Why you won’t find the froggy pose in my newborn photography from a London Newborn Photographer

What is the froggy pose?

Google ‘froggy’ or frog pose, and you’ll find images of newborns sitting with their chin on their hands with their legs straddled. This pose can be achieved by taking two photographs and merging them in photoshop. The entire time the newborn should be being held and supported by mum, dad or an assistant. Any supporting hands will disappear once the images are merged.

This is a pose that a generally an experienced newborn photographer will tackle and, should be doing so in the safest way possible.

I haven’t included an image here since it’s not a pose I have ever done, but do Google to find out more.

Why I prefer not to do the Froggy pose

I’m grateful that I get to photograph families, babies and children because I truly love what I do. Choosing to become a Newborn, Baby and Family Photographer felt so right for me 9 years ago.

Through the years I’ve always tried to follow my heart, or be mindful of where my heart truly lies. This is what matters the most; it means I get to create work I love, and work with wonderful people too.

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In truth, the main reason I choose not to do this pose is just because I tend to lean towards to the more natural, soulful and minimal style of newborn photography. My traditional newborn photography sessions are more or less 100% done using newborn posing whereas my newborn lifestyle sessions incorporate less of the traditional posing.

So I’ll gently and safely pose babies, swaddle and wrap babies too if that’s something Mum and Dad like but I try to look for authenticity in my posing as much as possible which means I’ve chosen not to do certain poses/styles/backgrounds.

There are, however, many newborn photographers that will do the froggy pose. If it’s something you’d like for your baby, please be sure to choose somebody you feel has the experience, and, works safely to ensure baby is supported and comfortable at all times.

For me, choosing not to do the froggy pose is completely intentional.

I guess it’s just simply because I want to stay authentic to me in my work and with families I connect with. I find that I get to really connect with the families that also love that my work has this overall look and feel. This is what makes my heart sing, and I love creating work knowing that my work resonates with Mum and Dad 🙂

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Keeping it real

In all honesty, I am getting closer and closer to a more natural newborn look and feel in my work. However, I still love many elements of posed newborn photography. So much so that I’ll continue to do my traditional sessions in the way I have been.

Which one really suits you best? Traditional Newborn session or Newborn Lifestyle session?

If you love the idea of 100% Natural Newborn Photography with little or no posing, then opt for my Newborn ‘Lifestyle’ session. I’ve outlined the differences below.

Traditional Newborn session

If you like some posing with or without props/swaddles etc, then the traditional newborn session is for you.

Newborn Lifestyle session

My lifestyle baby sessions are sessions which involve no posing. They are wonderful and really do focus on natural light and emotional connections. These are becoming increasingly popular, which gives me great pleasure.

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If you love simplicity and minimalism, then I’m guessing that you may prefer the more natural side of newborn or baby photography. Of course I can bring some elements of each into either session, so it’s really about working out what I think you’ll love.


I’m Samantha. I’m a North London Family Photographer and International Lifestyle, Portrait and Commercial Photographer. Mindful Mama of 2, leaning into conscious living. Lover of plants and light.

I create meaningful portraits that resonate with your soul. I also help conscious brands better connect with their tribe through honest storytelling and impactful imagery. 

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