Potato Sack Pose Behind the Scenes | Seattle – Bellevue newborn baby photographer

I get a lot of questions asking me how to do the Potato Sack pose with a newborn baby.  A lot of people think it’s super complicated and really hard to do, but truth be told, it’s probably one of the simpler poses when it comes to posing newborns.  I’ve recently started incorporating it into almost all of my newborn sessions and I am loving the response I’m seeing from it.

The first step in getting this pose to come together wrapping the baby correctly.  I like to lay baby in my lap, fold their legs in toward their belly (think criss-cross) and start wrapping them nice and tight.  I make sure to bend their arms at the elbow so that their hands are able to be tucked up beneath their chin.  For the potato sack to work, baby needs to be wrapped nice and tight!! After I wrap baby once, I wrap them again… and then again.  The third wrap is the only one you see 🙂

The second step is in the set-up.  I like to use a long bath towel and roll it up like a tootsie roll and then make a little nest out of it under my posing blanket or flokati rug. This creates a nice little pocket for the baby to sit down into.  I then place the baby into that pocket and instruct dad on how to support the baby.  If I have done steps one and two properly, dad is merely there to have a hand on the baby as a spotter.

I then snap a photo with dad’s hand supporting baby’s body.

 

how to do the potato sack pose | behind the scenes | newborn safety | seattle bellevue newborn baby photographer

And another with dad’s hand supporting baby’s head.

how to do the potato sack pose | behind the scenes | newborn safety | seattle bellevue newborn baby photographer

I overlap the photos together in Photoshop and do a little editing- (this is what is referred to as a composite image.)

how to do the potato sack pose | behind the scenes | newborn safety | seattle bellevue newborn baby photographer

And once the photos have been merged together, I add my final edits to the image.  Here is the final version of this sweet little babe 🙂

how to do the potato sack pose | behind the scenes | newborn safety | seattle bellevue newborn baby photographer

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  • Brenden - I love how you styled this potato sack pose. The little fox hat and stuffy are just too cute! This little behind the scenes of what goes into making a composite image happen is awesome. Sometimes we all need to make a little magic happen.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - You truly made potato sack posing look so simple! I will have to try this out during my next newborn shoot. I love how the little one didn’t even seem bugged at all! And honestly, how ADORABLE is the last photo – truly shows the perfection of proper posing!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Bartoo - This is so great how you gave us a behind-the-scenes look on your potato sack pose! This is such an adorable pose, and that wrap with his little hat is so precious! I love how his hands peek out through the wrap and cradle his cute little face.ReplyCancel

  • Doru - Potato sack pose is so funny and beautiful! Love the expressions captured. Great memories to be cherish by whole family later one!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Storment - You are a true artist creating some amazing newborn photos. I love how you show how you did this somewhat complicated looking shot and show that with some patience and help with dad’s hand you can create an beautiful shot using the Potato Sack Pose. I will have to start recommending you to my couple who are wanting newborn studio work in the Seattle Bellevue area.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Makes me want to make a drive to Seattle for some baby photography, hehe. You really know what you are doing, thanks for the posing tips and insight!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Anderson - Such a great tutorial and very informative! I love the Potato sack pose. Babies fit so perfectly all curled up in this pose.ReplyCancel

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