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Safety and Newborn Photography Experience

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I often get parents surprised that I handle newborns so comfortably and call me a natural. All newborn photographers should do so as we handle newborns daily and should have extensive training with newborn photography.

Newborn photography isn’t something to be taken lightly. While it is fun to pose babies in adorable positions with cutesy props, one must never lose sight that these are precious tiny human beings. Their safety is the most important part of the session. This is why choosing the right newborn photographer is so so important.

When I first started being interested in newborn photography, I had no idea what I was doing. The only experience I had with newborns was when I was 17 and my sister was born. I wasn’t comfortable handling other babies. When I first started photographing newborns I eased my way into it, I never did complicated poses (in fact, I’m pretty sure I got the parents to handle their baby the majority of the session). I soon realised I needed proper newborn photography training and went about doing that. I took numerous workshops and online workshops and then I practiced extensively. To date, I have photographed over 500 newborns. I often get parents exclaim, “You’re a natural with babies!” Nope, I have just worked so hard over the last 5 years to make it feel natural.

What do they teach in newborn photography workshops? How to carry out poses safely. There are so many complicated newborn photography poses out there (tushie up, womb pose, froggy, forward facing, bucket poses etc) and one must know how to safely do them. For example, the froggy pose in this image has to be done in two pictures, it is very important that a newborn photographer  or spotter does not take their hands off baby in this pose ever! Baby must never be left to support themselves in this pose.