2018 Heidi Hope Photography Workshop for Photographers Registration now open!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to peek inside the doors of one of the country’s most successful portrait studios?

Are you looking to improve both your technical photography & posing skills AND your ability to turn those skills into a profitable business?

Do you learn better with hands-on experiences and 1 on 1, individualized feedback on your work?

Are you ready for your photography to make a greater impact?

The photography industry is a crowded place.  It takes more than just beautiful photography for your work to be seen and your business to be successful.  While our colorful, whimsical photography is recognized around the world, it is actually our business foundation that has grown and sustained Heidi Hope Photography in an ever-changing market over the past decade.

By continuing to re-invent our business model we have been able to change our passion for photography from making a little extra grocery money on the side into a multi-million dollar business that supports our family and our employees.

The Heidi Hope 2-Day Baby Photography Workshop is a photography and business workshop that will help you improve your technical skills as a photographer and encourage creativity while focusing on growing a successful baby’s first year portrait business in a crowded marketplace.

We’ll go over the foundations of Business Plans, Pricing and Branding so that you gain clarity around the direction of your business and stand out from your competition.

We’ll also discuss how the photography market has changed over the past 5 years and what you can do to evolve with these new technologies and ways of doing business.

Each workshop ends with 1 on 1 personalized feedback and Q&A time with Heidi so that you can get individualized help with the direction of your work from both an artistic and business standpoint.

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2 Day Baby Photography Workshop


Join us in our beautiful 3,000 square foot studio by the bay and see exactly how we pose and photograph our favorite subjects!  Our 2-Day workshop intensive is designed to give you the most important technical and business aspects to setting up a successful baby’s first year business model.

Heidi will demonstrate styling and posing the sessions our studio has become internationally recognized for including:  Newborn, 6month/Sitter and Cakesmash and you will be able to take photos with 1 on 1 assistance and feedback from Heidi during each set.

We’ll talk about ways to expand and diversify your business outside of Baby’s First Year and how we’ve grown through associates.

In addition to styling creative sets and session planning with clients, you will learn how to calculate profitable pricing, scheduling to achieve balance in your life, finding your style to set yourself apart from competitors, and exactly how to set up a successful baby’s first year plan.

Heidi Hope Sitter workshop for photographers with baby posing


To get the most out of our time together, our 2018 Workshops are limited to 12 photographers.


heidi hope newborn posing workshop for photographers


January 11th-12th, 2018

February 8th- 9th, 2018

April 5th- 6th, 2018


cakesmash photography workshop for photographers with heidi hope



Day 1

8am:  Breakfast and Business Planning

10am-2pm:  Newborn Posing (2 models)

Newborn Safety


Bean Bag flow

Birds Eye Compositions

Bucket Poses

Hammock/Swing/Hanging Poses

2 pm: Lunch & Session Planning

(Scheduling, Client Prep, Pre-Session Consultations, Prop selection, Customization)

* * Get our client contract and questionnaire * *

3 pm:  6 Month “Sitter” posing with 2 models

4-5pm: Q&A with Heidi


Day 2

8am:  Breakfast and Branding

9am: Cakesmash Styling and Set Up (favorite materials and techniques)

9:30am:  Cakesmash Session

10am:  Profitable Pricing & Baby’s First Year Plans

11am-1pm:  Lunch and 1 on 1’s with Heidi

Q&A with team


All of our workshop attendees leave with the Heidi Hope Photography Boutique Baby Business Guide: a comprehensive guide to building a successful baby plan and boutique baby business. Our guide includes Pricing Calculator, Business Plan, Branding Worksheets, Baby Plan Guide, contracts & questionnaires and bonus templates!

All of the topics we introduce during the workshop, you can take home and continue to work on more in depth in the years to come. Don’t forget to let us know about your results!

Invitation to our private online group of workshop alumni.



Heidi Hope Photography

2206 Broad St.

Cranston, RI 02921





Where is your Studio?

Our studio is located at 2206 Broad St. in Cranston, RI in Historic Pawtuxet Village.  The Village is a small bayside town with a few restaurants.  We are conveniently located 5 miles North East of TF Green Airport (PVD) and 10 minutes south of Providence, RI.

Where should we stay?

We recommend either the Nylo Hotel in Warwick RI (website) or the Hampton Inn in Warwick RI (website).  Both hotels will shuttle you to and from the airport and you can usually arrange shuttles to and from our studio (please inquire with them before booking as we cannot guarantee this hotel service will be available).  The Hampton Inn is closer.  The Nylo is a bit more fun and right by Warwick Mall shopping and restaurants.  We are also 15 minutes south of Providence, RI if you want to stay in the city and UBER it over to us!  Also close by:  Newport RI (40 minutes), Boston MA (about an hour), Cape Cod MA (about 90 minutes), and New York City (about 3 hours).

Can beginners attend?

We recommend that you know your camera well and can operate it in comfortably in Manual Mode to get the most out of the workshop.  You do not have to be in business, nor do you need a particular business model to enjoy and benefit from the workshop… but we do talk a lot of business!

Do I need to sell with IPS (In-Person Sales) to benefit?

Nope!  If you are looking to learn more about In-Person Sales, our Online Workshop is a better option for you!

How many attendees will there be?

Not more than 12.

What equipment will we need?

Your camera, a 50mm lens (or 24-70mm or 35mm), and memory cards are a must!

