Jersey wraps! My favorite! It totally improved my wrap game.
Well, if you’ve made it through this entirely long post, then you’ve found that the tooshie pose is my favorite. Very few babies cannot go into this pose. It is my default and insurance card to get images of babies. This pose provides so many great angles and positions to shoot in. There are easy headband and wrap changes that can be made without disturbing the baby. I just love this one so much!
As the name indicates, the baby is posed on the his/her side, most often the right side. The hands are under the chin, and may be joined together. The difference between the two being the depth of the pose; see newborn photograph examples below.
Since I wrote a blog post on my 5 least favorite newborn poses…it only makes sense to let everyone know which newborn poses are my favorite. Otherwise, folks will think there is nothing I like about posing babies. I’m going to list them in ascending order.
Overtime, I’ve learned how to perfect wrapping babies. I’ve also figured out what kind of wraps work best for me. In the beginning I used knit and cheesecloth wraps (see below). But I was so frustrated that babies could easily get out of them. Then the rave of jersey wraps came out, and I fell in love.
I am a sucker for newborn props. A quick glance at the photos of my studio, my blog posts, or my shopping bill will easily prove this. My personal belief is that each newborn has a different personality – yes, even at that age – and that each parent has different desires and dreams for their newborn.
Cheesecloth wrapping. I don’t use these very often anymore other than on top of a jersey wrap. But here are a few older images of these wraps in use.
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This pose is also known as the “Womb Pose”, that is comfortable for the baby. The Taco pose is one of the few poses that offers the benefit of showcasing the facial expressions as well as the cute little hands and feet.
It may seem for a moment that compared to those above, this pose is relatively ‘boring’. Nothing could be further from the truth. The side poses offer considerable opportunities to customize, with the color of the blanket matched to baby’s skin tone, to dressing the baby in a wrap to contrast with the blanket, and caps/hats/crowns/pants/skirts to make the little one seem as special as he or she truly is.
Second (and Equally Important) – Ensure the Newborn’s Comfort.
There you have it. Eight poses that make up a big part of how we, as newborn photographers, capture memories for families for a lifetime. Now to prepare for the cake smash session!
However, it is not easy to photograph a newborn. After conducting more than 100+ newborn sessions, my personal perspective is that there are two primary reasons why this is the case.
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This means, having the right room temperature. Not a temperature that feels good to you and the parent(s) but one that helps the little one feel the most comfortable. Remember, s/he is in her/his birthday suit; we aren’t (and thank goodness for that). We will cover this in our next post.
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Props are an excellent method to extend that personality into the physical realm, and to incorporate the parents’ desires into the newborn photography session. So, ignore those who act like purists, take names and do not ever apologize for using props. Who doesn’t love a cute newborn cowboy, a little princess in her carriage, or a newborn flying in the clouds?
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The goal of photographing a newborn should be to capture the innocence and beauty of the child. That means capturing those cute, pouty lips, or little hands under the chin, the flexibility (some call it squishiness to make it sound more cute) when wrapped, the wrinkles or baby fat that is normal and healthy for a baby, and finally extending the personality of the baby by incorporating props. In today’s post, we will focus exclusively on 8 key poses, keeping baby’s safety in mind.
Hopefully this provides some insight into the various newborn poses that I cover during a 4 hour newborn photography session. A recap is the following:
Slightly modified tooshie with leg straight instead of tucked
Floral jersey wraps are the new wave of interest, and I love them! They add that pop of color to a plain backdrop in a beautiful, soft, and subtle way.
I actually should do this pose more. It is really THE EASIEST pose to do. Seriously, just lay a baby down and wait for them to do something cute, or move their arms, or yawn. It’s a natural way of adding images to a gallery that have a more baby feel verses a posed feel. This pose also works as a transition into a different backdrop, tucked in pose, or coming out of the leg up pose. It’s a great way to continue capturing images when a baby is awake.
Although this is really a prop shot, it still requires posing. There’s something about being above a baby and shootin down to get the feel of how small they really are.
Alternatively also called, “How-Kim-Kardashian-sleeps-comfortably” pose. It helps the photographer strike three birds with one stone: capturing the newborn’s facial features, the cuteness of wrinkles/baby fat, and the natural curvature of a baby’s bottom. However, you need to keep this in mind: even though this is a very cute and innocent pose, some parents might not be comfortable with it, especially for little girls. So suggest it gently and watch the reaction to move forward with posing the baby.
