Photography Workshops – Mentoring

Photography Workshops – Mentoring
Photography Workshops and Speaking Engagements
with Paula Swift, M.Photog., Cr., CPP of Paula Swift Photography, Inc in Sudbury, Mass.

Paula Ferazzi Swift, M. Photog., Cr., CPP owner of Paula Swift Photography, Inc. has been a professional photographer since 1995.  She spent ten years in photojournalism as a staff photographer at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Mass. In 2004, Paula opened her portrait photography business while still full time at the T&G but in 2005 left her position as a staff photographer to go full time in the portrait photography field.  Paula is available for speaking engagements for your organizations on her Photojournalism, Storytelling Portrait Photography – How to Document Children and Families book or Newborn Photography. She is also a Professional Photographers of America – PPA  juror in training and available to judge your image competitions. Please contact Paula at 978.261.5266 or  

2019 Photography Workshop Schedule
Newborn Photography – Saturday January 12th, 2019    9am – 5pm
Newborn Photography – Saturday March 16th, 2019  9am – 5pm  SOLD OUT
Newborn Photography – Saturday April 27th, 2019   9am – 5pm SOLD OUT
Storytelling Portrait Photography – Saturday June 1st, 2019  10am – 5:30pm
Newborn Photography – Saturday August 3rd, 2019   9am – 5pm

2018 Photography Speaking Engagements Schedule
On these following dates Paula will be speaking on her Storytelling Photography and her book
Storytelling Portrait Photography – How to Document the Lives of Children and Families
Gateway Camera Club, Framingham, MA  Tuesday February 27th, 2018 7:30pm
PPAM EVOLVE Photo Convention, Plymouth, MA Monday March 12th, 2018 at 9:00am
Merrimack Camera Club, North Andover, MA Wednesday April 11th, 2018 7:30pm
Fall River Camera Club , Fall River, MA Wednesday May 9th, 2018 7:00pm
New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association  Manchester, NH  Wednesday September 5th, 2018 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Duxbury Camera Club, Duxbury, MA – December 5th, 2018 7:30pm
PPA Rhode Island Convention, Warwick, RI March 2nd, 2019
sponsored by WHCC
PSRI Photo Club Rhode Island, Tuesday April 9th, 2019 at 7:00pm

OFFERING 1:1 MENTORING in NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY ( go to end of page for more info)


Storytelling Photography Workshop
Saturday June 1st, 2019
10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Are you ready to learn how to capture your clients in a fun and storytelling way?

Have you wondered how to let your families be relaxed so you can photograph them how they truly are with their children?

Do want to learn to photograph those children who are on the go or are very shy in front of the camera?

This Storytelling Photography Workshop is just you have been looking for.

Once a dynamic photojournalist, chasing fires and news stories all over Massachusetts, Paula Ferazzi Swift owner of Paula Swift Photography, Inc.. in Sudbury, MA now uses these same skills to photograph children and families.  She wants she shares these with you!

Whether it’s a fleeting moment when a child thinks no one is looking, a hug a parent shares with a little one, or even a toddler running, giggling, from the camera, Paula approaches her sessions just like a fire…ready to go at a moment’s notice, but in a stress-free, fun experience for her clients.

Paula will share her experience as a photojournalist and how she implements those skills in capturing beautiful, timeless and story-telling portraits in today’s competitive photography world. You’ll start in the studio for a portion of the day and then head outdoors to photograph children and a family. She will discuss how the same skills and thought processes behind photojournalism can help you capture amazing storytelling portrait photography images for your clients.

Watch and learn what Paula has to share and discover ways these will impact your own photography. Then you will have your chance to do it as well..the best to learn photography, watch, learn and do!

Paula’s book Storytelling Portrait Photography: How to Document the Lives of Children and Families
Is available on Amazon …buy it before the class and Paula will sign it for you. 🙂 This book is perfect to have before or after you take this workshop.

Date: Saturday June 1st, 2019

Time: 10am – 5:30pm

Small class environment and limited to 10 photographers.

Items to Bring: Note-taking materials, DSLR and Zoom Lens (not mandatory, bring what you have), camera not mandatory if you are just starting out, lunch/snacks or money for lunch ( we can order take out).

Paula Swift Photography, Inc.
730 Boston Post Road, Suite 29
Sudbury, MA 01776

We will go outside to a location nearby to photograph family and children.
To register for this class email Paula

Registration open until May 28th 2019 or until sold out.
Cost is $325 and must be paid at time of registration to guarantee your workshop seat.

For those of you traveling from out of town. Logan Airport in Boston, MA is 25 miles east of the studio and the best airport to fly into. There is Fairfield Inn by Marriott located the next block from the studio. They are located at 738 Boston Post Road and we are at 730 Boston Post Road. You can walk to the studio…they are that close.

