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Sweet and Safe Newborn Photography Poses Guide and Tips

The Best Newborn Photography Poses

Learn newborn poses that are adorable and safe for the baby. Watch a newborn photography shoot in action as Julia Kelleher, along with her assistant, reposition a newborn infant and get a ton of great shots. Julia highlights a great pose that doesn’t require compositing and is safe and comfortable for the baby.

Newborn photography Poses Guide – Video Transcript

newborn photography poses guide>> Speaker 1: And tushy up is more of a straight on shot, but it’s still down the nose. And you can see that she doesn’t have quite that angle that we want, she’s not, the saggy, the back, but the biggest goal for me are those wrinkles in the back. But I will even shoot this kind of like I do the bean bag with my camera, with the sideline pose with my camera tilted a little bit to create that.

Now that was a vertical shot right there, but the new one that I just shot, I shot it as a horizontal and will probably come in as a vertical, but do you see how I kind of shot down her back? Like the angle is different, and then I tilted my camera towards the light.

The left side of the camera towards the light to create that little uphill impact effect. And you can do the same thing with just, yeah, you can do drapes, you can do headbands, you can do all kinds of props. Let’s do a cute little hat on her. Let’s see what we got here.


We can do pink, or, let’s do purple. This is from A Bit of String. Peggy does amazing hats. They fit every single baby, no matter what. I love it.
>> Tiffany: Aw, you’re okay, sh, sh, sh. Thank you.
>> Speaker 1: This here?
>> Tiffany: Can that.
>> Speaker 1: Now with little girls, I tend to tie bows and with little boys, I tend to just let it drape a little bit.

Let’s go ahead and switch the posed forward facing so we can get through poses here. So now we’re gonna switch poses. We’re gonna go to forward facing which my sister is a master at, she is so good at this one. She’s gonna lift baby up, and I’m gonna move all that buildup to the front.

And she’s gonna put baby with her face towards the front. And we’re just building up right there. And then I’m gonna hang on to her back just a little bit. Oh, sorry I didn’t mean to scratch you. And then we’re gonna transfer her over like this.
>> Tiffany: This baby is a dream baby.
>> Speaker 1: This is not normal.
>> Tiffany: Yeah.
>> Tiffany: I think she’s ready.
>> Speaker 1: Is she? Look at this. It’s not usually this easy, guys. I’m kinda hoping we get a harder baby so we can show you what it’s really like.
>> Speaker 1: Oh my gosh. She is so cute. Let me just shoot this so we get it.
>> Tiffany: This is a lot safer than that composite that a lot of people wanna do with the chin up.
>> Tiffany: Do you like the strings?
>> Speaker 1: Yeah, I just, I wanted to shoot it so I know we got it.
>> Tiffany: Put the strings out-
>> Speaker 1: Yeah go ahead.
>> Tiffany: Or the bow?
>> Speaker 1: Strings are, it doesn’t matter. I kinda like the bow.
>> Tiffany: That’s cute.
>> Speaker 1: It’s girly.
>> Speaker 1: Yeah, this is a lot safer than this pose. This little froggy pose that people do, that has to be a composit? To me, it’s unnatural. Look this baby is doing this perfectly naturally just fine.
>> Speaker 1: Her feet are kinda still in that tushy-up pose. One’s behind the other like that. I’ll shoot it for you so you can see. It will be weird light, but it’s actually kind of pretty. So you can kind of see where her feet are. And notice the lines, the backdrop, they’re all going backwards to create that beautiful look.

The color on that monitor seems a little weird, does that seem weird to you guys? It’s almost like my white balance didn’t take. But the beautiful thing about this shot is I can now, all of a sudden, create much more interest. So you notice how I’m shooting baby on the right side, all the time?

Well now, all of a sudden, I can put her on the left side of the frame.
>> Speaker 1: And create an image.
>> Speaker 1: That looks like I changed my lighting direction and everything, and I put her on the left side, okay? Yeah, thank you sweetie. Tiffany is seeing that I need fill, and she also holds the background at the front, so I can really create neat depth of field.

Is my exposure okay? It’s a little hot, isn’t it? I’m such a temper, you guys. I hope you don’t mind. Usually I look at my histogram which is really super helpful, but I can’t really see it. I rely on it so much. I used to meter all the time, and if you’re just starting out I would highly suggest metering cuz it will really help you understand your light.

I’m just gonna turn her head a little bit so I can do.
>> Speaker 1: There we go.
>> Tiffany: You want a little more under her elbow?
>> Speaker 1: No, I think it’s cute. I just wanted her head a little tilted.
>> Tiffany: That’s cute.
>> Speaker 1: Oh, baby Lila, you’re just delicious.

Okay. That’s facing forward. Simple as that. She’s a little bit low. You’re right Tiff. She’s a little bit low on the left, but that’s okay. Do you see how her elbow on her left side is a little low? We should pop that up. Let’s go ahead and do it so they see what the difference is. This is a pro newborn photography posing tip.

So she’s just taking a towel and popping it up slightly so that we can see a little bit better, and see, we will show you the difference in the image. It’s the details. So look at that one you see there, and then with the new image with the elbow popped up.

It’s loading, here just a second. You could see a little bit more. Do you see what I’m saying, it’s not as tucked. I should probably do it even more, honestly. But it’s still a very, very sellable image, okay. So you can also shoot this one right from above so I highly recommend just doing it from lots of different angles close, medium, far.

You can see I’ve done three, four poses now, on the bean, five poses on the bean bag, we’re still not even done yet.

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