Photos with no Parents or Props
Newborn photography offers all kinds of opportunities to capture the innocence and wonder a parent sees in every baby. From focusing on tiny fingers and small toes to the wisps of a baby's soft hair, there are numerous ways to pose your little one for her photo shoot. If you are new to infant photography, be sure to first check out these tips to excel at infant portrait photography.
When photographed alone, the focus of an image is usually on the face of the baby. Photographs can be taken from a low vantage point on the same level as the infant while he or she is resting on a blanket. If you are taking photos at your own house and not in a portrait studio, be sure to find a room with adequate lighting. On an outdoor photo shoot, you might also consider having the baby lie in a soft patch of grass. There are many suitable outdoor settings that can provide a simple, scenic outdoor backdrop at a nearby nature park or the beach. Once you've decided on a location that is ideal, you can start to work on your infant photography poses.
Babies are generally photographed according to certain milestones in age. A great way to demonstrate a child's growth is by placing them in a similar position over time. Try a few of these suggestions if you're looking for help posing your baby during the early months:
Newborn Baby Photograph Ideas
- Tuck the infant's hands under the chin to draw focus to the child's face. This is particularly fitting when the newborn is sleeping and a great technique for newborn photography. (How to get the baby to sleep: be sure the infant is well-fed and plan your photo shoot around a time when you know they are ready to start dozing!)
- Place the infant on a slightly inclined surface to raise their head and tuck their legs in if possible. Newborns naturally curl their legs. Try to capture the infant when he is squirming and pulling his hands and legs up to emphasize your little bundle's small size.
1-month-old Baby Photograph Ideas
- Place the baby on his tummy with his arms resting up by his head. If your infant has started to gain more neck strength, your photographs can demonstrate their new development.
- Position the baby on his back or propped up on a couch or pillow to take photos from above.
2-month-old Baby Photograph Ideas
- Allow the baby to push herself up on her elbows as she grows and develops new strength.
- Place both arms up on either side of the baby's head while sleeping to give the impression they are entirely relaxed. You can also place their hands together so that they are folded at the chest.
Similar poses can be used with older babies and toddlers, with hands placed on the cheeks, under the chin or folded at the chest.