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Newborn Posing

Lesson 5 of 24

Newborn Posing Bean Bag Part 2


Newborn Posing

Lesson 5 of 24

Newborn Posing Bean Bag Part 2


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Newborn Posing Bean Bag Part 2

I like to hold the babies in this particular position. And if I was trying to settle them, this is how I would hold them and rock them back and forth because it's easy for me to put them down. And if I have a baby that's continually wanting to be fed that's not necessarily hungry, I would never hold it in my arms and rock them sort of that way because that's in a position that they're used to being fed in. She is out to it. So ideally with this particular, if we'd continued to work with Hunter, I would have brought her around to the front. But I'm gonna put Taylee down into that position that I would have continued to flow with. And because she's going onto her tummy with her arms up, I'm just gonna move my fingers onto her and just gently role her in my hands so it's easier to put her down. (shushing) Okay. So I want her legs to come out the back here. If it was a baby that really wanted to keep the legs up underneath them, I would continue into that particular pose. But she's kind of...

relaxed here so I'm gonna push her legs out the back. And just gently role her, oh she's doing it for me. Roll her onto her tummy. By folding their legs up underneath them, it sort of stops them from kicking out. So what I did was I just lifted and pulled that elbow through and her arms are already up into place. So it's perfect. So you can see with that safety reason and having them on the bag without needing a spotter, I'm here, I'm right here, she's in the middle of the bag, it's nice and welled in the middle so she can't topple out. But if their legs aren't tucked in up underneath them, they can launch themselves forward from this position. So it's a really good idea to always be in front of them if their legs aren't tucked up in. If you have a look in that brown basket next to you, and pick out a little cream hat that's got a little lacy, yes, that one. I would love to use that. So we're gonna put a bonnet on her. And this is by a company, this particular hat by a company called Monkey Moo Moo. And her props, her knit props are absolutely adorable. So I'm gonna get down nice and low with her, I wanna put the beanie on before lifting her into position but I just wanna pull her hands out first. So just using my fingers to gently lift her head there and pull that hand out. She's got one hand down lower than the other. There we go, she's gonna stretch. And while she's stretching I'm gonna position her hands. So when they move, move with them. (laughs) Okay. So we're gonna tie this little bonnet in underneath her chin. It's so cute. Now I often get a lot of comments on photos about how I should mention that oh hang on. I get a lot of comments on photos about the size of babies heads. And people don't realize that the babies head equates to 25 percent of their body weight at birth. So they are actually bigger than, you know, any other part of their body. Except for the spine obviously. So it is quite heavy and it's quite large so I'm just gonna, I'm not lifting her but I'm just putting a little prop in here underneath just to support her head, while I tie up the bonnet. So all of these little things that I'm doing are to keep her settled, keep her comfortable, keep her sleeping and keep her supported the whole time. How delicate is that. Okay so were gonna eventually bring her head back around here but I'm gonna pull this out now because my hands are free to support her head. It was just while I was tying that bonnet. And if you've got a baby in an environment that's sort of still unsettled, use one of your wraps or cloth nappies just to put over their back while you're positioning them. And it will keep them feeling just a little bit more secure. So I'm just taking the weight of her head in my hand and I'm gently just going to move it back towards the top of her fingers here, like this. And now I'm gonna start lifting her, woops. There we go. (shushing) She's a big stretcher. (shushing) So you can see my hands didn't actually leave her head or her arm the whole way through that. So she's not changing her position drastically, because I'm guiding her back down into position in my hands. So I've still got my hand on her head, I'm gonna slide my other hand in underneath the blanket to take the weight of that head. And keep her in position. (shushing) Now I'm gonna gently lift her with my props. It's important with this one when you're bringing them forward like that to give them enough height in there to lift them up and to also support their elbows. So we're gonna do slight little adjustments here to get her comfortable into this position. She keeps going back into the other position, so she's obviously more comfortable there. And we'll see where we can get her to. So we can bring her face to the front. So I'm just pulling her elbow forward. I've got my fingers at the back of her elbow. And I'm just gonna turn her head and rest it up on that back arm. And when I'm lifting the head it's important not to put your fingers or any pressure on the actual top of their skull, where it's