For photographers who are just starting in newborn photography, the move to specialize in photographing babies is quite nerve-racking. You will certainly feel nervous and unsure at first on what to do. One wrong move can possibly endanger the baby thus double care is required so nothing disastrous will happen and the newborn photo session will be successful.
In photo session, the subject is expected to perform different which are usually determined by the photographer. With newborn photo sessions it will have to be somehow different since babies still can’t follow instructions. The newborn poses will be totally controlled by the photographers. This makes it more important for the photographer to learn what the best yet safe infant poses are.
You cannot just mold the baby’s figure to a specific pose without thinking of his/her safety. You have learn ahead how a baby must be handled and what ways can be one to ensure the baby’s safety while making him/her do a certain pose. If you are new to newborn photographer, you will need to learn first the basic infant poses before trying those that are a bit difficult. With every pose changes, the safety of the baby must be kept in mind.
Here are some of the basic infant poses that are easy for amateur newborn photographers to follow:
The Cradle Hold
It is a pose wherein the mom and dad cradle the baby in their arms while touching his fingers, toe or hair. In some cradle hold pose, the mom or dad kisses the baby in the forehead. Try to take a few shots separately with the mom and dad then put them all together in one great shot from different camera angle for a more unique shot.
Shot facing the camera
This is the most traditional shot in infant portrait photography. It is where the subject is actually facing the camera head on. Just like before, take some individual shot with mom and dad carrying the baby facing the camera then you could do an all-together shot. It’s a perfect shot which you do either in standing or sitting position. It can also be set in a couch, a rocking chair or even in a swing. You just have to be careful not to slip down. Since the baby is actually facing the camera, this is the best time to take some clear macro shots.
We all know that when baby is at sleep, they sometimes tend to smile or even laugh and this is the perfect opportunity to document it. The parents will surely appreciate seeing their perfect little angel smiling at the camera.
Shot facing the baby towards the parents
It’s a simple but breathtaking image of parents looking at their adorable child. Surely, no one could match the feeling of a mom having the baby inside her womb for 9 months and now finally facing him/her eye to eye.
Take shots from different angles and always remember to put some details in your shots. It is also a great pose for both parents snuggling or kissing the baby. Again do it separately with both parents and the final shot with altogether.
Lying the baby down
In this kind of position photographers would be advised to lay down the baby in bed either on his/her tummy or back. Try to shot in two different ways if possible- one when the baby is awake and in the mood while the other is when the baby is completely asleep. Besides being with his mom and dad, you can also take a solo shot of the baby in this position.
The poses you do must be safe for the baby. Never try anything you are unsure of just for the sake of getting unique shots. You can still come up with brilliant newborn photos without having to perform difficult poses.