Here are beautiful storytelling portraits that were captured during our June 2018 Workshop!

mother and daughter moments
storytelling family photography
Behind the scenes of the June 2018 workshop
photography workshop


Newborn Photography Workshop
Saturday August 3rd 2019
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

newborn photography workshop
Spend the day with award-winning newborn photographer Paula Swift as she shares over 24 years of experience as a professional photographer. Get hands-on as you learn studio lighting for newborn sessions. While many photographers are teaching natural or constant light in this area, Paula shows how and why studio lighting is her way to go and how easy it can be.  You’ll also learn how to prepare for a shoot, including client consultation, props and light set ups. Explore techniques to help throughout the session such as soothing and safety tips, POSING of new baby, how to put everyone at ease, as well as lenses and lighting methods that work beautifully for newborn sessions.

Best part, you’ll get to photograph the newborn(s) we have for the workshop as well.
Take advantage of Paula’s expertise and experience to learn more about newborns and how to photograph them beautifully, using light properly and being SAFE!

Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Items to Bring: Note-taking materials, DSLR zoom lens and/or macro lens, camera is not mandatory if you are just starting out,
a sack lunch/snacks or money for lunch, we can order take out.

Cost: $325

Paula Swift Photography, Inc.
730 Boston Post Road, Suite 29
Sudbury, MA 01701

We will have at least one newborn to photograph during the workshop.

What will be covered during the Newborn Workshop?
Studio Lighting
Best Angles
Wrapping Techniques
Client Prep
Photography Equipment Used

Small class environment and limited to 8 photographers.
newborn photography workshop
Who should attend: A photographer just starting out to a seasoned pro. If you are looking to get into Newborn Photography this will cover the basics of studio lighting, how to prep clients, newborn safety and posing. You can sit back and watch or take your own photos. Models will be released for portfolios.  There is no mileage restriction for this workshop, anyone can attend who wants to learn how to photograph newborns.

To register for this class email Paula

Registration open until July 31st, 2019 or until the class sells out.

Paula Swift Photography excepts all major credit cards and checks for registration fee

Did you take a previous full day workshop with Paula Swift in 2017 or 2018? Let her know when you register and you will receive $25 off your workshop fee.
Thank you to WHCC for sending giveaways to the studio for students who are attending and for supporting my workshops and speaking engagements.
newborn photo classes
Paula Swift, M.Photog., Cr. CPP was recognized in August 2018 as a Bronze Medalist for her Newborn Photography at the Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition.  She will also have two of her images printed in the 2018 Showcase book and all four of her images will be on display at Imaging USA in Atlanta, GA in January 2019.  These are her four award-winning images.
Award Winning Newborn Photography

You will create beautiful newborn photographs right along with Paula, as you learn simple studio lighting techniques and how to pose a new baby safely and beautifully.


Reviews on photography workshops with Paula Swift

This class was perfect for me. Exactly what I needed to get more insight into newborn photography. Just awesome!!!!

“OMG! it was amazing! I loved it! Paula you are so pleasant and knowledgeable. The class was fun, interesting and loved the fact you gave us the opportunity to practice and to see how you work. Thank you so much for sharing so many tips! I am going back for more!”

“Fantastic class!! I’m about to dive in and edit up the photos I took…thanks so much for the knowledge and experience you shared!

Awesome class, I highly suggest going. I attended the class last fall and had a blast.

“Paula was so open about her newborn photography knowledge.  What she taught in class was AMAZING!  I learned so much in this one class and can’t wait to try everything I learned how to do on my next newborn session.”

“I highly recommend this class if you really want to get a better understanding on newborn photography.  Learning how to photograph newborns using the right light and learn how to pose safely, was priceless to me.”

“What I learned in person with Paula, I could of never gotten from watching an online video. Take her class!”

“I know Paula through PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and she is wonderful.  An amazingly talent portrait artist and a genuinely nice person and colleague willing to share her thoughts and ideas with others in the industry.  I recently attended a newborn workshop Paula held in her Sudbury, MA studio and it was fantastic, offering a little something for everyone where ever you are in your journey.  If you’re looking to get into a new genre or just need some confirmation that you’re on the right track I recommend attending a workshop with Paula Swift.”


1:1 Newborn Photography Mentoring:  $1275.00 ( one on one mentoring)

Spend the day with Paula Swift as she preps for a newborn session, shows you posing, lighting and lets you pose and photograph the newborn right along side her. You will have access to her props and studio during this time. We will end the day with downloading and editing the images you captured. This perfect for any photographer who wants a hands-on personal guidance from a professional photographer who has been photographing newborns for 15 years and is a professional photography teacher. This is also perfect for a more advance posing than the workshop offers or to build your personal newborn photography portfolio.

Must book 4-6 weeks in advance.
Contact to register.

The day will start at 9:30am and will end anywhere from 4:30pm or later. All depends on the new baby we photograph.
Lunch and snacks are included in your mentoring.

Dates are booked on a first come basis and due to my shooting schedule is limited to 1 mentoring session every 4-6 weeks.

$500 non-refundable retainer  due upon registering. The remainder will be due 3 weeks before mentoring date.