open, the bones aren't together yet. Or on the temples. But the bones on the side of the head are quite strong so that's where I tend to let the weight of their head go on my fingers. Position my fingers so yeah, the weight of the head is on there. Aw look at those lips. So we're gradually getting there. I'm gonna pull these little fingers out here I don't know whether you can see. I'm just gonna use my finger, just to pull them out. (baby gurgling) (shushing) Okay. (baby grunting) (shushing) Alright, I stopped talking, sorry I was concentrating. So she just did another stretch and pulled herself back into that comfortable position that she likes. And what I'm aiming to do here is get all those fingers visible. And to bring her little head around a little bit more. (shushing) I have my finger under her chin to stop her from pulling it down. If I was hurting her or putting her into and uncomfortable position, she's let me know. (shushing) All this white noise and heart beats gonna make all you guys go to sleep. So there's those fingers. We can't see the other ones but that's alright, cause I would rather move on to the next set up. Still get a beautiful set up here but not push it too much. Do you have any questions while I'm going? Yeah, I was just wondering do you ever give up on a pose? No, oh I do. If the baby is crying, if the baby is determined not to go into it, I'll move on, I'm not gonna waste time. Cause like I said, not every baby will go into every pose. So I'm just giving her a little bit more height in here. (shushing) She's pushing those lips together that's the cutest thing. Kelly? Yeah? I have another question. Yeah? How long would you stay on one pose? Probably only five minutes but I'm talking here and I'm explaining everything I'm doing. If I was doing this at home, I'd probably be moving a lot faster than what I am. So it seems like a long time, but it's not. Okay. I'm ready to take my shot now. Just wanted to get that other hand in there. And I'm gonna give this back elbow a little bit more support. So Kelly, would you take the shot even if it's not perfect? Sorry? Like if the fingers are not out. Yeah no I would, I'd take my safe shot. So this here would be my safe shot. I would come in and get my angle and ideally I would like to lift her head just a little bit more and maybe get those fingers out. But because she's sort of a little bit forcing herself back into that other position. So you can see on that shot how I would bring those fingers out and just lift this side of her head just up just a little bit more. But I'm not gonna force it. And I can still get a beautiful photo of her in this position. So when you're finding where you like to shoot from, your particular angle, most photographers have a set way that they will photograph. I would come in for a bit of variety with this particular pose, take the hat off and shoot it from a different angle so that I'm getting two different angles from that particular set up. Then you could throw a wrap around them. So minimum movements and more images. So she adjusted herself there which is absolutely fine with me. So I'm focusing on the eye that's closest to me, I've changed my angle slightly and we can get two different shots. I'll put it down that side. And you could add a bit of variety by throwing a wrap over the top. A beautiful delicate wrap. This is also by Monkey Moo Moo. I'll just pull that hand out from there. And I'm gonna tuck it in under her chin. And you could come in again and get another beautiful angle. So it doesn't have to be complicated or anything like that to fill the gallery but you've got different shots coming from a very simple set up. And going with her, I'm not gonna continue to force her to bring her hands up or anything like that, where she's not comfortable. From here I would probably move her onto a side bring her legs out to the thing. So I'm gonna bring this little elbow back for variety on this one. And leave her head up where it is with this hand. And then I'm just gonna turn her legs out this way. So just take the pressure off that head and bring it down where it's nice and comfortable. She has naturally brought her feet up underneath her and crossed them underneath her. I had them tucked, like in that bum up pose and she's just drawn her legs up into her. So she would be like at the perfect baby to pose into the taco pose. (baby grunting) She's just kicking her legs out there, she's getting herself comfortable. (baby grunting) So with this, I need to bring a prop in behind her back to stop her rolling around. To support her, not to lift her. And then I'm going to throw a wrap around her to keep her arms and legs in place. So I'm just gonna come around the other side. I already have a prop in underneath here. No I don't. So I'm just gonna push that in the back there. Just to support her. So we want her to look as curly and as comfortable as possible. So I'm just gonna use the same wrap, cause it goes with our cream background. My white noise has gone off. I'm gonna tuck it in gently around her. (baby grunting) (shushing) (laughs) And it doesn't go according to plan cause they do their own thing. Look at her stretching, she's got a whole crawling action going on here. Yeah, I'm gonna finish. Can you bring me the blanket?

