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Simple Poses for Every Baby Session

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Milestone sessions are for babies 6 months and up, usually up to a year or so. These sessions typically last 20 minutes at most, though I always deliver a full gallery of over 25-30 images to share with the parents!

I LOVE shooting babies this age…..they are smiley, happy, and generally stay still. (Note I said “generally” though!)

I also like to keep my sessions simple, and only use a couple of props. (in the pics below you can even see that I use them over and over again.)

Here are a few of my go-to poses for kids of this age:

Pose #1 – Simple Sitting Pose

I usually start with this one, as it lets me make sure my lighting is correct and if I need to move them to a different angle.

This is where Mom gets a workout though as they tend to crawl away quickly!

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Pose #2 – The Toy Pose

Usually these babes do not like to sit still. That is where a simple toy comes in. I tell clients to bring a favourite neutral stuffy or toy.

I also have some simple stuffies and wooden toys they can use. This keeps baby somewhat occupied for a few moments, enough to get some cute shots!

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Pose #3 – The Belly Pose

This is a great pose for babies who may not be standing or holding themselves up yet. It gets a really cute shot of their faces and they tend to get really happy and excited in this position!

However, this pose is an easy one to crawl away from, so again, Mom gets a workout!

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Pose #4 – The Standing Pose

Kids love this one, especially if they are not yet standing alone. Make sure you use a sturdy prop, one that will not fall forward or topple over with their weight, as they are likely not too steady.

And Mom stays right beside always!!

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Pose #5 – The Close Up

Always, always get some close ups! You can do this in any of the above poses.

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Pose #6 – The Sitting Prop Pose

Put the baby on a chair, crate, prop and they usually stay put..they are so fascinated with the fact they are sitting up high on something that they rarely wiggle.

And if they do, Mom is ALWAYS there for safety!! Safety first and if baby is too young or unsteady to hold himself up on something like this, do not attempt!

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Pose #7 – The Outtake

Self explanatory and this usually happens at least once a session…and yes I photograph and edit one or two. And yes, parents love it.

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About The Author

Bobbi-Jo Stuart is a lifestyle wedding and portrait photographer living in Ontario Canada. She fell in love with photography as a young child and has taken used passion to create a successful business. Bobbi-Jo loves finding interesting ways to use light and breaking all the photography “rules” to create thoughtful imagery.

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Tips On Planning and Posing for Family Sessions

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Today’s feature is from Tiffany Bender.

Tiffany says:

“I am so blessed to work with amazing clients, they are what make my job an absolute dream. For this session I was working with a repeat client with whom I really connected with, both personally and professionally.

The first shoot I had with them was epic – and this had to be even more than that! This required a LOT of brainstorming, inspiration, styling and prepping.

I wanted my clients to enjoy the time were spending together and feel like we were creating something magical. The family was full of laughs all evening, we all had so much fun!”

Tiffany’s Photography Tip:

There’s a lot of planning that goes into a Munchkins and Mohawks session, particularly with posing.

A notebook and pen are the perfect tools for creating the list of shots I’m going to capture at the session. I am known to draw stick figure scenes of all the shots I want to capture – they’re not pretty, but they do the trick!

When I’m drawing my stick figures, I’m thinking about creating triangles so that my clients’ heads are at different levels. I start with the family grouping and have poses for them in positions where they’re all standing up and then sitting down.

With groups, I want them to get as close together as possible because I don’t want any gaps between individuals. Most importantly, I draw the scenes exactly as I intend to shoot them, and I don’t compromise when it comes to carrying it out.

It is my job to provide the client with a session that is magical as well as innovative. If it takes 15 minutes to get set up for 1 shot, that’s what we do.

Drawing out the scene shots also helps commit it to my memory as well, and while I’m shooting the session I can also see the little stick drawings in my mind (I still carry my notebook with me though too for quick reference).

That way I also know what setup and posing scene comes next. A posing plan helps me have a smooth session and it ensures that I capture all the posing possibilities I’ve come up with!

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Tiffany used a Nikon D3s (affiliate link) with a Nikon 35mm lens (affiliate link), a Nikon 50mm lens (affiliate link), a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 lens (affiliate link), and a Nikon 200mm 2.0 lens (affiliate link)to capture these images.

Tiffany Bender is a Pittsburgh, PA Children’s photographer.

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Composition is a big part of posing. If you need help drawing out some of your own diagrams, we highly suggest this guide all about the breakdown of composition.

Newborns and Your Perspective

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Today’s tutorial is from Brandie Coe.

Brandie says:

Do you ever feel like your on auto-pilot during your newborn sessions and every session ends up looking the same? Of course, this isn’t entirely a bad thing since our clients hire us for what they have seen online, and want us to be able to replicate it for them.

But wouldn’t it be nice to keep things the same but with a slight twist? Here’s my solution to that very problem.

Recently, I felt this exact feeling and decided that when my client came in, I would get up, walk around, and really look at the baby to see things from a new perspective. And I loved the way the shot ended up looking from the bird’s eye view as well as the front and close in images.

Not only do you get to give mom and dad a great variety of poses of their sweet new baby, but now these different shots from the same scene would look gorgeous in a canvas trio over the baby’s crib, or s a series of images in an album.

Another tip is to not only get up, but get down (insert music here “get low”) 😉

When your baby is on a prop, we tend to take a shot that feels like we are taking it straight on, but ends up actually looking slightly down on the baby.

Instead, try lying flat on the ground. You’ll see the shot in a whole new way, and I find it focuses even more on the baby.

So do yourself and your creative spirit a favour and slow down during your next newborn session. Do your usual shots and once you have those, get up or low and observe things differently!

Have fun!!!

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Brandie used a Nikon D4 (affiliate link) with a Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens (affiliate link) to capture these images.

Brandie Coe is a Vancouver, BC Newborn, Maternity, Family, and Children’s photographer.

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If you love newborns and newborn portrait photography but are just getting started, check out our articles written by a seasoned newborn photography pro about newborn safety.