2 DAY newborn + SITTER workshop



Kathleen Vergara (Kath V.) is the vision behind Kath V. Photography and regarded as one of the World’s most talented and progressive newborn and baby photographers. Kath’s natural ability is complemented by an imaginative styling and design sense, which explores a fanciful and enchanting genre.

Over the past six years, Kath has continued to refine her distinct technique and draws inspiration from every baby starlet that graces the studio. Kath’s relentless strive for perfection is consistently reflected in her ability to capture the perfect moment in a classical yet contemporary portraiture. 

Kath is a highly sought after International Speaker and Teacher having taught and presented in 5 Continents and 20 countries. Her proudest moment was presenting in front of 450+ Brazilian photographers in August 2017 in Sao Paulo Brazil.

Behind the scenes, Kath runs a profitable and growing business, which she rates equally important as the quality of her work. Her astute business knowledge, marketing and sales techniques have seen Kath V. Photography as one of the World's most successful newborn and baby photographer, mentor, teacher and speaker.


Colour is embraced in Kath’s V’s Photography. It is an extension of her brand, style, passion, and baby’s personality

During the workshop, we will explore the endless possibility that colour brings to imagery. Kath will share her experience in balancing imagination and colour to invigorate the finished product, whilst complementing baby’s natural beauty.

Developing confidence and guiding your personal style to a new discovery through colour, is the main focus. Discussion will also include smart prop investment and selection, session theming, balancing baby’s features, composition, understanding light and refined editing techniques. 

Kath will draw upon inspirational imagery to illustrate the endless possibilities that colours, props and styling can bring to liberate your personal brand and style.  Once taught, blending design elements is effortless and instantly becomes a valuable and versatile asset to your business.

You will leave the workshop with a renewed sense of colour and feel confident in embracing it in your photography, to resonate your personal unique style and create an exclusive fine art products.

Tuition Fee:

Workshop Tuition Fee for 2 days workshop is 45,000.

Payable in 4 instalments as follows : 

10,000              -      NON REFUNDABLE Retainer due at the time of booking to secure your spot.

10,000              -      2nd Instalment Due May 31, 2019

10,000              -      3rd Instalment Due July 31, 2019

15,000              -      4th Instalment Due Sep 30, 2019


Open to all skill level in photography with basic manual camera, photoshop and Lightroom knowledge.

Workshop is not open to photographers who are currently teaching or mentoring.

* This is a styling and posing workshop. Camera & shooting basics will not be covered. Attendees must be confident how to use camera in manual mode and must have basic knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom.


The workshop will run over 2 days from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Lunch, snacks and refreshments provided.

Location and Dates:

  • SOLD OUT - Manila (MARIKINA), Philippines   - Nov 13 & 14, 2019

Maximum Attendees:

9 attendees plus host.


The workshop will be taught in Taglish.


Participants will supply their own full frame camera & lens (recommended 35mm, 50mm or 24-70mm) and have basic knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop.

Light Source:  

Natural Window Light



Kath will demonstrate how to create dreamy set ups as well as how to safely pose newborns in a relaxed , comfortable and in a flattering position.


  • The importance of newborn and baby safety.

  • LIGHT - How to properly light baby using natural window light.

  • COLOURS - Working with Colours.

  • STYLING and PROP SELECTION - Session theme set up and styling with confidence including a demonstration on how to make your own floral wreath.

  • ANGLES and COMPOSITION - Tips and tricks to maximise gallery without moving baby and changing set ups.

  • Smart Prop selection and investment.

  • Managing parental expectations.

  • Settling techniques.

2 Signature Kath V. Set Ups will be covered (but not limited) to either of the following 2:

  • Floral Nest Set Up

  • Fantasy Dream Bed Set Up

  • Sweet Dreams

  • Baby in a Bucket

  • Box or Bowl Set Up

* Parents or sibling portraits maybe covered but not guaranteed. This will be dependent on the models chosen on the day.

There will be 2 newborn models on the day.

*** Please note - Beanbag poses will NOT be covered.


Kath V. will demonstrate how to interact, connect & pose babies in a fun and engaging way. Along with basic baby poses (that sells and parents love),  Kath will also demonstrate the fine art of capturing her signature bonnet portrait in a subtle yet captivating style that embellishes baby’s features as the hero of the photo.

3 Signature Kath V. Baby Set Ups will be covered (but not limited) to either of the following 3:

  • Baby on a Flokati.

  • Baby on a Bucket, Bowl, Bath Tub or Box.

  • Simply Baby.

  • One Outfit 20 plus Images (attendees will observe and photograph at the end).

  • Fantasy Backdrop and Set Up.

  • Close Up Money Shot.

