Newborn Photo Poses: The Tooshie-Up Pose is the first one we'll describe. The use of circular stand with padded platform underneath, and a blanket is fastened to a circular stand that creates a sort of bowl that will hold the infant within. Posing wedges are utilized and placed accordingly to keep our little star in a certain spot. It helps for the baby to have a full feed before the shoot because this facilitates them being very sleepy. We want the room to be really warm so they will be very comfortable and not upset by any chilly temperatures. In this pose, it’s similar to chest-on-chest with mom.
It's useful to simulate conditions that would feel physically similar to when they're being swaddled and held by their mother. Believe us when we say, just like at home, the pacifier will save the day when the little one becomes agitated. It will assist in calming them down so the photos can successfully be posed and taken.
Something any proper photo studio will have is a light diffuser. A common setup is having a large circular shaped white piece of fabric with a strobe behind it. We want this in place before we ever begin posing the infant and take any pictures. Proper and appealing lighting is critical with any portraiture.
It generally requires a lot of finesse and time to pose the infant just right, and many photos will be snapped in order to ensure you have many darling photographs to choose from. Much of the success of the shoot has to do with the demeanor of the photographer doing the work. It’s critical the energy and attitude and posture of the photographer is calm and patient, yet assertive, in order to help the child feel secure and comfortable. At newborn photography in SLC, we can promise that with years of practice we are trained and tenured to be able to make this photoshoot a success!
Posing a baby for portraits: Some of the challenge is to facilitate the infant’s face being completely visible, as a photo without their precious face is generally of no use to anyone. In a pose where they are laying on their belly and facing the camera, you want the wrist in line with the shoulder, and the finger tucked behind the palm, sort of where the teeth would be. You don’t want it any higher than that, but rather in the jaw area. And then you want their little wrist tucking inwards, rather than pointing toward the camera.
Again, the pacifier can come in very useful in situations where the little angel isn’t very sleepy (despite being fed for a full 30 minutes, for example) and you're trying to get them positioned just right for the perfect image. Sometimes we’ll add an extra small wedge under their ankles to bump up their lower half, so their little bottom will be elevated a bit more.
Part of the posing process is to accentuate the many rolls of skin that can be so adorable on an infant. We want to make sure these are visible in the photos we take. As we proceed through this bottom’s-up pose, we want the toes facing the camera from the far foot to be pointed toward the camera as much as possible. So to achieve this, they’ll be nestled between baby’s bottom and the opposing foot. This is another detail we want in our pictures.
Once we’re getting closer to having baby in the most visually optimal position, we’ll take the time to place a wrap on their heads. This helps keep them warm and creates a sense of security, while also adding an additional flattering detail to the photos.
To assist with achieving a more pleasing body configuration during this pose, aim to have the back/spine curbed into a ‘C’ shape so the knee and elbow facing the camera are touching each other. This formation creates a snug, sort of squished up sort of shape that helps produce those delicious fat rolls on our tiny subject we’re hoping to capture in the photo.
When shooting, angle must be considered. Be higher than your tiny subject and angle off to the right. This tilts them slightly in the frame. Also, we want to be certain we’re shooting down their nose. We don’t want to have any nostrils in our photos! If we can see the shadowy circles of the nostrils, this means we’re in the wrong position with our camera.