Tuesday’s Tip: Newborn Posing Workflow

Newborn Posing Workflow

I start out with a wrapped pose, so they can go into a deep sleep while I get into my groove.

Then, I go to the butt in the air pose, because its comfy and simple.  I usually do this both with and without a hat/headband.

By now, they are sleeping pretty deeply, so I go to the two hardest poses:

Head on Wrists:

Head in Hands:

Then I usually go straight from this pose, to a version of the taco pose:

After this, I go to the side lying pose:

All throughout the shoot, I am taking photos from many angles. I also shoot close up and far back. Next, I finish with two prop shots:

I also give every client a color and black and white version of every image.


Thank You Jennie!

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Sarah - June 28, 2011 - 9:47 am

Good info! My workflow is similar, but haven’t had enough newborns to really work out all the kinks yet. Love your work, Jennie!

Jodie J - June 28, 2011 - 10:04 am

I just heart Tuesday’s tips! Thanks so much for sharing!!! =D

Ken - June 28, 2011 - 10:07 am

WOW!!! Thanks for the tips! I’m doing my first newborn soon and I will follow this plan!!

Olga Eastabrook - June 28, 2011 - 10:41 am

This is awesome! So helpful! Thank you so much Jennie for sharing, and thank you Tabitha for putting this all together! I’m addicted to your blog, and find so much help and inspiration on here all the time! :)

Angie Lockerman - June 28, 2011 - 11:37 am

Im very new in the “newborn photos” dept, but seriously…How on earth do you get the “Head on Hands” pose down? Ive tried it soooooo many times . Im horrible w. it! ugh! Is there a secret?

Thanks :)

Melissa - June 28, 2011 - 11:39 am

Awesome post, thank you! Could Jennie show a pullback post of how she sets up the first shot and the one on the turquoise blanket? I’m having trouble making my blanket in the background look that far away…I realize some of it’s blurred in photoshop but was wondering if there’s something special she also does with the blanket.

Sharee - June 28, 2011 - 2:58 pm

I just love these newborn workflow posts!!!

Sara Bell - June 29, 2011 - 9:58 am

Awesome blog post share. thank you!

melissa - June 29, 2011 - 4:46 pm

These tips are always so awesome! THANKS! Love the site :)

Renee Ward-Cizek - June 30, 2011 - 11:50 am

These are very great suggestions. I see that you are pretty much keeping the baby nude throughout. MY problem is doing outfit changes in between poses. The baby is waking up during this process. Any tips on keeping the baby asleep? I have had 3 shoots and they have all been pretty awake. Thank you!

Nicole Sadowski - July 1, 2011 - 10:34 pm

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Pam - July 11, 2011 - 11:53 pm

I too would like to know how you get a newborns head on hands shot…is someone holding it and then photo shopped out later…I’ve tried it…seems impossible…their arms go limp and aren’t strong enough to support their head…its an adorable pose but Im not succeeding with it…LOL..any tips would help..
Thank you!

Veronica Pikul - July 28, 2011 - 10:40 am

Love it! What do you use for a cushion under the blankets? It is a boppy? I’ve seen some photogs use a bean bag, too.

Amber - August 18, 2011 - 10:53 pm


I’m doing my 1st newborn shoot on Sat. THANKS for showing your workflow. Its bound to help me keep a happy, sleepy baby!

Cris Passos - September 15, 2011 - 4:10 pm

Awesome love it :) Tks for sharing with us!!!

Crystal - October 7, 2011 - 1:44 pm

I have such a hard time getting the baby in the but up pose. Any tips on how to get them in this position?

Michelle - October 20, 2011 - 10:45 pm

Love this newborn flow. I’ve done just two newborn shoots and it’s been hard for me to get them into a deep sleep. I can’t wait to try this at my next session.

CK - November 8, 2011 - 12:49 am

Thanks! Great ideas.

Jenny - January 26, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Awesome tips! I’d love to get into newborn photography…just need the clients!

He & Me + 3 - March 14, 2012 - 9:51 pm

For all of the laying down poses what do you use under the blanket?
Just curious.

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