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Weird BABY posing Question??????

 
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Aug 06, 2014 13:24 |  #1

Alright we all have seen the baby looking straight the camera asleep with arms tucked under chin, right, alright know the question. How do you do this... maybe cause I'm a guy and find it weird to make a baby post like they aren't meant to, but PLEASE help. The pose is super cute but I feel weird posing a baby like this.

Also do you do it or make parents?

tried it with a 3 week old over the weekend and both the parents and I found it weird trying to get it. So we just went to laying her down baskets etc.

Please any help would be great.


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Aug 06, 2014 14:23 |  #2

I would suggest you search on youtube. There's a lot of posing techniques that other photographers teach there for posing babies. Just keep in mind some of the harder poses are actually composite photos. It's tough posing newborns and you really have to be careful.


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Aug 07, 2014 12:27 as a reply to  @ zyndurai's post |  #3

I've watched a few and yes they are helpful but sometimes I wonder how many babies really cooperate on the whole holding head up. Also do you pose the baby, have parents or both do it. Again Its awkward being someone else's most precious thing to say sit down let me move this living clay around into position, haha


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Aug 07, 2014 12:34 |  #4

I know this sounds weird but you shouldn't try it until you know how to do it. I jumped all over a local photographer in my area when she posted her BTS shots of her doing that same pose with a newborn and literally trying to pose the baby like that without support. You can easily injury a newborn quite seriously if you do some of those poses incorrectly. Newborns aren't strong enough to hold a pose, and their neck muscles aren't strong enough to support their head yet. It could end very badly if it's not done correctly.

In my opinion the only way to be able to do that pose safely (THAT'S the key) is to composite the photo. Like zyndurai said, check youtube, you can find videos showing what shots you'll need in order to get the composite right. Then practice. Practice on a stuffed animal, or a doll. Practice setting up the shots, taking the shots, and making the composite afterwards. Once you're confident that you can do it successfuly, and SAFELY, then do it with a newborn. This is one reason I refuse to photograph newborns. It's risky, and the poses that some parents want (thanks to sites like Pintrest) can be flat out dangerous if tried to done with one shot.

I'm telling you, I lit up that photographer that did it here. She was one of those who "saw it on Pintrest" and tried to do it without knowing and understanding how to do it.


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Aug 07, 2014 12:38 |  #5

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I've watched a few and yes they are helpful but sometimes I wonder how many babies really cooperate on the whole holding head up. Also do you pose the baby, have parents or both do it. Again Its awkward being someone else's most precious thing to say sit down let me move this living clay around into position, haha

I would suggest you have the parents, or a competent assisant, help pose the baby. You direct. You can probably pose the baby for the easier poses, like laying down wrapped up and stuff. But the harder one you'll probably need the parents help. Sometimes you'll use the parents as props to keep the baby calm. I've seen that done sucessfully by good newborn photographers in my area. You need a beanbag to lay the baby on? Use dad laying on his back and cover him with the blanket. This way the baby feels and smells his parent and is calmed. It's also anoother layer of safety just in case baby rolls dad can wrap his arms around the baby.


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Aug 08, 2014 13:40 |  #6

^^ Very good points. A simple search resulted on a blog with behind the scenes and safety:

http://www.babysafepho​tography.com (external link)

so many out there, but definitely learn before you try. SAFETY always come first when it comes to babies and if you are unsure about something, rather not try it.


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Aug 08, 2014 14:06 |  #7

You need to have an assistant or a parent hold the head up and then make a composite with another shot. Teeny babies cannot hold their heads up on their hands.


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Aug 08, 2014 14:10 |  #8

Moved from photo sharing to talk section. I had the dad leaning over my couch (which served as a backdrop) holding the head up with 2 fingers, then I cloned them out. Many babies hate having their hands on their face so it doesn't work for all of them. I think I get about 15% of them to tolerate this position and as you can see, this little guy's hands were on the move :)


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Aug 13, 2014 13:53 |  #9

Thanks everyone and found a few blogs that showed really good write ups on this. Its just weird missing with a baby like this verse adults. I've decided to just make it a practice to have parents hold head and I'll direct them. That way I can focus on the image. Also found another blog showcasing arms folded to and a more natural posed I like from the CREATIVE LEARNING series.

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Oct 27, 2014 05:11 as a reply to  @ Vmann's post |  #10

I love photographing newborn babies and special moments with their mother.Capturing those first special moments of baby can be great treasure forever. A helper can make all the difference so that you can focus on capturing the best moments.


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Dec 02, 2014 23:01 |  #11

Having 3 kids of my own, I've got to say that they were all very different. The point that I am trying to make is that what works for one, might not work for another. I heard that somewhere between 10-14 days old is the ideal age. Make sure they are well fed... they'll be almost comatose and you'll have an easier time posing them. I have also found that a heating pad under the blanket helps as well.




  
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Dec 03, 2014 08:11 |  #12

I took these a while ago so dont judge, but something like this is easy.

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Dec 04, 2014 14:48 |  #13

It's not my thing at all either - I feel like a more authentic type of photo that doesn't rely on death defying poses, but captures babies as they actually are, are more my style of photography and basic philosophy of life.


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Jan 31, 2015 17:44 |  #14

After doing my first newborn shoot I realized it was not as easy as it seems. A lot of the shots are edited like the example above. Or two different shots merged in post production.




  
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Feb 04, 2015 13:22 |  #15

lookingforaname wrote in post #17311843 (external link)
It's not my thing at all either - I feel like a more authentic type of photo that doesn't rely on death defying poses, but captures babies as they actually are, are more my style of photography and basic philosophy of life.

I'm with you 100%. Babies are cute enough; no need to manipulate them.

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