Now you are here.. You’ve been waiting so long, for this special day, and now your baby is here you don’t want to miss a moment. Those tiny toes, and little button nose. Not a thing to miss, as they grow so fast. A family you have become your little treasure is here, and has your heart forever.
To all the Mums, Dads this is your moment to capture these moments.
And should expect from their newborn photographer… Newborn Safety is paramount!
New Mums, you have this tiny tiny new person in your life. You’ve carried them 9 months, you’ve protected them all that time. Safe and cosy on the inside.
Now baby is out and safely in your arms earthside, any time you worry about them, you ask for advice. For feeding, for weight, for skin, for your own support. You ask for advice. A good portion of that is professional advice – a doctor, nurse, lactation consultant, a paediatrician. Why? Because you want the best for your baby so they are safe, and you are caring for them the best way possible, always looking out for their well being.
THIS PHOTO IS A COMPOSITE – BABY GIRL WAS NEVER LEFT NEXT TO HER FUR SIBLING (see end of post)
When choosing a newborn photographer would you consider “newborn safety” as top priority?
Most people probably hadn’t thought about it. Or even realise they need to. But with such a large number of photographers to choose from and with no formal qualifications needed to call themselves a “professional newborn photographer”, how do you know that you are choosing one who operates safely? One that makes it an ongoing priority to invest in and practice safely in such a specialised field?
No photographer should put a newborn baby at risk, and no parent would allow that if they knew it was happening. All newborn photographers, whether a newbie or even one who has been around for a long time; ALL should put baby’s safety first. Not just copy a pose they may have seen on Pinterest or Facebook from another photographer, without understanding how to do it safely. Don’t assume that just because someone has a Facebook page and calls themselves a newborn photographer, or even if they are popular and have been doing it for a number of years, that they are always safe.
No, I am not a doctor, or a nurse but because I am trusted with your newborn babies, most under the age of 2 weeks, I make it my absolute priority to put their safety first.
Safely, is the only way.
Since starting out as as a newborn photographer, I have always made it a priority to ensure I was acting safely, undertaking both online and in-person training and also following other safety conscious newborn photographers, like Kelly Brown and Sandra Moffat, who created Stand in Baby Sandra has a website focused on newborn safety and is a newborn photographer who is extremely passionate about newborn safety. Sandra has neonatal nurses to assess posing, positions and offers support to the newborn photography industry. This particular blog on baby head positions is very informative, and gives you a good idea that babies need to be positioned safely and shows how easily baby’s breathing can be compromised.
Recently I have seen a few newborn photography videos that have concerned me.
Photographers that are in the industry that really should know better. These videos show newborns in positions that they should not be in, most certainly not without any support. A baby having to support themselves resting on a ball, a baby on a hanging prop, a baby having difficulty breathing whilst being posed upright (also not supported) and a baby in a froggy pose, being left to rest their head on their arms with no support.
A pose that MUST be done as a composite – Froggy
I could go into depth on each one, but in this blog I will only focus on the “Froggy pose” (it is not a pose that I do but one that I see newborn babies put into unsafely).
In a “froggy” pose, without someone holding baby’s head for the first shot and baby’s hands for the second, is unsafe. This pose, again whilst not one I do at all, if it is done, this is how it should be done (see image below). As a composite. This is where two photos are put together as one. If you hear a photographer saying the baby was a “rockstar” they did this on their own. Stop. Question them. This is not safe.
Newborn babies heads are oversized, their tiny arms cannot support this position, and its not one that can be held for long because its not good for their neck or their airway. The baby is also asleep, so if baby wakes he will startle and fall. Spotter or none, why take that risk?
Froggy pose done safely.