  • Baby on a Swing.

There will be 3 sitter models on the day.


Now it’s time to switch focus and watch your creations come to life. Kath will demonstrate her unique editing techniques that perfect images into sophisticated finished products using Lightroom and Photoshop. Kath will show you how to develop your own Lightroom preset to speed up your editing workflow. Kath will edit 1 newborn image and 1 sitter image from Raw file to fine art portraiture.

Branding, Business & Marketing

The remainder of the afternoon will take attention off the spotlight and into the nitty gritty of running a successful photography business. It is one thing to take great images and another to create a thriving business; an area that Kath sees many talented photographers fall short. Kath will outline the key marketing, sales and business strategies that she has used to grow the business year after year. Most crucial to Kath success is her ability to sell a session and secure repeat and referral business. Pricing and products will also be covered intensively.



  • 8:30 -10:00 am           -           Introduction and Discussion about Newborns

  • 10:00 – 12:00 pm       -           1st newborn Model (girl)

-           Nest Set up and Transition Pose into Bed or Bowl

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm         -           Lunch Break

  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm           -           2nd Newborn Model (boy)

                                    -           Dream Bed Set Up Angles and Composition

-           Baby and Parents Portraits (subject to parents’ availability)

  • 3:00 – 3:30pm            -           Afternoon Tea Break

  • 3:30 – 5:00 pm           -           Practise with Doll, wrapping and practical (fun) exam.

- Q & A

  • 5:30 –7:30pm - Group Dinner


  • 9:00 – 10:00 am          -           Discussion about Sitters

  • 10:00 – 10:40 am        -           1st Sitter

  • 10:40 – 11:20 am        -           2nd Sitter

  • 11:20 – 12:00 pm        -           3rd Sitter

  • 12:30 – 1:30pm           -           Lunch Break

  • 1:30 – 3:00 pm           -           Editing

  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm            -           Afternoon Tea Break

  • 3:30 – 5:00pm             -           Business, Marketing Q & A

*Guide only and maybe subject to change.




“ Though there are many photographers whose work I admire, there are only a handful that rank among my absolute favorites! ... Which is why I was so excited when Kath’s Mastering Sitters Workshop came to Southern California! Kath has a kind and authentic presence about her that is a pleasure to experience. She genuinely want to teach and help each of her students raise their skill level and be their best. She asks for feedback and ways that she can be more helpful, because it is important to her that her students garner as much as possible from their time with her. Kath’s workshop was a great experience. It was a real treat to watch her work, creating her beautiful setups as she shared her knowledge, her secrets and her wisdom. Though her work has always inspired me, I was especially impressed and excited by the simple editing process she uses to create her flawless images! I know that workshops are a big investment, but I’m a big believer in continuing education and professional growth to stand out in the crowd. I highly recommend Kath’s Sitter Workshop. It was worth the investment and I’m truly grateful to have had this opportunity. Thanks Kath for helping me so generously, in my quest to continually raise my own bar.

Holly Heine Photography, California USA”

“Dear Kath, Thank you for bringing your magic to Dubai! The workshop was amazing! Loved your teaching style and gentle guidance during shooting and your down to earth nature. I will try to remember all the tips and advice you shared on styling the sets, correct shooting angles and position, editing, marketing and business growth. The workshop was long and intense but every minute of it was worth in gold for me. At the end of the day I felt more knowledgeable, more confident and very satisfied as a photographer! And now looking back at the pictures, I see so many treasures among them - can’t stop admiring them! And all that Thanks you! So again - Big Thank You for sharing your expertise!

Iva Petrova, Dubai UAE”

“Hi dear Kath! I just really wanted to thank you. After attending your workshop and buying the videos I just entered this wonderful word full of Colors, I always loved them but I was afraid of using them ! I started creating my own bonnets, painting my props and found my own photography style ! It wasn’t only what I learnt from you but the attitude you had that day full of positivity ! I want to thank you for it because I know it will be hard to pursuit my job but I know I wouldn’t change it with anything else , I also know I have to grow so so much but I love my works , and loving my own work was one of the main goal I wanted to achieve! So thank you!

Francesca Corti, Milan ITALY”

“There is nothing more special than a blessing of having been mentored by one of the world’s best Newborn and Sitters Photographer. The Manila Workshop helped me pull off shots that I’ve been dreaming off since I fell in love with newborn photography a few years ago. It also opened the door for me to learn things and apply it not only to the clients that I have but also to my only daughter who was born a month after the workshop. It is indeed an amazing experience, Miss Kath V. of Kath V. Photography, continue to inspire photographers around the world, you are such a very talented photographer. =)

Sanj Taong, Manila PHILIPPINES”


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