As most parents know, their newborn is a precious gift from life itself! That’s why it is important for us to take precautions while Baby is still young and fragile, with their little fingers and feet and delicate skin. Most intelligent mammals are dependent on their parents or mother for a good portion of their youth, and our little ones are no exception.
Baby Photography Safety Tips
1. Have a spotter
Modern newborn photography often finds infants posed in ways that are not actually possible just yet. Such pictures include when a newborn’s head is being propped up by their arms (which are still incredibly weak), or have them nestled in a basket outdoors by the beach, looking unattended and carefree. What most parents don’t know is that these shots often have a spotter hovering over them!
What is a spotter?
Those who visit the gym often may know that spotting, a term used by those in weight or resistance training, is the act of supporting the main person performing the exercise. This allows the main person to lift heavier weights or push themselves further than usual.
Following that line of thought, newborn photography often needs “spotters” too, which could be the photographer’s assistant or even the parents themselves. Safety comes first for newborns, with absolutely no exceptions to the rule.
Posing and setup for newborns during a photoshoot is a careful process, and anything else can be edited out in post-processing. It is better to have to Photoshop away a careful hand than to have the newborn unguarded. We enforce this rule strictly as some new parents request that we duplicate a newborn pose they might have seen on Pinterest, not knowing the amount of work that went into this pose.
Who is the spotter?
Mummy or Daddy might be the spotter for a photoshoot, which is our preference as you know Baby best! However, Mummies might still be recovering from childbirth and Daddies could be nervous, but again, the safety of the newborn is paramount.
While you might think that having photos or a gentle hand propping Baby up during the shoot is unsightly, rest assured that post-processing removes these elements so that the end product you can see are just photos of your newborn: exactly what you came for!
For example, some parents opt to help hold Baby’s head up during the recently popular chin-on-hands pose or help balance their newborn on some props whenever necessary. Whatever the case may be, having a spotter is an extra safety measure that comes in handy whenever we are working with newborns.
2. Always keep tabs on the baby
The golden rule during a baby photoshoot is to always make sure that Baby is within arm’s reach of someone. Always have someone looking at the newborn and making sure that everything is going fine!
This is especially so in an outdoor photoshoot setting.
3. Keep in mind that every baby is different
When aiming to recreate a notoriously difficult pose popularised by social media, it is important to keep in mind that all babies are different. Some are not as flexible as others, so be very observant for cues from Baby for signs of discomfort.
Remember, it all boils down to the individual infant and their parent, so put Baby’s safety first and we’re good to go!