printing and binding quality. Their customers range from professional wedding and portrait photographers to fine artists, corporate marketers, self-publishers and design students from Australia and New Zealand.

Momento Pro offer a range of premium book, box and stationery products to suit all budgets, styles and projects, and while the minimum is one copy per order, we can also produce up to 250 copies at a time.

Their craftsmanship has been awarded locally and internationally, and all products are lovingly crafted in Momento Pro’s carbon-neutral production facility in downtown Chippendale, Sydney. With a background in technology, they developed the Momento Pro software to make it possible for anyone to layout images and text easily, and in a fully colour managed environment that flows seamlessly into their production workflow.

Momento Pro proudly support the photographic industry through partnerships, sponsorships, events and by hosting the annual Australian, and New Zealand, Photobook Of The Year Awards. They’re always researching new print technologies and developing new products to keep them ,and their customers, at the forefront of international photography and publishing trends.

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This year is another great year of partnerships and working together with different companies to make this event the best it can be for everyone involved.  Since the first event The Baby Summit and Canon have worked closely to bring together an added experience for the attendees each year.  This year is not different and in true Canon form they are bringing that extra something special.

Canon is the world’s leading imaging organisation that actively inspires with imaginative ideas that enable people to connect, communicate and achieve more than they thought possible.

Canon cameras were first introduced in the Australian market in the early 1960’s, with Canon officially being established in Australia in 1978 and in New Zealand 11 years later in 1989.

For nearly 40 years we’ve been innovating and inspiring communities across Australia and New Zealand with our extensive range of products and services.

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The Baby Summit and Presenting Partner Canon Australia are excited to give one deserving photographer a scholarship to further their professional development in 2017.

Entry is open to photographers that have NOT previously attended The Baby Summit. This is an incredible opportunity for someone to experience The Baby Summit for the very first time.

The Scholarship will provide the chosen winner with one full registration pass to The Baby Summit worth $1490 AUD, plus $1000 AUD to put toward Travel and Accommodation and one Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM $2890 RRP AUD. Total Prize value is $5380.00!!!! 😀 😀 😀

Make sure you tag someone that you think would love to attend.

HOW TO ENTER

For your chance to win The Baby Summit Scholarship you must submit your entry online by visiting our website using the following link:
https://www.thebabysummit.com/scholarship/

Following the directions provided complete and submit your entry. In 50 words or less tell us how attending The Baby Summit will change your life.

Limited to 1 entry per person for the duration of the Contest Period, regardless of method of submission.

Entry will close at midnight Friday 16th June 2017 Australian Eastern Standard Time.


 

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT

The Baby Summit is bringing together the most talented and inspirational photographers from a number of different disciplines for a three day conference in Australia at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort. Discover the secret to creating beautiful baby photography from the world’s best and most respected photographers and walk away with the tools that will help grow your photography into a successful business.

This unique three-day photography event is aimed at helping attendees learn from some of the industry’s most genuine and passionate leaders as well as connect with like-minded people. The overall objective of the event is to improve the technical skills and business acumen of professional photographers from all over the world who specialise in the industry’s fastest growing genres – maternity, birth, newborn, and baby photography.

Brought to you by Australia’s leading baby photographer Kelly Brown together with husband Robert and dear friend Garrett Hollis, this three day conference gives you privilege insight into industry leading tools required to build a successful photography business.

 

 

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birth-statisticsWith so many babies being born every year It’s clear to see why Maternity, Birth, Newborn & Baby photography has become so popular.

Welcoming a new baby is the most incredible gift.

Our job as photographers is to capture these special times, and to provide a professional service and products that will last a life time for our clients .

I truly believe we have the best job in world!!!

 


On November 8 2016 The Australian Bureau of Statistics released:

There were 305,377 births registered in Australia in 2015. Over three-quarters (77.1%) of these births were to usual residents of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Just over half (51%) of all births registered in 2015 were male babies, resulting in a sex ratio at birth of 105.9 male births per 100 female births. There were 5,680 more birth registrations in 2015 (a 1.9% increase) than in 2014 (299,697).

In New South Wales, there were 9,005 more births registered in 2015 than in 2014. This was the reason for the increase in the number of births registered at the national level in 2015.

Source(s): Births, Australia

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State    –     Births 2015
NSW     –    100 079
VIC     –    73 568
QLD     –    61 745
SA     –    19 587
WA     –    35 135
TAS     –    5 680
NT     –    4 004
ACT     –    5 542
NATIONAL     –    305 377

You can Pre – Register for The Baby Summit 2017.

Pay $290 now to secure your place and the balance later.

