With the rising popularity of newborn baby photography, more and more parents are seeking out this service. Whether they want to create a memorable time of having their first child or simply think it’s cute, it seems that parents aren’t noticing the dangers that can be found from having their baby posed for the photographer.
What could they be? And how can photographers as well as parents avoid this?
Leaving the sleeping baby alone
Most of the time, we think that leaving the baby to sleep alone isn’t going to do anything to it. We do that often at home, too. There’s no point in looking at the baby 24 hours a day, right?
Well, that’s not the case when your baby is not sleeping in the nursery room. This is a set where there isn’t much protection for your baby. At home, your baby is placed in a crib that will prevent him from falling outside his sleeping space. But not in a studio. Never, ever, leave the baby unattended and always have someone looking after him. If the photographer has to leave, the assistant or the parent should come over and watch him.
Babies movements can be unexpected and it is also dangerous to leave the baby posed for too long. You’ll know the reason why.
Poses that are not meant to be
Some poses are impossible to do for newborn babies. It is because their small bones are still unable to support their own bodies. It shouldn’t be forced because it can permanently damage them. But you might wonder how are pictures from newborn baby photography by www.juliaandmia.com are done then?
Firstly, the photographer will decide the pose and let the parents know. The photographer will then move it and have mom or dad hold the part of the body that is supposed to be supported, usually the head. This photo will be taken and then edited later on to get a picture of the baby that looks like he’s holding his head with two hands.
Other poses are like the ones where a newborn baby is forced into a pose that its body still can’t get used to, like having the limbs open and out of its ‘curly’ mode. Newborn babies are still curling up because they are still getting ready to build their antibody and still keep that similar pose to keep their body warm.
Other poses are like the ones that require the use of hanging or bean bags. These props are famous and it seems that parents just can’t miss this one. But surely, you didn’t expect that photographer should actually hang their baby mid-air, right? No, they shouldn’t. That’s dangerous and even if there’s a lot of cushions and a parent ready to catch if anything happens, still shouldn’t be practiced.
The safest way to do this is to have the pose edited with 2 different pictures: one with the bag hanging and another with it on the ground with the baby in it.
These are safety measures that are beginning to fade away as parents think that their photographer knows what to do. They think that it’s safe enough because they themselves don’t have much knowledge about it. But now you know what to make sure of in your next newborn baby photography session.