Pebbles and Polka Dots Photography Womb to the Wild Retreat ~ GERMANY – May 2016

I am so excited to announce the workshops in Germany this coming May 2016. These will be the only Germany workshops for Pebbles and Polka Dots photography and we will be covering Maternity and Newborns.


Die deutsche Uebersetzung findet ihr am Ende des blog posts!!


For all of you who are not fluent in English, I will be bringing Nicola Garcia from Pumpkin Patch Photography to translate and help out with any language issues that might arise! Nici knows my work in and out, she has attended several of my workshops and assisted at countless retreats as well!

I can not wait to take you all on the photographic journey and boost your portfolio to the next level.

We will have 4 one day workshops of non-stop action. You do NOT want to miss this.

Wether you are a professional photographer with a fluid studio, or just starting out, or a person who wants to dip their toes into the photographic world.

THIS is the workshop for YOU.

I promise to show you how and why I see things the way I do, and take your images from portraits to timeless pieces of art.


Your imagination will explode and be refreshed into a whole new light after this course.



Deposit Fee: $300 due immediately to reserve your seat, $600 due by March 15th 2016


WANN: 19. Und 20.Mai in Frankfurt

WHERE: Hosted by Rasselbande Fotodesign


WANN: 23.und 24.Mai in Schwerin

WHERE: Hosted by Peggy Engel


Please email Mary at to book your seat asap.


RETREAT Schedule:

8am – 10am Meet and great at Timeas/ Peggy’s  studio, we will then go over session prep, studio lighting; what to use, why, how, and when, settings, white balance, client prep

10am-noon – Newborn #1

noon- 1pm lunch in studio with question and answer portion 

1pm – 3p – Newborn #2 with studio lighting. learning Mary’s techniques on using studio lighting to achieve that natural look, depth, and artistry no matter what the scenario is. She will cover session prep, how to pull props and what to use, custom white balance, lighting angles, depth of focus, newborn posing, soothing, and parent prep. Camera settings, nailing the shot in camera. Again smile emoticon Just to make sure you have it down pat.

3:30-5pm maternity session

5pm-6:30pm – editing, post processing, marketing and business revolution class


Of course because it is a Womb to the Wild Session, we will be incorporating some type of animal into wither the newborn or Maternity session. <3 Coolest portfolio builder ever. 

What you Need: A 50mm lens and a DSLR camera. We also recommend a 70-200mm for the outdoor portion and Mary will show you all how to use that very easily. You are welcome to bring a laptop if you would like to work along side me while I demonstrate post processing.

WHAT YOU GET – Not only will you walk away with an amazing portfolio, and new found inspiration, you will also get Mary’s workbook ( this one will only be in English )with 14 pages of information, her workflow, images, advice, supply list, emails responses for bookings, and how to pull that Maternity client in smile emoticon

Do we offer online workshops? We are not offering online mentoring at this time.

Once booked, your workshop is NON REFUNDABLE but you may transfer into another class or workshop or sell your seat.


Beth Wade Photography: ”Taking one of Mary’s workshops will change you forever. It’s clear that Mary is an amazing artist and photographer, but she is also an amazing teacher! The thing I loved seeing most was her no nonsense attitude at a session – she works FAST! But her attention to detail is still #1. Not only will you leave with knowledge of posing newborns but also the confidence to take control of your shoot from beginning to end. I cannot say enough great things about Mary and her talent!!”

Mandy Clark Photography: “Let me say… When someone asks, “Who is your photographer crush?” I am quick to respond with Mary from Pebbles and Polka Dots Photography! I have admired her work for a long time! I loved just the moodiness and the emotion in all of her images. I had been doing newborn photography at this point only a year and deployed to Afghanistan. I would go to her blog everyday after work while I was over there… and just drool! They gave me something to look forward to that was something calm and gorgeous which was anything but what was going on around me. So one day I saw she had openings for her workshop I instantly called my husband and begged him telling him it could be my Christmas birthday any holiday that years gift to be able to go to her in studio fine art workshop in Boston. I had arranged plans to stay with my dad (Albany NY) and drive that morning to Boston. When I arrived… I was really early lol I was speeding thinking I needed to be there at 9 when I wasn’t suppose to be there until 930 lol I was so excited I remember walking up the stairs not believing this was true that I was about to meet my Photographer crush in real life. When I walked in Mary and her assistant were setting up they were really sweet. Mary went over how to set up my white balance (something as simple as that and without going I would have never known) There were so many things I researched and thought I knew prior to going and well… I was not even close. I needed this workshop. I learned so many things that I had total Ah ha moments!! Like how the heck was I having 6-7 hour newborn sessions. Her and her assistant… actually all the girls attending the workshop were so nice! We had laughs and great lunch. Both models were so good. Mary spoke about all her steps and workflow. Any questions we had she answered them. After posing the models she went into the editing which was really easy in my opinion. I didn’t want the day to end. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. So much I am attending another one in July!!!! Mary is really talented not only with posing newborns but just with the heart of teaching other aspiring photographers to be successful. The workshop just doesn’t end that day. Recently I was having a posing issue with my parent shots and I had asked her if she could give me advice again. She had me call her right then and there (which was 11 pm) so she could talk me through what I needed help with. I can’t say many would do that. She is amazing! I can now say I have been doing newborn photography for 2 years and you can see such a difference in my work since talking her workshop. That next weekend after taking her workshop I went from 6-7 hour newborn sessions (not including parent or sibling shots) to 2 hours flat including parent and sibling shots. I couldn’t believe it! If you have been a newborn photographer for a while or are just starting out you will not be disappointed in her workshop!! Just do it! There is so much more I would add to this but I don’t want to give it all away… you just really need to experience it for yourself and enjoy it! Thank you Mary for being you! You have really helped me grow and I can’t thank you enough!”

