The head in hands pose has become a very popular pose among newborn photographers and one of my personal favorites!
The steps to achieve this pose start in camera to keep baby safe. (you don’t want a newborn flopping over!) You will start by taking 2 photos. Once you have baby in position and still asleep take the first photo with someone holding them below their chin (I usually ask mom or dad to do this).
Then take a second photo (without moving from your position) with someone holding them at the top of their head.
Open both photos in Photoshop. Select the 1st photo and using your lasso tool select and copy the top half of your photo.
Next use your move tool and drag the 1st photo on top of the 2nd.
Lower the opacity of the new layer to match up with the bottom photo. Use free transform if needed (hold shift while adjusting to keep from distorting photo!) Use the hairline, nose and mouth as guidelines while adjusting photo.
Adjust with levels or curves on each layer to match colors and skin tones.
Use the eraser tool to erase everything but the hand holding baby in place.
Set opacity back to 100% and flatten. Crop photo if needed. Select stamp tool to clean up background.
Create a new layer and using the healing brush clean up newborn acne, red spots and flaky skin.
Flatten when finished and run Coffeshop Baby Powder Room. Using a soft brush set at low opacity select red skin repair layer and go over red areas. (adjust opacity if needed) Do the same with smooth skin layer and lighten skin layer. Use brush at 100% on eye define layer to sharpen eyes, nose, mouth and toes.
Flatten all layers. Create a new layer and set layer style to soft light. Adjust opacity to create a soft color pop. (I usually set mine around 30%)
Flatten and save!
And here is a peak into my newborn setup:
Jessica Vaughn is a lifestyle photographer specializing in newborn photography located in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can find out more about her at Jessica Vaughn Photography and photography facebook page.
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