I recently had a potential client contact me with a request for just one particular pose. If you’ve been through my portfolio, I bet you can guess which one it was?! Yes, the Taco pose (I have no idea why it’s called this but it’s the one where the head is supported within the babies hands whilst fast asleep)!
I told her that I couldn’t guarantee this shot with every baby as they have to be well and truly asleep and not all babies like it, but that I would try for her. I didn’t ever hear back from her, but later through a mutual friend, I was horrified to hear that instead of booking a professional, she had decided to try doing it herself!
This pose is not for the feint hearted and is actually a very tricky one to achieve, even for a professional. The first thing I will say though is DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! This pose is actually a composite shot of two images. The baby is at no point unsupported and is in fact a merge of two photo’s taken in succession.
I have baby safety in mind for each and every position I choose. I have a huge beanbag which is the prop for most of my blanket poses, all my props have smooth edges or are covered with soft materials and for anything I need to support the baby for i.e the taco pose or one where the baby is “holding its head up” I use photoshop to remove the supporting hand. I can’t stress how important this is both to me and to you as new parents and because of this I decide to post a pull-back, just to illustrate this. You can see that I took the two shots and then used the babies hands from shot 1 and his face and top of his head from shot 2. With a few tweaks this makes for a perfect picture and the baby is safe at all times!
newborn safety at all times
I never heard whether the mum got her picture, but I sent my advice back down the grapevine that this pose should never be attempted without an experienced and professional newborn photographer. No picture is worth risking your babies safety for.