Photographing your newborn safely {My training and BANPAS membership}

As a newborn, baby and child photographer, the safety of my clients is my first priority.

It might surprise you to know that the newborn photography industry is completely unregulated. Photographers like me, who take safety seriously, have to take it upon ourselves to be trained and educated on how to ensure the beautiful images we create, are done safely.

For example when you see a beautiful image like this:

Composite newborn safety training

 

You may be forgiven for thinking that the baby here was left in place and unsupported but this is actually a ‘composite’ image created using two different images which have been edited to look like one.

Here are the ‘before’ images used to create the final portrait showing the supportive hand and spotter needed to achieve this pose with baby safely.

Newborn safety. Composite photo

What you can’t see from this photo is also the other safety elements that are also in place, including:

  • The room is around 25-28 degrees to ensure a good temperature for baby
  • Baby’s temperature was carefully monitored
  • The bowl is weighted to ensure it does not topple or tip
  • The bowl has been selected as it is a material that has no sharp edges, and will not break (I will never use a glass prop for this reason!)
  • Before placing baby into the pose, I spoke to the parents about their pregnancy, labour and days after baby’s arrival to see if there were any joint problems or health issues and listened to their advice
  • When posing baby, the spotter and I ensured that baby’s circulation was not restricted in any way and this was carefully monitored
  • Baby was never left unattended
  • Posing was baby-led and never forced
  • I removed all jewellery and washed my hands and applied antibacterial gel at the start of the session before holding baby
  • I wore my camera strap throughout

The images above were achieved when I went back into the studio during my training with Claire Elliot, one of the best newborn photographers and trainers in the country.  I have actively sought out safety training so that, as a client, you can be confident your baby will be safe and comfortable throughout their photo shoot.

I am also a member of BANPAS, the Baby and Newborn Photography Association.  It is a worldwide organisation that provides access to safety training and resources to support my photography and also offers resources to parents so that I can offer a better service to you.  You will be able to find Offspring Photography on BANPAS’ directory of photographers.  They also have a fabulous Facebook page for pregnant and new parents.

You can reserve your newborn session following your 20 weeks scan.  I’d be delighted to chat to you about how I can create a beautiful gallery of images for your newborn and about how I do that safely.

Please contact me by following the Get In Touch section at the top of this page.

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