Beginner-Friendly Poses for Newborns
In the rush of setting up the perfect photoshoot, many new photographers (and sometimes family members who want to take a few photos at home by themselves) focus on the paraphernalia and other logistics… and when the day finally arrives, they blank out on the actual poses they want their newborn to be photographed in!
Don’t worry, I’m here to jump-start your imagination with a few beginner-friendly poses for your special day with the camera and the baby!
Chin on Hands
A classic pose, in this the baby is placed on their tummy, their hands crossed in front of them and, you guessed it, their chin on them. Of course, this pose is to be taken from the front, with the baby’s face in focus. Extra points for a funny and/or cute hat!
One of the most basic poses, just wraps up your kid in a soft cloth (preferably light colors, though that depends a lot on background and lighting) like Rani of Jhansi did! Of course, afterward, the mother doesn’t need to ride into battle, just take a very cute photo!
Tucked in Bed
Place the baby on a bed, generally with a light-colored bed sheet, and tuck them in with a blanket up till their chin. Usually, the baby’s hands are kept above the blanket, next to their face. Naturally, shooting from the top is the preferred method of clicking the photo.
Add a prop like a stuffed toy, and you are good to go! A sibling can also be clicked lying together next to the baby.
A cute pose. Some parents might not be comfortable with it, so no need to insist on this pose. This pose can be taken in profile, and with props like a blanket around the baby, or a cute hat.
Take care to keep the baby’s face from being covered, and keep it higher than the rest of the body.
On the Back
A very natural pose for the baby, just put the little munchkin on their back, either on a bed, or a suitable prop (like a soft cloth-filled basket, etc.). Put the hands on the stomach and decorate the immediate surroundings with more props like toys. This makes this pose very simple, yet versatile, as you can change the props to be anything you want.
The photo angle can also be varied, with the topmost being the most preferred.
On the Side
Most photographers starting might feel like this pose is too simple; however, simplicity is what makes it a good idea to keep in the back of your mind. The composition of the shot can be easily changed to incorporate new ideas, and the baby is also easy to place in this pose.
Keep the baby on their side, preferably their right, and make sure their head is above the rest of the body and that their hands are not obstructing their face (unless they are sucking their thumb and you want that pose).
Babies, to the surprise of no one, can be very finicky. Be ready for a long session, perhaps even a canceled one. Be ready to take opportunities as they arise (like if the baby falls asleep, or wakes up). Try to take as many photos as you can with only minor changes in angles, or by not moving the baby too much.
Above all, be proud of what you are doing! You are making memories stand the test of time, memories that will be cherished by the family for a long time. So go out there and start clicking!
About Madhu photography
Photography has always fascinated Madhu since her early years. She found joy in capturing moments, things, people, and nature and decided to make this into a profession. She has learned professional photography from Drishti school of Photography Bangalore. After then, she started getting invested in clicking pictures of children and making memorabilia of the different magical phases of their growth.
She also has a lot of affinity towards capturing nature in different styles and forms. Professionally, she has worked under the banner Strawberry pictures and has clicked photos of infants, kids, and family portraits for a decade. Today she has started a venture of her own and is one of the best photographers we have in Bangalore.