Composite Newborn Photographs: The Froggie Pose
One of the most frequently asked questions of a newborn photographer is, How do you do the “froggy pose?” In this blog post, we look at how to make composite newborn photographs.
Safety is the primary issue when handling newborns, and at no point is the baby left unsupervised; in fact, there is never a moment that an adult hand, whether this is provided by an assistant or the parent, is not supporting the little precious bundle. At the risk of redundancy, a responsible photographer never compromises the safety of a newborn baby for a trendy image.
Composite Newborn Photographs
Right, now that we’ve underlined the safety disclaimer; let’s get to this, shall we?
To create various newborn photographs, including the “froggie pose,” the newborn photographer uses the “compositing” technique and Photoshop. Composite newborn photographs are simply multiple images combined into one. Yes, good old fashioned, ‘trick photography.’
In the three images below, you can see the pictures taken and the steps involved in creating the final “froggie pose”—similar steps are taken for other composite newborn photographs.
In Step One, the assistant (or parent) carefully holds the newborn’s head (Image 1). In step Two, the assistant gently holds the newborn’s wrists (Image 2). And then with a little bit of Photoshop magic; hey, presto! Image 3 shows the final photograph. While the steps to composite newborn photographs are relatively simple, the process requires the three C’s: concentration, collaboration and care.
Special mention goes out to little Finn for behaving so well! Isn’t he adorable.
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