SELF STUDY - The Essence of Birth - an Online Course

SELF STUDY - The Essence of Birth - an Online Course

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The Essence of Birth - Online Course is a 14 lesson course that helps you gain the skills, knowledge, and passion to pursue birth photography and make an impact in your birth community.  This is a self paced, self study course.  Once completed at 100%, you will receive your Birth Becomes Her Certification. 

The self study option can be taken ANY time.  We also offer this course LIVE with discussion, interactive teaching, and a private facebook group.  Registration for our LIVE course starts at the end of June for the August 2019 cohort.  Sign up below for more info, or buy the self-study course now and work through it at your own pace (payment plan must be paid in full before you receive course access)!  

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The Essence of Birth - Online Course is a 14 lesson, online course that helps you gain the skills, knowledge, and passion to pursue birth photography and make an impact in your birth community.  

Created by Monet Nicole and Jennifer Mason, who have photographed over 400 birth stories, the Essence of Birth is meant to give new or beginning birth photographers the CONFIDENCE they need to shoot these incredible stories. We provide our students with a thorough foundation upon which they can build a thriving birth photography business.

Purchasing this means you will have full access to the 14 lessons of the course within 24 hours. You can work through the lessons weekly, or you can finish them all at once. This is self paced and self driven.  Once finished at 100%, you will receive your Birth Becomes Her Certification.  

  • Self Paced, 14 lessons released at once

  • Students receive lifetime access to course material

  • Entirely online

  • Choose to pay $497 one time or 3 payments of $180 (once paid in full, access to the course will be granted)

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Why Take This Course?

If you've been inspired by the power and artistic potential of birth, but feel intimidated to bring your camera into such an intimate and monumental event, this course is for you.

Monet Nicole and Jennifer Mason have helped countless new photographers not only start their birth photography businesses but start businesses that thrive. As leaders in the birth photography community, we're honored to teach this comprehensive and life-changing birth photography course. 

We want every student to walk away with the tools necessary to feel confident in this growing industry.

“We grow best with positive support and successful people surrounding us.  Jenn and Monet have created a community that supports success! ” 

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What Will You Learn?

The Course Sequence

  1. The Heart - Developing Your Passion for This Work

  2. Camera Basics - Establishing a Strong Foundation in Technical Skills

  3. Lighting 101 - Addressing Lighting Issues in the Birth Space

  4. Storytelling - How to use each frame to tell a story

  5. Moment of Birth - Capturing one of the most exhilarating moments in the world

  6. Birth 101 - Understanding the Complexity and Diversity of Birth

  7. Editing - Finding Workflow and Editing Style that Simplifies Your Life and Sets You Apart

  8. Birth Safety - Working Beneath Shared Standards of Ethics and Safety

  9. Business Basics - Establishing a Sustainable Photography Business

  10. Marketing - Finding Your Unique Voice and Clients

  11. Branding and Finding Your Niche - Learn who you are and how to market to your clients

  12. Self-Care - How to Develop Practices that Nourish You and Your Family

  13. Loss - How to document loss stories with compassion and professionalism

  14. Diversity and Inclusion - the importance of creating a brand that actively promotes inclusion of all types of families and birth stories

What People Are Saying

“I walked away with a full heart from the course, and I took with me invaluable information and insight, friendships, confidence, and a reignited drive to continue to begin my journey as a birth photographer. Really, I don’t have adequate words to say how wonderful this workshop was.”

“I was having trouble defining who I was as a birth photographer (style, ideal client, motivation) and now I feel so confident in who I am and what I offer!”

“Prior to the BBH course I was insecure in regards to my business and willing to do just about anything to get clients, including offering sessions at embarrassingly low prices. After the BBH course I have more confidence and can’t wait to put into practice what I learned. I look forward to seeing my business grow as result of such an amazing experience.”

“I love that you guys made it feel like we were friends. It really felt like you wanted us to succeed in our business!”

“You are all so AMAZING and I am SO glad I decided to invest in myself and my business! I feel like I have made great connections and have an excellent starting point for my business. I also feel like I gained more insight and valuable information to help support future clients in this amazing time of their lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

“I was feeling isolated before the course but I don’t feel that way anymore. Before I would have been afraid to ask many questions, now I am no longer afraid ~ so get ready they will be coming your way! I was terribly naïve about birth photography before the workshop but I went from “maybe I can’t do this, to I think I can do this, to I AM DOING THIS!” You ladies are amazing and I am forever grateful to your kindness and your friendship...thank you from the bottom of my heart!”


What’s Included

  • Shooting tutorial: Watch Monet and Jennifer document a birth from start to finish

  • 14 lessons full of both written and video content

  • Editing Tutorial: See Jennifer Mason edit a birth from start to finish, in under two hours

  • Interviews with Midwifes, Nurses, and OBs on Safety and Birth Etiquette

  • Standards for Safety and Ethics: We prepare our students to operate as a professional in every medical environment

  • Marketing Session by Renowned Photographer and Business Mentor, Chris Loring

How It Works

  • Course is self paced, work through the lessons on your own time, taking as long as you need for each one.

  • Lessons are released all at once, so you can start immediately or jump ahead to relevant topics to you.

  • Students receive lifetime access to course material.

  • Comprised of written and video content.

  • Once you complete the course at 100%, you will receive certification

  • Once course is completed at 100%, you will be listed as a Certified Birth Photographer on the Birth Becomes Her World Map



What equipment do we need/want to have?

We'd like you to have DSLR or mirrorless camera. 


How much photography experience would be beneficial?

Some understanding of photography is helpful but not necessary. We have links to tutorials if you need extra help. 


What type of photo editing software is needed?

We recommend using Lightroom. You can purchase a monthly subscription for a very reasonable price (around $10 per month).


How much time commitment does the course take each week?

This course is a silent seat and a SELF paced study.  The material is available for life, so if you feel like time is a struggle, you can go back at anytime and review the info.   You can read through the course in a full day, or break it into weekly lessons, whichever works for you.  


I want to know more about the payment plan option.

Yes, we have a payment plan of 3 installments of $180. Because all content is immediately available upon access, payment plan must be paid in full for course access begins.


How do I get my Birth Becomes Her Certification?

Once you complete the course at 100%, email us and we will give you your Birth Becomes Her Certificate and add you to our map as a BBH Certified Photographer