Newborns: Taco Pose

January 10, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Many of the babies I photograph enjoy this curled up pose, on their tummy. I often find my newborns relaxing into a nice, deep sleep with in the "taco pose". Of course, a small percentage of babies don't enjoy this pose, so for that reason it is not the pose I typically use start off a session. I like to spend a little time with a simple on the back in a wrap pose to get to know the baby's flexibility and comfort with poses. Baby is the boss for all my sessions and I pay close attention to how they like to be positioned, and never attempt a pose I don't think the baby enjoys.

It's obvious where the name comes from! This pose is gentling folding baby in half like a taco! In case you're wondering, I am not responsible for this name: it's been an established term among newborn photographers long before I ever picked up a DSLR. It's not completely accurate since the baby isn't literally folded in two. This would have to be a soft taco, not crunchy. 

Cupping baby's bum, I bring her legs under her belly as she rests her head on her hands. I love to see each finger stretched out when possible. Some newborns are adamant about maintaining a fist but I normally succeed in relaxing those sweet little fingers. I also aim to have one foot visible and resting against baby's elbow, but again, if baby is determined to have his foot where he wants it, he gets his way. 

See? Some babies love tacos right from birth!

A slight change in camera angle give the taco pose a different feel:  A slightly altered camera angle gives a different feel to this pose. An example of a newborn, who actually happened to be a 6 week old premie, who decided she would put her hands and feet where she liked them, thank you very much. Still a beautiful shot even if baby won the battle for seeing fingers and toes. Baby refused to show fingers or toes but still a sweet image!

 

 


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