Tuesday’s Tip: Working Poses with Composites

Working Poses with Composites

by Aimee Fuller

Aimee Fuller Photography

As you know when photographing a tiny newborn, safety is your number one priority. You have probably seen some shots that photographers have taken of newborns in poses and you might think that they are able to get the baby in those types of poses naturally. That isn’t always the case. You probably have stared at an image and thought about how it was done, racking your brain for the answer. You’d be surprised at how many shots are actually composite shots of the baby that are edited and processed further in Photoshop to create the final product. The word composite means “made up of disparate or separate parts or elements” and that is exactly what a composite shot means to a photographer. Here are a few examples of Straight out of Camera shots and then edited versions of what I would submit to the clients in their gallery.

The baby is posed with her hands under her chin. I have the baby securely posed in a stable pose with Dad’s hands on the baby at all times. I take two to three shots of the baby in this pose really quickly and I immediately help the dad get the baby out of this pose following my quick snaps. The baby is safe, secure and we are able to do a fun pose for the parents.

The Edited Image that I would present to the client:

This is a bucket shot of a baby with the head held in position by the Dad. His hands and his body are near the baby at all times. I scoot back, take my shots and immediately go reposition the baby to a comfortable safe position when my shots are taken.

This is the Edited Final Image that I would present to the client in their gallery:

These are examples of other composite shots:

Just remember to use common sense and to keep your tiny subject safe at all times. No shot is worth injuring a newborn baby to achieve. Have fun and be creative!

You can see more of Aimee’s work at www.aimeefullerphotography.com.

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