We are Emily Gerald and Liz Cook, birth photographers on a mission to spread the beauty of birth photography.

We believe that by building our industry and helping other photographers see the magic of birth through their own eyes, the beauty of birth photography will be shared organically through photographers like you! 

We are SO EXCITED to be announcing our first In-Person Birth Photography Workshop on the east coast! We will share all we know about running profitable birth photography businesses to help equip and encourage other photographers to pursue birth photography as a business. Our hope is that by doing so, our industry will grow.

We believe ALL mothers around the world should have the chance to invest in a photography keepsake of one of the most important days of their lives, and as a photographer, we hope you believe the same!

Will you join us on our mission?

"I felt like I was learning from good friends, not people I had never met before! There was so much information and I had so many takeaways that I will definitely be able to use going forward! I would definitely recommend this to anyone even considering doing birth photography!"

The Overview

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Date & Time

Greetings and introductions will begin promptly at 8:30am on March 14, 2016. We will have a packed twelve hour day with wrap up by 9pm. 

Our Venue

This workshop will be held at a private residence in a safe neighborhood in Gainesville, VA. Specific information will be sent to attendees upon registration. 

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Your Investment

This one-day workshop is limited to only 10 seats and costs $995 per person. Payment plans are available, please contact us for more information.

"Liz & Emily provided such valuable information in a well organized, clear, and concise way. I appreciated their genuine concern for the birth market and their willingness to share the intricacies of their field."

What Can I Expect?

This workshop will cover over 12 hours of content, portfolio building, and networking opportunities.

Here are just a few of the topics and activities on our agenda:

The Birth Process: how birth works, what to expect, how to handle an emergency, and the importance of respecting your client's birth space

Running A Profitable Business: client workflow, editing tutorials, client relations, and creative marketing tactics

Living On-Call: balancing the lifestyle, living on-call with small children, tips and tricks, and how to best communicate with your client while you both wait

Connect and talk with other birth professionals: doulas, OB nurses, and L&D nurses will be present to share wisdom about working in the birth industry alongside other birth professionals

Portfolio building opportunities: we will have a mock home birth environment set up after dark with the opportunity to shoot in challenging light situations alongside Emily and Liz

Other surprises and exclusive giveaways: we are in the process of partnering with some incredible companies to bring in additional surprises to help grow your business


"Emily and Liz truly want you to learn and grow for yourself, the birthing industry, and your clients. They were very prepared, professional, and honest and gave a well round interpretation of all of the questions asked. Be ready to take notes and giggle because these ladies are a hoot to be around!!!"

Your Investment

This one-day, in-person workshop with Emily Gerald and Liz Cook is limited to only 10 seats.
A seat to this workshop is $995.
Payment plans are available. Contact us to have one set up for you.

Your registration fee includes:


All content and education the day of the workshop


A post-workshop video consultation with Liz & Emily to go over additional topics or questions that come up after you have returned to your office


Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages throughout the day

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Lifetime access to a private, exclusive online community for workshop attendees only.


A mini headshot session at the workshop + all high-res images


BONUS: Exclusive content we've curated for you, including our very own email templates and other custom business tools!

Travel & Accommodations

The workshop venue is conveniently located near I66 and VA-29 and within minutes of international airports in the Washington D.C. area. 

Nearby airports:
Dulles International Airport (25 mi away)
Reagan International Airport (40 mi away)

Once registration has been confirmed, each attendee will be added to a private Facebook group to discuss roommate options and carpooling plans.

"Emily and Liz are genuinely passionate about the birth photography industry and it shows. They share their knowledge and valuable personal experience in a candid way that makes you feel as if you're just chatting with friends. They are warm, approachable, and generous with essential information and insider tips that will help both new and seasoned birth photographers to run a sustainable, profitable, respectable business serving families through birth photography."

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this workshop for? Do I need to be a birth photographer?
This workshop is for anyone interested in starting a birth photography business, interested in shooting births or adding birth photography to their current offerings. We ask that you have a basic knowledge of how to use your camera in manual before attending this workshop as that is not something we will be covering.

What is the Early Bird Discount?  
The early bird discount is a $200 gift to any attendees who register to attend the workshop no later than February 7th, 2016 at 11:59PM EST.

Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! Payment plans are accepted for all early bird and regular registrants.

When is the balance due?
The final balance is due two weeks before the workshop date (March 1, 2016).

Since lodging is not included in the registration fee, where should I stay?
We recommend staying at one of the locations listed above under 'travel & accommodations.'

What do I need to bring with me?
Please come well-rested and ready to learn! Bring your camera and basic shooting equipment as well as your note-taking supplies of choice (notebook, ipad or laptop), though we encourage the old fashioned way of taking notes on paper so that attendees are not distracted by email and/or social media.

What should I wear?
We want all of our attendees to be as comfortable as possible, so please dress for comfort. Yoga pants and sweatshirts are totally welcome! However, be sure to bring along a change of clothes that reflect your brand well for your mini head shots session.

Can I bring my baby with me?
We love babies! If you have one that you may need to bring along with you, we ask that you please contact us directly so we can work out the best way to accommodate you and your little one! Email us: emily@emilygeraldphotography OR lizcookphoto@gmail.com

What is the schedule?
Because we are still confirming our special guests and shooting opportunities we are not releasing the exact schedule at this time. However, you can expect to start our time together at 8:30am and finish before 9pm. We will eat, learn, eat, learn, and eat and learn some more!

What if I have dietary or health restrictions?
Once you have registered we will be sending all attendees a questionnaire to learn about any dietary restrictions and to get to know each of you. We would love for you to share this information with us at that time so that we can accommodate any dietary or health restrictions you have.

Do I need to bring my own food?
Your workshop registration fee includes three meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the day. You do not need to bring your own food, but if you are partial to particular snacks or drinks, we welcome you to bring your own.

My question is not listed on your FAQ. Who can I contact?
Please email emily@emilygeraldphotography or lizcookphoto@gmail.com with any further questions!

"Emily and Liz are both so personable and you don't feel silly or embarrassed to ask any question compared to facebook groups or forums. They provide a safe learning environment for photographers coming into the business to experienced professionals. I can't wait to continue my birth education with these two lovely ladies."

Our Partners

We are HONORED and SO stoked to have the following companies on board with us to help us bring YOU an incredible workshop experience! 

Who Are Emily & Liz?

Emily Gerald is a premier birth, lifestyle newborn, and maternity photographer based in the DC/Northern Virginia area.Her passion for capturing life’s fleeting moments began when her brother and sister-in-law were expecting their first baby, although she initially picked up a camera many years prior to that and has been perfecting her craft ever since. Coming from a large family herself, Emily is able to easily connect with her clients and build authentic relationships, allowing her to capture some of the biggest milestones her clients will experience. With her normal background in teaching and her role on the Creative at Heart Conference Team, Emily enjoys combining her two loves of photography and education to bring her know-how to creative small business owners around the country. When she is not shooting births or snuggling babies, Emily loves traveling with her husband, Mark, spending quality time with her nieces and nephews, and scouting for local donut shops! Her work has been featured on many exclusive blogs such as Grey Likes Baby, Beauty and Lifestyle Mommy, Project Nursery, Boundary Stone Baby and more!

Liz Cook is a professional birth and family photographer based in Central Virginia with over 9 years of experience running a profitable photography business. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" MagazineThe Glitter GuideEssence MagazinedominoRue Magazine, among others.