Safety should be the No1 priority when photographing newborn babies, it is here at Ollie & George Photography!
When I took my first steps in to the world of newborn photography (from travel and architecture) I was drawn to the beautiful images of sleeping babies all curled up and looking angelic, often in a bucket or other such household item. I wanted to do that, create beautiful images of a family's beautiful new baby.
After a lot of research I started to understand that to capture these images well took an awful lot of skill, time and patience. And so began my journey, now two years in the making, in to this very special world of newborn photography.
After numerous training sessions, plenty of practice, getting insurance and most recently, becoming a member of the Baby and Newborn Photography Association (Banpas) an association that requires photographers to show they are insured and working safely, I now feel confident to call myself a newborn photographer.
Along the way I quickly learnt that some of those stunning photos, of babies in poses, weren't exactly what they seemed.For example you have probably seen the froggy pose, where a baby is lying on it's tummy with it's head resting on its hands, supported by it's elbows, is actually (if done safely) 2-3 images merged in to 1! (click here for an example of how this is achieved) In each of the photos a parent or assistant is supporting the baby to ensure that it is safe and will not fall, potentially causing the baby harm, unfortunately not all photographers have the training/experience to know this is and will prop the baby up and just hope that it wont move while they get the photograph. A breaking news story names a popular high street studio that has put the safety of babies at risk by putting the baby in this position, without support, and the baby has fallen, this chain is also responsible for another very recent incident, where a baby has fallen from a posed position.
So, my message is, choose your photographer carefully, ask questions (we really don't mind), talk to other people who have used the photographer, ask if they worked safely. Talk to your photographer about any poses you would like to attempt, then if we say 'sorry, he/she isn't going to go in to that pose' know that we are saying that as your baby's safety is our top concern and we wont risk that safety for a photograph, ever. During your photoshoot if that photograph does anything, whatsoever, to make you feel uncomfortable or think that your baby is not safe then you must say something, if the photographer is trained and experienced they will be able to reassure you and make you feel at ease by explaining what they are doing but if a photographer is potentially putting your baby at harm they need to stop.
Those of you that have had a newborn photoshoot with me know that I make sure your baby is comfortable and safe at all times, I will not put them in to positions that have potential to cause them harm and I will often ask you, the parent, to support your babies head/stay close to your baby if need be.
While looking for your newborn photographer in your area I recommend that you talk to friends that have recently experienced a newborn photoshoot and use the search facility on the Banpas website.