What is the froggy pose?
Google ‘froggy’ or frog pose you’ll find images of newborns sitting with their chin on their hands with their the legs straddled. This pose can be achieved by taking two photographs and merging them together 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 have been asked a few times if I can do this pose, to which I always explain why so want to explain why I don’t do the froggy pose on my blog.
I’m grateful that I get to do this as my job because I truly love photographing newborns and babies. Choosing to do what I do now felt right 6 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.
Why I prefer not to do the Froggy pose
In truth the main reason I choose not to do these poses is simply because I tend to gravitate to the more natural, organic and minimal style of newborn photography as much as possible. That being said, newborn photography does have many elements of posing. So I’ll gently and safely pose babies, swaddle and wrap babies too if that’s something Mum and Dad like. The froggy pose, babies looking like they are hanging/suspended, or, using a background which is hugely different from the one used are not poses I do. I look for authenticity in posing as much as possible.
There are however many newborn photographers that will do this pos. If it’s something you’d like for your baby, please be sure to choose somebody you feel has the experience, and, works in a safe way 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 for the 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 🙂
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 absolutely beautiful and really do focus on natural light and emotional connections. These are becoming increasingly popular which gives me great pleasure.
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’l love.
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