Is my Newborn Photographer Safe??

March 3, 2016 SR Portraits

Is my Newborn Photographer Safe??


Ahhhh Safety – that boring word we associate with men in hard hats with clipboards and never-ending training days. However Newborn Baby Safety isn’t boring at all. It’s real and it affects not only my industry but also real families all over the country. I heard of at least 2 babies hurt last year by untrained, unprofessional photographers not putting safety measures in place. So how can you as a parent spot the difference and know that your baby will be safe? Firstly I highly recommend choosing a photographer from Banpas (Baby and Newborn Photography Association) which is the leading association in newborn photography safety. Secondly just ask the photographer if they do composites! A true professional will never mind being asked this as we all want our little clients to be safe. If you’re wondering what a composite is then I hope the following will help


‘A Composite Image is a picture made up of multiple images put together afterwards in post production’

Newborn Safety Photos SR Portraits
See here how the baby is supported but I’ve edited the parents hand out afterwards?

Even where I don’t necessarily need the babies head supported I will still ensure someone is close by at all times. Babies are sensitive little things and will throw a great starfish shape at the smallest noise (it’s called the startle reflex); whilst it’s cute it could also cause them to fall if above ground level hence my caution even with a sound asleep baby. Here are my top tips to watch out for during a photoshoot:

  • Temperature – Although the room needs to be very warm to keep a naked newborn happy watch out that they don’t get too warm. Damp hair or sweating are signs your baby is getting too hot
  • Head Control – A newborns head is the heaviest part of it’s body. It should be supported by a blanket or a parents hand at all times and never ever allowed to dangle over the edge of a bucket/prop
  • Props – Props should be weighed down, if a prop is wobbly it’s not safe for your baby. They should also never be made of glass/ceramic or anything breakable
  • Posing – Not all babies will do all poses. Their joints are different and how they have been lying in the womb will affect how comfy they are in different positions. If a baby doesn’t like a pose it should not be made to do it. Also watch out for purple fingers & toes which mean a baby has been lying in one position for too long and needs to be moved

SR Portraits Newborn Photoshoot Safety Leicester

I hope you found this blog post useful and informative whether you’re a parent or a photographer. Please do visit the banpas website when searching for a newborn photographer and never be tempted to try any of these poses yourself at home. If you would like to contact me to discuss any of this or book a newborn shoot please see the Contact Me page for details. Best of luck to you in your pregnancy and enjoy your new baby! Sandra xx