{Raleigh Newborn Photography} Keeping Your Baby Safe During Photography Session

August 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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There is something so amazing to me about newborn babies.  Each one is a beautiful little miracle, a little blessing to their family.   I have been photographing newborn babies in the Raleigh area for almost 5 years now.  I take my job seriously and want to give each and every one of them the best care possible. 

The babies I meet can be younger than a week old when they complete their portrait session.  Their little immune systems aren't fully developed and they can be sensitive to things that older children and adults come in contact with every day.  

During all of my photography sessions, I take several precautions to make sure that your baby is kept completely safe:

1.  I am fully vaccinated.  My doctor knows that I work with newborn babies and has advised me on immunizations that are most important.  Most importantly, I stay up to date on whooping cough (pertussis) and I get a flu shot every fall.

2.  I will not conduct photography sessions if I, or anyone in my family, is sick.  If there is any chance at all that I could be ill, I will let you know and we will work to schedule a new session date. 

3.  I wash my hands before every single session and use hand sanitizer during the session when needed.  

4.  My studio room has a door that stays closed.  Although it's in my house, it's not a room used by my family.  The door stays closed when not in use, so that pets and children stay out.  After each use, it is thoroughly cleaned.

5.  Every single blanket, fabric, hat, outfit, and headband that touches your baby is washed immediately after the session.  I do my laundry with dye free, fragrance free soap.  Currently, I use this brand.  It's an all natural, earth friendly and chemical free soap. If anything is soiled badly, I'll usually just toss it.  Most of my props and outfits are homemade by me, so I don't mind having to do this.

6.  Safety during posing is a priority.  I'll often ask parents to help by sitting next to the baby and spotting him or her.  I often have parents help support the baby's head.  Any poses that you see on my website that look like the baby is balancing or sitting up are created by composites, meaning that in the original image, a parent is holding onto the baby so they can't tip over.  The hands are then removed in editing.  Take a look at the photo below for an example of how we accomplish this.  First, I have the mom or dad hold and support the baby's wrists and arms.  I quickly take a few pictures.  While still holding the arms, I have them use their other arm to hold the head securely.  I then have the mom or dad let go of the arms but keep their hand really close just in case more support is needed.  In that second or two while they've let go of the arms (but not the head), I take a few more shots.  In editing, I combine the left photo and the right and it lets me show the baby without any hands on him.  Pretty neat trick, eh?  

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7.  The baby's needs are most important.  I'll never force a baby to do something that they clearly don't want to do.  Although patience is sometimes required to help a baby settle into a pose or position, if a baby seems uncomfortable, unhappy, or needs a break to eat, I make sure that we stop what we are doing to make sure the baby receives what he or she needs. 

8.  The studio is kept nice and warm.  Although it is sometimes uncomfortable for the parents and me, babies need warmth.  They cannot regulate their temperature well and are used to being in a womb...which is a toast 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.  Keeping the studio this warm usually helps the baby sleep because they are so comfortable.  

Beautiful portraiture of your newborn baby is my specialty, but safety comes first.  I will never attempt any type of pose that is not safe and secure for your baby.  If you are searching for a photographer for your baby's first portrait session, make sure that your photographer does these 8 things, at a minimum.  

Are you expecting a new baby?  I would love to be your photographer!  I serve the Triangle area of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, and surrounding areas.  I strive for a simple and classic style.  If you want portraits of your baby surrounded by soft colors and neutrals, we might be a great match!  Click here and send me a message.  Let me know what questions you have about newborn photography!

 


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