These little guys have been scooting around the first floor of our house for the past week or so now. Other newborn photographers out there know exactly what they are... and why I am finding them everywhere! It seems that even looking in their general direction sends them swirling away.
Its bean bag fill (please excuse the photo). Most of it made it into my posing "pillow", but there were a few renegades. I found one or two under the couch, another pair hiding by the weight bench, and still another loner hanging out by my coffee pot (perhaps it levitated - but more than likely left there by one of my 4 kiddos or the "spare kid" I have Tuesday - Friday).
For my first couple of newborn sessions I just used a couple of regular bean bags but quickly became frustrated. One was too short on its own (and waaaay too flat), and two stacked on top of each other was not a huge improvement. It worked, but if I planned to continue working with newborns I wanted something better. Research led to the discovery of the coveted newborn posing "puck". It's called several things, but puck fits since it is not round, it's shaped like a hockey puck.
There are a variety of them available on the market, but I chose to make my own. It came out bigger than anticipated. I knew in my mind that it was going to be large (it needed to be large enough to accommodate twins when the need arises). Large is an understatement, at nearly 15" tall and with a diameter of 46", it's huge. Overall, I am pleased with it, and I plan to make a slightly smaller one that will be easier to schlep around with me for sessions in clients' homes. I can't wait to use it!
Now where to store it...
I am an artist at heart and have been ever since I can remember. I have been blessed with four beautiful children and an amazing husband. One of my favorite things to do is help others capture beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.