Now that we've moved to a new location (still in Milton), more on that in another post, I've Finally been able to start offering Beanbag Poses! One Pose that I've Always wanted to do is called Froggy Pose. This Pose features baby resting their head on their hands with their elbows upright. Froggy is a pose that is super popular because its absolutely adorable and perfect for showing off all of baby's features. This pose adds variation to client's proof galleries and always gets picked as one if their favourite photos.
In this blog Post I will explain how Froggy is Done Safely and How I Edit my Images. Below are photos and step by step examples of how to do this pose. Safety is the most important thing to consider with Froggy Pose. I have seen a bunch of videos of photographers doing this pose unsafely and when this pose is done with out properly supporting the baby you can cause unnecessary strain on their wrists, hips and cause serious injury the infant. In one video that I've seen recently, a photographer let go of the baby completely and the baby fell! This is never okay.
Please do not attempt this pose if you don't have experience handling newborn babies. This pose must always be done with at least 2 images composited together In Photoshop. Babies are never left to support themselves on their own.
If you're a parent that really wants photos of your newborn in this pose, please go to a professional photographer that has experience with babies. Please also keep in mind that some babies may object to this pose so it may not always be doable.
Photographing for Compositing
In the 3 images above I show you how I brought my images together in photoshop. The first image shows me supporting baby by holding her wrists and forearms. I am taking all the weight from her head so it doesn't put any strain on her wrists., shoulders or elbows.
To take the second image, you have to put your camera down or rest it on your lap, and slowly replace your left hand that's supporting baby with your right hand. Move your left hand up to baby's head, remove her tieback/halo and place your hand on either side of her head. Make sure you are in a good position to take the weight of her head in your hand. Raise your elbow up as high as you can comfortably go so that your light lays evenly across baby's face. When you feel confident and comfortable in the positioning of your left hand you can then remove your right hand and pick your camera back up to take the shot.
You may have to take multiple shots with both hand positions to get 2 images that you can composite together.
Please Always make sure that you are keeping baby safe and if you haven't done this pose before please take a course on baby Safety and Posing. If you're a new photographer, please wait until you have at least 2-3 years of experience of working with babies before you attempt this pose. It's unbelievably important that you know what you're doing before you pose a newborn baby.
If you're looking for videos on Safety and Posing, I would highly recommend visiting the link below.
Editing Froggy Pose
In the Video below, I show you a sped up version of how I edit my images start to finish. This video is sped up x20.
If you're a Parent wondering how I edit my images, this is the video for you! If you're a Photographer or if you're super curious, See Below to Video 2 for a Detailed Explanation of every step.
In this Video I go into detail using a Voiceover to explain exactly how I blend my 2 images together. This video doesn't show a complete edit, but it does show the most important part.
What to Remember
First off Thank You for making it to the end of this Blog Post! Next week's Blog Post will be a new list of Fantastic and Exciting Baby Names!
Remember with this pose that Safety of the baby is #1. Please don't attempt this pose if you're new to Newborn Photography. Remember that not every baby will like being posed like this. You must keep your eyes and hands on baby at all times.