Photography Workshops – Mentoring

Photography Classes by 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.

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

2017 Class Schedule through June 2017


Newborn Photography Workshop – Saturday January 21st, 2017

Newborn Photography Workshop – THEIA Studios February 9th, 2017

 Newborn Photography Workshop   – Saturday March 25th, 2017 10am-5pm



Storytelling Children and Family Photography Workshop

Sunday June 4th, 2017   10:00am- 5:30pm

Once a dynamic photojournalist, chasing fires and news stories all over Massachusetts, Paula Swift now uses these same skills to photograph children and families. 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.

Listen as Paula shares 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, weather permitting, to photograph children and or a family. Discuss how the same skills and thought processes behind photojournalism can help you capture amazing images for your clients.

Listen and learn what Paula has to share and discover ways these will impact your own photography!

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. 🙂

Date: Sunday June 4th, 2017

Time: 10am – 5:30pm

Cost: $275

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 or children weather permitting

To register for this class email Paula
Registration open until May 31st, 2017

Here are some images from the SOLD OUT May 2016 class I taught on my Storytelling Photography. We had so much fun.



Email  to get on the email list when our next newborn workshop is announced.


NOW Offering 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 13 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 4pm 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.

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


Reviews on  Paula Swift’s  Photography Workshops …

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