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NEWBORN mentoring series with Ashley Skjaveland: a giveaway!

We are excited to be partnering with the lovely Ashley Skjaveland this morning.  She is a gifted newborn photographer, and as open and generous as they come.  Her organic, natural newborn photographs are exquisite, and are simply about the babies themselves.  A celebration of life and beauty.

Ashley offers a lovely workshop of sorts.  NEWBORN: a mentor series for photographers is a unique learning experience that combines online session videos, tutorials, written instructions and even beautiful booklets that are handmade in Ashley’s studio.

If you would like to perfect your own newborn photography work, or simply watch another newborn photographer in action, then this series is most certainly what you’ve been searching for.  From personal experience (I have both Chapters), I find NEWBORN to be indispensable.  And… the handmade elements that Ashley sends in the mail are such a beautiful bonus!

NEWBORN is a series that builds on itself… so you must own Chapter One before you’re eligible to purchase Chapter Two.

Ashley is offering The Creative Mama readers a chance to own BOTH chapters by entering below….

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All TCM readers are also entitled to a discount on NEWBORN: Chapter One and NEWBORN: Chapter Two, through the evening of July 28.


NEWBORN chapter one booklet
chapter ONE discount code: TCM15

this code offers 15% off for a total of $37.50 off regular price

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If you already own Chapter One, or are purchasing it today… then have a peek at her brand-new release of Chapter Two.
Chapter TWO information & shopping cart are
found within the chapter one online area
ashley skjaveland chapter two
chapter TWO discount code: TCM20

this code offers 20% off for a total of $15 off regular price

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If you’d like to know more about Ashley and her photography work, please visit…
UPDATE: Congrats to Melissa Minish!  You are our winner of Ashley’s NEWBORN: Chapter One and NEWBORN: Chapter Two set!  We hope you enjoy!

About Stacey Woods

Stacey Woods is an on-location, natural light lifestyle photographer for the Tampa Bay, FL area. Her favorite subjects are expecting mamas, the tiniest of babies, and children of all ages. She believes that the small moments are really the biggest ones, that photographs are legacies that we leave to our children, and that authentic love is beautiful. Her online photo journal can be found here.

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  • Stephanie Donelson

    The rafflecopter isn’t showing how to enter or something! I can’t find a way to enter…

  • Kelly K

    Live in the moment

  • Julie

    it is all just a season! so hang on if you are in a hard one, and enjoy w hen you are in a good one.

  • Veronica

    Cherish the time.

  • Melanie

    Trust your instincts! You will know what your baby needs.

  • erin

    Trust yourself and know that what works with some peoples baby’s may not work with yours…

  • Kelliehonea

    Take help when you can, it doesn’t mean you are not a competent mother at all. & take as many photos as you can…because when you look back it will never be enough.

  • Heather Moll

    trust yourself and sleep whenever you can!

  • Annskidmore

    Cut yourself some slack; and don’t compare yourself to others. Love on your baby as often as possible, because even though it doesn’t feel like it the time will pass too quickly.

  • Kimberly Loxtercamp

    Snuggle, snuggle, snuggle!

  • Heather :) :) :)

    I’d tell new mama’s to take it easy and enjoy their new little one. Don’t worry about someone else’s timeline.. Just take life one day at a time and enjoy the new little one :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  • Kim

    You’ll never be perfect, but you are in your baby’s eyes.

  • Jen

    Advice for a new Mama…cut your self some slack!! Don’t expect to have the house clean when people show up at your door – just smile and ask them to fold some laundry. :)

  • ChristineB

    As cliche as it is… enjoy every second because they grow up in a blink of an eye.

  • Allyson

    My advice for a new mama… Enjoy each moment, even those hard nights, because they grow up in the blink of an eye!

  • Lauren

    Advice for a new mom? Soak up every moment! (and swaddle swaddle swaddle!)

  • Michelle

    My advice for new mamas is be easy on yourself. Don’t expect to do everything perfectly all the time.

  • Amanda Bruce

    My advice is to take a deep breath, trust your instincts, and don’t worry about being super mom!

  • Melt003

    My advice would be to slow down and enjoy your baby, they don’t stay little for long.

  • April

    My advice would be… not to listen to everyone’s advice! LOL Trust your heart, you know your baby better than anyone else.

  • Sharlene Britton

    My advice would be trust your instincts, you’ll be surprised how much you already know!

  • Tyan

    My advice would be to not expect yourself to be super mom right away. We don’t get to be great at something overnight, so be gentle with yourself and I promise it will come!

  • Deanna

    Find the best natural light in your house and use it to your advantage!

  • Sally S.

    My advice would be make sure not to forgot to take care of yourself, sometime the new mama can get lost in the new excitement of the baby.

  • R Steed

    Best advice would be to sleep when the baby does. Like actually DO IT!! We all hear that but don’t always do it!!

  • Erika

    My advice would be to take as many photos as possible because they grow way too fast!

  • Sara

    my advice to a new mama would be to take time to be in awe of your newborn…all the tiny details that are so perfectly made.

  • Jennifer

    Best advice? Go with your gut & stop listening to everyone else, it’s probably right. Oh, and remember to rest when the baby does! If your house goes to pot, it’s ok – you can deal with it later.

  • Sabrinakoogler

    My advice for a new momma is to listen to and trust your own instinct.

  • Kristen M

    My words of advice is take it one day at a time and enjoy it as much as you can!