What posing is included with my newborn session?
Our newborn session includes a minimum of 7 different standard newborn poses, which are froggy, taco, side laying, prone, snuggle, forward facing, and wood/prop. Our ideal range to photograph newborns is between 10 days and 2 weeks old. However, we have successfully photographed newborns over three weeks old as long as there are no health issues (reflux, gas, infant acne, eczema, colic, etc). If your newborn is over two weeks old, posing becomes increasingly difficult. Newborns at this age are less likely to curl into fetal poses. It does not mean you will not receive a full session, just that the chance of encountering problems is higher and the percentage of success decreases.
I am considered by many to be a “baby whisperer” when it comes to soothing and calming babies into a restful sleep for posing. However, if your baby is an older newborn (over 2 weeks old), there are no guarantees that he or she will cooperate to achieve the full gamut of poses in your newborn session. We still attempt all our standard newborn poses, but you may end up with photography of 3 or 4 poses plus variations of them instead of the full seven.
Please carefully review and adhere to the guidelines we send to you prior to your confirmed booking date to increase the likelihood of a successful newborn session with us!
Standard Newborn Poses
Froggy is one of the most popular poses! With RHP, it is always done from a composite of several images. Hands are always on baby very lightly to provide support. However, newborns hold their head and neck up with their arms and wrists. It’s one of the most difficult and rewarding poses to do, and only an experienced newborn photographer will be able to do it consistently and reliably perfect.
To see more examples of Froggy poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Taco is one of our favorite poses, especially with chunkier newborns! Baby is placed with their feet up by their head, almost as if in a yoga position, which is how they naturally lied in the womb. They tend to love this pose because it is the most cozy! You’ll sometimes get smiles and warm expressions from babies when they are placed this way.
To see more examples of Taco poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Side Laying is when a newborn is more stretched out horizontally from front to back, with their little back foot kicked up so we can see their toes. Their face is usually resting on one hand, or sometimes two hands. Most babies love this pose since it’s the least curled and most stretched out of all the poses we do with them. It gives them a chance to get very comfy!
To see more examples of Side Laying poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
This is, by far, my favorite pose to do with newborns, especially babies 8 pounds and up! It’s the pose that we do unclothed and clothed, and where you get a newborn’s “fat rolls” showing, especially in the larger babies. It’s a tough pose to do because most photographers can’t raise the front and bum of the baby significantly enough to achieve a perfect curve or “U” shape. We excel at this!
To see more examples of Prone poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Snuggle is similar to Prone in that baby is facing and laying sideways. However, with Snuggle, their hips are slightly rotated in such a way that they are laying sideways, knees touching elbows and curled forward. Snuggle also differs from Side Laying in that baby is fully on their side, horizontally forward, rather than diagonally back.
To see more examples of Snuggle poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Forward Facing is when a newborn is laying on their hands, crisscrossed, fingers flared at the front, and one foot kicked back from the rear. It is most often done with older babies successfully because it’s not as curled a pose as some of the others. Most clients love the forward facing shot because they get to enjoy their baby’s darling face, either slightly resting on the hands to the side, or directly balanced forward.
To see more examples of Forward Facing poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Any shots done on a wood background are what we consider a wood or prop shot. This is where a newborn is either Forward Facing, Prone, or even a version of Side Laying depending on the “prop” we use to put the baby in. Sometimes, babies are wrapped on the wood and other times they are not. These are great shots for providing something with texture to vary during a session!
To see more examples of Wood/Prop poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Time permitting, additional poses may be added at the photographer’s discretion.
Dad & Baby
We absolutely love to photograph precious moments between fathers and their newborn babies! A particular favorite pose of ours is when the baby is resting on dad’s shoulder. Another way is when the baby is facing outward and resting in the father’s hands. The tenderness alone of these images will just melt your heart! Having that special connection and bond captured in time is a gift that dads will treasure forever.
To see more examples of Dad & Baby poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Family photos are great for getting everyone in a big, tight group, all snuggling with the newborn and hugging each other. There are various other ways of doing this shot, but one of our favorite suggestions is to add the father into the traditional Mom & Baby pose by having the dad put his arms around the mom and baby, holding them in a tight embrace. It’s a beautiful, timeless and sentimental photo that can be enjoyed for years come!
To see more examples of Family poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Hanging & Hammock
These shots are always done from a composite of several images and should only be done by a very experienced newborn photographer like RHP. Rest assured, we take every precaution possible! The hanging shots are actually not “hanging” but rather lifted about 1 inch off a bean bag just enough to see the background paper or wall behind it. We only attempt hanging shots for babies that are under 8 pounds.
To see more examples of Hanging & Hammock poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Mom & Baby
One of our personal favorite shots to do is when a mother is cuddling and snuggling her newborn high up under her chin. Her hands provide a way to stabilize the baby, by holding their legs in a crisscross pattern and with her hands supporting the baby’s head. It is a loving embrace between mother and newborn that will tug at your heart! It gets us every single time!
To see more examples of Mom & Baby poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Outdoor shots are add-on services for any newborn session during the warmer months. Basically, we add an extra hour to the photo shoot with your baby and go on location to a park or area of shade. Typically, we will use a bucket or basket and photograph your newborn among trees, logs, flowers or other outdoor elements. This is great for parents who are looking for a more naturalistic look in some images!
To see more examples of Outdoor poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Pet & Baby
Sometimes we have “pet children” that we are asked to photograph with the newborn, and we happily comply as long as they are potty trained. Usually, we have the baby on a wood backdrop, either in a bucket or a potato sack pose next to their furry sibling. These type of photos sometimes have to be completed using composite shots, depending how cooperative the pet is.
To see more examples of Pet & Baby poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Potato Sack happens to be one of the easiest poses to achieve! The newborn is wrapped in a fabric very tightly, supporting their neck, and placed on a furry flokati fabric or wood backdrop. The baby is held to create yet another composite image, then our assistant’s hand is removed from the photo in post processing. The final image will feature the newborn’s little hands as a “shelf” where their face rests in the front. So adorable!
To see more examples of Potato Sack poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Sibling & Baby
Sibling shots are most often done with siblings lying down together on a furry rug and photographed from above for the safety of the newborn. On occasion, when we have older siblings, we are able to do more creative pics, such as the sibling holding the newborn in a variety of ways. However, safety is our number one concern, so if there is any question, we always opt for the safer method on the floor.
To see more examples of Sibling & Baby poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
The Supine pose is when a newborn is on their back, face upward. This can sometimes be challenging as babies have greater startling reflexes on their backs then when they are on their tummies. They wake up more easily in this position, so we have to be very careful and use our best “baby whisperer” techniques to keep them sound asleep. When done right, these can be some of the cutest additions to your set of newborn photos!
To see more examples of Supine poses, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.
Twins & Multiples
When working with twins and multiples, we concentrate on getting pictures of babies asleep and together, rather than on individual shots. Many images with multiples are completed using composite shots. For every baby, we have a set of hands to assist and support during the photo shoot. If you are interested in finding out more details, please take a look at the Twins & Multiples photography package.
To see more examples of Twins & Multiples, take a look at this Newborn Portfolio.