Taking your own baby portraits can be a great way to save money, but many parents struggle to come up with ideas for baby poses.
Baby Poses by Age
Every child develops at a different rate, but here is a general guideline to use in regards to what you can realistically expect for baby picture poses:
- 0 to 3 months: At this point, your baby is basically a rag doll. He will need to be held or supported for almost any pose.
- 3 to 6 months: Now, your baby can hold his head up on his own. Supports will still be needed for almost all baby picture poses, however.
- 6 to 9 months: At this point, your baby can sit up. This allows you to tackle slightly more complicated poses, but it doesn't necessarily mean your baby is going to hold still for very long.
- 9 to 12 months: Your baby can pull himself up and may be able to walk. Unfortunately, his newfound mobility may mean he'll spend most of his time trying to run away from your camera. For the best happy baby poses, you'll want to incorporate interesting toys into the shot. These props may entice your baby to hold still long enough for the picture!
Ideas for Baby Poses
What types of baby poses can you use when your child has limited mobility? Here are a few suggestions:
- Basket: A newborn baby nestled in a fuzzy blanket tucked inside a wicker basket makes for an adorable portrait.
- Bathtub: Nudity in baby photos isn't for everyone, but posing baby in an old-fashioned metal bathtub with a rubber ducky close by can make for a sweet portrait.
- Blocks or benches: Having your baby lay on top of large blocks or a bench can provide a sense of scale for a portrait, illustrating just how tiny your precious bundle of joy really is.
- Car seat: Put your child's car seat to work by covering it with the fabric you wish to use as your photo backdrop.
- Over the shoulder: Have a friend stand facing away from you, with your baby looking over his shoulder.
- Cradling: Snap a picture of a family member looking down at your baby as his head is cradled in their hands.
- Sleeping: Most novice photographers want to get a picture of baby when he's awake, but a baby sleeping on his tummy makes for an adorable shot. Try a picture of a parent with an arm wrapped around the baby for a variation on this baby portrait pose.
Whatever pose you choose for your baby portraits, remember to get down to your child's level before you snap the photo. Close up shots of your baby are much more interesting than shots where you appear to be looking down at your child. Experiment with various angles as well. Changing the perspective slightly can give one baby pose several different looks.
In addition to portraits that show your baby's face, you may wish to take a few shots of his tiny hands and feet. When your son is a teenager with a bigger shoe size than his father, these pictures will be great sentimental keepsakes.
Whenever you're posing your baby for a photography session, make sure you have someone around to act as a spotter. Babies need to be supervised at all times and you might not be able to reach your child quickly if you're busy working the camera. No baby portrait is worth the risk of having your child take a nasty fall!