Optional:  Your laptop, other lenses (we use 35mm, 50mm, 105 macro, and occasionally 85mm and 70-200mm in studio), backup battery and charger, camera bag

How much Newborn Posing will we learn?

We will spend about 4 hours of the total workshop time going over newborn posing with 2 babies.  You will learn our newborn posing flow that guarantees us to keep sessions under 3 hours and has helped us to train multiple associate newborn photographers at our studio.  We will cover:

Newborn Safety


Bean Bag flow

Birds Eye Compositions

Bucket Poses

Hammock/Swing/Hanging Poses

Will we be able to take images during the demonstrations?

Yes, you will have the opportunity to practice the techniques we will be covering by photographing our models at the workshop.

Mileage Restriction

Due to the limited number of workshops we will be hosting out of our studio in 2018, Photographers who own and operate a business within 50 miles of 02905 are not eligible to attend at this time.  If you accidentally register, we will gladly refund you.

If you have already learned in person with us and would like to attend again, we’re happy to have you!  Please give Shaun a call and we’ll get you in!

For more information, please call the studio 401-864-1919 M-F 9am-5pm EST.

Workshop Registration fee is non-refundable but may be transferred to a future date or online workshop.



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“From the moment you walk into the front doors of Heidi Hope’s studio you know you’re going to have an amazing experience!  Heidi and her team have prepared the most inviting atmosphere – from the cupcakes to the little gift bags, little notebooks for each attendee with matching pencils – her attention to detail and organization are incredible!  But the best part of Heidi’s workshop is the  warmth, enthusiasm and willingness to share every aspect of her business.  Heidi’s business partner and husband is ready to teach you everything you need and want to know about the business side of running your business, while Heidi focuses on teaching you everything you want from the photography aspect.  She is so creative and genuine — we had such a great time getting equal shooting time with sets that were prepared and thought out in advance.   Her team is just as willing to answer any questions you might have along the way — from photoshop to the details of shooting.   I’m not sure there wasn’t a topic that wasn’t covered –  and because of their willingness to share, you really felt you could ask anything you wanted to know about running your business, or shooting, and someone on the team would have an answer for you.  This workshop was truly one of the best I’ve been to!  It was absolutely evident that Heidi has a love for teaching and photography!  This is a must-have workshop experience!” ~Sheri, October 2013 3 Day Workshop Attendee


“Heidi’s workshop was hands-down the BEST workshop I’ve ever attended. Heidi and Shaun have an answer for every business question/situation/problem you’ve ever had and are so business savvy, have a great handle on marketing, client relations, not to mention the actual photography. She just “gets” how to work with people, clients and photographers alike, and has that rare knack of being able to zero in on the trouble areas and come up with a solution.  I’m thankful that Heidi kicked my butt into shape because I actually TOPPED my best month from last year and have raised my monthly average by nearly a $1000/month. And it was the perfect timing, too, because unfortunately my husband was laid off last month, but my income is meeting all our needs, and then some. It’s crazy to think that I went from being excited about someone paying a whole hundred dollars for a CD of images to something of this magnitude, providing for our family and paying an entire mortgage. That’s just self-inspiring, if I can even put it like that.  If I could recommend only one workshop, online or in-person to attend, it would be Heidi’s.” ~ Megan


“I cannot say enough good things about the Heidi Hope Workshop.  It was the first full workshop I have taken and I have since held every workshop up to it in comparison – and none of them have topped – or even come close to – my experience at Heidi’s.  What caused the HH workshop to stand so high above the others was a combination of the breadth of material covered (posing, shooting, creative but also marketing, business, and pricing), the organizational and planning that went into it to create the best experience for the participants, the friendliness of the team, and the information communicated to the participants both leading up to the workshop and all throughout the workshop.  Everyone was an open book, very welcoming, incredibly knowledgeable and more than happy to share whatever they could with us.  It was hands down the best workshop I’ve ever taken which I have continued to tell attendees at every other workshop I’ve been to!  The others have been very good, with some of the other top photographers in the industry, but your workshop was truly amazing.  It has been four months since I attended and I still think about it, and the things I learned in it, on a daily basis.  I left more inspired that I thought I could ever possibly be.  Seriously changed my life.  Thank you!!!”  October 2013 3 Day Workshop Attendee


“A few years ago, when I first came across Heidi’s work on flickr, it inspired me. I truly mean that. She *is* the sole reason why i decided to get into newborn photography. When I saw she was hosting her first workshop, I knew I HAD to attend. I didn’t care what the cost was going to be, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to put a price on the things she was going to share. And I was right, the workshop was so much more than what I thought it was going to be. Heidi and Shaun were complete open books- i can’t stress that enough. I loved how honest and open they were about what they do, how they work, and ultimately how to be successful at this baby business. I walked away with so much more than I thought I would that day: *amazing* knowledge that has helped my work, my business and my self esteem. It also gave me an eye for how to improve my photography, and what I love most, a very dear friend who I feel privileged to have. In the current world of photography there are so many workshops to choose from, I’ve taken several, and I will say that Heidi’s is by far the best investment I have made. She’s an amazing teacher, one of the sweetest people I know and such an incredible photographer. You will never regret learning from one of the most talented photographers there is in the field today.” ~ Melissa Fogg, In-person After-the-shoot Workshop Attendee.