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Safely Learn Newborn Posing with StandInBaby

By Alicia D'Amico on December 8th 2015

Newborn photography has always been a cherished heirloom. Some would argue that there’s nothing cuter than pictures of babies, kittens, and puppies. But putting the “awww factor” aside for a moment, newborn photographers must first consider safety above all else when posing infants. Today, the poses have started to get more advanced but with that comes a greater risk of harming an infant if proper posing and compositing practices are not exercised – enter Stand In Baby!

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StandInBaby is a Marvelous Training Aid

As a newborn and maternity photographer, I was elated when my friend, Sandra Moffatt, messaged me to tell me about her invention, “The StandInBaby.” SIB is the world’s first fully articulated, newborn photography posing and training aid. It was designed by newborn photographers for newborn photographers and is an excellent tool to help practice posing, lighting and even teach educational workshops.

StandInBaby is designed to replicate an average size newborn baby. StandInBaby is 50cm in length and simulates a weight of 7lbs with all the weight distributed perfectly to the right areas. The head is a large portion of the training aids entire weight and has a diameter of 36cm just like a true to life newborn. The hands are 7cm long and our design team even went so far as using a real newborn baby’s footprint to replicate the 7cm long foot.

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[REWIND: Introduction To The Newborn Photography Workshop – Newborn Workshop Collection]

StandInBaby – The Possibilities

As a mentor, I teach maternity workshops, and I photograph newborns but have procrastinated against the idea of teaching newborn posing. Part of the reason is because I have not wanted to be liable for students posing the newborns during the workshop. I see StandInBaby as a safe way to teach the students how to safely do composite photography for popular poses like “Froggy.” StandInBaby is also an excellent tool to teach the parents or siblings how you need them to hold the baby for more complicated poses and allows you to practice your set up ahead of time to make sure that you are satisfied with your lighting.

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StandInBaby has the power to revolutionize the way that newborn photography is practiced and taught. It’s an essential tool to add to your kit to practice or teach safe posing. To learn more about it, visit their website.

Alicia D’Amico is a Portrait, Fashion, Underwater and Wedding photographer based out of Tampa, Florida. She and her partner attract clients from far and wide that want a unique photographic experience. Her work has been featured on numerous magazine covers and featured editorial spreads. Alicia loves to travel the world, teach others, cuddle on the couch with her puppy and enjoys fun game nights with her closest friends.

To see more of her work or find out about her mentoring, visit her website, workshops, Facebook and Instagram.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mike Upton

    This is a very neat idea. I know a lot of photographers (including myself) that have referred clients looking for baby photos to other, more specialized photographers simply because they’re not versed enough in it. It’s a scary idea, but it’s nice to think there’s a solution to practice before jumping into the waters.

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  2. Joseph Cha

    I find this both creepy and hilarious. I kind of want one just to freak people out, maybe replace my boss’ baby with one of these when he’s not looking.

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  3. John Cavan

    May well be one of those “darn, I wish I would have thought of that” ideas out there. It’s clearly a variant on the posing figures used in drawing and painting and why not? After all, the purpose of those is to help the aspiring artist manage a pose. Nifty idea, if I was in the baby photography world, I’d be funding this.

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  4. Hope Witt

    I am super excited to get my hands on one of these and perfect my posing lighting and wrapping!!

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  5. Ralph Hightower

    I saw the poses for the StandInBaby and it reminded me of Ally McBeal’s “Dancing Baby”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWyb93tiVQQ

    I apologized for the earworm that y’all now have.

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  6. Christopher

    This looks pretty critical for all aspiring newborn photographers

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