Working with newborn babies is such a privileged and special job. Not all images are as they appear.
I have specialised in newborn photography for ten years now and am proud to be a member of BANPAS ( British association of newborn photography association ). “The Association promotes safe working practices and we are dedicated to ensuring your baby’s comfort and safety takes priority whilst our members create beautiful images for you to treasure.”
These are some of the rules I follow in my newborn photo shoots.
- Never leave a baby unattended in a prop, on your posing bag or with a young sibling.
- Always have a spotter or parent next to your baby when using props.
- Use a support hand or finger when posing the baby and clone it out later in post production.
- Don’t force a baby into any pose. Instead, adjust them to where they are comfortable.
- Never stand on anything above the baby in case you fall or it breaks.
- Never put a baby inside or on an object / prop that could potentially break or fall.
- Glass props are never used.
I must stress how important it is to know that these images are created safely. Some being composite images that will require post production editing to put multiple images together. Composite images are the only way to really ensure the safety of the baby when doing poses like these. I always explain to my clients what’s involved with creating these set ups as they will be required to assist me during their newborn photo shoot. If at any stage the baby becomes uncomfortable, we will move on to another pose, baby ALWAYS comes first.