Is Newborn Photography Safe?
One question that some clients sometimes ask: Is newborn photography safe? The answer is yes! That said, you will want to make sure you are entrusting your baby not only to someone skilled at photography, but also at working with babies. Your new baby is your most valuable treasure, and deserves to be treated accordingly. Many measures can be taken by a skilled photographer to ensure your baby’s safety. I’ll cover a few of the basics here.
Handwashing and not coming around your baby if sick, even if that means postponing your session.
Newborn photographers will always make sure the health and safety of your newborn is their first concern. That means that before and during the session, they will make sure that their hands are always clean. If the photographer becomes sick, they will reschedule the session rather than risk exposing the baby to any germs. I’ve had to do this a few times in my years as a newborn photographer. While rescheduling isn’t not what we want to do, it’s just not worth the risk.
Never leaving the baby in a precarious position
During a session, a skilled newborn photographer will make sure that there is no point at which the baby is left unsafely on his/her own. Whether it’s an assistant or a parent, the photographer will make sure that your newborn is always attended to throughout the duration of the session, and that your baby is not at risk.
Avoiding unsafe poses, and only doing certain poses with a spotter
A skilled newborn photographer will know which poses are safe and which ones aren’t. Unsafe poses will not be used, and a good photographer will know the difference. Certain poses are safe provided that the photographer has a spotter to help assist, and he/she will make sure that everything is in order before attempting these poses.
At Heather Mohr Photography, we conduct sessions with baby led posing. This style is 100% safe and comfortable for your baby at all times. I watch for cues of how your baby prefers to naturally be positioned, and then perfect and polish as needed.
Your session will consist of photos of your baby swaddled, curled up in a womb-like position with their knees tucked close to them, or sweetly laying on their sides and backs. I will do some tummy poses as well, and in those cases, never leave your baby alone to ensure safety at all times.
Keeping baby warm and comfortable during unclothed poses
Newborn photography usually utilizes a variety of unclothed poses, and this is the reason why it’s important to keep the room at a warm temperature. Babies cannot regulate their body temperatures during the first 6 months of their lives, and so we need to help them. It’s also a reason why you might see your photographer sweat a little during the session! But the comfort of your baby is an important thing, and that usually means a warmer room when baby is unclothed.
Being gentle with baby during posing
A good photographer will make sure to always be gentle while taking pictures. The most important thing is to make sure your baby is safe and comfortable. That’s why we are trained on how to properly pose your baby in the most safe and gentle way. We move slowly while transitioning from one pose to another, always ensuring your baby is comfortable and feels secure.
Is newborn photography safe? Yes, it is safe. That said it is imperative to choose a photographer who will ensure safety standards are followed, who understands newborns, and who will never put your baby at risk to get a certain shot. If you ever have any questions for me about safety, don’t hesitate to ask!