Rachel B. Photo Studio – “Over the past couple years, I have had the amazing opportunity to attend two of Mary’s newborn workshops. One was outdoors on the east coast and the other down south in Florida in a studio with lights. Both of them were great in their own way. I learned so much from Mary. She is so cool and calm with the babies. The poses were clearly explained &demonstrated plus we were all given ample time to get our shots in. Mary is so knowledgable and encouraging. She works hard and was worth every penny. I highly recommend learning from Mary, you won’t regret it.”

Sunflower Photos – “I attended Mary’s “Womb to the Wild” workshop in the summer of 2013, and it was one of the BEST business moves I have ever made. Not only did I learn even more about outdoor photography, but my confidence in both maternity and newborn sessions was boosted. Before the workshop, I had never offered maternity to my clients. Since then, I’ve done several of these sessions and my portfolio continues to grow. In addition, the editing portion of “Womb to the Wild” was incredible. My entire “style” has changed since that summer and I have finally honed in my look. My business has a more uniform artistry and focused direction — and that I completely credit to Mary. She is so willing to answer any and all questions; she helps with portfolio and website critiquing, and she offers many tidbits for dealing with newborns — all tips I’ve since adopted. My techniques were definitely enhanced because of my training with Mary. During almost every newborn session, my clients comment on my diligence with handling their precious babies. I know workshops are a big investment, but, I am firm believer in education. We as photographers can only better ourselves by learning proper posing, safe technique and lighting, both indoors and outside. Workshops are beneficial and key to this growth, and I can say that “Womb to the Wild” is worth every penny! Mary is truly one of the TOP newborn photographers in the country! She has been and continues to be such an inspiration, and I am so grateful to have been one of her students. ”



Deutsche Version:


Ich freue mich wahnsinnig 2 Workshops im Mai 2016 in Deutschland anzukuendigen!

Diese Workshops werden die einzigen sein in Deutschland fuer Pebbles and Polka Dots Photography und wir werden Schwangere und Neugeborene fotografieren.


Fuer alle diejenigen, die nicht sicher sind in der englischen Sprache, bringen wir eine Uebersetzerin mit! Nici Garcia von Pumpkin Patch Photogrtaphy , ist gebuertige Deutsche und kennt mich und meine Arbeit in und auswendig! Sie hat mehrere meiner workshops besucht und bei zahlreichen Workshops amerikaweit assisitiert!


Ich kann es nicht erwarten euch auf diese fotografische reise zu nehmen und euer Portfolio auf das naechste Level zu bringen!


Es wird 4 Eintagesworkshops geben ( 2 pro Gastgeber ) voll mit geballten Informationen und jeder Menge Spass !


Egal ob ihr Neu seid in der Fotografie und noch lernt, oder aeltere Hasen die neue Techniken und Tricks lernen wollen, dieser Workshop ist fuer euch!!!


Ich verspreche euch zu zeigen wie und warum ich Dinge sehe, wie ich sie sehe und wie ihr eure Bilder in zeitlose Kunstwandelt!


Ihr werdet eine neue creative Seite an euch entdecken und die Fotografie vielleicht in einem neuen Bild betrachten!


Kosten fuer den 1 Tagesworkshop :




Anzahlung $300

per paypal sofort um Euren Platz zu sichern

Die Anzahlung ist verbindlich und nicht erstattbar ( Ihr koennt euren Platz verkaufen , solltet ihr kurzfristig nicht in der Lage sein teilzunehmen!!! )


Restbetrag $600 ist faellig vor oder spaetestens am 15.3.2016

Der Restbetrag ist verbindlich und nicht erstattbar ( Ihr koennt euren Platz verkaufen , solltet ihr kurzfristig nicxht in der Lage sein teilzunehmen!!! )



WANN: 19. Und 20.Mai in Frankfurt

WHERE: Hosted by Rasselbande Fotodesign


WANN: 23.und 24.Mai in Schwerin

WHERE: Hosted by Peggy Engel


Wenn ihr dabei sein wollt, schickt eine email an

Die workshops sind auf 5-8 Teilnehmer pro Tag limitiert!





8-10 uhr Begruessung und Kennenlernen im jeweiligen Studio

session prep, studio lights, Weissabgleich, Elternvorbereitung, props, Kameraeinstellungen,….


10-12 erstes Neugebornes , studio lichter( blitz) , wie bekomme ich den look von Mary, wie erreiche ich den Unterschied von Bild und Kunst!



12- 13 uhr mitagessen mit fragen und antworten…loechert Mary mit allem was ihr wissen wollt


13-15 uhr 2. Neugeborenes , Neugeborenen posing( posing und soothing-wie schaffe ich es dass das baby schlaeft- wie bereite ich die Eltern vor )Kameraeinstellungen, session prep, Elternvorbereitung, weissabgleich….. wie bekomme ich die in Kamera bilder um Nachbearbeitung so unkompliziert wie moeglich zu halten,


ca 15:30- 17:00 maternity ( Schwangere )


ca 17:00-18:30 Nachbearbeitung, business, marketing…



Dies ist ein womb to the Wild workshop, das heisst wir werden natuerlich ein Tier einbeziehen! Entweder in den Neugeborenen oder den schwangeren teil des workshops…. Coolest Portfolio EVER!!!!



Was braucht ihr?


DSLR Kamera und zumindest ein 50 mm Objektiv ( 70-200 falls wir nach draussen gehen –Wetter und Zeit abhaengig )



Wenn ihr dabei sein wollt meldet euch bei Mary





Wir freuen uns auf euch!!!!!








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