Expose more or less of the baby’s hands and feet to create different looks
Wrapping a newborn for photos doesn’t only soothe them to get better images, but helps to add texture and interest to your images. Follow these 7 newborn photography tips focused on helping you nail wrapping the little one.
Take the “tail end” of the wrap and place it loosely over the baby’s head and then back around the body
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5. Don’t use a flat surface. When the baby is on their back, you want a surface that has some give so you can give the baby some shape. Use a bowl or a bean bag so you can dig a little hole for their bottom so you can curl the legs and feet up. The baby on the left has less shape and looks bigger. Take advantage of having a tiny newborn in your hands and curl them up.
Using “Look 8” find the “tail end” to wrap loosely over the baby’s head and back around the side of the baby’s body.
Place the baby in the wrap, ensuring that you have enough length on the shorter side to bring the wrap over the baby.
Bring the wrap back across the baby’s body, completely covering the hands and feet.
Using “Look 6” turn the baby on it’s side and extended both feet and 1 arm further outside of the wrap.
Using “Look 7” hide the “tail end” underneath the baby and then expose both arms.
Bring the baby’s hands up to it’s chest, then pull the shorter section of the wrap over the baby’s body and tuck firmly underneath
2. Practice on a doll. If you see a wrap you want to try, use a doll first! This will help you determine where to place the wrap and baby to start, if you need to leave more fabric on one side, and so on. You will feel more confident recreating the wrap on a real baby.
3. Have a wrapping workflow. Just like with your posed or lifestyle work, you should have a plan. Set aside the wraps you want to work with, keeping mind what textures and colors go with your current background. Start with wraps where you don’t have to move the baby too much, think of them as your safe shots, then go for a more complicated wrap. Layer your wraps for added variety. This is great to do if the baby isn’t in a deep sleep or fussing a little. Start with a tighter swaddle and then add a darker color over. Here, the blue wrap was placed over the beige wraps.
Following on from “Look 10” bring the “tail end” back out and create a trail.
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1. Invest in different lengths and textures. If you really fall in love with a brand, texture or color, buy more than one and cut the second one in half. Use a smaller piece of fabric when you just want to cover part of the baby or the fabric is thicker and you only need one layer. Use a longer piece of fabric when you need to double it up so it won’t be see through or you are using a tail. I have a collection of vanklee, cheesecloth, lycra and pieces from the fabric store.
Tuck the baby’s legs up to it’s chest (in a way that is comfortable to the baby) then bring the long section of the wrap over the baby’s shoulder, then around under the baby’s bottom (supporting the legs) and back up toward the second shoulder.
Gently lift up the baby and bring the wrap through. Ensure you go over both shoulders.
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If you are using a longer wrap with a tail, bunch the extra fabric behind the baby for two different looks.
Bring the top layer down to expose the baby’s hands. Then use the “tail end” to wrap around the base of the baby
Then once more, gently lift the baby and bring the wrap underneath. (Note the “Tail End”)
4. Tuck. Whenever you can, tuck the wrap around the baby instead of picking them up and actually wrapping it around them. Your chances of waking the baby up will be less so you can maximize on your workflow.
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These styles will easily adapt to many different props. Add beanies and tiebacks to complete the look. It’s time to get creative.
Pull the first / top layer down to expose the baby’s hands and feet. Hide the “tail end” underneath the baby.
Play with camera angles and baby posing to create different looks and styles.
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Use the “tail end” of the wrap to go around the base of the baby
Following on from “Look 11” Gather the wrap underneath the baby’s arms and pull through the legs in the same way you did in “Look 10”
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Following on from “Look 8 or 9” take the “tail end” and gather it over the shoulder of the baby and through the legs, finish by tucking the wrap back underneath the baby’s body.
Bring the top layer down to expose the baby’s hands (as in “Look 4”), then use the “tail end” to wrap loosely over the baby’s head.
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7. Use directional light. I prefer side lighting when the baby is laying on their back. This helps bring out their features and the texture in the fur. When moving from posed shots on the bean bag to flokati shots, I need to move my set up so the light is coming from the side.
6. Wrap them tight for sibling shots. Babies startle easily and swing their arms and legs around. Swaddling them tight creates a nice clean look and keeps them warm. You don’t have to worry the baby scratching their sibling or rooting.
Bring the top layer down to expose the baby’s hands (as in “Look 4”), then use the “tail end” to create a trail.
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