Class Description


  • Set up a home studio, using the surrounding area to create a safe and inviting space.
  • Use props to support newborns in images.
  • Discover new posing techniques, including basic and more advanced poses used by professional photographers.
  • Perform flow posing for a newborn photography session—seamlessly and safely moving an infant from one pose into the next.


Parents are eager to document their little girls and boys' lives through photos, from the moment they’re born until the day they leave the nest. But those first few months of infanthood are some of the most challenging times to get beautiful photos. Whether you're in NYC or San Francisco, posing those pliant little ones in ways that are both creative and secure is something even the most experienced photographer can find intimidating. Doesn't matter if you have a Nikon, or Sony, you can always look into your baby's eyes and take a picture.

Kelly Brown has made newborn photography her specialty, consistently delivering stunning images of these precious subjects to overjoyed parents. Through many years of practice, experimentation and success, Kelly has gained the expertise to teach you how to become proficient in newborn and baby photography, and build your own business around this lucrative niche.

This class will show you:

  • The essentials and little details of setting up your newborn photography business for a great start.
  • How to market your business, get new client.
  • Tips for working with older siblings, parents, and whole families so that everyone feels happy and comfortable.
  • How to handle and pose newborns safely and basic photography safety tips.

In this course, Kelly will show you how to create a safe, comfortable and happy space for families and newborns alike, so you can take pictures that will celebrate these special first months of life. She’ll guide you step-by-step on how to pose newborns using a variety of props, what photography safety measures must to be taken, how to build trust with parents and older siblings, and what equipment you’ll need. From setting up lighting and taking close ups to editing skin tones, she'll help improve your photo sessions. She’ll also give you helpful advice on how to start, run and grow a newborn photography business, from using your surrounding area and setting up your studio to pricing your services to marketing and client outreach.


  • Newborn photographers who are interested in adding another genre of photography to their business.
  • Those who want to feel confident in their ability to handle a baby safely during photography sessions.
  • Photographers who want to learn how to interact with parents to calm their fears and make them feel comfortable.


  1. Class Introduction

    Kelly Brown talks about how she got into newborn photography and what this course will cover to get your photography business off to a great start.

  2. Taking Photos of Newborn Babies in the Right Environment

    Learn how natural light and warmth impact infants and how to use blankets, natural light and artificial lights to create a soft and secure environment.

  3. Questions & Answers

    Kelly takes questions from the audience.

  4. Newborn Posing bean bag Part 1

    Watch Kelly do a real-live shoot with a newborn posing bean bag. See how she uses props, white noise and swaddle blankets to keep the baby warm and content.

  5. Newborn Posing Bean Bag Part 2

    Watch Part 2 of a baby posing bean bag.

  6. Newborn Posing Nest Shoot

    Kelly shows you how to take newborn posing nest photos to ensure that the baby always remains safe and secure.

  7. Newborn Basket Photo Shoot

    Baskets are a great prop as long as you line them carefully with towels or swaddle blankets so the baby sits securely inside. Watch this demonstration of newborn basket photos.

  8. Newborn Photography with Props

    You can use stools and crates to pose a baby if you’re able to shoot quickly and provide continuous support. It's always important to ensure you are engaging in baby photography.

