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Using Posing Contour for Newborn Photography Posing | Newborn Mentoring Photographer

Posted on Oct 14, 2014

Bianca Hubble is a Newborn Mentoring Photographer. Bianca has three newborn studios which are located in Toccoa, GA, Flowery Branch, GA and Athens, GA. Her newborn photography is sought out from clients near and far. Find out more: Travel Information, .

Newborn Cloud Posing Pillow

The foundation for any great newborn photograph on the bean bag is excellent posing contour that integrates well with your desired pose.

If you have ever tried using some of the posing pillows that are commonly seen online that are shaped like a wedge or like a standard pillow, you will quickly become frustrated as you attempt to create a surface that perfectly conforms to your desired pose for Baby and at the same time allows the backdrop to be completely smooth.

While you are in the midst of a newborn photography session, you have only a short window of time to do all of the poses that you want and you need your equipment to be fast and efficient. It was easy to see the need for a posing pillow that catered specifically to the needs of modern professional newborn photographers.

So, after much original thought, I developed my own posing pillow that helps to pose Baby in the positions that I want quickly and with smooth transitions and that met all of my criteria as a professional newborn photographer:

Even if you are experienced with the time-consuming process of creating posing contour yourself using a variety of commodity items, you will greatly benefit from the speed, consistency, and safety of using the professional newborn photography posing pillow that I painstakingly developed.

The versatility of the posing pillow is unrivaled… I use it as the exclusive or primary posing contour in most bean bag shots (bum up, side laying, modified side-laying, back-laying, womb or taco, criss cross, and froggy)… and to top it off, I offer convenient digital training along with the purchase so that you will know how to set up your bean bag and backdrop for optimal use of posing contour.

The Newborn Cloud Posing Pillow features:

  • Abrupt rise smoothly transitioned out in a natural shape
  • Quick and easy to work with
  • Adaptable to many use scenarios

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Reviews

Niki Torres Souls.Imagined.Beginnings.
(December 12, 2015):The newborn cloud posing pillow is an absolute essential. I will NEVER do a session without it again. Thanks for making such a great product!. –http://www.soulsimaginedbeginnings.com/

Amanda Wermers Amanda Wermers Photography
(February 7, 2015):I wanted to review the posing pillow I recently purchased from Photography by Axsys Design! I used it with today’s session for the first time and it is truly the perfect posing pillow! This baby girl was 18 days old and a hot mess. She was reflux-y and would not settle at all. With my other posing pillows I would have spent more time fussing with the position of the pillow but with this new pillow it stayed in place and it was the perfect height etc for every pose I did. I filled the pillow with [...] just as Bianca Colon Hubble suggests and it really made a huge difference!!! I am a believer!! –http://www.amandawermersphotography.com/

Maxine Evans Maxine Evans Photography
(April 16, 2015):I was totally apprehensive about buying yet another “short cut” tool for posing, but I am so glad I bought this Posing Pillow by Photography by Axsys Design. Not only is the perfect design but it does exactly what it claims. When is the last time you bought something that does that?It seamlessly allowed me to move from one pose to another without having to disturb baby’s head by stuffing crunched up blankets underneath and constantly readjusting to get it “just right”. You can gently reposition the posing pillow if you want more or less lift by moving it forward or back. Easy Peasy.

Great little pillow! I highly recommend this posing pillow and it will save you time and frustration getting your pose “just right”. Thank you Bianca for a great product and not just another gimmick us newborn photographers must have. This pillow is a real must have! –http://www.maxineevansphotography.com

Lisa Boyle Posh & Pretty Portraits by Lisa Boyle
(February 23, 2015):I am beyond impressed with this posing pillow! It is sooo worth the purchase. It helped me achieve exactly what I wanted and saved me so much time! xo –http://www.poshprettyportraits.com/

Michelle DeMoss Photographer
(February 28, 2015):I’m am SOOOO HAPPY with my poser!! I used it for the first time yesterday, and what a difference! I was always fighting with rolled up receiving blankets to try to prop up baby’s head, but they would squish down flat and move, etc. I placed my poser and never needed to move it again until I did the chin on hands pose. This is most definitely one of my best photography purchases EVER.
Rachael Wells Photographer
(February 20, 2015):I just wanted to say Thank you so much for the pillow I bought, I used it for the first time today and It was bloody great, soooo useful and well worthwhile buying it and getting it sent to the UK! Thank you !! Thank you! Rachael x
Melissa Photographer
(January 19, 2015):I purchased the pillow a few weeks ago. Initially, I wavered because of the price. I have lots of posing pillows and couldn’t decide if one more was really worth it. When I got it, I really liked the shape of the pillow. The design just made sense. I have used it for about 6 sessions now, and do use it on 80% of my beanbag poses. So, it looks as if it is paying for itself! Thank you Bianca!
Luciene Pestana Photographer
(January 4, 2015): I really love my pillow!!! And I highly recommend it for all the newborn photographers who, like me, were struggling to get the right poses on the bean bag. I use this pillow for all of my posing and it totally helped with my transition flow. Thank you, Bianca!!