By pre-registering you receive some huge benefits:

  • See the speaker line-up and schedule as they are revealed
  • $200 discount on your ticket to the conference
  • Select your sessions before registration opens to the public, so you don’t miss out on the most popular classes
  • Be a part of the private 2017 Facebook Group before registration is open

Your registration includes:

  • Exclusive access to the trade show
  • Three massive social events
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea daily
  • 52 sessions to choose from, delivered by 30 amazing speakers
  • An extra special bonus for attendees only, details to be revealed before registration opens
  • And of course an amazing community of photographers
Learn more….
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https://www.thebabysummit.com/pre-register-today/

Pre-registration for The Baby Summit 2017 IS OPEN!!
Benefits of pre-registering include:
-A saving of over $200
-Priority class selection so you don’t miss out
-See the speaker lineup first
-Access to the private group for 2017 attendees

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Yesterday we released to everyone in the private Facebook Group that has Pre-Registered our schedule of topics that will be covered by our INCREDIBLE line up of speakers for 2017!!!
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We are now at 50% capacity so if you’re considering attending the Summit next year you can pre-register (saving $200) to secure your spot. By pre-registering you will have access to a private group where the full schedule and speaker lineup will be released prior to registration opening on January 15th.

 

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We are very excited to announce the The Baby Summit for 2017 for 5, 6 & 7 August.

Set in one of the world’s most idyllic settings on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, The Baby Summit returns with over 50 different sessions to choose from including 20 demo sessions, and newborn demos stretching out to 2.5 hours long.
With a list of world-class speakers to be announced soon, our famous trade show, three incredible social events, and a schedule jam-packed with practical tips to apply to your business, we cannot wait to share all we have in store!

 

 

 

 

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Enter Form – NOW CLOSED

THE RULES…

  • You can only enter once.
  • Prizes are non transferable, if you are unable to attend The Baby Summit the prize will be redrawn.
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  • Entries close midnight Saturday 2nd July 2016 (AEST)
  • The winners will be chosen randomly using random.org
  • The winner will be announced on Kelly Brown – Little Pieces Photography Facebook page on Sunday 3rd July 2016 and notified via the email provided on the entry form.
  • If the winner of The Baby Summit ticket has already registered they will be refunded
#The Baby Summit ticket does not include travel, accommodation or meal expenses outside of the event hours.

 

 

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Our next speaker for the Summit Australia is the very talented Melanie Kellerman from Melanie Kellermann Photography.

Award winning newborn photographer, Melanie Kellermann, loves nothing more than capturing the beauty and love that each new family exudes after welcoming a new baby into the world.

There is a quiet purity and simplicity to her images that has quickly seen her garner a reputation as Wollongong’s most sought after newborn photographer, and see’s clients travel from all over Australia to be captured in her home based studio on the South Coast of NSW.

Within her studio she has created a serene space, where clients instantly feel relaxed allowing genuine connections between family members to unfold naturally. She strips back all distractions by choosing organic textures and neutral tones enabling her to focus on even the smallest newborn details.

Constantly inspired by her love of newborns and passion for photography she strives to not only capture beautiful emotive images for her clients but an intimate experience they will not soon forget.

CLASS DESCRIPTION
1:30 SUN 6th AUG & 11:00 MON 8th AUG

A new family exudes love, beauty and purity. I’d love to take you on a journey on how to photograph with your heart and soul and capture the genuine connection that unfolds in front of you.

Some techniques I’ll be going over are:

– Newborn wrapping
– Sibling and newborn
– How to achieve the perfect angle and how important it is to your imagery

REGISTER NOW BEFORE CLASSES FILL
https://www.thebabysummit.com/registration-australia-2016/

 

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10411916_441710879372824_7806845524363121795_nOur next speaker for Australia and USA is the very talented Derek Clapham who wrote in his own Bio that he plays the piano and enjoys taking long walks on the beach.

Derek has over 17 years experience in the IT & Web space with much of that time focused on web strategy, online marketing and leveraging social networks in the photography industry.
In 2007 Derek co-founded Fotomerchant, a turn-key online website creation & sales platform for photographers. Fotomerchant has since become the gold standard for photographers throughout Australia when it comes to enabling photographers to take their business online without all the fuss.
Derek has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to websites, SEO, blogging, social marketing and strategy, and generally getting noticed online. Derek’s experience with Fotomerchant has enabled him to gain a deep understanding of what is and isn’t important when it comes to having an effective web strategy for a business.
Fun fact: Derek plays the piano and enjoys taking long walks on the beach.

CLASSES:

AUST – 3:30pm SAT 6th AUG & 1:30 SUN 7th AUG
USA – 3:30pm SUN 2nd OCT & 1:30pm MON 3rd OCT

“De-mystifying The Web for Photographers”

As a photographer, the web can be crucial to the success of your photography business. Websites, social media, SEO, blogging, design, email marketing and lead generation are just some of the buzz words that are thrown around when it comes to getting your business noticed online and it’s not hard to quickly become confused as to how to build an effective online presence for your business.

