Written by: Amanda Gibson

APNPI – Benefits of the Free Mentor Program

The Invaluable Benefits of the Free Mentor Program Service by Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI)


Silver and 2nd Place APNPI award of two sisters hugging in the fall



In the intricate world of newborn photography, where capturing those fleeting moments demands skill and sensitivity, aspiring photographers often navigate a perplexity of challenges. Recognizing the need for guidance and mentorship in this specialized field, Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI) has launched a groundbreaking Free Mentor Program Service. This service, provided by seasoned accredited professionals, offers a wealth of benefits to those venturing into the art of newborn photography.

Expert Guidance from APNPI Accredited Professionals

One of the primary advantages of participating in APNPI’s Free Mentor Program Service is the opportunity to receive guidance from accredited professionals. These mentors have not only mastered the technical aspects of newborn photography but have also demonstrated their commitment to the highest standards of professionalism. This ensures that aspiring photographers are learning from the best in the field, gaining insights that can significantly impact the quality of their work.

Award-Winning newborn baby photo in all yellow lying in a heart bowl

APNPI Maternity award of pregnant mom wearing a red dress showing her belly in the fall


Tailored Learning Experience

Every photographer is at a different stage in their journey, facing unique challenges and seeking specific skills. APNPI’s Free Mentor Program recognizes this diversity and provides a tailored learning experience for each mentee. Whether you’re a novice grappling with camera settings or an experienced photographer aiming to refine your editing techniques, the Mentors adapt their guidance to meet individual needs.  All with a goal to get you to complete your Qualified Newborn Photographer (QNP) and, of course, move on to Accreditation and Competition wins!

The APNPI Mentor Program

The APNPI Mentor Coordinator will pair you with a Mentor based on the specific guidance you require. The majority of mentoring sessions take place through Zoom meetings and email correspondence. Your Mentor is committed to supporting you throughout your journey. Additionally, APNPI offers a comprehensive library of online workshops and informative blog posts. Be sure to explore the Blog and the YouTube Channel for a wealth of valuable information.

Award-winning photo of a little girl picking her nose amongst the fall colours in Burlington, Ontario

Down Syndrome boy and girl friends sitting on a rug, boho style APNPI Image


Constructive Critique for Growth

Constructive criticism is an essential aspect of artistic development. APNPI’s Free Mentor Program emphasizes providing constructive feedback to Mentees, fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This feedback loop is instrumental in identifying areas of strength and weakness, enabling photographers to refine their skills and elevate the quality of their work. Through this constructive critique, mentees gain a deeper understanding of their unique style and how to enhance it.

Networking Opportunities


The field of newborn photography can be isolating, especially for those who are just starting. APNPI’s Free Mentor Program not only connects Mentees with experienced professionals but also opens doors to a broader network of like-minded individuals. Networking is crucial in any profession, and the program facilitates the establishment of meaningful connections that can lead to collaborations, referrals, and long-lasting professional relationships.

Newborn baby girl in a green outfit lying in a basket with lemons and limes all around

up close Milestone photo of a girl for her pink cake smash session Toronto, Ontario


Industry Insights and Trends


The photography industry, like any other, is subject to constant evolution. Staying abreast of the latest trends and industry insights is crucial for maintaining relevance and competitiveness. APNPI’s Mentors and the Organization, being seasoned professionals, provide Mentees with valuable insights into emerging trends, equipment advancements, and changing client expectations. This insider knowledge equips Mentees to adapt and innovate in a dynamic and competitive field.

Building a Professional Portfolio


A compelling portfolio is the key to attracting clients and establishing a successful photography career. The Free Mentor Program assists mentees in not only capturing stunning images but also curating a portfolio that showcases their unique style and capabilities.  As well as earning credentials your clients will admire!  Mentors guide Mentees in selecting and presenting their best work, ensuring that their portfolio becomes a powerful tool for marketing and client acquisition.

two sisters sitting amongst the lavender field. Award-winning image with APNPI


Burlington, Ontario newborn photographer all purple background and baby wrapped in purple on a purple fluffy rug.


Ethical and Business Guidance


Photography is not only about artistic expression but also about conducting business ethically and professionally. APNPI’s Free Mentor Program goes beyond technical skills, providing Mentees with guidance on ethical practices, client communication, and business management. This holistic approach ensures that Mentees are not only skilled photographers but also ethical and successful entrepreneurs in the competitive photography industry.

Recognition and Certification


Participating in APNPI’s Free Mentor Program provides Mentees with an opportunity to distinguish themselves in the field. The mentorship program and successful completion of your QNP, Accreditation, and Competition wins may lead to recognition and certification. This Accreditation not only boosts the Mentee’s confidence but also enhances their credibility in the eyes of potential clients.

Teddybear Cake Smash Session in brown tones. Award-winning APNPI photo

Mom to be sitting looking at the window holding her belly.
A Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity


APNPI’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity is reflected in its Free Mentor Program. The organization recognizes the importance of representation in the photography industry and actively encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to participate. This commitment to inclusivity ensures that the program serves as a platform for photographers of all backgrounds to thrive and contribute to the rich tapestry of newborn photography.

mom to be cradling her belly in the snow, smiling. Hamilton, Ontario Maternity Photographer


APNPI’s Member Coordinator


Presently, Amanda Gibson of Gibson Photography serves as the Mentor Coordinator for Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI). Having achieved my Qualified Newborn Photographer (QNP), I presently hold three Accreditations in Newborn, Maternity, and Sitter photography. I intend to submit applications for Family and Newborn Accreditations in the upcoming months. Additionally, I am in the process of applying for my Craftsman Designation and possibly my Masters Designation. I am proud to have secured 13 competition wins!  I am eagerly anticipating further successes in the future!  APNPI has given me the opportunity to grow as a newborn photographer and always strive to be better!

husband and wife award-winning image in the fall. Husband embracing wife's face, Hamilton, Ontario




In conclusion, the Free Mentor Program Service offered by Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI) stands as a beacon of support. It provides guidance for individuals venturing into the specialized realm of newborn photography. By providing:

–> expert mentorship

–> tailored learning experiences

–> hands-on practical opportunities

–> constructive critique, and

–> a wealth of industry insights

The program equips aspiring photographers with the tools they need to succeed. As the program continues to foster a community of professionals committed to excellence, it not only elevates individual careers but also contributes to the growth and innovation of the newborn photography industry as a whole.  If you would like to join APNPI and be assigned a Mentor to help guide you through the process, fill out the form here: https://apnpi.com/apnpi-mentor-program/

For those seeking photography services, please get in touch with me, Amanda Gibson of Gibson Photography. Explore my portfolio on my website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. Every image featured on this blog has achieved recognition as a Competition Win with Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International (APNPI).

I am an award-winning photographer with over 12 years of experience with a home studio in Burlington, Ontario. I hold Accreditations in Newborn, Maternity and Little Sitters.

See more of Amanda Gibson at http://gibsonphoto.ca