Every parent wants the best for their baby, but one way that it can go wrong is when you choose the wrong newborn photographer. It’s probably the first notable experience in your life as a mother as you book a session of newborn photography for your baby. But what happens when you didn’t take enough time and consideration before signing the contract?
A photographer is responsible for taking pictures and many of them do this by using props and placing the baby in various places. Some like the idea of a baby in a bucket or mug. Others love using hanging bags and layers of blankets. Whichever it is, you might have your own opinions and preferences. Then, you choose your photographer based on that.
You will only want to find the photographer who can do that well and has a good eye as a photographer. But you also need to make sure that they know the safety measures in doing newborn photography!
For examples, there are many positions that your baby shouldn’t be placed for long in. You cannot let the baby lay on his stomach and then use his hands to bend upwards in a daydreaming position like an adult. The bones of the baby are not strong enough to hold his own head and that is also why you will see them sleeping most of the time.
Whatever your photographer wants to do, make sure that it’s done from a place where you can directly observe him from. Make sure to discuss it with your newborn photographer in a meeting before your delivery as well. A studio that we know is very responsible about this is Kingshill Studios. We highly suggest that you pay them a visit and consult about safe newborn photography session.
Like the studio that we mentioned before, if your photographer is experienced, he must have enough portfolios to prove that fact. His portfolios must contain pictures that he took himself and if you want to, you can ask how did the photographer take those pictures. You ask about hanging bags and pictures that have the baby put inside a container of sorts (in sleeping position!).
Most photographers will stack a thick layer of blankets on the surface where the baby is laid. The blankets have been warmed up before or has warm rice socks slipped in between. Whichever it is, they are intended to keep the blankets warm, so the baby won’t be surprised when placed on it. Some photographers add a portable heater in the room to keep it nice and cozy.
Some photographers provide a preview of how they usually work. Others may even ask you to come and see how she usually takes newborn pictures in an actual session. You can come to see the session for a while and leave afterward. This way, you can decide and see if you will like the newborn photographer’s working methodology as well as the safety of it.
The key here is to take your time in making your decision. We’d suggest starting right when you enter your 5th month of pregnancy.