I spent a good part of the weekend reviewing information I learned from a course on Safety in Newborn Photography from one of my Favorite Newborn photographers. As i've mentioned before this is my #1 priority as a newborn photographer.
Being a mom as well as a photographer to brand new babies I know just how precious your little ones are to you so i want to take every measure to create a safe environment for them .
Newborn safety is about always making sure baby is supported properly and that baby is comfortable. Often times in a session babies are not wanting to curl into certain positions and this may be because they are simply not comfortable doing so . I dont force anything. All movements are slow and gradual. My sessions are baby led so if they aren’t feeling it we move on .
Several of the images I do are called composites. This means that i have combined a min of two images together to make the final result, meaning hands were on the baby at all times. While I do not use an assistant I find that most parents are eager to lend a hand and take my direction to help create a safe environment for your baby . I would never try to balance a baby or risk safety for the sake of “the shot” . Dont worry parents you still have plenty of time to sit , back , relax and even take a nap.
While safe posing is important there are a number of other things I take in consideration as well. From my health and making sure I have eaten properly before going into a hot studio, to watching that baby doesnt over heat (even though my studio isnt as warm as mommys tummy is), to keeping a clean studio, Among so many other things.
I am currently on the lookout for a CPR class in my area as well. This is something I am making a priorty to fit in my schedule this year !
So while not every baby will go into every pose I assure you my goal is to create a beautiful timeless gallery of images of your little one while keeping their safety as my #1 priority .