  9. Twin Photo Session

    Get some newborn photography tips for twins, including how to position them together and how to keep them simultaneously satisfied.

  10. Photography Posing Bean Bag Shoot

    Learn how Kelly post processes her photography posing bean bag shots, including cropping, softening backgrounds, adjusting exposure, smoothing skin and more.

  11. Newborn Cocoon Photography - Post Processing

    Continuing her post-processing demonstration, Kelly demonstrates how she creates a composite image of newborn cocoon photography.

  12. Newborn Pictures with Siblings Shoot

    Create a beautiful family shot and take newborn pictures with their siblings.

  13. Newborn Shoot: Posing with Parents Part 1

    Learn the tricks to taking newborn photos with parents, including how to handle a fussy baby.

  14. Newborn Photos with Parents Shoot Part 2

    Kelly demonstrates different ways to shoot newborn pictures with parents, with different combinations and positions.

  15. Newborn Photography Marketing

    Kelly demonstrates different ways to capture newborn images with parents, with different combinations and positions.

  16. Newborn Photography Prices

    Kelly gives some advice on pricing for newborn photo sessions and how to come up with the ideal pricing structure that will ensure your success.

  17. Older Sibling Photo Ideas

    Watch Kelly do a shoot with a newborn and an older teen sibling and get some great older sibling photo ideas.

  18. Newborn Photoshoot Props

    Kelly experiments with a red basket and a wood block to create a warm, homey feel and demonstrate how to use props in a newborn photoshoot.

  19. Newborn Photo prop Ideas

    Get newborn photography tips on how to style photography props like a handmade, wooden boat from Etsy to make beautiful photos.

  20. Newborn Shoot with Bean Bag

    If you don’t have a backdrop stand, you can work around it by having a helper or two hold your backdrop for your newborn bean bag shoot.

  21. Family Photography with Newborn Session

    Create a lovely family portrait with newborn, siblings and parents.

  22. Photos of Down Syndrome Babies

    Kelly takes photos of Down syndrome babies, a wonderful experience for all involved.

  23. Twins Photoshoot

    Parents with 3-day old twins stop in for a twins photoshoot at the CreativeLive studios on their way home from the hospital.

  24. Presentation of Photos to Families

    Watch Kelly present her photos to the families and see their excited reactions.



I have been a photographer for years and just recently decided to transition into the realm of newborns. Safety was my number one concern before learning all the other important details and Kelly does an amazing job teaching safety and comfort while also going into the best ways to get the perfect shot. I have taken away so much knowledge and she explains it in such a fantastic, comfortable manner, I urge anyone looking to begin newborn photography to purchase this class. Completely worth the investment, I will go back and rewatch again and again while continuing to learn and grow. Thank you Kelly and CreativeLive.

a Creativelive Student

I am so amazed. I am a newborn photography vendor and a brand new photographer. Right now I am doing photography for fun. I wanted to learn all the in's and out's of Newborn Photography before I went and charged people. I want to be the best at what I do first. Also, wanted to know what actually goes into a quality session. Especially as a vendor point of view we don't necessarily know what goes into everything, and how our props are used. I have to say I have learned so much already. And I have only watched Day 1 of my purchased course. Worth every single penny. Kelly and Creative Live thank you for making it affordable to learn. I have been following Kelly's Photography page on FB for quite some time now. It is amazing how passionate she is, and how that passion spreads through out her course. I wish one day I can attend a live workshop in the future. I would purchase every one of her workshops. I have learned everything I need to know to get started, marketing, editing, planning....

a Creativelive Student

My first granddaughter is going to be born in Aug and so looking forward to trying all of these great and wonderful ideas. Who knows..this might be the beginning of a new career...since I do boudoir now. Thanks were wonderful! ps..thanks for sharing your Mother's day with us and sharing that beautiful family. Best wishes and Thank you again.