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Maternity Portraiture

Award-winning photographer and photo educator Cindy Behnke is renowned for her one-of-a-kind maternity portraiture. In this program, she shows attendees how to maximize every step of the photographic process, from the consultation to the portrait session to what and how she sells to her clients. She will demonstrate her lighting, posing and how to drape the expectant mother to make her feel comfortable and look beautiful. The program will also feature a live portrait session if we can get a model.

Learn how to conceptualize meaningful, exquisite images and employ photo techniques that show the unique beauty and character of expectant mothers.

Cindy will also discuss her recent venture Belly+Baby, a collaboration with fellow photographer Christie Newell that has helped lead to additional sales and opportunities.

Bring your questions and your cameras, this program is sure to help you raise your level of portraiture and your business.


Cindy Behnke owns Behnke Photographers, along with her husband Bert, a studio established in 1956 by Bert’s parents. Cindy has won numerous awards in salon print competitions as well as serving her professional associations. She is a past-president of the Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois and currently serves as a PPA Councilor and is a past director of PPA Charities.

Awards & Honors

Cindy holds the degrees of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. She has also earned Photographer of the Year awards from both PPA and APP of Illinois. In 2001, she received the prestigious Legacy Award from PPA Charities and has earned the National Award from Illinois. Her photographs have earned numerous Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece awards.

Cindy has given programs on portraiture to numerous state, local, national and international associations. She is also a PPA Approved Emeritus Juror.


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