What! Bob’s gone all soft on us – Newborn babies? I know I know – but my wife suggested I post this topic as she photographs newborns and sees safety issues every day on images shared on Facebook, so she has asked me to spread the word – Over to Sonia!
Who could resist taking pictures of those cute little hands and toes and those angelic, innocent faces? Most parents grab every opportunity to shoot pictures of their little ones. For those who want to capture awesome pictures of their babies, they choose to go to a photo studio to have the baby’s picture taken.
As a parent, you would love to keep a timeless picture of your newborn baby. You want your child to see his/her picture when he/she was still a newborn. When choosing a photographer (we highly recommend patriciajune.com who is a specialist in newborn photography in Pittsburgh) make sure to choose the right one who really knows how to handle newborn babies.
On the other hand, photographers who take pictures of newborn babies should be very extra careful. A newborn baby is very fragile. Their body is fragile, their head and bones are very delicte.
If you are an aspiring portrait photographer, it is important for you to be aware of the proper ways of handling a newborn during a photo shoot. This is to prevent any untoward accident that may affect the baby. Make your photoshoot successful by following these safety tips:
1. Don’t think of the newborn baby as an object – Always remember that babies are our primary customers and should not be considered as props or equipment for a photographer to have a lovely outcome. A baby is a precious possession for parents and surely like other parents, you would want your baby to be handled with care and respect. Treat with baby with love and care.
2. Let the parents know your plans – You should inform the parents ahead of all your plans including the poses o positions you want to take as well as the props that you will use. Explain why you need to use this blanket, why you will place the baby here or why the baby’s arm is positioned like this. If after explaining your plans, the parent says NO then respect the decision and don’t proceed with your plan. Being hired by the parents doesn’t give you the right to do anything that you please.
3. Make sure the baby is comfortable – You can research on what parts of a newborn’s body is vulnerable. Take for example when you position the head of the baby to his hands, a pose like that is not safe. A baby cannot hold his head so it will be dangerous to have his hands placed under his chin because this can possibly damage his wrists. Everything that we would do for this project we should always consider if the baby is comfortable with the position and if not, immediately change to another pose.
4. Double-check your props like the blanket, basket, or whatever props you will use – Make sure the props are soft, safe and free from dirt and pointed objects. A newborn baby has very sensitive skin. Ask parents if the baby has allergies and make sure the fabric of the props is safe for the baby. Try to use non-toxic sanitizer especially for props that is supposed to be used by the baby.
Babies are gifts from above. Always treat them with respect and love. Keep in mind that these innocent ones are not aware of what you are doing and they still cannot talk and complain. Thus, it is important for you to be sensitive to their feelings. Remember also that these newborn babies have soft, fragile bodies so be very, very extra gentle to them.
For more safetty tips on handling newborn visit http://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/safety-considerations-for-newborn-photography/