Posing a newborn during a newborn photography session safely is more important for any newborn photographer than getting the perfect photo. While a newborn can’t consciously move themselves they are prone to sudden movements of the hands and feet. And as any newborn photographer knows they squiggle. Often I have placed a newborn perfectly only to see them readjust themselves and squiggle around often to face the other way. It is quite amusing to watch (and sometimes quite frustrating!) but because of this a “spotter” is always needed. Ideally it’s best to have an assistant during a newborn photography shoot but if you don’t have one, mom or dad can step in however it’s very important to stress to them the importance of staying close and not worrying about being in the picture as they can always be removed later. Many newborn photos are composites. It’s easy to remove hands that acted as supports and kept the baby safe during a newborn photography shoot. Here is an example.