REGISTER TODAY – www.thebabysummit.com

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Kristen Cook the baby summit

Speaking at both The Baby Summit Australia and USA in 2016.

Kristen Cook is one of Australia’s premier newborn and baby photographers from Kristen Cook | Photographer in Melbourne Australia. She is drawn to the honest beauty of newborns – their fragility, infinite possibilities and power of worth. Her strength lies in her love of connection to the honest, the pure, the exploration of tenderness, and the simple beauty and authenticity that comes from human connection. Her ability to create art with her little subjects inspires as she plays with light, mood and texture to bring her feelings to life.

CLASS DESCRIPTION
USA
SUN 1:30pm – THE PERFECTION OF IMPERFECTION

This presentation will emphasise the significance of your subject matter, evoking feeling with imagery and allow you permission to explore, make mistakes and embrace each future session with confidence.Your are invited to challenge your perception on what you think a baby or newborn session should be so as to assist you in your ongoing success and longevity into the future.

MON 1:30pm – HOW TO SELL AS AN INTROVERT

I hate selling. I hate being sold to. If you struggle with selling, if you struggle with the ability to close a sale, with pricing, help customers choose or high pressure sales pitches, then let me talk to you about my version of persuasive selling. Hints, suggestions and tips that may just help you increase your sales and price appropriately, without you having to ever “sell” in the traditional sense.

AUSTRALIA
SAT 1:30pm – THE BUSINESS OF BEING CREATIVE

12814564_440887099455202_3514316709921429680_nIn this presentation, I will be giving you the inside story into the workings of my business as a creative. I will detail some organisational tips, ways I streamline my procedures, the benefits of outsourcing, and other ways to help you manage your business processes to help make your creative business successful, and most importantly, work for you.

SUN 11:00am – HOW TO SELL AS AN INTROVERT

I hate selling. I hate being sold to. If you struggle with selling, if you struggle with the ability to close a sale, with pricing, help customers choose or high pressure sales pitches, then let me talk to you about my version of persuasive selling. Hints, suggestions and tips that may just help you increase your sales and price appropriately, without you having to ever “sell” in the traditional sense.

HOW TO REGISTER:
Fist out website www.thebabysummit.com and go the to REGISTER tab.

 — with Kristen Cook | Photographer

 

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Our next amazing speaker will be presenting at both Australia and USA Summits.

Luisa Dunn Photography is an award winning Brisbane photographer and AIPP Australia Family Photographer of the Year finalist specialising in the art of newborn and baby portraiture. Her style embraces both colour and organic neutrals with a focus on capturing newborns in womb-like curly sleepy positions photographed primarily from above.

Before taking up photography as a full-time career over five years ago, Luisa gained a business marketing and communications degree and worked as a consultant for public relations agencies and theQueensland Symphony Orchestra. A skill-set that has contributed greatly to building a successfully marketed photography business.

Luisa is wife to a busy Radiologist husband (also a passionate part-time photographer) and mum of two teenage children who attend boarding school in Geelong, Victoria.

Luisa picked up her first camera when she was 15 and has enjoyed working primarily with natural light for over 25 years. She discovered her love of working with newborns and babies in 2010 when she was asked to photograph a family member’s new arrival. Luisa was in awe of this fleeting time and instantly felt connected to capturing the innocence and beauty of these perfect little people.

Luisa is an associate member of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers).

12804749_440207882856457_1698774206920799738_nCLASS DESCRIPTION

“Getting Creative off the Beanbag”

* Wrapping tips for nests and bowls
* Wrapping to settle fussy babies and getting a variety of looks
* Finding colour inspiration
* Creating a polished look by learning how to see gaps, shadows and voids
* Keeping babies looking natural and comfortable in sleepy positions
* Getting in touch with your creativity with ‘non-client’ work
* Getting the most out of your props by thinking outside the box
* Client focused styling
* Creative backdrop ideas for added gallery variety

Don’t miss out – Register Now:
Australia – https://www.thebabysummit.com/registration-australia-2016/
USA – https://www.thebabysummit.com/usa/register/

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marryIt is so great to have this lovely lady join us this year in Australia with her approach to birth photography all the way from the Netherlands.

Marry Fermont started her birth photography business Fermont Fotografie in February 2011, as the first birth photographer in the Netherlands and surrounding countries. Marry studied midwifery when she came up with the idea. Within 3 years she had a blooming business and had a job that she loved to do!
Birth is so powerful, so intense, so beautiful and so raw. To tell the whole story with photos and to give parents this memory of an amazing moment is the most rewarding job in the world.
Receiving an honorable mention in 2014 from the birthphotographers.com photo competition and her photos “how does your baby fit in the womb” HTTP://FERMONTFOTOGRAFIE.NL/EN/BABY-FIT-INSIDE-WOMB
and “the birth of the head” HTTP://FERMONTFOTOGRAFIE.NL/EN/THE-BIRTH-OF-THE-HEAD went viral.
Her work has been published in many Dutch magazines and newspapers and has been shown on television in the Netherlands as well as in Belgium and Germany.

