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Newborn Photography: 3 Quick Tips on How To Pose a Newborn Safely

By Hanssie on February 21st 2016

When people ask me to photograph newborns, I always refer them to my colleagues – someone who actually specializes in the photographing those tiny, fragile humans. Not only do I not have any idea what to do with them, but I also am scared that I’ll damage them somehow. I watch in awe as photographers like Anne Geddes just create works of art from their little sleeping forms.

When it comes to newborn photography, it is of utmost importance to think about safety first and to take every precaution to educate yourself on how to safely pose and handle a baby before you go into a session. In the following video clip to promote her upcoming CreativeLive class, newborn photographer Kelly Brown gives us three quick tips on posing a newborn with safety in mind. From what to do with the baby’s knees to give them the most support to how to use your hands to determine the proper placement of the baby, this quick one minute video gave me more than three tips that I think are important when handling a newborn for photos.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Peter McWade

    Good tips. Gentle hands are a must.

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  2. Peter McWade

    I had a great time photographing my Grand Daughter. She was a late one so my time frame was limited. She was already not wanting to stay swaddled. She wanted to stretch her arms and legs. Got some great shots in the time constraints we had to work within.

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    • Andy & Amii Kauth

      She’s adorable! Great shot! Of course, we clicked over and were freaked by the spider … Also, a great shot (just unexpected). :)

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    • Peter McWade

      Thanks. She’s my second grandchild. We had a great time with this photo shoot.
      LOL, that spider got lots of attention. I used an old school 28mm lens with extension tubes to do that one on my A7R.

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