May 26th | Zoom Meeting – Baby Steps to Successful Newborn and Infant Portraits with Gigi O’Dea

With over 20 years of experience in working with newborns as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, Gigi will show you the best ways to handle newborns and secrets to a successful portrait session.  She will tell you how she successfully works with multiples and special things to consider when working with them.  She will go through her workflow and lighting for her newborn sessions, for both studio and her signature “Newborn Nature” sessions.

Gigi will discuss how to take your newborn portraits to the next level and make your portraits stand out through customizing the session to each client.   Whether you are photographing newborns or seniors, she will talk you through her creative process and how she comes up with ideas and creates images that set her apart from her competition by making her images more than a portrait, but a piece of art.

Gigi will also expand on her Babe Plan and how she incorporates that into her business.  She will share tips on photographing various ages and stages of development and how she incorporates her style into the sessions.    

Lastly, she will share her marketing strategies that she uses to attract the right client.  She will discuss her social media and video marketing, how she does her sales sessions, as well as some of the latest trends in newborn photography. 

Gigi O’Dea is the owner of Memory Portraits by Gigi and has been in business for almost 15 years in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.  As a Neonatal Intensive care nurse for over 20 years, photographing newborns is a natural fit for her business.  She retired from nursing in 2017 to focus her energy on serving her clients.

She is well known in her area as she has over a hundred images on display at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and in doctors’ offices throughout the area.  She has worked closely with the March of Dimes and photographed national campaigns for them and has provided images for The American Academy of Pediatrics publications on multiple occasions. Her work has also been featured in the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) magazine and various nursing journals.

Gigi has a passion to create unique newborn portraits that stand out.  She is also deeply passionate about competing.  She is a six-time recipient of the Photographer of the Year at Bay PPA and was a Top Ten Photographer the last four years at the FPP state competition.  Last year she was awarded both Photographer and Artist of the Year at FPP convention.  In 2018, she also placed 4th overall high score at SEPPA, with her image “Propelled by Love” placing second in the child portrait category.  And in 2019, she won 1st and 3rd place in the Children’s portrait category at SEPPA.     

“Got Your Back” by Gigi O’Dea

“Propelled by Love” by Gigi O’Dea

Although Gigi has only competed the last four years in the International Print Competition (IPC), she has twice had the honor of both a Top Ten image in the Children’s portrait category and a Grand Imaging Award nomination. Last year at IPC, she won first place with her image titled “So Happy Together”.  Gigi’s attention to detail and persistent commitment to elevating her craft is evident in her achievements.

Gigi has earned the degree of Master Photographer, is a Certified Professional Photographer, and was awarded the prestigious Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence from the Florida Professional Photographers Association

“So Happy Together” by Gigi O’Dea

You are cordially invited to join us on Zoom May 26th.
6:30pm: Casual social chat & brief upcoming news.
7:00pm: Gigi’s Program – “Baby Steps to Successful Newborn and Infant Portraits”

No Registration or password is necessary! Just join us on Zoom using the below link on May 26th at 6:30pm:

Not a JPPG Member? You are welcome here! Check out JPPG Membership options and email with any questions. You are invited and welcomed to join (or re-join) online and show up at this meeting as our newest member!

First time or Returning Guest? Great! This is a crazy time so our Zoom Meetings are open to everyone. We hope you can join us!

Members – Don’t forget to enter People’s Choice! The categories are portrait and landscape. You may enter into one or both. All entries must be submitted by 10:00pm on May 24th. Members will receive an upload link in the JPPG Newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom May 26th at 6:30pm!

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