Newborn Posing: The many advantages to wrapping

Fine art newborn photography is a beautiful thing. It is amazing to be a part of it as a parent and as a photographer. One of the things that make fine art newborn photography so inspiring is the detail in posing that we photographers try to achieve. The main thing to remember is that your photographer will be concerned with safety first, and not all photographers will attempt every pose clients may see on the Internet because of safety issues. But most all newborn photographers will use some form of wrapping, or swaddling. 


Wrapping is a something you will see in many newborn images. Photographers wrap for several reasons. 

  • Soothing: There are times when a baby arrives at my studio already crying. Maybe she hated the car seat, is tired, or fussy. WHen this happens, and we know the baby is not hungry and does not need to be changed, the first thing I do is wrap. And while many babies seem as if they do not like to be swaddled or wrapped, the fact is that, in the end, they do. They may cry while we are wrapping, but once we are finished, they fall into a nice calm sleep.
  • Safety: If a baby is awake, they tend to move their arms a lot and scratch their little face. Not only does this make for poor images, it is miserable for the baby. Wrapping safely constrains their arms, so even if they are awake for the images we will take, they will be supported, comfortable and safe.
  • Convenience: A wrapped baby can be remain diapered. If your photographer knows she wants to get some nude images during the shoot, it can be necessary to time these just right. While waiting for the best time to take nude images, wrapping allows for beautiful images to be taken and the baby stay comfortable.
  • Warmth: Since newborns are not yet able to maintain their own body temperature, wrapping is a way for babies to feel warm. Photographers can layer 2 or even three wraps and peel them off as the series of shots progresses to get different looks.
  • Potato Sack Pose: One of the most popular shots in my studio is Potato Sack. This is not a new pose, or even a new idea. But the way it is done goes through different trends. For this pose, your photographer definitely needs to know what they are doing, and how to wrap in such a way that the baby remains safe through the entire sequence of shots it takes to create this image.
  • Artistic Flare: Wraps can be adapted to show as little or as much of the baby's features as needed. We can place them around the baby in artistic ways to highlight feet, toes, hands, chin etc. 

Katie is a newborn photographer in Tujunga, CA 91042