Raise your hand if the moment you found out you were pregnant you logged in to Pinterest and started pinning all those adorable pictures and dreaming about your little one's first portrait session. (Raising my hand over here.) As photographers we have cute little names for most of the poses you commonly see. Taco, Tushie Up, Potato Sack , and Froggy are among the most popular.
When daydreaming on Pinterest it is important to remember that these poses should be done by a professional photographer who has practice posing and handling newborns, takes newborn safety very seriously, and understands the kinetics of those tiny bodies. Handling a newborn and knowing how to safely pose them is absolutely clutch, and so is having the knowledge and ability to soothe them (and their parents, lol.)
Safety is a HUGE factor for me and I will never risk a baby's safety because I want a certain shot or because a parent requests a certain shot. Is it really worth it to injure a week old baby? Hopefully that was a rhetorical question. Not all babies bend and curl up the same or are capable of certain poses. Communication between the photographer and parents before a session is vital so that parents can share what they are hoping for, which poses they love the most, and so that expectations can realistically be set. Did you know that certain poses could potentially cut off a baby's airway or pinch a main artery slowing the flow of blood to their brain. I am not telling you this to scare you. I want you to know this because when choosing a photographer you want to make sure the photographer is aware of these things and that your little miracle is in good hands. When I hear parents say "I have a good camera" or "my friend has a good camera" and they intend to take pictures themselves rather than hire a professional it is not the quality of the images that concerns me, it is the baby's safety. We have all had a #pinterstfail and your newborn is the last thing you want to post with the caption #nailedit #lol.
Many of the precious adorable poses you see are actually a composite. This means that the final images was created by merging two or more images together to create the final product. Composites are challenging and require practice and patience from the photographer. I also use an assistant or ask a parent to assist when creating these images.
Froggy pose has been one of those poses that I shied away from for a long time because it is one of the most challenging, many babies cannot pull it off due to the position of the hips, and I didn't have much practice with someone who was experienced with this pose. But as I mentioned in my previous post, my friend and fellow photographer, Trisha from Sweet Nora Photography had the brilliant idea to shoot a newborn session together so that we could practice a couple poses and share our knowledge with each other. Trisha is excellent with froggy and man, was she a fantastic coach! Just check this froggy pose out...