enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8:00pm, 2 March 2010
Question: Who of you does baby portraiture?
Question: Seriously, how do you prop the baby's head up on their own hands while they sleep. I've seen it done numerous times, but we simply couldn't figure it out. Does it only work with newborns? I was working with a 4 month old.
Question: I'm not THAT scary that the baby cries the entire time, right? Haha!
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8 years ago
Ahhhh! I remember where I saw the most recent propping of the sleeping baby...



:) Must only work on newborns I'm guessin'.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8 years ago
Ah ha! I figured it out. Keep the baby up all night and you can pose the lil bugger as you see fit. :)
fragile existence [deleted] 8 years ago
*cringe* I hope your not serious? lol. I think she meant keep them awake for a few hours before the session. Lord. If we had clients keep babes up all night..... ohh, it would NOT be good. Pissed off mommas don't care HOW good your work is. :)

The "Pose" as it is called, is only doable on babies that are super curly - usually under 10 days. Not all of our young babies do that, even. It is pretty intricate and takes two of us to execute perfectly and safely, with lots of sleepy time and a full, content baby. Even then, we don't push it and if it happens, it happens.

I wouldn't suggest trying it on a 4 month old. Yikes. :) I wouldn't suggest trying it on a newborn, either, until you have a few new baby shoots under you and are reaaalllly comfortable handling wee ones. Safety first, you know.

Ok. Aaaaand.

4 months isn't really going to give you the curly poses, honestly. Best to go with propping in fun things, propped up on a pillow, etc, etc.
It's difficult because they aren't yet sitting on their own, and they aren't squishy and curly and sleepy any more either. So, it's not you, it's the baby's age. (Also, baby portraiture is realllllly tedious, as I am sure you are learning..... really tedious.)

Do you have any shots to show us?
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K. Praslowicz 8 years ago
I say just do it the Anne Geddes way and just stuff the baby into some hollowed out fruit.
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Just create the baby in photoshop
fragile existence [deleted] 8 years ago
I think we should have someone do "the pose" at the strobist get together. I could show you how to do it then. Any volunteer models? ;)

Of course, you'd need to be nekkid. And sleepy. And NOT pee all over.
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HBRstudios 8 years ago
I guess that counts me out.
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JustinSinks 8 years ago
Well since Jason wants to know, he should model.
But its nice to know how you get the babies to do that Sarah. Its pretty scary, I know I wont be trying it without a trained professional.
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mb_wen 8 years ago
Slap a diaper on him and he should be fine.
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Akatzmarkphotography 8 years ago
hahah Yikes.. I CANNOT imagine trying that on a 4 monther.. Can we see your attempts?

Here is a pic of me posing and Sarah snapping

farm3.static.flickr.com/2526/3884320877_bfa73fe29c_o.jpg
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Akatzmarkphotography 8 years ago
I believe this baby was around 10 days
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8 years ago
I'll be the naked model. As some of you already know, I don't mind being naked. ;)

I'll hafta quit being lazy and post a pic here on flickr. Nothing creative like you guys have, but it's kinda cute nonetheless. Great pic Ariel and Sarah! Perhaps you two could go into a "Posing Baby Tutorial" biz. ;)
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8 years ago
Oh...and I definitely like Shawn's idea. :)
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8 years ago
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonfromduluth/4405018056/]


Nothing creative, but both the parents and I dug his facial expression. :)
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8 years ago
I suppose I could show you my recent failed attempt where I scared the crap outta a little girl. Haha!
fragile existence [deleted] 8 years ago
best thing about babies. Parents ALWAYS love pics of them even when they're not your strong point.
Cute little guy. :)
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