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Old 11-07-2008   #1
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One of the coolest gadgets I ever worked with was back in my old OMS days. I wish I could find one of these because it was the most versitile tools in the camera room. I'm going to describe it best I can in hopes someone knows if this thing is a commercially made gizmo.

It was made of plywood, about 1/2 to 5/8 thick and consisted of basically two parts, a back and a seat. The back was about two feet wide and about 4 1/2 feet tall. A gap of about 6 inches was cut out of the middle creating two 'legs'. The seat was the same width as the back and about 18 inches long. It attached to the back with a pair of ratcheting click stop adjusters. The seat bottom could be lifted and locked into a variety of angles. Once lifted above the highest angle it released and would fold down flush against the back.

It was designed to be leaned against a posing table and tilted an infant comfortably upward. There was a metal stop on the backside that kept it against the table. Cleverly if the posing table was turned lengthwise and placed agaisnt the background the baby poser would situate over the normal subject spot.

The stop on the back also allowed for hooking it to the edge of the posing table and used horizontally as a tummy poser. The seat portion lifted to appropriate angles made for great arm poses. Shot from a reverse direction and appropriately draped made great basenette looking poses.

The poser was padded with thick foam and was draped with apporpriate monk's cloth or baby blankets.

Now someone tell me they know exactly what I'm talking about and know where I can buy one. Otherwise I'll be in the woodshop and on the look out for the elevation adjustment supports.

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Old 11-07-2008   #2
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Steve, I've never heard of it and definitely don't know where to find one. But, it sounds interesting so head off to the woodshop.
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Well Diane,
Should I found out this thing was a in-house built device and there aren't any rights to it I may well build myself one and offer them up for sale. The ratcheting incline hardware is the major stumbling blick for me at the moment.
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Old 11-09-2008   #4
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hi i just found this baby poser prop is this the one you are looking for
https://www.aprprops.com/acatalog/info_727_0.html
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nope. although that one looks pretty handy its nowhere near. Maybe I'll try my hand at drawing it. I did find what the supports are called that adjust the seat portion. They are called "stays", specifically multiple angle stays. They are used in cabinetry to hold lids partially to fully opened until lifted past the fully open position whereby they allow the lid to lower fully closed.
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Heres a little rough diagram of the thing I'm talking about:

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hi i just found this baby poser prop is this the one you are looking for
https://www.aprprops.com/acatalog/info_727_0.html
This looks like some infant medieval torture device!!
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This looks like some infant medieval torture device!!
I know right. As if another complicated and scarey component in the camera room is just what we need. Fot me there are too many protrusions on this thing too much to get hung on or tangled up in, in a fall. Too it looks like solid thick wood, that means extra weight to lift and hoist. Not my cup of tea.
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I know right. As if another complicated and scarey component in the camera room is just what we need. Fot me there are too many protrusions on this thing too much to get hung on or tangled up in, in a fall. Too it looks like solid thick wood, that means extra weight to lift and hoist. Not my cup of tea.
I kept thinking "You will stay here and be photographed, or we will cut you off at the knees!"
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I have seen that poser before but for the life of me, I don't remember who the supplier is- I'll look in my old files and see if I can come up with something.

There are also many more gentle baby posers on the market that don't actually look like a torture implements. Check out: the Denny Manufacturing Company, Wicker by Design and Adorama. Many are fuzzy and well padad although sturdy.

If anyone cares to- go to my tutorial about photographing kids. I have a much more organic methods of photographing infants and young babies- I stretch the poor mom out on a mattress on the floor and have her bounce the kid on her tummy- no danger, lots of smiles and good expressions, no safety issues and great head shots! I jut pray that mom has strong abs.

I do, however, have a few baby posers on hand for different cases. I look at it this way; If I am a portrait specialis and/or a specialist in the photography of children, I need to have specialized props and shooting aids on hand that can be employed quickly, especially with little kids. All of this stuff has to be comfortable and safe and of course common sense dictates that children are never left unattained anywhere in the studio or while posing on a table or any posing device. We are using high voltage lighting gear, there are cables around the place and other perils. Parents and my assistant are alway right next to the child all all times during a studio visit. All the outlets are child-protected and all doors leading to work areas are locked.

I don't think any of theses specialized posing devices are a waste of money or space. I would rather invest in items that are designed for my everyday work than exotic lenses or other accessories that I would seldom or ever use.

On the "con" side of baby posers. I would not use a device that makes a 2 moth old baby seem to be sitting up like a 7 month old kid- that looks very unnatural. I don't like gimmicky poses with infants wearing baseball caps and sports attire. Most young babies look natural in a reclining position or in the arms of their mother. I will encourage parents to bring in their own props such as an old cradle that has been in the family for years and things of sentimental value relating to newborns.

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Please excuse poor quality images- computer is defective and can no longer be properly calibrated- will be replaced soon.


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