Newborn Baby Photography has grown hugely in popularity over the past couple of years. Cute sleepy babies in curled up poses or propped inside baskets are enough to make most of us broody all over again. However with this growth in popularity, there comes a sharp increase in the number of photographers offering this service.
The sad and scary fact is anyone can pick up a camera and call themselves a photographer and as parents you expect photographers to know what they're doing - right? Newborn photographers are the most 'hands on' with their clients than in any other genre. They hold, soothe and pose your baby - so how do you know what they're doing is safe?
Newborns are delicate creatures; poor circulation, weak muscle control and their inability to control their own body temperature well means you should always choose a photographer who is trained and can work safely. Babies should never be balanced inside props without a parents hand supporting them (a professional photographer will be able to remove your hands from the final image), Baskets should be weighted, and newborns should never be holding their own weight. When heads are resting on hands a profesisonal photographer will be keeping one eye on tiny fingers to ensure good circulation and toes should never be placed in such a position that the startle reflex could push them forward.
Your photographer should ensure baby is held at all times, as babies can't support themselves, by a "spotter" to produce beautiful, yet safe images
Image showing behind the scenes of what's involved in shooting just one newborn pose | Tickle Toes Photography
To see more behind the scenes of posing, click HERE
As well as all of the above, newborn photographers have to work closely with new parents and this requires a special kind of person - someone who has the patience to give a new mother time and privacy to feed and soothe her baby and who respects that this brand new baby may feel just as anxious as mum when they are not cuddled close together.
Digital photography is so cheap and accessible now. Today most of us carry a camera all the time - on mobile phones and tablets. Even Digital SLR cameras are relatively cheap and accesible to the general public.
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