Baby in Bum up pose for Guide to Newborn Poses Post

As a newborn photographer, I have lots of babies come to my studio to have their portraits taken. This guide shows some of the newborn poses that I work with in the studio during Elite Newborn sessions. Every baby is different, and I love creating special, unique artwork for each client. 

Newborn Poses

Not every baby will be comfortable in every pose. A baby should never be forced into a position that makes them uncomfortable. As with everything at Kashele Photography, safety is the highest priority. We always fully support baby at all times. Some poses are done as composites (digitally combining multiple images) so that hands can be on or near the baby when a spotter is needed. That being said, here are some of the poses used in my Elite Newborn sessions.


There are several different swaddled or “wrapped” variations. The Elite Newborn session allows us time for wrapped poses like in the Petite Wrapped Session, as well as poses with baby’s immediate family, and unwrapped posing of your newborn.

Swaddled pose

Sibling poses

There is something so sweet about those first precious portraits of baby with big sister or brother! They always seem to be some of Mom’s favorites! 

Picture of newborn with his siblings

Family Poses

I always love being able to capture that first family portrait with your new family member!

Guide to Newborn Poses family pose

Parent poses

I know you may not feel like getting in front of the camera yourself, but I promise these early portraits of you with your new baby will be some of your child’s most cherished pictures as they grow older! I love documenting this special time and these beautiful relationships!

Image of Indian family with newborn for Moms get in the dang picture post
Image of Parent pose for Guide to Newborn Poses post

Bum up

This pose obviously gets its name from the way baby’s bum sticks up in the air. (So cute!) I love how snuggly it looks in a little footed romper and that you can see all the facial details as well as little fingers. It also looks super cute with the little back rolls and the way and the toes peek out in the back in other outfits. This pose is definitely one of my favorites!

Bum up newborn pose

Huck Finn

The Huck Finn pose is characterized by the baby being placed on their back with their little legs up on top of their body. This pose is an excellent way of showing off how tiny they are at this precious newborn stage!

Huck Finn Pose for Guide to Newborn Poses post

Side Pose

Most babies LOVE this pose! The classic version of this pose has the hands placed together under the bottom cheek, but I often do a variation with one hand on each cheek because I love how squishy it makes the cheeks look!

Side lying newborn pose
Side Pose for Guide to Newborn Poses post

Prop Shots

I have an assortment of props available to use for your session. Props are a great way to bring variety into your gallery.

Image of baby in a bucket prop for Guide to Newborn poses post
Guide to Newborn Poses bed prop


The hammock pose creates the illusion that the baby is lounging in a little hammock. (Without the baby ever leaving contact with the ground). This pose also works great for babies who are a little less curly and flexible.

Image of baby in a hammock for Guide to Newborn Poses Post

Newborn Poses Summary

There you have it! Those are the newborn poses I use during my Elite Newborn sessions! If you have a particular favorite, make sure you let me know when we are planning your session! Learn more about Newborn Sessions or feel free to reach out so we can start designing the perfect session for your little one!