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Newborn Safety In Photography

It seems that there’s a lot of talk happening right now regarding newborn safety, in regards to photography.  And honestly, it’s about time!!!  Yesterday, a friend who is trying to spread the message of newborn safety, shared on her facebook wall, a photograph [from another photographer] of a newborn in a glass vase that looked very unsafe and quite scary!  As the photography industry becomes more and more saturated with photographers [many getting into business well before they're ready], I’m afraid this unsafe newborn posing might also continue to occur more and more.  This message needs to be spread –no matter who we’re photographing, photographers need to have safety as their number one priority.

Please know that professional newborn photographers, such as Baby As Art and Kelly Ryden Photography, always have newborn safety as their ultimate priority.  These photographers have many, many years of experience, work as a team and they have the art of posing newborns and editing in Photoshop mastered.

Jodie Otte recently wrote this great article on newborn safety, along with sharing some behind-the-scenes photographs, showing how this baby on a guitar is actually a composite of a couple different images.  Never was this baby balanced on this guitar alone, without the assistance of someone else.  Please refer to Jodie’s article in it’s entirety, for additional newborn safety information and behind-the-scenes images.

This article by Shoot Baby shares additional [frequently attempted] newborn poses, along with how the photographs were achieved, by combining multiple images in Photoshop.

Parents — if you don’t feel it’s safe, you don’t think it’s right, it doesn’t make sense or you’re simply not comfortable with something during a photo session, please stop the photographer immediately.  Always remember that you have commissioned the photographer; he or she is working for you!

 

After graduating college, Deb Schwedhelm spent 10 years as a Registered Nurse in the Air Force. It wasn’t until she left the military that her career as a photographer began. In 2006, Deb decided to pursue her dream — she purchased a DSLR camera, began teaching herself photography and never looked back. Whether commissioned portrait sessions, commercial assignments or her ongoing personal projects, Deb always remains true to herself and her artistic vision. Deb is married to a U.S. Naval Officer and is the mother to three incredible children, who are often the subjects of her photographic work. She is currently based in Tampa, Florida. Her work can be viewed on her website, and her inspirational photoblog can be found here as well.

About Deb


After graduating college, Deb spent 10 years as a Registered Nurse in the Air Force. It wasn’t until she left the military that her career as a photographer began. In 2006, Deb decided to pursue her dream — she purchased a DSLR camera, began teaching herself photography and never looked back. Whether commissioned portrait sessions, commercial assignments or her ongoing personal projects, Deb always remains true to herself and her artistic vision. Deb is married to a U.S. Naval Officer and is the mother to three incredible children, who are often the subjects of her photographic work. She is currently based in Tampa, Florida.

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  • Choatetenn

    I am a simi pro Photographer. I have wonder how some of the picture of infants I’ve seen were done safely.

  • http://www.ajiradarchphotography.com/blog ajira

    Too right. Some of these images can look quite breathtaking but my personal preference is always newborn photography that focuses on the baby and her new family. :D

  • teresa b

    Great article!

  • Lizzi Sorensen

    Obviously everyone’s sense of style is different, but I am always bewildered by these types of pictures. I always imagine the baby in the picture as an adult, looking at the picture and wondering why their parents decided to use them as a prop when they were an infant? And possibly risk their life doing it!

    • barefootmommy

      I agree. I abhor babies posed with props. Doesn’t matter how safely it’s done, I just think it’s bad taste. I’m a new newborn photography and I’m sticking with simple & natural styled shots a la Ashley Skjaveland and Danielle Stahl.

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