Froggy Pose | Head in Hands {Maple Valley newborn photographer}

Any time I have a newborn in the studio, my first and foremost priority is making sure they are safe.  There are numerous of photos circling the internet with babies hanging from branches in slings, sitting in baskets that appear to floating in water, propped up on precarious objects, etc.  Additionally, there are photographs of babies posed in positions that seem impossible for any baby to hold on their own; one of those poses being the ‘Froggy Pose’ or as some call it, the Head-in-Hands pose.

The reason many of these poses seem impossible is because they are.  Well, maybe not so much impossible, but they do require a bit of help in photoshop.  We refer to many of these images as composites.  A composite is when you take two or more elements and blend them together.  Some images are quite intricate and take several photographs, others, like the froggy pose, are usually composited from two.

Below is an image from a recent newborn session with a baby boy in the Froggy Pose.  I will show you frame by frame how the photos are taken, pulled into photoshop, and merged together to create the final composite.

It is important to note that I have been photographing newborns for several years and am quite comfortable posing newborns in the froggy pose.  In fact, it is part of my typical newborn posing flow so I’ve done it hundreds of times.  It takes practice, lots and lots of practice.  It also takes patience.  As the key to the success of the pose is all in the baby’s balance.  If the baby isn’t properly balanced to begin with, the pose won’t look polished in the end.


Step One- you will need an image supporting baby at the wristsfroggy pose composite

Step Two-  you will need an image supporting baby at the headfroggy pose composite

Step Three- You will overlap the images together in photoshop.  Reduce the opacity of the top layer and line the two images up.  Depending on baby’s movement during the pose, you’ll want to make adjustments accordingly.  It is important to line up all the areas that you will be erasing!  In the example below, you can see that anything above the squiggly line needs to line up as I will be erasing that part of the image.

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Step Four – I then complete the editing of the image.  Color, skin, etc.

froggy pose composite

For those interested in learning more about how to do the froggy pose at a live in-person workshop, please be sure to check out our group workshop page for more information.  1:1 mentoring is also available! Contact us for details.

froggy pose composite




  • Rachel - I love that you show the “how to” images so others know not to try this pose as one shot! Your final images is beautiful <3ReplyCancel

  • SugaShoc Photography - What a great tutorial for the newborn froggy pose. It is always great to share ways to keep newborns safe.ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - Cool composite of the newborn froggy pose.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Thank you for posting these out takes to show people how this froggy pose is safely done with newborns! It just goes to show how lucky Maple Valley is to have you in their ranks as a professional photographer. The final image is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • cari - Great newborn photography… love the froggy pose!ReplyCancel

  • Jete Devisser - It always freaks me out a little when professional newborn photographers come up with these adorable composites, and an amateur photographer thinks it is all done in camera. I love that you shared the behind the scenes images to show how this pose is achieved! And what a gorgeous final image!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle M - Thanks for the composite post. I have yet to master this newborn pose. I’ve only tried once.ReplyCancel

  • Amy S. - This is awesome! Thanks for the newborn baby portrait session tutorial. It’s perfect and the final image looks amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Oh cool! Such a cute froggy pose!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya - Great frog pose tutorial. I love your style as a newborn photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Suri - Thanks for sharing this newborn composite. Your newborn work is so adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Ruben Nunez - Gorgeous final image! The composite is spot on! Great way to demonstrate safety to assure brand new mommas.ReplyCancel

  • dara - A fabulous way to practice newborn safety and do the froggy pose, so precious.ReplyCancel

  • Corey - Love the final newborn image. maple Valley is lucky to have a newborn photographer like you who cares enough to keep all those babies safe!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - Great newborn froggy pose composite! I love your newborn photography!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Love how your final image turned out, you put together some great information on the froggy pose. Deinitely looks like it would be so easy to pose but wow there is alot of work to it. Definitely work from a fabulous newborn photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Ahh! The froggy pose is my all time favorite newborn photography pose! You’ve certainly mastered it!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - So this is what they call the froggy pose. It’s just adorable. I think my uterus skipped a beat, lol. So precious, this newborn photography. xxReplyCancel

  • Allison Anderson - Well done on the how to for the froggy pose! This is a great example for new photographers or those people who think newborn babies can do this on their own.ReplyCancel

  • Harshita - Thanks for posting this tutorial 🙂 As a newborn photographer safety is number one concern and this would be very helpful to people who are starting out 🙂 Lovely imagesReplyCancel

  • christine d - Seattle families can rest assured that you will be very safe with their precious newborn babies during their newborn photography sessions. This is a great froggy pose tutorial to show people just how complicated newborn photography is and why it is so important to hire a trained professional.ReplyCancel

  • Esther Edith galleries - Love this. It’s always helpful to get a little glimpse into the behind-the-scenes. Thanks for sharing on how you go about your beautiful newborn photography sessions!ReplyCancel

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