the evolution of a pose // getting the shot

babies are really cute but with a little bit of patience and precision, you can make them look their CUTEST. it took me years and hundreds of newborn so learn this, but now it's basically second nature.

so I figured i'd share a few little tips on how to get every ounce of cute out of your already super cute baby when you're taking their photograph.


Nora is adorable, obviously, but as soon as I plopped her down into this pose, I knew a lot of things needed to be adjusted. But I needed to start somewhere.

In this picture, she's too squished down and I can't see enough of her face.

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So I moved her hands + her head a little bit so that you could see her little features more clearly. But there was still something about her facial expression + position that didn't look quite as comfortable and cozy as I was hoping for.

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The shot still needed "something" ... an added headband and adjustment so I could see her other hand helped, but still, I knew it could be better.

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I was missing her squishiness which is a favorite newborn feature for sure, so I scooted her forward a bit more so her cheeks were as kissable as possible.

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While I'm not a perfectionist in real life, when it comes to newborn posing, I totally am. I need every finger + wrist + blanket wrinkle to be just perfect. Her hands didn't look quite comfortable here, so I adjusted that.

Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 1.01.04 PM copyIn this final shot, everything is exactly where I wanted it to be. Her cheeks are so kissable it's almost ridiculous, her face is easily viewable, her hands are relaxed, she looks cozy and comfortable and content. The shot feels "finished" to me.

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