Since I wrote a blog post on my 5 least favorite newborn poses…it only makes sense to let everyone know which newborn poses are my favorite. Otherwise, folks will think there is nothing I like about posing babies. I’m going to list them in ascending order.
10. Chillin’ (or Leg Up)
I recently started doing this pose because I had an onset of boys coming to the studio. I had to figure out ways to modify regular poses to be more tough instead of cutesy for my little guys. Sometimes this pose is a little tricky based on the size, flexibility, and sleepiness of the baby. But it is definitely one I thoroughly enjoy doing…if I remember!
9. Huck Finn
I’m not sure why they dubbed this pose Huck Finn, but that’s what it’s called. This pose is truly one of my favorite newborn positions! However the balance between getting the tooshie up high enough to balance the legs and getting the tension in a baby’s arms and hands just so makes this a little harder. This pose is one that in my experience, all newborns won’t do. There is just a fine balance between sleepiness. If a baby is too sleepy, their hands won’t stay and their legs flop all over the place. If a baby is too awake, then the jerk out of the position.
8. Modified Taco
I discussed this pose as the alternative to the very difficult taco pose in the blog post of My 5 Least Favorite Newborn Poses. See more images shared there.
7. Egg Wrap
The egg wrap is such a gorgeous looking image. It’s not higher up on the list due to the level of effort in comparison to the top 6 poses. Once I wrap a baby comfortably, essentially in the Huck Finn pose, it is so easy to move around the position and get different angles without moving the baby. You can shoot it from a the top, the side, with little dolls. It’s great and I thoroughly enjoy it!
I actually should do this pose more. It is really THE EASIEST pose to do. Seriously, just lay a baby down and wait for them to do something cute, or move their arms, or yawn. It’s a natural way of adding images to a gallery that have a more baby feel verses a posed feel. This pose also works as a transition into a different backdrop, tucked in pose, or coming out of the leg up pose. It’s a great way to continue capturing images when a baby is awake.
5. Bird’s Eye
Although this is really a prop shot, it still requires posing. There’s something about being above a baby and shootin down to get the feel of how small they really are.
4. Fluff Tucked In
I forgot how much I loved doing a fluff tucked in pose until looking for images for all the other ones. I haven’t done one in awhile…but I think it’s time for one soon! I have stons of fluff now! I get it from www.facebookcom/ohsofleeting.com
3. Tucked In
The revamped version of the tucked in fluff I did back in 2014/2015 now with blankets. Can you tell I like to do this with a particular favorite color/blanket?! Lol! (Some blankets just work better for this pose…in my opinion…)
2. Wraps/Floral Wraps
Overtime, I’ve learned how to perfect wrapping babies. I’ve also figured out what kind of wraps work best for me. In the beginning I used knit and cheesecloth wraps (see below). But I was so frustrated that babies could easily get out of them. Then the rave of jersey wraps came out, and I fell in love.
Cheesecloth wrapping. I don’t use these very often anymore other than on top of a jersey wrap. But here are a few older images of these wraps in use.
Jersey wraps! My favorite! It totally improved my wrap game.
Floral jersey wraps are the new wave of interest, and I love them! They add that pop of color to a plain backdrop in a beautiful, soft, and subtle way.
Well, if you’ve made it through this entirely long post, then you’ve found that the tooshie pose is my favorite. Very few babies cannot go into this pose. It is my default and insurance card to get images of babies. This pose provides so many great angles and positions to shoot in. There are easy headband and wrap changes that can be made without disturbing the baby. I just love this one so much!
Slightly modified tooshie with leg straight instead of tucked
Hopefully this provides some insight into the various newborn poses that I cover during a 4 hour newborn photography session. A recap is the following:
- Any 10 of my favorite poses
- Any 5 of my least favorite poses
- Parent shots
- Sibling shots
- Prop shots
If you are interested in book a photo session for your new baby and you’re in Katy, or the Houston surrounding areas, please contact me here: www.joannaboothphotography.com