This is the third is a series of Free Lessons for Photographers from the Maternity and Newborn Photography Prop Shop!! As noted, it is a GUIDE, and should only be used as such. I am fulfilling the requests of a lot of photographers who want to know how I position a baby in our Newborn Sling Photography Props. Again, this is only a guide, and how I personally do it. I’m not telling you to do it this way if you don’t feel comfortable with it. Posing newborns in Slings has a LOT of controversy around it, and many, many opinions on how it should be done, or IF it should be done at all. I do it….and I am comfortable doing it this way. Please do NOT attempt to do this pose if you are not fully trained how to do it, or 100% comfortable with doing it. I am only trying to help other photographers who are wanting to learn how to do this pose in a safe and controlled environment, with the help of more than just my own hands. People present are myself, two parents, the baby and my daughter (taking the pictures).
There are 13 images in this Guide, and all instructions are written on each image. The images were taken by my 13 year old daughter who is ‘in training’ to be a photographer, so please excuse the ‘not so perfect’ looking pictures. She did her best…and I’m proud of her!!
The room is warmed to about 80-85 degrees. The baby has just been fed full and is in a deep sleep. I have an additional heater generating heat onto the baby, and I have a white noise machine turned on loud. The perfect environment for this shot. I am using a Stork Sling Loop Top in Coffee Extra Cream from the Maternity and Newborn Photography Prop Shop. I am also using a Sling Stick from the same company. This is a VERY strong stick. It is actually a tree root, and much stronger than a tree branch, so I am not afraid of it breaking. It’s just as strong, if not stronger, than a backdrop stand pole that other photographers use to suspend their babies from when doing these shots. There is a beanbag directly under the baby, which stays there throughout the entire posing and taking of the picture. Baby is never more than a few inches above the beanbag.
Instructions on how to attach our Patented Loop Top Sling, or our Tie Top Sling to a branch or bar can be found on this Blog.
If you are not 100% comfortable working with newborns, you shouldn’t attempt this shot. Babies SAFETY comes FIRST and foremost. Baby MUST BE IN A DEEP SLEEP! In addition, ALWAYS leave the bean bag under the baby, and only lift the baby a few INCHES above the bean bag!! ALWAYS have extra hands close to the baby. I make sure I have both parents hands near the baby when I step back to take the picture! (I cloned them out of this image along with the bean bag!) If you cannot have all of these safety precautions in place… DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS SHOT! I cannot stress enough how important BABY’S SAFTEY is for this type of shot.
And, as one last note…if you are a photographer who is appalled at these types of shots, there is no need to email me and tell me how upset you are…or how terrible I am for sharing this information. Please do not tell me that ALL shots done this way are composite shots, because they are not. I have worked with SEVERAL photographers who do these shots just like I am showing here. And, they are very good, seasoned photographers (even the one’s you mention in your messages!). I have set up pictures from these ‘famous’ photographers that I can forward you if you don’t believe me. If you are haunted by this type of posing, or feel your blood pressure rapidly rising, please simply do not attempt it. There is truly no need to let me know your horrific feelings about it. And I can assure you, when worked with correctly, and with sound safety precautions in place, these babies are not in harms way. Thank YOU!