I recently started doing this pose because I had an onset of boys coming to the studio. I had to figure out ways to modify regular poses to be more tough instead of cutesy for my little guys. Sometimes this pose is a little tricky based on the size, flexibility, and sleepiness of the baby. But it is definitely one I thoroughly enjoy doing…if I remember!
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There’s a reason babies are called “Bundles of Joy”, and this pose goes to prove that name. You wrap the baby snugly yet carefully in a wrap on a blanket or a flokati rug, or both. Each provides a different texture and feel to the photograph. Hands can be in or out, although the latter is a bit more tricky. You can go with what feels natural but more importantly, safer for the baby. Caution: this is very much like swaddling. So if you are a parent, it might bring back memories of that time in your baby’s life and the sleepless nights. Don’t say you weren’t warned!
For best results, combine it with the “Prop” pose, like a baby in a wooden bucket. Now, I might sound like a broken horse but that won’t stop me from saying this again – when you pose the baby in a prop, make sure that there it is stable so it won’t tilt over, and always have an adult sitting very close by to quickly take action, in case it does.
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By the way, this last line should explain my ‘shopaholic’ attitude to buying props, as I also have a large collection of hats, pants, caps, tutu skirts and headbands in my studio.
The classic, the evergreen, THE newborn pose. They should probably name the frog pose “The You-Have-To-Do-It-Newborn” pose. It highlights the baby’s facial features and flexibility. Legs by the side, and hands placed under and cupping the chin. But definitely not for an untrained photographer. Safety of a baby is always paramount, and most photographers (I hope) do this as a composite like shown below. Get this pose right and be on your way to impress your clients.
I’m not sure why they dubbed this pose Huck Finn, but that’s what it’s called. This pose is truly one of my favorite newborn positions! However the balance between getting the tooshie up high enough to balance the legs and getting the tension in a baby’s arms and hands just so makes this a little harder. This pose is one that in my experience, all newborns won’t do. There is just a fine balance between sleepiness. If a baby is too sleepy, their hands won’t stay and their legs flop all over the place. If a baby is too awake, then the jerk out of the position.
I forgot how much I loved doing a fluff tucked in pose until looking for images for all the other ones. I haven’t done one in awhile…but I think it’s time for one soon! I have stons of fluff now! I get it from www.facebookcom/ohsofleeting.com
The revamped version of the tucked in fluff I did back in 2014/2015 now with blankets. Can you tell I like to do this with a particular favorite color/blanket?! Lol! (Some blankets just work better for this pose…in my opinion…)
I discussed this pose as the alternative to the very difficult taco pose in the blog post of My 5 Least Favorite Newborn Poses. See more images shared there.
The egg wrap is such a gorgeous looking image. It’s not higher up on the list due to the level of effort in comparison to the top 6 poses. Once I wrap a baby comfortably, essentially in the Huck Finn pose, it is so easy to move around the position and get different angles without moving the baby. You can shoot it from a the top, the side, with little dolls. It’s great and I thoroughly enjoy it!
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You could say that Froggie and Tushy Up also give this combination of three (face, hands and feet) but as I said earlier, the former requires significant expertise to perform safely, and the latter might not be preferred by all parents. As such, the Taco pose which is relatively safer – you still need to be careful as with all poses – should definitely make it into the portfolio for every parent.
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There is a certain joy in newborn photography that is unlike any other. It’s the baby’s first professional photograph, the expressions are uncontrolled, and the bliss of the photograph comes purely from capturing the innocence and cuteness of a baby. And they are really cute, aren’t they?
From the family of “chin on …” newborn photography poses, like the hands on cheeks in the “Side Poses” or the “Tushy Up”, this one has led to some of the cutest moments in my studio.
And last, but certainly not the least, the “We are a Family” shot. To be 100% accurate, this really isn’t a pose but rather a setup. For mom and siblings, it’s either in the arms or lying down next to each other, with their heads touching. For dad, it is holding the baby in the arms, or if he has really good ink (which is awesome for a photographer), I like to incorporate that into the newborn photographs. After all, it’s all the unique things that make up a good memory.