Key Newborn Safety Tips
Generally your newborn photographer should ensure the following, and be able to verify they do this:
stays close to baby for the entire session, or asks a parent or assistant to spot if they have to move to get props/lenses
keeps camera strap around their neck whilst shooting from above
won’t stand on anything near the baby that could fall or break
makes parents aware that they may need to assist during the session
baby’s are warm and comfortable
won’t force a baby into a pose the baby clearly is uncomfortable with
no glass props, no using props that could fall or break
no hanging babies – these are always done as a composite
use composites for poses like cocoon, froggie, head on hands, and potato, as its much safer to edit out hands holding baby
composites are used when pets are involved (dogs can startle with flashes)
parents are always close during sibling photos
have their required vaccinations up to date
You should always be able to trust your newborn photographer will practice newborn safety, if you are not sure – seek reassurance, or even a second opinion (you’d do the same with a doctor). Ask them about their training and backgrounds. Their response should not be just a standard “I have done this for x number of years and no baby has ever been hurt doing it this way”. The same applies during your session, if you are not comfortable with something the photographer is doing, trust your instinct. Question them, or ask them to stop. Why? Because it just takes one to be injured and that is it, one baby, one family’s lives may never be the same again.
Don’t let this stop you getting amazing newborn photos. There are many wonderful photographers, who will make sure you have the most beautiful newborn photos, and done safely. You never get this time again, capture these memories of your baby. You just need to make sure safety is at the top of your list.
One of my favourite safe poses…
One of my absolute favourite poses is always done with babies over a bean bag, even though it looks like Dad’s holding baby up in the air. Certainly one I take pride in doing because, it shows beautifully how tiny babies are safe in Daddy’s arms. And are they? They sure are.
So are you choosing a safe newborn photographer?
If you are expecting a new baby into your life, or know someone who is, share this blog with them. You can make an informed decision when choosing your newborn photographer. You will then being ensuring you are choosing one you will be able to trust with your precious newborn baby. That tiny treasure you’ve spent 9 months growing and perfecting. Life’s true miracle. Your baby.
If you want to know more, or have any questions you want to ask to help you choose a photographer, please contact me.
Certainly this little roly poly fellow, had lovely chunky newborn baby rolls. I just love baby rolls, especially on a newborn baby boy. Baby Aldin loved his milk too, we had plenty of little breaks so he could keep working on his delicious baby rolls. And also reminds me of a gorgeous little nursery song to sing to your little loves too.
Roly poly, roly poly,
Up up up.
Roly poly, roly poly,
Down down down.
Roly poly, roly poly,
In in in.
Roly poly, roly poly,
Out out out.
Just a couple of gorgeous newborn photos from his session. I just love eyes open photos, especially when babies are calm and awake. Just checking me out wondering why I am holding my big ugly camera in their face, but some cooing and ohhing gets them to look right up. The eyes are the windows to the soul, and I can see this little gentle boy is going to be seriously loved.
All the details…
Never enough the details, and its something I ensure that I get for clients, those are the little things you might forget later and it tiny newborn toes in Mummas (or Dads) hand sure give that little bit of perspective on how little that little baby really is.
Sibling love, Aldin with his big bro
Smile, I cannot resist a baby smile (yes it might be wind….. but its still a smile)
Now booking into April 2018, please contact me here if you’d love to book a session with me. Or you can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and availability. Newborn sessions each month are limited, and its a good idea to get in early for your session, so you don’t miss out on those first special weeks.
Certainly a strong little boy, one tiny newborn who was not so tiny. A wee baby charmer, have you seen those lashes!!!?? He certainly was very very determined to stay awake to investigate me and what we were doing for our session.
Did you know….
that there’s an old wives tale that says you should trim you baby’s lashes to make them longer and fuller?
We’ll I am pretty sure its not true, and I certainly don’t think that Mr Gorgeous long lashes here needs any of that!
His Mumma requested lots of blue, and neutral so that is how you’ll find him here. I always try to accommodate colours parents request, and usually in a subtle way to ensure that its really, as it should be, all about that tiny newborn baby.
Model baby alert!
Harley, also rocked the cream bearskin rug, showing off his future model poses, certainly a possibility with his stunning Mumma and handsome Dad.
You can see what I mean right, such a gorgeous family.
If you love what you see for Harley’s session and think this might suit what you’d like for your own little baby boy, then get in touch with me here. Let’s create your precious newborn baby and family memories.Please contact me here. Or you can just email me at email@example.com for more details and availability. Newborn sessions each month are limited, and its a good idea to get in early for your session, so you don’t miss out on those first special weeks.
Most people when they book in their newborn photography session, it’s a first baby. They’re maybe really not sure what a newborn session entails exactly, but they know they are going to get gorgeous photos of their baby – all tiny, sweet and sleeping. Well they certainly will with me!