Melissa Photographer
(November 12, 2014): I have been photographing newborns for quite some time and seriously debated on if I needed yet another “poser”, especially since I couldn’t “see” what it looked like [Please Note: Picture is available at this time. See Below.] – a big issue for me since I have multiple wasted poser pillows, etc. I was admittedly apprehensive but after much consideration I went for it and purchased this poser. The way I look at things is that if it saves me time or fuss, it is worth it. I got the poser and the first session I used it my assistant and I both commented on how much easier certain positions were. I do think you have to decide just how “full” you want the poser – once i got the correct amount, so I had the desired amount of movement – it worked quite well. This helped with my main adjustments and I still added minor tweaks but it was much easier than my previous rolled blanket method. I was already a strong poser so this was a splurge for me because what I was doing was in fact working. Having said that, this does make it easier and faster for me. I’ve also found that I use it as the base for several other poses as well. I think if you are new to posing, this will help you a lot and establish a good base. If you are set in your ways and love the rolled blankets – great, but this is easier : ) Aside from the poser, I have found Bianca to be really helpful in critiquing my set-up and lighting and offering advice. I don’t regret my purchase at all. -Melissa

Learn more about the training material

Posing Pillow with Crucial Training

The video training will show you exactly how to set up your bean bag and backdrop to achieve optimal results. Next up in the video you will see still photographs and short video segments that clearly show you the exact position of the posing pillow from various angles in 4 common newborn poses. You will also see where other commodity items are added in for posing contour when necessary.

Although the training is not a video that will teach you how to position a newborn into the various poses, having the correct posing contour and positioning it in the correct way will be clearly demonstrated. Having the right posing contour is extremely important to achieve a pose and for the comfort of Baby.

If you feel like your bean bag and backdrop set up is less than ideal, the training will put you off on an absolutely amazing start. If you are a serious pro with no complaints about the way you are doing it, then the small additional cost can still be very beneficial to gain insights into other ways of doing things.

The training material is also in written and picture form for those that do not prefer video training.

What does the posing pillow look like?

The posing pillow features one edge with an abrupt rise. The other edge is gradually faded out in a natural shape.

The posing pillow is used in conjunction with a standard bean bag as the primary or exclusive contour depending on the pose. I use it in every bean bag pose that I do. When two points of contour are needed (for certain poses) the examples will show how I use commodity items to achieve smaller levels of contour. The signature move of this posing pillow is giving you the beefy amount of contour that you desire that is smoothly transitioned out so there are no abrupt edges.

Please note: If you decide to make a purchase, I recommend choosing the option that includes crucial training so that you can gain valuable insights that will help your backdrop have a smooth contour!

Does it include filling?

The posing pillow will be mailed to you unfilled. This allows me to ship world wide economically.

Detailed filling instructions will be provided with your purchase. With the instructions that are automatically emailed to you when you place your order, you will see exactly what to fill the posing pillow with and exactly how full I like to fill the posing pillow that I use.

If you are worried that the recommended filling will be expensive or aggravating to purchase, don’t be. It is super easy to find and is readily available world wide. It is least expensive and easiest to purchase the filling locally.

Inexpensive shipping from the United States is provided for most countries.

When available to order, your posing pillow will generally ship the same day from the United States. The checkout is handled through PayPal and you will receive an exact shipping quote during the checkout process. Please see below for a list of shipping prices to countries that I commonly ship to:

Australia $6 USD
Brazil $6 USD
Canada $3.50 USD
Germany $6 USD
Italy $6 USD
New Zealand $6 USD
Portugal $6 USD
Qatar $6 USD
Spain $6 USD
United Kingdom $6 USD
United States $3 USD
Many Other Countries $6 USD

When necessary, PayPal will handle currency conversion or let your credit card company handle the currency conversion.

