As a newborn photographer, it goes without saying that I take the safety of my little clients seriously, and it is always my number one concern during a shoot. Your child is precious and I will always treat them with the respect and attention they deserve. I always raise this topic of safety with parents, when they first enquire with me.
It might surprise you though to hear that the newborn photography industry is completely unregulated. But for photographers like me who take safety seriously, we know how important it is to be correctly trained. For example, an image like this, often requires the support of a parent’s hand to ‘spot’ the baby’s head, and then the hand is removed in post production.
Or a in a shot like this, the baby is not balanced mid-air, but in fact sitting on her mother's lap.
When you see an image where the baby looks like they are being held in the air, they are in fact resting safely on a bean bag with their parents hands cradled around them. The rest of the shot is created in post production.
As a sign of my commitment to this aspect of newborn baby photography, I hope it reassures you to know that I have undergone 1:1 training with one of the UK’s top (and award-winning) newborn baby photographers, Tracy Willis; I have completed several courses by the internationally renowned Kelly Brown, including her latest baby safety course; and I have also recently joined BANPAS (Baby & Newborn Photography Association) which supports the on-going education and training of baby photographers.
You can find me on BANPAS’s directory of newborn photographers. They also have a fantastic facebook page for pregnant and new parents which you may find useful.
Get in touch to find out more about how I can safely create a beautiful gallery of images for your newborn baby, to check my availability or to book.
PS. At the time of writing (October 2016) – I only have limited availability for babies due from the middle of Nov 2016 on, but of course as you can imagine, babies don’t always arrive on their due date so feel free to get in touch to find out current availability.
PPS. Following some interesting commentary and discussion regarding this blog on my Facebook page, I wanted to add some other comments, which go into a little more detail on the topic, but expectant parents may find interesting:
Parents often ask my why a newborn session can take 3-4 hours and I always tell them the same thing. The photography part is quick (obviously assuming you know how to handle the equipment) and can be done in half an hour, but the part that takes the time is ensuring the well-being of their baby. From the basics like making sure they are well fed, warm enough, clean (bottoms), and comfy to then making sure that when the baby is being posed they are being moved whilst respecting the ergonomics of the body of a baby, and understanding where one can touch / hold and where (e.g. the fontanelle) should never have pressure applied etc.
It is also worth mentioning that newborn photography training also covers things like how to settle babies, how to swaddle them safely, how to pose them in props (e.g. never, ever, ever use a breakable object like a glass bowl), and of course how to create images and memories that look beautiful as well as being safe. As an example, a lot of less experienced or less trained photographers who attempt newborn photography may struggle to recreate poses like those where the baby’s hands are under their chin, or cheek.