No mileage restriction on mentoring, the only restriction is that you know how to use your DSLR camera. You will be able to use Paula’s studio lighting and transmitters to fire her lights. She will help you figure out what type of lighting might be best for your photography business as well.

Newborn baby will be photo released for you to use for your website and portfolio.

If you are from out of town, there is a Fairfield Inn by Marriott one block away from the studio.

Paula Swift Photography, Inc. is located in historic Sudbury, Mass at 730 Boston Post Road ( Rt 20).


$500 non-refundable payment is due to hold your spot. Online payment option available. Remainder of balance is 3 weeks prior to photography mentoring session.

Discounts: Previous workshop students of Paula Swift Photography receive $100 off their mentoring fee.

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel your registration, we will do our best to fill your spot. If we are able to fill your spot, we will apply your deposit to a future photography workshop. If we are unable to fill your spot, your deposit is non-refundable.


Payments can be made by check or credit card through our online system. Once you reserve your spot, you will receive a payment link to complete your reservation.


DSLR camera, lens, memory card, batteries and knowledge of how to use your camera outside of Auto-mode.  A laid back attitude and ready to learn.

Paula Swift Photography, Inc.
730 Boston Post Road, Suite 29
Sudbury, MA 01701


More Reviews on  Paula Swift’s  Photography Workshops …

Paula’s Family and Children Storytelling class was a wonderful day well spent. Paula began the morning by sharing her story and background, explaining her approach to storytelling photography, and offering clear guidance regarding exposure settings, posing, and tips for success. The day flowed smoothly and there was time for introductions and informal chatting among the participants. The small class size was perfect, and before we knew it, we were heading out to the Sudbury Grist Mill for the scheduled afternoon shoots. Paula has a wonderful way with clients, parents and kids alike, and continued her relaxed instructional style throughout the afternoon, ensuring that all participants had an opportunity to photograph each family in each moment, and even giving us a chance to “art direct” the sessions toward the end. It was an engaging, thoroughly educational, and fun day! And I was thrilled with the images I captured. This class will help you take your photography — whether as a hobbyist or aspiring professional, to the next level.  June 2018

I know Paula through PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and she is wonderful.  An amazingly talent portrait artist and a genuinely nice person and colleague willing to share her thoughts and ideas with others in the industry.  I recently attended a newborn workshop Paula held in her Sudbury, MA studio and it was fantastic, offering a little something for everyone where ever you are in your journey.  If you’re looking to get into a new genre or just need some confirmation that you’re on the right track I recommend attending a workshop with Paula Swift. Dani – March 25th, 2017

Thank you so much for providing this workshop.  It was fun and educational.  I really enjoyed the session.  You are a wonderful instructor in your art.  I hope to sign up for another workshop of yours. Christine – January 27th, 2017

 I spent the day in Paula’s newborn session class. It was so informative! She was so easy to talk with and answered everyone’s questions with ease. Each student was able to take their turn in photographing the models. I would highly recommend it if you are interested in learning to photograph newborns.  – Alyssa  – January 22nd, 2017

I took Paula’s newborn photography class and I am so happy with what I learned from her class. Her patience and way with clients is phenomenal! I highly recommend her! – Lisa – June 25th, 2016

I just want to send Paula a huge thank you for an amazing newborn photography class !!! It was so informative and fun! I can’t wait to take more classes with Paula! – Donna  – June 25th, 2016

Paula was an excellent instructor!  And she is clearly an excellent photographer … to be able to complete 2 newborn sessions – with siblings – and cover all the course material in the allotted time was simply amazing.  She was calm, clear and relaxed, which made the day both informative and fun.  Highly recommend!  Pam-  May 27th,  2015

Paula was extremely well-prepared, yet maintained a relaxed environment.  She brought in two families in order to give us a hands-on experience with lighting and posing.   Laura- May 27th, 2015

2018 Photography Workshop Schedule

Newborn Workshop – Saturday January 27th, 2018
Newborn Workshop – Saturday April 14th, 2018 SOLD OUT
Newborn Workshop – Sunday May 6th, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Storytelling Photography Workshop – Sunday June 3rd, 2018 ( ONLY Outdoor Workshop in 2018)
Newborn Workshop – Sunday July 29th, 2018

 2017 Workshop Schedule

Newborn Photography Workshop – Saturday January 21st, 2017
Newborn Photography Workshop   – Saturday March 25th, 2017 10am-5pm
Storytelling Children and Family Photography Workshop   Sunday June 4th, 2017


Paula Ferazzi Swift, M.Photog., Cr., CPP owner of Paula Swift Photography, Inc in Sudbury, Massachusetts – an award winning photojournalist, children, family and newborn photography with over 24 years of professional photography experience offers photography workshops to photographers. From those just starting out to seasoned pros, with no mileage restriction.  Paula loves to teach photography to those who want to grow their craft and stay creative. As a Sudbury Photographer, Framingham Photographer and well known Boston Photographer, she hopes you will continue to learn all you can in your talent. Stay Creative!