Newborn photography is a popular genre that has gained tremendous popularity over the past few years. It’s a wonderful way for parents to capture those precious first moments of their newborn baby’s life. However, as with any type of photography involving infants, safety should always be the top priority. Here are a few ways we at Kara Powell Photography keep the newborns safe during our sessions:
- Choose a safe location: When setting up for a newborn photography session, it’s essential to choose a safe location. Make sure that the area is free of any potential hazards such as sharp objects or cords that could cause harm to the baby. A sturdy surface with lots of room should be used for posing the baby. We usually use the floor, as there is no chance they will tumble off of it.
- Keep the room warm: Newborns are very sensitive to temperature changes, so it’s important to keep the room warm. The temperature should be between 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the baby comfortable; especially if they are only in a diaper. It’s important to note that babies can overheat easily, so make sure not to overdo it. We typically also bring a heater/fan. So if we see a baby is getting red, we can switch the heater to a fan to cool the baby down quickly.
- Ensure proper hygiene: Newborns have a weak immune system, which means they are more prone to infections. Therefore, maintaining proper hygiene is crucial during newborn photography. Make sure to sanitize your hands before touching the baby, and use clean blankets and props.
- Always have a spotter or assistant: It’s essential to have someone present at all times to watch over the baby during a newborn photography session. This person should be focused on the baby’s safety and should be ready to intervene if anything goes wrong.
- Avoid dangerous poses: Some poses, such as the “froggy pose,” can be dangerous if not executed properly. Most do not know that the pose below is done through multiple photos stitched together in post-production. Not by the baby holding its head up alone. That would be very dangerous. Also watch for red or blue hands in some poses if in them too long. This is why we prefer to work quickly and in a more lifestyle fashion.
- Many times parents want a lot of photos. Keep in mind that newborns are only going to sleep for about 2 hours. So I try to let me parent’s know that we need to prioritize the images. Because if we get to the 2 hour mark and we haven’t gotten some of the images they wanted, it is hard on the little ones body to keep going after another feed. They are tired.
I can keep going on this topic for days; but these are the main safety concerns that I think parents should know. Your baby is my topic priority and I would never do anything to put him or her at risk.
Are you looking for a newborn photographer? You have come to the right place? Drop me a line and let’s talk. Or call me! 832-573-3731. I would love to capture your family in a unique way. Now is the perfect time when everyone is home.