Newborn Photographer Mentoring


Are you currently at a point in your photography career where you feel stuck or just simply wish to challenge your brain? I encourage aspiring photographer through a variety of mentoring opportunities. My heart is with photography but I also have a passion to teach others. Below you will find a variety of courses that may fit your journey. Mentoring is so much more than teaching you what I do and hoping you catch on, Its about teaching you my creative process and helping you create your own journey using tips, tools and lessons learned from the teachings.


Outdoor Family Mentoring

Learning to Master a Family Workflow Workshop

Do you have a desire for learning to shoot consistently during a family session all while creating emotional and engaging images that are eye catching? Well lets Chat! I LOVE Photography and I love inspiring others. As a mom I appreciate the connection of family and want to capture those moments, I feel there is a place for the 'all eyes at camera' moment but my heart is pulled to the other in-between moments. Both types of pictures have a place in my heart. I am here to encourage and inspire you all while teaching you my workflow! During this workshop I will teach you how to achieve results you will love. I will teach you about location scouting, white balance, camera angles, camera settings, editing workflow and more! Tell me you are not excited about learning to *rock* your family sessions?!

Come master your camera with me

"Ever need that little push to succeed in your business? Stevie has done just that for me!!! Mentoring with her for family photography exceeded my expectations. She is full of knowledge and helpful tips. Was given the opportunity to photograph 2 gorgeous, fully stylized families. I walked away with technique that makes editing a breeze! Stevie's coaching will forever change my outdoor photography. Thank you Stevie!!!!!" -- Jessica De La Rosa

"The "aha" moment for me today was creating the blurry background. I couldn't wait to get home and try it out at home. I have a lot of practicing to do, and I'm really excited to get started tomorrow in some natural light! Thanks Stevie!!" -- Leslie P.

"Thanks so much for the awesome class today Stevie! Can't wait to order my prime lens and start practicing for reals" -- Jennifer R.

"Thank you so much for today! Looking forward to learning more from you in the future!" -- Becca A.

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Family Shooting, Editing
and Styling Retreat

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Learning to Edit Outdoor Images

Learn to edit with Stevie Cruz Photography. You will see Stevie editing backlit and Green grass settings from start to finish. Her quick and simple process is explained via video format and you will be added to a private mentoring group online for ongoing discussions. Through the online editing course, you will see an overview of how I would edit a photo from a typical outdoor session. I will show you my process of manually editing in ACR and final tweaks in Photoshop (I use CS6).

Mentorships are done via online videos. I often add more content throughout the months so you have continued growth. I never want a mentee overwhelmed so I encourage you to watch little by little, so you can take in all the information. This is especially awesome if you are a visual learner. You can see what I am doing as I do it and I talk you through everything and of course you have the group to post any questions or feedback on your own images.

Learn to shoot in manual

I Love the editing you did!! I've always been a fan and totally admire you as a person & photographer. - Amanda Kincade, Captured by Kincade Photography

I just love these!! Editing has always been the hardest for me and I feel like this is just the style I am looking to achieve. Kelli Oakes

What you will need:

Photoshop CC. (You do not need CC for these mentorships, but it is highly recommended it. I also recommend basic knowledge of Photoshop; such as Layers and brushes along with how they are used)

*Learn how I bring out the rich, vibrant colors to help make your images pop using simple techniques in ACR and Photoshop. While I won’t be editing in Lightroom, most of the tools available in Lightroom thus you should be able to replicate the keystrokes)

*As part of the mentoring, you will have access to a PRIVATE Facebook group to share images, ask questions, and receive feedback. To purchase a mentorship use this link to check out and pay online. You will receive an email with directions after you complete the purchase to get enrolled in the private group.

Learn to shoot in manual

This is soooooo awesome and you are awesome for creating this. I swear its one thing after the next is better with you! Seriously these are amazing, I have a session I haven’t started editing yet but now I can’t wait. Giella Barbara Photography



Become The Photographer You Dream To Be


Are you looking to grow as a photographer? Are you missing that one “piece” to making your business soar? I am excited to announce that I will being mentoring in studio and welcome you to join. Of course who doesn’t love the feeling of inspiring others? Mentoring sessions are tailored to the aspiring photographer. I often have inquiries asking questions about my branding, which camera I use, how I started my photography business or various other aspects of photography. The 2-day workshop focused on newborn posing and business aspects of the career. Many that follow my journey will agree that I am an open-book. When you sit and chat with me you will have the chance to get to know me and my passion. I will share with you what did and didn’t work when starting out. During the workshop attendees have the change to discuss unlimited topics including: camera equipment & lenses, workflow, post-processing, vendors, branding, marketing, portfolio critiques etc.


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Learn to pose newborns

"Best workshop experience EVER! You will not regret this Investment! Stevie is great at explaining detail by detail posing techniques, posing transitions, and any business questions you may have...she shares it all! Best decision I ever made! Don't wait, book now!" --Vanessa L