Newborn Safety – Hiring a Newborn Photographer
Your new baby will be here before you know it! This is such an exciting time for your family and there is a long list of things you will want to do before he/she arrives. When choosing a newborn photographer for your baby, safety should be at the top of your list! There will be several professional photographers to choose from when you begin your search, and it can definitely be overwhelming. Here are a few things to consider before hiring a photographer.
How long has the photographer been in business? I would recommend choosing someone who has been photographing newborns for at least 2 or more years. It is important that your newborn photographer has not only received proper training, but that they have handled a number of newborns and know how these little miracles move and respond to touch. I have personally been in business for over 7 years and have photographed 30+ newborns ranging from 4 days old and on.
References & Referrals
Be sure to check the review section of your potential photographer’s website. Google is a fantastic source for gathering past client’s experiences with a photographer. Once you find someone that peeks your interest, ask for referrals and get their feedback about their interaction and session experience. I would love to share a few of the reviews from past happy clients. You can view them by clicking here.
As your prospective newborn photographer what type of training they have had to prepare for newborn photography. I have been trained by some of the top newborn professional photographers in the country, and seek out continuing education to ensure that my clients have the best and safest experience possible.
It’s important to know that several of the posed images we see online are made of up composites. That means that the photographer has taken 2 or more shots and blended them together to give you the illusion that the baby is holding themselves up or “dangling”. These images MUST BE done with composites. Babies can not support their own weight during the first weeks of life. It is crucial to make sure that your photographer is not relying on your baby to keep themselves propped up.
There are currently no regulations in place for newborn photographers regarding safety. Be sure to ask lots of questions so that you feel comfortable with your photographer. If at any point you are unsure or feel uneasy about what they are doing, be sure to speak up. This is your baby, and if you are not comfortable with the poses he or she is trying, be sure to let them know. My personal photography style is simple and baby-led posing. While babies are very moldable in the beginning stages of life, there are some poses that babies just don’t enjoy being in. I will attempt a pose, but if at anytime, I feel your baby resisting that position, I will move him\her into a more comfortable pose. I like to capture your little one in a very simple and natural way. For this reason, I do not offer poses such as “the froggy” pose because I personally feel that it is unnatural and dangerous for new babies.
What to Ask
Download my newborn photography guide to help you ask the important questions you will want to know before hiring a professional. I would love to answer all of these questions for you and help you to plan an unforgettable newborn session complete with beautiful heirlooms to preserve this fleeting time in your lives. Contact me today to chat more about a session!