How To Pose When You’re Holding A Baby Or Small Child

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Mother and baby portrait by Hampton photographer Clare Murthy

Three Tips For Better Posing In Photographs With Your Baby

Have you ever stepped in front of the camera with your baby, and had no idea what to do?

If you have, you’re not alone. Most of us feel nervous in front of the camera and, as we don’t have our photograph taken every day, don’t know how to pose to look our best.

In this video I’m sharing three quick tips that you can use to instantly improve your posing when you are being photographed whilst holding a baby or small child. These are simple tips that I share with my clients at my baby photography studio, and that you can put into practice at home.

Mum and baby black and white portrait by Surrey photographer Clare Murthy

Tip one – stand a 45 degree angle to the camera

When we stand face on to the camera, we’re showing the widest part of our body to the camera, and also hiding a lot of our body shape – this means that we look much flatter and wider than if we stand at an angle.

Standing at 45 degrees to the camera is much more flattering angle than being face on – less of your body is filling the frame.


Tip two – lean in towards your baby

Often, when I ask parents to pick up their baby for a photograph, their immediate instinct is to lean away from their baby to counterbalance the weight.

This is problematic for two reasons – it creates an unflattering angle, but also stops us from seeing connection between you and your baby. Making a conscious effort to lean in towards your baby creates this connection, which makes for a much more pleasing photograph.


Tip three – watch your chin

When we lean in to our baby or look down towards them, it’s important to be conscious of the space between your neck and your chin. When we look down sharply, we can create the illusion of a double (sometimes triple!) chin.

Instead, before looking down, gently push your chin forward and away from your neck. This will create space between the two and give a much more flattering profile in the photographs.


Over to You

I hope that you’ve found these tips helpful as you pose for photographs with your baby. If you try them out, let me know how you get on in the comments below.

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Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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