My oh my do I love newborns. Meet baby Jaelynn. It took her some time to fall asleep in a new place, but when she did, we got all of the amazing photos that we hope to get from a newborn session!
This post is a little different than our norm. Yes, just as cute as ever, but if you scroll to the end, you will see the trick behind the famous "head-in-hands" pose! You will have to excuse my SOOC (straight out of camera) images. I have yet to perfect the concept of not having to do a lot of post processing. The end result is exactly what I was hoping for, though!
Thank you, Kacey, for sharing your beautiful family with us! We sure missed having dad there!
A lot of people ask for the head-in-hands pose without realizing it takes a lot work. Baby has to be very relaxed/asleep, the photographers have to be gentle, and everyone has to be patient. The number one rule is that baby stays safe! We always have a hand on the baby to help support the weight in such an awkward and uncomfortable position. Baby Jaelynn here handled it like a champ! Not all babies do.
You can see here in the "before pictures" that the first photo we take is to get a clear image of baby's head and hands. We pinch baby's wrists together to make sure her head is supported.
After we take that picture, the person holding baby will gently transition to supporting baby's head, either from the front or from behind. This is to get a picture of baby's arms, and hopefully they do not move too much from the first shot. Even if the hands move, sometimes it adds a little bit of asymmetry that gives the photo a little more personality. You can see more examples as you scroll, each one different than the last!
After we have both images, we are able to splice the two pictures together to get the final product! It is always a challenge to get this pose, but I like to think Kairos is getting the hang of it. Soon, I hope we will be able to add even more "complicated" poses.
If you ask this pose of your newborn photographer:
1) Make sure this is even their style. A lot of photographers would not feel comfortable trying this, and if that is the case, your first priority is the safety of your baby! It's okay to just let your photographer work in their own style. If you let them get the images that they are comfortable getting, I promise you will be happy with the results!
2) Remember that it is a very complicated pose. Sometimes we try this pose and the baby does NOT appreciate the effort. Often times we have to let baby relax, try it again, and if baby still isn't having it, we have to give up! If your baby doesn't like the feeling of being so handled, its ok and very normal! Our first priority is the safety and comfort of your little ones!