so many toes

Finally!  Here they are, the images from the most amazing newborn posing workshop by Rachel Vanoven.  She is the brilliance behind Rachel Vanoven Photography of Indianapolis, Indiana.  I have been following her work via facebook for the last year or so and she has been such an inspiration to me.  She is a wife, a mom to three little ones, a phenomenal photographer AND she seems to be making it all work!

how to make it work?

When she started offering workshops last fall I was falling all over myself trying to figure out how to get to one, BUT, they were filling up so fast there was no way for me to line up travel arrangements and childcare in time to get on the list.  I tried several times and kept missing the boat!  So back in the spring I emailed her and got on the list for a summer workshop, yeah!, and was able to coordinate our family vacation to visit the grandparents around the workshop dates.  I was ecstatic that it all worked out – a weekend away just for photography, I mean seriously, this was almost better than Christmas!


And Rachel did not disappoint.  In fact, I learned more than I had anticipated.  We were able to work with three newborns in a row (in one day!).  It was incredible – and a bit exhausting – but worth every minute, dollar and mile put into it.  I hope you enjoy viewing some of the images of these three sweet newborn babies, all were under 12 days and I loved photographing each one of them.

RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |


I am forever grateful to Rachel and the training that she provided ~ and continues to provide!  Her workshop and continued education have been a huge part of my learning and growing process.  When I took her workshop I remember being so sad that I hadn’t learned these skills early enough to capture my own two boys in this beautiful way.  And then we were blessed with our baby number three!  What a joy it was to put those skills to work for my own little peanut!!

Newborn wrapped in purple

Rachel certainly helped inspire my love for color ~ and the use of a monocolor setup. I love this mix of purples and how it pops, yet just brings all of the focus onto this sweet tiny baby…

Baby cradled in Mamas Hands on Black Backdrop

Safe in Mamas Hands

Newborn Baby boy with bow tie on yellow blanket in crate by RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer |

Can you stand those little pursed lips?!?

\Newborn Baby with cream bonnet in bucket

Newborn Baby sleeping on Mama's Chest

Newborn wrapped in purple

Newborn wrapped in purple




  1. jennifer says:

    Go you! these are amazing! I so would love to do a newborn workshop! You go girl!

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