Aurora DeLuca

Aurora DeLuca

Aurora DeLuca

Stay Flexible: Posing Strategies for Newborn Photography

Who is Aurora DeLuca?

Aurora DeLuca, M. Photog.- Aurora is a portrait and macro photographer based in Cary, NC. She specializes in children and newborn portraits as well as live insect macro photos. She enjoys working with children and babies to produce classic, timeless portraits with a modern minimalist edge. Aurora has won numerous awards and received her Master of Photography in 2017, Aurora enjoys teaching other photographers the joy of producing beautiful artwork both for their clients and themselves.

What is this class about? 

Newborn sessions are both fun and profitable. There’s nothing quite like posing a sleepy newborn and creating something beautiful. But it’s not always a breeze. What do you do if you have a wakeful baby? Or you find yourself with a baby struggling with colic? Maybe your client couldn’t get newborn photos for a few weeks longer than that ‘recommended’ window. This class focuses on my method of flexible flow posing and newborn safety. By preparing to move flexibly through a session and setup, you can choose how and when to pose baby by following their lead. We will also cover safety dos and don’ts when posing newborns. By maintaining flexibility and preparedness throughout these special sessions, you can calmly guide your session and guarantee plenty of beautiful images.

More About Aurora 

Aurora DeLuca grew up in Tucson, Arizona with a fondness for horses and travel. She left Tucson attend one of the prestigious seven sister schools, Mount Holyoke College. With a dual major in French and International Relations, she pursued her Masters of Arts in International Relations at Australian National University specializing in Asian and Pacific studies and International Law.

During her career in policy, Aurora began to pursue her ever present hobby of photography more seriously. Eventually, she found herself in North Carolina and began specializing in portrait and macro photography in earnest. Aurora poured over master painters and discovered a passion for formal children’s portraits with a modern twist. She loves showcasing newborns as brand new, tiny people with big personalities. Equally, she loves working with children, who she believes are the most beautiful when they have their natural look, and specializes in capturing both the serious side of childhood as well as genuine smiles.

In addition, Aurora enjoys photographing in the studio that is her backyard. She discovered an alien world at the macro level and the want-to-be entomologist in her comes out when she’s discovering the colors of an insect’s eye, or the hairs that can be found on its back. In her experience, insects that look extremely ordinary to the naked eye can be extraordinary when viewed at their level. Coupled with a desire to learn more about her smallest subjects, Aurora has built up a collection of macro photography containing insects at work in their natural environments or at rest in and around her home.

Aurora received her Master of Photography with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2017 and her Fellowship of Photography with the Professional Photographers of North Carolina (PPNC) in 2016. She has been very successful in print competition, receiving a silver medal in 2017 and a bronze medal in both 2016 and 2015. Several of Aurora’s images have been admitted into the prestigious PPA Loan Collection. She has won first and second place in the children/babies category in 2017 as well as third place in the animal category in 2013 in PPNC’s annual print competition. At the Southeast regional competition in 2017, Aurora won second place in the animal category and was among the top ten cases in the district.

Teaching/Speaking Credits: 

Professional Photographers of America May 2016, PPA Super 1 Day “Newborn 101”
Photographic Society of the Triangle October 2016 “The Jungle in Your Backyard”
Professional Photographers of America October 2016, PPA Super 1 Day “Newborn 101”
Professional Photographers of America May 2017, PPA Super 1 Day “Newborn 101”
Professional Photographers of America May 2017, Super 1 Day “Maternity Photography”
Professional Photographers of North Carolina March 2018, "Aliens In Your Backyard"
Professional Photographers Association of Pennsylvania April 2018, "Stay Flexible: Posing Strategies for Newborn Photography" 2018 State Juror
Virginia Professional Photographers Association April 2018, Virginia Reel

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