I say all this thinking back to when I first came across newborn photography. This was for my own son. A friend needed a model newborn for a workshop and you know what. I knew nothing about what to expect. Nothing. I had no idea, and gained a new appreciation for the dedication and attention to detail that newborn photographers clearly had.
So new Mum and Dad. They might have seen photos on Pinterest. A friend maybe had newborn photos taken and shared them on Facebook, or they may have gone to a friend or family members home and seen photos on the wall, or an album. The thing these lovely Mum’s and Dad’s don’t always realise, is that newborn sessions are a lot of work. Well, in my case, it’s not work, but it does require bucket loads of patience. This for me I have plenty of, as I know that patience is the key to getting those perfect shots.
“How hard can it be – they’re babies, all they do is sleep”
Ah, yes well if only. Babies do indeed sleep a lot. Most newborns do this quite comfortably, well wrapped and in Mum, or even Dad’s arms. Snug and comfortable in a very familiar place. However, a session involves them being away from Mum, in an unfamiliar place.
Being away from Mum generally is very new for a new baby, after all Mum was all they knew for the last 9 months. There is a thing called the 4th trimester, and it’s very real. I know this all too well as a Mumma to my own two gorgeous boys. Keeping them close, cosy and comfortable is the key. Oh and warm, yes I keep the rooms warm – about 27 degrees. Perfect for baby.
The finer details, are what makes me able to capture those shots, and why it takes as long as it does. I come in bring in all my gear; I set up my backdrops, I put out my bean bag and layer all the blankets on for as I will need them. I set up my fan heater, the lighting, put out the wraps, wipes, posing positioners, baby shusher and have everything at hand ready to go for my session.
But, to ensure the session is as smooth as possible, I have already planned ahead. Way ahead.
I know what colours you like, and I have a list of shots that I want to take, that are specifically tailored to your session. This is right down to which layering blanket, with what fluff or layer, to go with what wrap, and headband or hat with each prop for every single setup. I have these set up ready to go close by too, again all in those details. Of course things can go a little off plan, as it is down to baby – always, but where I can be organised. I am. To your and babies advantage.
During the session, being aware of what pose I am putting baby in, I will place them gently down into position. They might be covered with a blanket at first, to get them comfortable in the spot. I will slowly, while holding them gently in position, re-position their arms, legs, head, fingers and toes. At each step, I am waiting for baby to settle comfortably with each change. Slowly tweaking to ensure baby is comfortable. I gently shush. I hold their tiny little bodies. I wait. I hold. Then, I wait some more, and maybe even a bit longer, and all going well (baby not needing a feed or to poop – though needing to poop usually brings the gorgeous windy smiles) I can slowly let go of baby and take some photos.
“Care and attention”
It’s a long process because of the care and attention that is required to ensure that your newborn babies feel safe, comfortable, warm and cosy so they can relax in the positions. At each pose the process is repeated. There will be breaks in between when baby does need a drink. Or even just a cuddle from Mum if they’ve decided that they’ve had enough for a bit. If I have to leave the baby, to get a wrap, a lens, anything at all, I get Mum, or Dad, to come close so someone is right close to baby at all times.
I pride myself on making your baby and you as comfortable as possible for the session. This ensures we get beautiful photos but so that the session is gentle, peaceful, calm and you’ll remember it fondly for when you look back at the photos.
If you have just had a baby and you’ve realised you’ve not made time to book in a special Newborn session. I would love to hear from you. I certainly would hate for you to miss out. Please contact me here. Or you can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and availability. Newborn sessions each month are limited, and its a good idea to get in early for your session, so you don’t miss out on those first special weeks. Though usually I can accommodate some last minute bookings, so certainly at least ask me.
This was just a beautiful session for me, posing little Miss Hannah, was a dream. She certainly looks like she’s quite happy in dreamy baby pose land too. Such a sleepy little girl, I managed to get quite a few shots of her, a photographers dream, just dreaming away.
“Safe and warm – posing is a newborn photographer forte”
Little Hannah’s Mumma has been so pleased with her session, and I certainly cannot help but showing off a few of her images from the session. She quite simply shines.
Perfect little pout,
perfect little fingers,
perfect little nose,
Every bit perfection, right down to her toes.
And so her Mumma knows.
