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Weird BABY posing Question??????

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Feb 13, 2015 15:15 |  #16

I just got home from a newborn shoot today (I was not the photog) and I was in awe throughout the process. The thought of getting my toes wet with newborn photography had crossed my mind in the past, but that thought was wiped clean today. There is A LOT of work involved...making sure the baby is warm, keeping he/she asleep, dealing with poop/pee, trying to soothe a crying, hungry baby, and safely handling a floppy head and body. We requested this "hands under the chin" pose and it took easily 15-20mins of posing, with an assistant's help, to pull it off. It is going to be a composite top/bottom image. First the assistant would support the chin and hands, and then she supported the head from above. Even with two people and a good amount of experience, it was no small task and definitely requires the baby's cooperation.

Luckily she got the shot just before the baby made a mess on the props. My wife and I are pretty laid-back, but I can't even imagine a photog doing what they did today while a bossy, uptight, or micro-managing parent is constantly looking over your shoulder. A few things that seemed to work well was having a sound machine, portable heat fan, a pacifier, cloth gloves to avoid touching the baby with cold hands, and "the touch". Our photographer was a mother of 3 and very good at calming the baby and overall just being so slow and gentle with repositioning.

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Feb 23, 2015 02:52 |  #17


There's the composite approach. There's the hold them and release then quickly snap a photo approach.

Or you can just go for natural placement and the newborn will generally keep it for you so long as you support their head. Any pose will work if you just support their head.

Did my own daughter, no composites, just left her comfy and supported her head with her own limbs.

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The key is doing it at the right time, when they're so sleepy nothing will wake them. And of course, this only occurs at a certain age. So you only get a small window to do it.

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Feb 23, 2015 19:47 |  #18

I've done the hands under the chin pose for friends that requested it. Can be pretty nerve wracking, already have the heat kranked up to make the baby comfortable. I'm usually sweating pretty good by the time the shoot is over. I end up with semi hands under the chin pose most of the time.

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Feb 24, 2015 00:56 |  #19

Thanks for posting everyone! Great shots! I'm going to have to borrow some of these pose once the lil one arrives! :)

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