My Favorite Newborn Photos to Take


April 18, 2022

As one of the top newborn photographers in Northern Virginia, I would like to talk about my favorite newborn poses to capture. Not only do I find it important that you know what to expect, but I also want you to be comfortable during your Northern Virginia in-home newborn photography session. Showing you what my favorite poses are is a great first step in doing just that!


Capturing newborn photos while they’re swaddled is one of my absolute favorites. In fact, it’s done in pretty much every session. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, it’s easy to get family photos in when your newborn is swaddled. You, as the mom, don’t have to worry about the way their body is positioned because…well…it’s all wrapped up like a little cocoon!

Additionally, newborns like being swaddled. It keeps them calm, secure, and cozy! They feel their safest in this pose as it mimics their position in the womb. Admittedly, it’s also just super cute to see your little one all bundled up!

A mother holding her swaddled baby girl during their newborn photography session with Northern Virginia newborn photographer, Stephanie Honikel Photography.

Wide awake baby girl in a pink swaddle captured by Northern Virginia newborn photographer, Stephanie Honikel Photography.


Side Pose: A Must During Your In Home Newborn Photography Session in Northern Virginia

The side pose is another popular pose I enjoy! In this pose, your newborn is resting on their side, oftentimes with one arm resting under their head while the other one is resting on the hip or tummy. Alternatively (and very much dependent on your baby), both arms are positioned under their head. This pose just makes them look like they’re relaxed, living their best lives, not worried about a thing! Honestly, they kind of look like they belong hanging out on a beach somewhere! This is also a unique angle as babies don’t typically rest on their sides. So, you get to see your little one in a whole new light!

A sweet baby girl sleeping on her side during a Northern Virginia newborn photography session.

A closeup image of a sleeping baby girl captured by Northern Virginia newborn Photographer, Stephanie Honikel Photography.

 Chin On Hands

The chin on hands pose is one of my all-time favorites. It’s a pose that allows me to capture a lot of detail in your newborns face. For example, I get a detailed photo of their lashes, their pouty lips, and their high cheekbones! This pose also involves your baby’s chin/cheek resting on their hands, which are crossed in front of them. In this position, I can capture their adorable side profile as they’re hanging out on your master bed, daydreaming about sugar plums and faries no doubt!

Chin on hands newborn pose is one of the favorite poses for Northern Virginia newborn photographer, Stephanie Honikel Photography.

Tushy Up During Your In-Home Newborn Photography Session in Northern Virginia

Lastly, I just had to highlight the tushy up pose! Who doesn’t love seeing their newborn all snug on a bed with their tushy up in the air? SO cute! It’s a classic newborn pose that they actually do naturally quite often. This is beneficial as the pose won’t feel abnormal to your little one during their photoshoot. They’ll be comfortable and relaxed as it’s a body position they’re already used to!


Those are my top 4 favorite in home newborn photos to take in Northern Virginia! I just love the way your newborn looks all snuggled up in a swaddle or resting on their side. I want them to be comfortable during the shoot and I want you to be comfortable as well. Hopefully this post put you at ease and gave you an idea of what I’m about as your in-home newborn photographer! I can’t wait to meet your little one!

  1. Stacey says:

    I feel like I can’t just chose just one pose lol I have so many favorites. But I definitely love the chin on hands pose. Beautiful work as always!

  2. Nina says:

    I just love all these poses, beautiful and classic! I especially love the side pose, it always looks so pretty!!

  3. Christie says:

    These are such beautiful and classic poses – awesome job!

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