Posing a subject is a difficult talent for many photographers, but posing a newborn baby can be downright terrifying for others. When it comes to newborn photography, the most important thing to remember is that safety always comes first. As a newborn photographer, you must become an expert at how to properly and safely posture babies because this precious mini human is fragile and does not follow any posing cues.
Here are three simple baby postures to try out during your next photo shoot. You can try simple variations on each fundamental pose to acquire different viewpoints and compositions.
1. Back Pose:
For newborns, this is a basic and natural stance. Place the baby on his or her back with their hands on their tummy. To add light, use a Westcott 5-1 Reflector, but be careful not to shine it directly into a newborn’s fragile eyes.
Details of the Back Pose:
When photographing newborns, make sure to get up close and personal to get all of the details. They grow so quickly that it’s hard to recall what their small fingers and toes looked like when they were first born. Mom and dad will treasure and remember the small nuances for years to come. Furthermore, taking both wide full-body photos and closer detail images adds a storytelling element to your session.
Candids of a Basic Back Pose:
Always be prepared for everything during a newborn session. Newborns can be unpredictably unexpected. You have a quiet, placid, sleeping baby one minute, and the next she is red-faced and screaming her head off.
Have your camera ready for these special occasions. Baby Ellie awoke in the middle of the shot and fluttered her drowsy eyes up at Pye. Remember to modify your settings to compensate for the baby’s movements by speeding up the shutter and increasing the ISO.
Although babies don’t move very quickly, we recommend keeping your shutter speed over 1/100 of a second, ideally between 1/200 and 1/250 of a second.
Full Length Back Pose:
This photo appears straightforward, but it might be challenging because it necessitates some patience and time. To avoid waking up the newborn, make sure he or she is in deep sleep before posing them. Hold the baby’s legs in the same position for 30-60 seconds, and the legs will usually stay long enough for a full-length shot.
2. Simple Side Lying Pose:
Begin by placing the infant on their stomach and slowly easing them onto their side, allowing the baby to rest on their side arm while crossing their legs. To catch and fill light into the shadows on the newborn’s face, use the silver side of the reflector. To achieve an intimate perspective of the sleeping baby, shoot the shot immediately facing the baby.
3. Tummy Pose:
The stomach stance is a versatile pose that can be done from a variety of angles and in a variety of adorable variations. Begin by putting the baby on his or her stomach. Remember that while babies are tough and robust, you should always be cautious and cautious, especially when dealing with their delicate head and neck. Wait for the infant to relax before turning the head into place if there is any tightness or flexing of the head or neck.
You can adjust their hands behind their chin for the first variation of this stance and photograph from the top down, gaining a side view and staring at the newborn’s face.
Front Side Portrait Tummy Pose:
This is a somewhat different version of the previous position. To shoot a top down shot right onto the baby’s torso, simply alter the camera angle. It does a fantastic job of displaying the contour of a newborn’s body. Because you’ll be standing where the reflector was, you won’t need one.
You may start getting creative with props, backgrounds, and angles now that you know the three fundamental posing positions.