TRAINING REVIEWS

“I’m just going to put this as it is. Just BOOK the training with Maddy. I have been trained in large groups, by some of the top newborn photographers across the globe. But Maddy gave me one thing, they couldn’t. She gave me 1:1 and hands on. Both are invaluable. Maddy is down to earth, funny and sharp witted, she observed my posing techniques and took me further. She unblocked my own worries about flow posing, settling babies and wrapping.

She gave me confidence in my OWN abilities  too. This is my main take away from the course with Maddy. She has reminded me of my own confidence and all the good things I already do in sessions….and she honed them. My very first studio sessions since the training have seen me coming across as more knowledgeable, confident and secure in my approach and technique. As such the babies have been better settled and I am achieving poses I couldn’t manage previously. Added to this, the retouching section of the training was an eye opener! So many light bulb ‘aha’ moments! I still have a long way to go, but Maddy has given me the confidence to keep on believing and improving.

Thank you so much wonderful lady!”

–  REBECCA WARWICK

“My newborn training day with Maddy. She is amazing! I’ve never said ‘wow’ so many times until today. I had so many jaw dropping moments whilst she was training me in the studio and the production after. She helped me with ways to settle and pose baby, wrapping, editing, marketing, everything! I’m very lucky to have been trained by Maddy and I’m so very thankful of what she has taught me, thank you so much Maddy xx”

– CHARLIE MARTELL-DOY

“Last year Rebecca and I decided to take the plunge and make a go of photography. Being local to Maddy we had heard of her and had seen her work. We knew that if we could get to be half as good as her then we would be happy. We already knew of another photographer local in the area who put us in some photography groups. Sure enough Maddy was there offering advice to others. Rebecca kept saying to me that she wanted Maddy training. The training was booked and the rest is history! We have noticed a huge increase in bookings and revenue. Maddy offers something we haven’t seen in other trainers and that’s continual, ongoing support and mentoring. Don’t expect her to blow smoke up your arse for the sake of it. If she likes your image she will tell you, if she deems areas for improvement she will tell you. She’s non judgemental and won’t laugh at you or your work. She will help you and laugh with you. Photography is a journey and you won’t find anyone better than Maddy to be on that journey with. Apart from me.”

RICHARD MELBOURNE

“I’m very new to photography still and I have found that often this journey is a lonely one as not many professional photographers are accepting of new photographers. Then in stepped Maddy. I came across her in a photography group and her name kept popping up offering help and advice. This lady runs her own very successful business yet still spends so much of her time mentoring others. I heard about her mentoring group and I knew I had to join – I needed more Maddy in my life. The group is invaluable from the videos she posts which are so helpful, to the challenges she sets in them. For example just a few weeks ago I had never ever touched photoshop and Maddy set a challenge to do a composite in Photoshop. This gave me the push to give it a go and wow – I did it! Maddy is always there to offer advice and encouragement. She doesn’t sugar coat everything which is what you need as a beginner and she wants to help you improve.
I cannot explain how invaluable her group is and I’ve since booked her in for my two days of training and I know that is going to excel my photos and business to another level. I’m so glad I found her.”

– SELINA SKINNER

“I joined the Maddy Rogers training group about a month ago, I have been an admirer of her work for a while. Even though I have been reluctant to start photography training, I know I made the right decision for choosing Maddy the moment I joined – the group is fun and informal, very down to earth but exceptionally helpful and informative.

We are free to post questions and ask advice or share anything relating to our work, and get advice and opinions from not only the expert herself, but also others in the same position as us. The group is not only made up of brilliant photographers, there are togs on all different levels, so it’s not uncomfortable asking advice etc.

Maddy had a live newborn session that she broadcasted, she started the day before when she selected and planned the shoot in terms of colours and props etc – all of this was shown to us – live, with running commentary. The next day baby arrived for her session and we were taken along for the journey, we experienced everything, from Maddy soothing baby etc, all different wrapping techniques, posing, different set ups etc. All of us watching could ask absolutely anything we wanted to know and Maddy “taught” as she went along, we asked question about props, lighting advice, how and why she did certain things etc. A couple of hours after the session Maddy shared the pics with us and we were able to watch her edit – again, lots of useful advice and info.

Through this group, we have been able to learn and experience as near as possible, person to person training as we can, considering physical distance. Not only do we see the amazing images when they have been completed, but we now have insight as to how they are created from the initial planning stages all the way through to editing. I think she has only just scraped the barrel of how useful and helpful this group will become.

She’s a brilliant photographer but even more brilliant a trainer, because she’s so hands-on and down to earth. Can’t wait to learn more and watch the videos again while taking notes! Very glad I joined this group, absolutely worth it.”

SHARON KAPLAN

“I first encountered Maddy Rogers on a fervent search to find myself THE best newborn trainer in the business. All roads seemed to lead to her.
Her images are just exquisite and safety is her number one priority, so to find she was offering access to a private, life long, mentoring group, with regular ‘how to’ vids from an epic 3.5hr full newborn session to videos on photoshop editing techniques was incredible. I don’t think she knows what a truly valuable resource she is to me and the other members of the group!
She is happy to answer any question at all, and quickly and simply explained to boot!
Einstein once said “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” Maddy explains it beautifully as well as really building your confidence. I’m so impressed I’ve booked a 1:1 with her!”

– HANNAH NEECH

I already have a lot of photography experience and have enjoyed some exciting trips to expand my skills, but when it came to training in the extremely specialist area of newborn photography, there was only one person I wanted to work with; Maddy Rogers.

Maddy has an amazing reputation and her work is spectacular, so it wasn’t a bind to make the flight from the Isle of Man to meet her at her studio in Lincolnshire and as soon as I arrived, I knew I’d made the right choice. I’d decided on a two-day course and she had a fantastic 48 hours planned.

I had already completed some newborn shoots, but I was keen to really hone my posing skills, as well as general techniques, and on the first day, I met Oliver; a beautiful little boy who was to be photographed. Watching Maddy close her sets and put the family at ease was inspirational and I can’t deny that I took a lot of notes, like a bit of a nerd, but there was so much to take in and I didn’t want to overlook anything!

Learning how to properly soothe and settle a baby for a photo shoot was fascinating. I have three children of my own, but this was different. Getting to know Oliver properly and connecting with him allowed us to understand which poses he would be comfortable in; a vital element for his welfare and safety and it gave me a great insight into just how frequently supports (often a hand) are used and edited out at a later stage.

Understanding which angles to shoot from and how to light a sleeping baby was a revelation, as you want them to stay asleep and calm. This lead to a wonderfully frank discussion about when you should and more importantly, when you shouldn’t try certain poses or props. Finishing the day with a refresher course on Photoshop and Lightroom, we looked at how to seamlessly remove supports from finished pictures and create those pretty creamy skin tones that all newborn pictures have. A fantastic day, it left me excited for the next!

Day two came around and I was ‘running’ the shoot, which was exciting and a little daunting at the same time. I chose my preferred sets and was lucky enough to have the beautiful baby Harper Rose as my subject. She settled with me quickly after some reading, a trick I use with my own children, and we got to work snapping some dreamy shots.

Maddy was quick to help me find those perfect and flattering angles that parents adore and even had a realistic ‘stand in’ baby to practice wrapping. It’s amazing just how useful a faux baby can be, as you can set up an entire shot, without disturbing a sleeping babe and then bring them in when you’re ready. Genius!

With my finished final shot taken, my course came to an end and I left Maddy feeling more knowledgeable, confident and safety-conscious than ever before. There’s no doubt in my mind that I chose the right person to train with and I can’t wait to start photographing in my own studio now.

– BROOKE CAFEARO

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