And safely posed in Daddy’s arms (baby is posed safely on a posing beanbag)
If you have just had a baby and you’ve realised you’ve not made time to book in a special Newborn session, I would love to hear from you. I certainly would hate for you to miss out. Please contact me here. Or you can just email me at email@example.com for more details and availability. Newborn sessions each month are limited, and its a good idea to get in early for your session, so you don’t miss out on those first special weeks. Though usually I can accommodate some last minute bookings, so certainly at least ask me.
In part one I talked about the printing step from your photographer and the questions it entails, that you should not have to worry about. The article is right here if you want to have a read. In part two I want to cover the…. shhhh….
part of your considerations when having newborn baby photos taken.
Oh there i said it. Don’t worry I felt the same way as a new Mumma and I certainly know a lot better now.
I get it.
You’re about to downsize, Mum is about to go on maternity leave, life is suddenly a little more challenging, in terms of this precious little baby that you are about to meet (if you’re a first time parent), as well as financially (in this case more so if this is not your first baby – babies certainly can stretch the budget).
But they sure are worth it, see below!!!
However, this is not usually what you are even considering when you first decide that you are going to make sure you hire a newborn photographer to have photos taken of your precious baby in the first few weeks. Your likely thinking, I’ll choose a photographer whose work I like, and whose prices look ok, and that should be enough for now. Right?
Well, you need to think about this straight up, the photos will cost money yes, but you want to make sure that you pay the right person to do the full job.
The full job.
What does that mean? Exactly.
This is where you have to consider the important part and ask these two questions:
“What are you getting for the money you are paying?”
“What are all the costs for the photos?”
Ah, now I have you thinking. So you say, ok so paying for a disc/usb of images might not be the be all and end all? There’s more costs. There sure are.
All the financial considerations of having photos taken need to be considered, because you’ve really got to think of the financial side of things now (or not – if so lucky you). Paying the right person is paying them to do the whole job, as I like to call it capture to canvas, and I even created a hashtag for Adelaide Newborn Photography #capturetocanvas for that very reason. To make it clear that it is just that, taking right through to the final product. Incorporating all the costs to you.
It’s not only not cheaper for them just to provide you with the images on disc/usb, it can end up costing you a lot more.
Because you’ve seen the price of the photographer, but the hidden costs are those that will come later, once you get around to working out what you want to print and who for. How much time you’ll have to go about doing it. If you get around to it at all. Its not your area of expertise either so you’ll likely not know where to look for good quality prints and products either – but if you do more the better. So that BIG cost I am talking about is the cost of those images being damaged, going missing, or getting forgotten about it a drawer.
Let me tell you a little story….
I caught up with a most gorgeous friend of mine the other day and I was admiring the prints of her, then, newborn twins (she has two other elder daughters too) on her fridge. Certainly a busy Mumma. She then told me that they are the only prints they have, sadly. I asked why and she told me that she’d been sidetracked after having the girls, as you do, and had not saved the images from the USB to her computer. So when she finally remembered, she hunted down the USB and put it in the computer. The girls then required her attention and when she finally got back to the computer one of the older girls had snapped the USB right in half. GASP. Devastation. They tried for ages to get it to work, but it was … well toast. The photographer she went to is in another state and by then (the girls were not even 6 months old) was not even in business anymore. So, those images, which are beautiful, are the only ones she has.
I can guarantee you she wishes she had an album and more prints of her girls.
I won’t let this happen to you.
See Part 1 and 3 of this blog sequence to find out more. Interested in knowing more from me in person, then get in touch. I’d love to chat.
Last Thursday, it was with great pleasure I met Baby H & his lovely family. His Mum, and especially his Dad, were so overjoyed to finally have their newborn son.
“A little Greek blessing”
Just 9 days old, it was impossible to not feel the love they had for that adorable little boy. They are a Greek family and one extremely proud of their heritage. They were very keen to ensure that all the Yia Yia’s, Nona’s and Papou’s would be over the moon to see how immersed this tiny little boy already was in his Greek culture.What a lovely way to capture his background, and keep it forever to pass on.
Celebrate the family I say; celebrate what means the most to you.
One of the photos I captured from the session, was a request to capture Master H on an open Bible. The Bible was open to the passage about Hannah, from Samuel, who suffered a great barrenness. She was grieved and pious, her only wish – to have a child. A wish she put to God, and thus such wish was granted – God gave her Samuel who lived an earthly godly existence in priesthood – as she promised if she was given her child.
