StandInBaby is a fully articulating – and slightly creepy – baby mannequin for newborn photographers

StandInBaby is a fully articulating – and slightly creepy – baby mannequin for newborn photographers

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We’ll go ahead and file this one under ‘creepy, but potentially useful.’

What you see above is StandInBaby, a Frankenstein-looking baby mannequin designed to improve your newborn photography without the hassle of screaming, dirty diapers and and everything in-between.

Currently being funded on Kickstarter, StandInBaby is the creation of husband and wife dos Brendon and Sandra Moffatt. Not only does the mannequin resembles the basic frame of a newborn, it can also be positioned as you see fit, thanks to its advanced articulating extremities developed by overlaying real-world X-rays from newborns on top of StandInBaby’s computer aided design (CAD) structure.

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StandInBaby took roughly two years to develop, during which many dolls, ninja turtles and barbies were sadly ripped apart in the name of prototyping. The result is a hands-on training aid that is beneficial for both photographers and parents.

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The idea is that photographers won’t have to worry about taking a newborn out of their comfort zone when practicing and learning new poses and techniques. Furthermore, it relieves photographers’ issue of having to time practice shoots around a newborns (understandably) fickle schedule.

To ensure StandInBaby resembles a newborn’s skin tone when practicing, the team used a ‘camera ready’ finish that comes in a Caucasian and African American skin tones.

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I’ve never been one for newborn photography, but I grew up with a mother who babysat for a living, so I know full well how difficult it can be to get a newborn to cooperate in any environment, let alone under a camera lens in unusual positions.

At $750 a piece, StandInBaby is anything but cheap. But if newborn photography is your profession and you either want practice yourself or want to train new employees, it’s not a bad way to gain a useful product in addition to a nice tax write-off.

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For more information and to secure your StandInBaby, head on over to the Kickstarter campaign, which is going on for another 28 days.

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