Since 2012 Marry has been teaching birth photography workshops. She believes that it’s not only about knowing how to take a good picture, there is so much more to it. Being a birth photographer is not only a profession, it’s a lifestyle.
In July 2015 Marry became a mom herself to her daughter Liv who was born on the 6th of July and of course she had the birth documented.

CLASS DESCRIPTION
DEMO – 1:30 SAT 6th AUG

During the demo class we will go over the period right after the baby is born. The checks from the midwife or doctor, the first time the dad holds the baby, visitors. Everything that happens the first few hours after birth.

KEYNOTE – 1:30 SUN 7th AUG

In my class we will go over different types of birth, water births, home births, hospital births and c-sections. We will discuss what you can document in different situations and how you can approach staff, midwives and doctors to make sure you can get the photo you like, without disturbing them.

You can register for The Baby Summit Australia here:
https://www.thebabysummit.com/registration-australia-2016/

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Erin Elizabeth Photography event, The Baby Summit

After the amazing response we received having her speak at The Baby Summit last year we had to have her back for Australia and USA.

Erin Elizabeth Hoskins the founder of Erin Elizabeth Photography, an internationally award winning family photographer and one of the world’s most recognised newborn photographers. A fully accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, Erin Elizabeth has been creating beautiful works of photographic art for her clients since 2008. Servicing Perth, Western Australia, Erin photographs newborns in her studio or families on location using 100% natural light.

Erin Elizabeth also holds highly acclaimed newborn photography workshops for professional photographers throughout Australia and internationally. She has mentored hundreds of photographers from five different continents, and speaks and teaches throughout the world on a regular basis. She has also created a series of teaching videos – available in five different languages – geared towards newborn photographers unable to attend her in-person workshops.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Demo: 1:30 – SAT 6th AUG – Newborn Demo

Keynote: 1:30 – MON 8th AUG – Business Keynote
‘Show Me The Money!’
In this age of digital vs. prints, in-person ordering vs. online ordering, high-volume vs. low-volume, etc, it can be difficult to make decisions in regards to developing a pricing structure that works for you and your business. In this presentation, Erin will discuss her own pricing structure evolution in great detail, as well as help to navigate you towards a future of higher profits and a pricing structure that suits your business needs.
Points covered will include –
– Pricing and profits for digital sales.
– Creating a price list for online ordering.
– Structuring prices for higher sales.
– What is your target market?
– Balancing act – when to raise prices?
– Insure that your business is in this for the long haul…no burning out allowed!

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We are so excited to hear that 2 of our past attendees and 1 of our upcoming speakers in Australia have achieved some truly incredible results at this years State AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards! Their images are truly amazing!

Katie Fiorillo Sugar Images – Newborn Photographer of the Year
Kathleen Vergara Kath V. Photography – Family Photographer of the Year
Lacey Barratt Lacey Barratt Photography – Documentary Photographer of the Year

Congratulations to all of you and to everyone that entered.

http://stateawards.aipp.com.au/VIC/2016-VIC-awards

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12742124_435692086641370_9100610829477060154_n-3This year at The Baby Summit I will be doing a live demonstration like no other and plan on having a lot of fun!

Join me nice and early on Sunday the 7th August at 8am for a Newborn Session from start to finish.
During this 1-hour presentation I will be photographing a newborn and delivering the 20 final images taken to the models family at the end of the session.

You will see step by step how I shoot for a client gallery by transitioning the baby safely into every pose, learn how I capture each image perfectly in camera. And while I’m shooting you will be able to watch Rocco Ancora (on the big screen) edit each image as they’re shot and then printed on stage with the new Canon Pro 1000.

This session is going to be lots of fun and exciting to watch! 20 images taken, edited and printed in 60min – I’m crossing everything for a nice sleepy baby!

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With Australia’s population reaching 24 million in the early hours of this morning I thought it would be fun to share some Stats. Unfortunately the 2015 statistics aren’t available yet so here are 2014’s. With so many babies being born every year It’s clear to see why Maternity, Birth, Newborn & Baby photography has become so popular.

Welcoming a new baby is the most incredible gift. Our job as photographers is to capture these special times, and to provide a professional service and products that will last a life time for our clients .

I truly believe we have the best job in world!!!

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Out of 2966 entries – From all over the world we are excited to announce that our 2 winners to receive 2 full registration passes + 3 nights accommodation are…

EMMA COLLINS – London
MICHELLE BRADSKI – Texas

Congratulations to you both!!! I Can’t wait to meet you both in Atlanta October 1st, 2nd & 3rd grin emoticon

If for any reason that either of our winners can not attend the event there will be re-draw to select a new winner or winners.

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