When I talk about newborn sessions with potential clients, I use phrases like “organic”, “natural light” and “baby led posing”. Some of these words are not immediately associated with photography, so I have written some blogs to explain what these terms mean for you and how they translate in the images that are delivered from a newborn session. “What are Organic Newborn Portraits?” delved into the term “organic” and now we’re going to explore baby led posing.
I love working with newborns. There are a gazillion reasons why: soft, flaky baby skin, teeny little fingers and toes, sweet smiles and yawns, and a simple innate innocence that just makes you go “Awwwww…..” I love to capture that special relationship between a mama and her sweet babe, or a father and his precious new love. Each baby is unique and will have expressions or movements that make their parents say, “Oh, yes! My baby does that all the time!” Since capturing personality and authentic connections is always a priority at all redwagon sessions, it only makes sense for me to approach a newborn session the same way.
To keep your baby as the center of attention, redwagon newborn sessions are neutral and natural. I always use natural light and neutral wraps and blankets. Props are kept to a minimum to keep the focus of our session on the features and expressions of your sweet new baby. With every session, it is made obvious just how unique each baby is. Some babies give me big stretches and fall asleep with their arms above their heads. Some will curl up and give me sweet smiles. Some will refuse to fall asleep until they are cuddled up on their mama.
Capturing these movements and the ways that a baby naturally positions them self is really the key to baby led posing. I avoid positions and poses that require a baby to be in a completely unnatural position. While those overly posed pictures can be cute, they really don’t capture the essence of your newborn. And when you look back at the images from your newborn session, I want you to recognize and remember the sweet, authentic natural movements that your baby made. Their personalities are reflected in those poses. These images are the beginning; the first of many portrait sessions that will feature your new child. Let these first images be an expression of who they actually are.