Purchase Options

The Newborn Cloud Posing Pillow Now has its own web-site. Please visit the new-website to purchase: Newborn Cloud Posing Pillow (www.newborncloud.com)

Posing Bean Set

The Posing Beans may be purchased in a set of 3 Posing Beans or the Original Posing Bean may be purchased separately.

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Special Notes

  • Recommended filling, which is locally obtainable, is sold separately
  • The posing pillow is designed to greatly enhance the posing surface of a standard newborn posing bean bag. The posing pillow will help to add dynamic contour to the top of a posing beanbag which is relatively flat. The posing pillow simply lays on top of a traditional bean bag to create desirable contour in key areas.

34 Comments

  1. I purchased the training and posing pillow together (paypal email [...]) what is the turn around/shipping time frame?

    • The training is emailed to you immediately to your paypal email address. The posing pillow is always ready to ship when it is available to order. Generally and in this case, it will ship the same day. Thanks so much for your order!

  2. I really love my pillow!!! And I highly recommend it for all the newborn photographers who, like me, were struggling to get the right poses on the bean bag. I use this pillow for all of my posing and it totally helped with my transition flow. Thank you, Bianca!!

  3. is the video compatible with a Mac?

    • Yes.

  4. I purchased the pillow a few weeks ago. Initially, I wavered because of the price. I have lots of posing pillows and couldn’t decide if one more was really worth it. When I got it, I really liked the shape of the pillow. The design just made sense. I have used it for about 6 sessions now, and do use it on 80% of my beanbag poses. So, it looks as if it is paying for itself! Thank you Bianca!

  5. I just bought them both, thank you. Now hubby does not have to decide what to get me for Valentines day and my birthday lol. I can not wait to get them

    • That is Awesome! :)

  6. Will you show in the traing how much it should be filled?

    • Yes!

  7. I am interested in this pillow poser. I am just wondering, would this pillow be used in place of a beanbag poser, or is it placed on top?

    • It is placed on top. Thanks!

  8. I love 3 hours away. I am interested in coming to Toccoa to do some kind of in person training. But what is the cost of the training ? I have a relative who lives in TOCCOA so we would have a place to stay for the weekend if needed if ai can get permission from them first.

  9. Hello,

    I want to place an order but I am confused about the “Special Notes

    Recommended filling, which is locally obtainable, is sold separately”

    If I order the pillow do I need to order something to fill it? Where do I order everything I need at once?

    thanks!

    • It is least expensive to purchase the specific filling from a local store. It is not filled with an expensive or obscure filling (such as bean bag filling) that needs to be ordered online. When you make your purchase, the training/examples will be emailed to you immediately. After reviewing the training/examples, you can make arrangements for purchasing the filling.

      • Thanks. I just placed my order. Looking forward to trying it out.

        • Thanks!

  10. Hi, where is the purchase link and how much for shipping in Italy?

    • There are two links near the bottom of the page (before comments and just before “Special Notes”) that give the two purchase options. Just click the link according to which option that you want. The shipping will be around $7 USD. PayPal will tell you the exact amount during checkout.

  11. Hi
    If I buy the pillow do you ship to the UK and how much will it cost.
    Thanks

    • Yes we do ship to UK. It will be about $6USD

  12. Hi I am a new and upcoming Photographer and have been ask to do right many Newborns lately I have done a few already but havr been looking for a way to pose them better .Would like to know hiw much the Pillow is would love to try it out

    • Hi, The links to purchase it are just above “Comments” and “Special Notes.” Depending on the option that you desire, it is either $180 or $119 USD. Thanks!

  13. I am beyond impressed with this posing pillow! It is sooo worth the purchase. It helped me achieve exactly what I wanted and saved me so much time! xo

  14. I used my posing pillow for the first time yesterday. I loved it. I was a little scared because I thought it might be difficult to use, but it was amazing in every way. No more fussing with cloth nappies. Yay!

  15. Where have you purchased your backdrops, that use use with this pillow?
    I love all the cute wraps and clothing as well. Would you be so kind to share a vendor for them?
    Thank you! :-)

  16. What is the shipping time on the pillow?

    • FOUND IT!!!!
      :)

  17. Do you have any pics of the pillow its self i would like to see the actual pillow without it being covered over. Thanks

    • Yes, just below the reviews on this page, click the expandable section: “What does the pillow look like?”

  18. Do you ship the posing pillow to South Africa?

    • Yes, that is no problem.

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