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Natural Newborn Poses

Taking photos of newborns in natural poses can create beautiful and timeless images. Here are some classic natural newborn poses, along with tips to ensure the photos turn out well:

1. Sleeping on Back

  • Pose: The baby is laid on their back, with hands gently resting on their chest or sides.
  • Tips: Use soft blankets and ensure the baby is comfortable. Capture close-up shots of the face and hands.

2. Side Sleeping

  • Pose: The baby is laid on their side, often with their head resting on a small pillow or blanket.
  • Tips: Ensure the baby's head and neck are well-supported. This pose mimics a natural sleeping position.

3. Tummy Time

  • Pose: The baby is placed on their tummy, with their head turned to the side.
  • Tips: This pose is great for capturing the baby's profile. Support the baby on a soft, firm surface.

4. Wrapped in a Blanket

  • Pose: The baby is swaddled in a blanket, with just their face or part of their body peeking out.
  • Tips: Use a soft, stretchy fabric to swaddle the baby comfortably. Experiment with different wrapping styles.

5. Held by Parents

  • Pose: The baby is held in the arms of one or both parents.
  • Tips: Focus on the connection between the parents and the baby. Capture close-ups of the baby's face and wider shots showing the whole family.

7. Feet and Hands Close-Ups

  • Pose: Focus on the baby’s tiny feet or hands.
  • Tips: These shots are perfect for capturing small details. If possible, use a macro lens for better detail.

8. On a Bed or Blanket

  • Pose: The baby is laid on a bed or soft blanket, often on their side or back.
  • Tips: Use neutral colours for the blanket or bedspread to keep the focus on the baby and ensure the baby is safe and comfortable.

Photography Tips:

  • Lighting: Natural light is best. Use window light or shoot outdoors in a shaded area to avoid harsh shadows.
  • Safety: Always prioritize the baby's safety. Never leave the baby unattended; ensure all props are stable and secure.
  • Comfort: Keep the room warm, as newborns can get cold easily. Have a pacifier or soothing music to keep the baby calm.
  • Patience: Be prepared to take breaks if the baby needs feeding or a diaper change. Patience is key to getting the perfect shot.

Here are a few example images to inspire your newborn photography:

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Using these poses and tips, you can create beautiful, natural photos of newborns that will be cherished for years to come.


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