Kelly Brown demonstrates her flow posing techniques in this clip from the Newborn Photography Bootcamp on CreativeLive.
Celebrated photographer, Kelly Brown works with a sleeping baby to gently guide it into a variety of poses for precious photographs.
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so because our light source is over here I'm actually going to turn him towards that light source or would it be better for the camera if I turned in this way it's probably easier for you to see on this side isn't it we'll do that because we still have our beautiful light here and died I want you guys to not see what I'm doing our windows can be fill light today so I'm just pulling the cloth nappy I mean the cloth not beat the rap there we go and now because we are going to turn him this way this side here I want to pull down like this I'm not going to pull it out just yet because as I turn him it's now going to come out the back so just going to bring his little bottom around making sure that the elbow stays in line with the body and the hand is up so that when I do turn him his hand doesn't end up up here and we're going to really struggle then to bring it down in line with the body let's feet down and now I've got his fingers sorry I've got my fingers on his elbows so as I gently turn him my little finger under here is going to push that wrap out the back just leave that over in for a minute make him modest and then bringing him towards the front of the bean bag towards that beautiful light and then the hips so they're not facing up we're gonna sort of face them over turn them over towards the bag I've got one hand at the back supporting him and one hand on his shins and his knees so I'm just gonna give him a little turn down that way and push his bottom towards the back of the bag so a let him sink back up into that sleep I'm trying make my blankets as smooth as possible before I take a shot so then not having to do so much work in post-production to make them smooth I look he's smiling oh that is so cute he's still doing it I'm gonna use another piece of fabric now just to wrap over the top of him and I've got lots of different textures in here and and beautiful color tones and he's just got so the most beautiful skin so I want to UM put a beautiful color on him here I bought too many things with me so my mum has been busy knitting she does some beautiful things and she's been using um some of the monkey MooMoo patterns which are now available I used to buy a lot of my props from her but now she's actually making patterns and selling them and no longer knitting so yeah she's having a great time creating all these wonderful bits and pieces so we're going to use this and these colors are gonna go really well together so I'm just using my hand over the top of the thigh there so he doesn't kind of flinch with the side pose I like to have the feet tucked up towards the bottom as much as I can and this is going to come over the top and it's going to just all hi ah he's just having a stretch he's posing himself I'm not actually gonna have any of this coming out as a detail I'm going to tuck it in really tight because it's not very long so I don't want it to look too silly when it's you know got a little bit of length you can actually drape it and it looks beautiful but we're gonna tuck it in MMH grab that cloth nappy from the back the bag you can see a little bulge there and when the light hits that it's going to cause a shadow so we want our blankets to be nice and smooth we've got his feet pretty much where we want them to be we will perfect them in a minute but I'm just going to pop that coughed nappy in underneath there just to give a little bit of resistance there so you can sort of feel some form of support there it's gonna use the weight of my arm just on his body it's not heavy it's not hard it's just so that he feels secure whilst I'm moving him so with this side what I'm going to do is in a second I'm going to lift here from the side of his head and I'm going to push with my finger down on the bag to bring that tassel down so I'm not actually lifting his head this way I'm kind of turning his nose up towards the ceiling so I'm not overextending his neck or anything like that because if you stand there or you lay down and you try to go like that it's not that easy but you can turn easily so it's the same with babies we've got to remember that they did the same as us they're just do a ridiculously small version so making them comfortable the whole time it just might that always can do it for me again yeah easy baby now I want to bring this top hand he's when he's lifted his head earlier he's brought the top hand in over the top of the bottom hand but we want this bottom hand in underneath because if I was to take a photo now it would become quite blurry and you would see that in the image I'm shooting wide open I'm focusing on the eye the hand is going to be in front of the face so it's going to appear bigger and it's going to be blurry you can see where the arm underneath is now it's in line with the body if it was up like this it would be the same as the hand it would be you know a large sort of object in front of the face being the elbow so we don't want that any anywhere near his his little face so it becomes all about the face and he's lifting so I'm going to bring that up so when you are working in your studio and you've got this down packed you know you wouldn't be going through all the steps and going slowly like I am you'd move through these poses really quickly and sometimes the trick is just knowing where to put your hands to keep them secure you can take your hat off I'm just waiting for him to just relax so to stretch and that's some something else that we also need to remember is that when we lay down in bed or we lay down on the couch to watch TV or we sit somewhere we get comfortable all the time we do it without even noticing we move until we're comfortable thus they do the same thing they have their own comfy place and we've got to remember that you know not every baby you're going to every pose comfortably and as easy as the side poses sometimes baby don't babies don't like laying on their side and that's the beauty of having the flow posing and if you've got a little one that's not quite happy in one position you can transition over into the next and when you're using bows or anything like that if they're too big they're going to become distracting you do not want anything in your images competing with the little ones face so what I'm going to do is stand above here and I'm going to take the weight of his head off his hands and slide the other hand in underneath so I've put my fingers through the palm here bring those little fingers out and push the thumb through just like that and then when he relaxes that elbow just giving a little gentle Rock now when I lift up he'll probably move with me can slide that thumb in over the top of the other wrist and I'm just waiting in for him to relax those fingers shh-shh-shh-shh so we've got those hands in place I'm just tucking that head in so it doesn't look too big okay now we can start to move our cloth nappies to get everything in the right place so I'm just pushing it down underneath his little knee there so we don't have like a big deep sort of well here and then it kind of just comes up at the end of his feet we want it to be a nice smooth round well and when I shoot this image from over here you know I want his little feet to kind of drift off into the background so now I'm going to use one of my nerf is just to give his little head a little bit of a lift and then that's going to put everything keep his sort of his chin and shoulder together to keep that hat in place as well so I'm sliding one hand underneath it's there under the bag and what I'm going to do from there is lift his head take his weight off the bean bag and slide the the cloth nappy in underneath his head and it's moving that cloth nappy as you can see it I've kind of just bunched it up underneath there I'm moving it around so you can to sort of push them into that position if he was really stirring at the moment I'd get a safe shot I'm just gonna do a little bit more tucking here so I want these images to be beautiful for mum and then a little bit more hide here underneath the face underneath those hands just to lift it up off the bag you can see just by pushing there I've just turned his little nose up towards the ceiling which is where we want it to be okay we might get our first shot even though that's i'm really happy with where this is at I would still like to get some flat fingers in there so when I'm shooting anything I'm using my 24 to 70 lens I want to Brie at that 70 mil focal length idea so we got a quick shot he's just had a little bit of a wriggle so we're going to fix his hands and then we should be right to take our image so when I come in to fix hands I'm placing my hand over the whole body there I've got this part of my hand on top of the knee I've got my fingers on his body and I've got my other two fingers on that top hand so they're not going to go anywhere I'm going to keep them where I need them to be I'm just going to lift up gently here I just want to bring some of these fingers out under here there we go so what I did was I used this part of my hand to push his head up nice and flat so it's not pointing or anything like that and then I scooped the fingers out and then we don't want it covering his cheek here so we want to bring that cheek forward so it looks nice and full so just pushing that hand a little bit further up and underneath his his cheek and then we've got beautiful straight fingers let's tuck that hat in a little bit more you know it's funny whenever we have sort of different little props and things like that not all of them are going to fit every baby so we can tuck them in wherever we need them to be and they don't need to look perfect at the back they need to look perfect at the front so he is absolutely adorable you you