Tennyson gives homage to the saintly Hannah, in his lines below:
With such a mother! Faith in womankind
Beats with his blood, and trust in all things high
Comes easy to him, and tho’ he trip and fall
He shall not blind his soul with clay.
Such beautiful words, and so unique.
I was honored to be able to capture the image for the family. As not a particularly religious person myself, certainly appreciate that many others are. I appreciate the blessing that life is. It is very important to appreciate that each person, each family, each spirit; has their own path to take for spiritual guidance and every single person should accept that this is the case. We all are unique and a blessing, and blessed to be here no matter our beliefs.
If you have some special spiritual meanings that you’d like to include in your Newborn session, I would be only too happy to accommodate. Please contact me here. Or you can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and availability. Newborn sessions each month are limited, and its a good idea to get in early for your session, so you don’t miss out on those first special weeks.
Family photography sessions are so much fun for me, and my Number 1 tip as to why.
First and really the only tip of the day. Yup that’s really it.I can almost feel your shoulders drop, with relief. Right?
You get to enjoy this family photography session too. Absolutely. As in life in general what happens will happen. Kids can always, always sense your mood, so go into it totally care free. Yes really, get yourself ready, kids dressed then that’s it, don’t even think about it anymore.
If Mummy is happy there is a very good chance those kids are totally happy too. It’s not your job to worry about me capturing your kids and you with them, getting the right shots. That’s my job as the photographer. I want you to have fun too of course.
Lets put it this way, I want to capture your kids with you in a happy moment in time. In a moment where you are relaxed and enjoying them as they are right then and there. Celebrating their crazy running round, face pulling, silliness, missing teeth, location exploring, tree climbing, cuddles, animal noises, singing; whatever your kids do when they are having the best fun of all.
All of those things make the session so much fun for you, your kids and me. Yup, I love family sessions because I get to capture kids in their element.
You might think “but I really want a photo of everyone looking and smiling, for me and for Grandma”.
Sure, I know this feeling. Its usually what I personally want too and I usually get these shots, and its from experience much easier if the kids are happy. Telling them to smile or getting cross if they don’t look is the best way to NOT get those photos.
At my last session right at the end, the littlest bubba was toddling in the sand, and sat down bum first in a puddle, then was so excited he flopped face first in the puddle too. Once we established he was totally fine. Which he was, as he had the hugest grin on his little face and thought it was damn hilarious. He has us all in tears of laughter, because it didn’t stop him, he kept playing. I even managed to capture some really adorable photos of him playing in the sand with his sister in the sunset.
Fun is the goal.
At the end of the day, I want everyone to have a fun session, to remember it fondly so when you get the photos, flip through the album or look up at the photos on the wall with everyone giggling, how much fun you have together as a family.Right then right there, that day.
If this appeals to you and you think you’d like a family session and have a fun outing doing this with your family, then please contact me here. Or you can just email me at email@example.com for more details and availability.
Yeah! Your pregnant and you’ve decided you want a newborn photography session. A newborn photography session is the absolute perfect way to celebrate the arrival of your new little person. They really are so little for such a little time, and your photos will allow you to see them that little forever. You may have seen a few gorgeous newborn images and know that you would love some of your own to have on your walls.
What you sometimes see from Newborn Photo Sessions:
You may have seen something like this,
Or even like this:
Really sweet aren’t they, she’s quite adorable.
Or maybe you love, all the photos of the newborns, the tiny details of hands, feet, toes, eyelashes, hair, lips and noses….
I love all those things, and I do my very best to capture it all. All the photographs that bring you and your family together, while still celebrating your newborn baby. So a full newborn session includes all those things you really would expect to see in a newborn session. Lots of beautiful photos to celebrate the perfection that is your newborn baby, the photos of the tiny newborn details, photos of brothers and sisters (these could be of the fluffy kind too!), and of course of the parents too.
A full session with Adelaide Newborn Photography will look a little like this below:
If this appeals to you and you think you’d like a session that captures all these details, then please contact me here. Or you can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and availability. Limited newborn photography session times available, please contact as soon as you know you are expecting. I don’t want you to miss out.