18 Essential Newborn Photo Poses

18 Essential Newborn Photo Poses

Once you've selected a photographer and done all other prep for your newborn photos, you'll need to think about poses.

Photographers typically offer two main types of newborn photos: lifestyle and posed. Lifestyle photos are taken around the newborns home in their own element, with little posing. Posed photos are typically done in a studio and focus on strategically placing each hand or finger and focusing on every detail.

If you hire a posed newborn photographer, there are a couple "standard" poses, but each one can be altered and will look slightly different with each baby, depending on their size and proportions. Newborn posed photos are typically done on a bean bag, with a flokati rug, or using props such as baskets, tubs, pillows, and quilts. Depending on your photographer's style, posed photos can range from very minimalistic with the focus on your baby, or very elaborate, incorporating flowers or an entire theme.

While your backdrop, props, or theme will alter the overall look, here are 18 essential newborn photo poses to plan around:

All photos by Katy Hayes Photography

1) Parent

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2) Family

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3) Sibling

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4) Potato Sack

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5) Natural Swaddled Posing

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6) Taco

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7) Modified Taco

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8) Bum Up

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9) Side-Lying

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10) Chin on Arms

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11) Partially Swaddled in a Prop

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12) Partially Swaddled on Flokati

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13) Swaddled on Flokati

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14) Swaddled in Prop

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15) Swaddled on Blanket

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16) Under Blanket

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17) Forward Facing Prop

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18) Baby in Hands

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This is a guest post written by Katy Hayes. Katy Hayes is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Northern Virginia. Katy offers posed newborn and milestone sessions throughout the first year in her home studio located in the South Riding/Ashburn area. She offer's in-home lifestyle newborn sessions and on-location maternity and family photography sessions throughout Loudoun County and Fairfax County.

Karen Gordon

Karen Gordon


Karen Gordon is the VP of Growth for Goodshuffle, an online marketplace for event rentals. She loves unique events, live entertainment, and puppies.

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