5 Important Posing Tools and Props | Transcription

In this video, I have five additional recommended posing tools and props that will really a lot of production value to your photographs. For those that are shooting just as a hobby, keep in mind that again, most items on this list can be found by just looking around your house. If you are shooting as a profession then it’s going to be worth your while to invest a little bit of money in these tools and props to really add additional production value to your shoots while also making your life just a bit easier.

Number one are props. Props can can add a lot of production value and interest to your photographs. For example, our book here that says Paris on it and a lovely basket. Both of which we are going to use in our shoot. We are going to talk more about where to buy these props. Remember that props don’t necessarily have to be purchased. Often times you will find plenty of props just lying around your house and get creative. Remember to always be safe, don’t use buckets or baskets that may have been used to store something that can be potentially irritating to the baby’s skin. Remember that the bay always comes first and safety should always be a priority during your shoot.

Number two is blankets and spare blankets. Textured and decorative blankets such as the one that I have here are newborn photographer’s best friend. These are going to be your base or foundation for most of your shots. Once again I would urge you to bring plenty of extra blankets and different types and colors. Over on the side I have a whole case of blankets that I used. Just have plenty of spares because you don’t necessarily have to call off a shoot because the blanket that you’ve brought is now unusable due to a baby mess. Have extras and have spares on hand.

Number three are pillows. Pillows are again one of those things that most people are just going to have in abundance, lying around their house. Here is what I recommend,  often times I like to use really small pillows like this one. Like really tiny ornamental pillows, to help pose and prop a newborn. Generally, most people won’t have these kinds of small pillows on hand. I recommend just getting a few of these for your toolkit that you can use on your newborn shoots. Again, there are other things that you can use in place of these like a wedge or another piece of cloth, or towel but having a few of these is always helpful.

Number four is the bean bag or a posing cushion. Here is the bean bag I like to use for my shoots. I feel like a clown because I’m pulling all these out from the side like out of my little bag of tricks. This is posing cushion. This is actually like a diaper changing station or a diaper changing form that works incredibly well for posing. If you don’t have a bean bag or a cushion,  then pillows, blankets or even bath towels will work as well. I tend to prefer using  the bean bag really over everything, simply because I can mold into different shapes to kind of support our newborn’s pose. Bean bags and posing cushions aren’t a must but they will allow you a lot of additional creativity and flexibility when it comes to posing.

Number five we have Foam wedges. Foam wedges are great little posing modifiers, because they are firm, yet soft and easy to insert. When you just need  a slight modification on a pose. Again, having a couple of these on hand are great to have but definitely not a must because you can always use other things to modify a pose when needed. Again, small pillows, towels and other objects can be used in place of a wedge. They are just a bit more cumbersome sometimes to use.

Lastly, we have ankle weights. When you are posing a newborn inside of a bucket of a basket or any other container, it’s absolutely imperative that you weigh the container down so it doesn’t tip over. Obviously, any type of weight is going to work just fine and you can grab pretty much anything around the house, but I particularly love using ankle weights. Why is that? Because ankle weights are quite inexpensive, they are clothed and they lay flat in the base of a container. Simply place a couple of ankle weights flat in your container or basket, cover with your cloth and you are done. Now a standard dumbbell or metal weight, they create uneven surfaces, and they can also have exposed metal which is very cold at the touch. Both of these things can cause your newborn discomfort which is going to wake the newborn and make it difficult to pose.