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59 Posing Newborns

The more educated you are about the subject you’re photographing, the better your images will be, which is especially true when you’re photographing newborns.

For example, newborn babies like to be very warm. They’re used to a cozy 98-degree womb and don’t enjoy being naked in a 70-degree room. They cry. So, bring a heating pad with you to the photo shoot and use it to keep the baby warm and happy. Turn off ceiling fans, and, of course, minimize time away from warm mama.

When posing that warm newborn, mold and hold the baby in the position you want to him or her to be in for your photograph. Be patient with this, as it might take a while for the baby to accept this new position. If you are, your patience will be rewarded with a cute little baby in a cute little pose.

Finally, if Baby won’t hold your pose, Adobe Photoshop can help. In post-production you can composite and mesh multiple shots together and even remove supporting grown-up hands, as I did for Figure 4.6.


FIGURE 4.6 Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens, f/2.2, 1/500 sec., Aperture-Priority mode at +2/3, ISO 2000.

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