How To Make Newborn Bed For Photography

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I’ve go obsessed with this dog bed stand, and have taken it to a new level. Here is my updated tutorial to build your ain domestic dog bed newborn poser!

My concluding post described how I added an adjustable properties to the dog bed…but it wasn’t good enough for me. I decided I needed to raiser the posing surface up nearly 6-8″ so I could easily sit at the poser and comfortable pose baby. My current poser is manner to to tall, and I have to do this creepy squat/hunch while posing, which isn’t nifty for my dorsum (and I’m sure it doesn’t await amazing either). The get-go dog bed hack I created was good, but a fiddling bit also low. I could BARELY squeeze my legs under while sitting “criss cantankerous applesauce” and I worried that I would take to lean too far forward to pose baby.

This new version raises the dog bed up about 6 inches, which is the perfect corporeality of boosted space for me to sit comfortably under the bed while posing. I tin can also sit up straight (while sitting on my rear) and be correct at the posing surface.

The backdrop part is withal adaptable (rad!), and it isn’t attached to the dog bed with duct tape (I know, we all loved the duct tape…but this fashion is super legit!). Basically, I built a frame for the canis familiaris bed to sit on, and the properties hinge is attached to the frame. The canis familiaris bed tin be removed if needed (perhaps to replace the fabric on the bed, if information technology gets stretched out?). The casters (wheels) are totally optional, merely I remember they wait pretty slick. I got casters that can lock, then information technology will stay put when I need it to. I ended up spending almost $100 (including shipping) for all components for this thing. If you make up one’s mind you don’t need casters, yous can probably cut that cost in half.

What to telephone call information technology… dog bed newborn poser with adjustable backdrop just doesn’t sell it…

I am excited to ditch my huge round newborn poser and backdrop frame, and now I need to detect something to do with my first dog bed version! Maybe I’ll let the dog take information technology!

I’m a super visual person, then instead of writing out all the steps, I tried to make some visuals for y’all.

I bought some of the more than obscure fittings online at FORMUFIT (the ii-manner adjustable elbows, 1 1/four″ PVC caster plumbing equipment inserts, v way cantankerous PVC fittings, iii″ no skid swivel casters with brakes, and iii/4″ to i 1/4″ PVC fitting reducer all came from FORMUFIT the other parts can exist easily plant at a local hardware store).

You’ll also need the COOLAROO dog bed, which I bought from AMAZON (I used the LARGE size)

Here is a list of the different parts you’ll need. Don’t listen the part where I forgot some parts and had to draw them in Photoshop..

And a handy cut list. I recommend wearing safety glasses when cutting. Trust me on this one. I used 3 10 foot lengths of 3/4″ schedule 40 PVC. You can get away with two 10 foot lenghts, and a five foot length…but I didn’t want to hazard having to go dorsum to the hardware store if I messed up. (spoiler warning. i messed up. i also had to go back to the hardware store, there’south that)

I recommend starting with the legs. They’re the trickiest part, and so lets get them out of the way! The front legs and back legs are different, because we need an actress attachment point for the backdrop/hinge off the back.

Now, lets put together the adaptable backdrop stand. This will attach in the Dorsum.

The sides are 2 peice of PVC with a TEE in the middle. This allows the bar across the front to be stepped back a petty bit, so you can slide under the dog bed without hit your knees on the bar.

Now, attach the front and back anxiety to the side sections, and add the 49 1/4″ front end and dorsum cantankerous bars

Now, pop the backdrop stand y’all congenital earlier to the back corners of the frame.

Aaaaaannnnd, pop the domestic dog bed into the four corners (the tops of the legs)

Ok, so now that you know it all fits together, and you’re an expert at building this thing..y’all get to take it apart and use PVC cement on all joints. I put a bit of cement on each junction where a PVC pipe attached to a fitting. This volition make your gear up super secure.

I’ll postal service my in apply, some behind the scenes, and an updated review of the new poser and backdrop stand up! I take a newborn on Th, and I’m super excited to use this new prepare.

My studio is in Factory Creek WA, and I’d beloved to help anyone local out with building one of your ain! I’m pretty close to Seattle, Everett, Edmonds, Snohomish, Bothell, etc and then hit me upwardly if yous desire to cheque it out!

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Melissa Jenkins is a photographer based in Mill Creek, Washington, specializing in newborn and motherhood photography. You tin can check out her work on her website Junebug Photography and follow her on Instagram and Facebook. This article was also published here and shared with permission.


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